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.

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
uk_beny

all i can say is yay

FreeBallz
FreeBallz

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

NinjaMunkey01
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.

NinjaMunkey01
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.

PhantomPhoot
PhantomPhoot

Any ord on online for Budokai Tenkaichi 3?

ctg867
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.

zid88
zid88

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

xboxFan101
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

Jitawa
Jitawa

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

lamprey263
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.

Azhar85
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...

Chirico_Cuvie
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.

angelGP32
angelGP32

what a surprise, more mini game Wii games.

jcloverboy
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.

D_E_E_G_S
D_E_E_G_S

Behold the ramifications of Nintendo's success.

tclvis
tclvis

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

PS3Compass
PS3Compass

Lots of fitness games for the Wii.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

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

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

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

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

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

aquamah
aquamah

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

confucioussayyo
confucioussayyo

yugimasa9999-Hilda... I thought she was just a created-character sample...- That would mean that they really kicked CC into high gear.

Jebril
Jebril

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

dragonseer439
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.

azizrulez
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

T-Zone
T-Zone

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

SalarianChemist
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.

IC3_MAST3R
IC3_MAST3R

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

aquamah
aquamah

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

yugimasa9999
yugimasa9999

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

arc_salvo
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.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

A female character dressed from head to toe. Now you don't see that everyday.

Madsucktion
Madsucktion

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

Trogeton
Trogeton

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

bobomb
bobomb

Are they showing any Tekken 6??

yaminoshadow
yaminoshadow

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

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

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