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July 11, 2007 at 9:19 AM

E3: Nintendo ups the controller ante with Zapper

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Reggie Fils-Aime just announced “the first offspring of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck.”

He showed pictures of a plastic housing that holds both pieces of the motion-sensing control of the Wii in a gun shape.

“The Wii Zapper: On one hand it’s a new housing for both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, but the real news is what it represents for game play,” he said. The Zapper will “change the dynamics of the first-person shooter” category of video games.

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The Wii Zapper houses the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

Capcom is developing a special “Resident Evil, The Umbrella Chronicles,” that uses the Zapper. Other third-party developers are working on games for it, too.

It will go on sale for $19.99, and be packaged with Nintendo software as well.

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