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TGS '07: Namco Bandai embraces Active Life

Publisher working on new fitness-themed game also shows off Soulcaliber IV, Ace Combat 6, and Time Crisis 4.
By Emma Boyes, GameSpot UK
Posted Sep 19, 2007 11:24 pm PT

TOKYO--Developers for the Nintendo Wii seem determined to get gamers up and off the sofa while they play games. First there was Wii Sports, although that may be relatively docile compared to Wii Fit, which was announced at this year's E3 Media & Business Summit. Now, there's an even more energetic Wii game coming to the console in 2008--with a working title of Active Life: Athletic World for the Western world.

Called Family Trainer: Athletic World in Japan, the Wii-exclusive game uses a special custom mat controller and will feature a series of minigames for one or two players. Namco Bandai demonstrated some of these minigames at the company's offices in Shinagawa as part of this year's Tokyo Game Show.

The first was called River Rapid, and gamers use the Wii Remote like an oar to paddle left or right, which steers the boat through the rapids. Other games shown briefly included a snowboarding game, a two-player log jumping game, and a barrel jumping game. Players use the mat to run in place, which makes characters move around.

Namco Bandai also showed off some new levels of Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation and a trailer of the weapon-based brawler Soulcaliber IV. The new Soulcaliber IV video introduced a brand-new character, Hilda, who was dressed head to toe in armor. The title is being developed for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, and is due for release in 2008. Other games shown in the presentation video were Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, and Time Crisis 4.

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uk_beny

all i can say is yay

Posted Oct 2, 2007 9:32 am PT
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FreeBallz

finally, a wii game with exclusive online play(DBZ:BT3)

Posted Sep 28, 2007 10:38 pm PT
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NinjaMunkey01

'xboxFan101 Project Sylpheed was ii for like 2days den i got bored kuz it didnt hav no online n dats y no one liked it otherwise it wood hav beeen kickass game is 360 gettn dragonball? kuz lik damn yoo all dese rpgs kumn 2 360 we need mo fighters DOA iz kickass but lik kum on give us sum dragonballz ,naruto,im not fan off da whole anime tng but aleast hav a lik 3 titlles kum on dragonball budokai tenkachissdskahk w/e ever itz kalled is kickass'

can anyone understand this? I can sort of half understand it. its like a mixture of chav talk and bad spelling. innit man!

I use the wii for multiplayer mostly. so thats the sort of games I want.

Posted Sep 28, 2007 8:28 am PT
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NinjaMunkey01

'xboxFan101 Project Sylpheed was ii for like 2days den i got bored kuz it didnt hav no online n dats y no one liked it otherwise it wood hav beeen kickass game is 360 gettn dragonball? kuz lik damn yoo all dese rpgs kumn 2 360 we need mo fighters DOA iz kickass but lik kum on give us sum dragonballz ,naruto,im not fan off da whole anime tng but aleast hav a lik 3 titlles kum on dragonball budokai tenkachissdskahk w/e ever itz kalled is kickass'

okay does anyone understand what this gut is saying? its a mixture of chav talk and bad spelling. could someone translate please? not really I can just about get the jist of what he is saying! innit man.

the weii is good for multiplayer that is what I use it for mostly.

Posted Sep 28, 2007 8:26 am PT
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PhantomPhoot

Any ord on online for Budokai Tenkaichi 3?

Posted Sep 21, 2007 8:07 pm PT
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jakeboudville

can't wait for Time Crisis 4 >_>

Posted Sep 21, 2007 4:35 am PT
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Pete5506

cool

Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:05 pm PT
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ctg867

Soul Calibur on 360/PS3. Good. Soul Calibur on Wii. Another mediocre third party game. Anyway, Time Crisis 4 is looking to be pretty decent as well. Some good news I guess.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 5:02 pm PT
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zid88

Caliber huh? Gamespot quality right there, you cant even get the name right

Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:51 pm PT
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KingKobra2K2

Soul Calibur IV, awesome. Hmm, Hilda?

Posted Sep 20, 2007 2:35 pm PT
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xboxFan101

Project Sylpheed was ii for like 2days den i got bored kuz it didnt hav no online n dats y no one liked it otherwise it wood hav beeen kickass game is 360 gettn dragonball? kuz lik damn yoo all dese rpgs kumn 2 360 we need mo fighters DOA iz kickass but lik kum on give us sum dragonballz ,naruto,im not fan off da whole anime tng but aleast hav a lik 3 titlles kum on dragonball budokai tenkachissdskahk w/e ever itz kalled is kickass

Posted Sep 20, 2007 1:14 pm PT
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Jitawa

I also thought Project Sylpheed was awesome, for what it's worth.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:41 pm PT
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lamprey263

I used to think the Ace Combat demo was cool, but I liked Project Sylpheed so much more. I'm surprised nobody liked Project Sylpheed all that much. Anyhow, I'm not a big fan of Soul Caliber, but I definitely have some friends that are going to absolutely love SC4. Also, I'm glad their working on Time Crisis 4 for the console, but I still feel the light gun issue hasn't been solved; I don't want to stick extra crap to my TV, I already have the Wii sensor bar, and with TC4 I'll need 4 additional objects glued to my TV, not to mention more cords to go everywhere. Meh, I just hope Beautiful Katamari is enough to pacify me.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:28 pm PT
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Azhar85

wii has a good party games.........xbox 360 and ps3 has a good hardcore games....if u want to go exercises outside that your choice...they never give a d**M about u....but don't bother the gamers who has a different persepective about gaming solution...

Posted Sep 20, 2007 10:59 am PT
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Chirico_Cuvie

The wii will be the downfall of video games if all these developers keep chasing the jogging game dollars.

If I want to exercise I'll go outside, I don't need to spend $300 on a phoney game console to pretend I'm walking down a trail.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 10:21 am PT
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angelGP32

what a surprise, more mini game Wii games.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 9:55 am PT
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jcloverboy

Really looking forward to Soul Calibur on Xbox 360. The trailers/pics look amazing!

I'd love for 360 to start getting some light gun games. Looks like I'll be grabbing Time Crisis 4 on PS3.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 9:24 am PT
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KillerFPS

Behold the ramifications of Nintendo's success.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 9:21 am PT
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tclvis

If I sell my treadmill, I can buy a Wii and have more fun!

Posted Sep 20, 2007 8:54 am PT
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PS3Compass

Lots of fitness games for the Wii.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 8:23 am PT
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ashuncc2

I'm content with my 360, but the wii is starting to look more enticing.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 8:10 am PT
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Brainkiller05

Sweet some serious games coming to Wii

Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:58 am PT
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BigDaveyDogz

all good things!

Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:52 am PT
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DanteDiPasquale

Tekken Tag was awesome though.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:45 am PT
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CrushedGroove

New Ace Combat!

Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:44 am PT
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Bozanimal

Why not just wait and develop for the Wii Fit instead of flooding the market with peripherals?

Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:42 am PT
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jtthegame316

soul Caliber and Virtua fighter games are always better than Tekken and dead or alive

Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:30 am PT
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aquamah

soul calibur 4 and virtua fighter 5... seems better than TEKKEN 6!!!

Posted Sep 20, 2007 6:14 am PT
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confucioussayyo

yugimasa9999-Hilda... I thought she was just a created-character sample...-

That would mean that they really kicked CC into high gear.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 6:03 am PT
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Jebril

So Namco is doing the DBZ series now? Good grief.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 5:46 am PT
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dragonseer439

Tekken 6 is being shown off at arcade shows in Japan, check out sdtekkendotcom for the latest. Namco has said they will release Soul Calibur 4 on consoles first.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 4:03 am PT
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sony_is_sony

WTF!! where is Tekken 6?

Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:40 am PT
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azizrulez

active life just sounds like a third-party version of Wii Fit to me,
on the other hand whats going with tekken 6,no new news since ages,and it seems its taken a back seat to soul calibre 4 which looks great to me,and about Ace Combat 6,the game does look promising but i get a feeling namco have dropped the ball on it and made it a bit to simulation based not as arcadish as before which was what made the game so awesome,i just feel the gameplay is too slow

Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:13 am PT
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T-Zone

Keep dreaming, Tekken series will remian exclusive, just like Dead or Alive.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:10 am PT
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SalarianChemist

Tekken 6 is likely going to end up being released for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

Apparently Namco had a contract with Sony to release an exclusive Tekken game for the Playstation 3. Originally, that game was supposed to be Tekken 6, but then Namco made it so the Xbox 360 was the #1 system that they were Primarily supporting.

As a result, Namco created the remixed version of Tekken 5 for the Playstation 3, in order to fill the "Contract" obligation for the exclusive game on the PS3.

Now, Tekken 6 is eligible to come to the Xbox 360, as well...and most sources say the game has also been in development for both systems for quite a while, and will be released simultaneously on both systems...similar to Devil May Cry 4.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 2:59 am PT
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IC3_MAST3R

What happened to Tekken 6? I hope they at least show something new for Tekken 6 in the next few days.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 1:39 am PT
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aquamah

GIMME MORE.... of soul calibur 4.... MORE... GIMME MOOOOORE

Posted Sep 20, 2007 1:32 am PT
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yugimasa9999

Hilda... I thought she was just a created-character sample...

Posted Sep 20, 2007 1:18 am PT
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arc_salvo

I wonder if Hilda's gonna be related to Siegfried in any way? Anyhow, it's about time that there was a female in SC that dressed up in full armor. It's fun and practical!

Well, fun for the players that is, because we don't actually have to wear the armor.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 1:17 am PT
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kajtrooper

Tekken 6?

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:56 am PT
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RaiKageRyu

A female character dressed from head to toe.

Now you don't see that everyday.

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:52 am PT
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Madsucktion

Gasp! Running games? A game called "River Rapids"? Is this the return of the Nintendo PowerPad?

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:52 am PT
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Trogeton

WOW...well it looks like Im going to have to get this one too.. Gotta keep the series going YEAH DBZ

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:50 am PT
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twons

Are they showing any Tekken 6??

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:35 am PT
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yaminoshadow

finally, a female sc character who isnt too revealing. LOL

Posted Sep 20, 2007 12:07 am PT
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darknferno12

Active Life sound cool but lets not go overboard with getting active games and finally some news on Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation what i wanted to hear

Posted Sep 19, 2007 11:50 pm PT
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