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Written by Alex Terris   
Monday, 05 June 2006

The Nintendo Wii will be able to create and store personal profiles for individual gamers, storing personal information and a caricature of the player. These will then be mapped into games, allowing players to actually play as themselves.

This kind of image mapping was first seen from the Wii at E3, where Wii Tennis was played by Shigeru Miyamoto and others with their faces in the game.

Here's the original interview from Wired News:

Wired News: With the graphic design, is there a reason for having it as simple as it is?

Katsuya Eguchi: Sure, there are games that require more sophisticated graphics. But there are also titles that require more simplified graphics. Our priority with Wii Sports isn't graphics; what we were trying to show through these games is how the controllers works, how sensitive it is. Our goal wasn't to create a realistic baseball game with real-world pro athletes, it was to create soemthing familiar, something that isn't intimidating, something that anyone in the family would be comfortable pickign up and trying out themselves. That's why we went with the simpler graphics.

Also as you saw in the media briefing, you saw Iwata, Miyamoto, and Reggie playing tennis. we are looking to implement a similar kind of editing feature into the hardware that will allow users to create caricatures of themselves, members of the family, people they would potentially play with. and so when they go to play tennis, those would be the faces in the game. a more sophisticated graphic look wouldn't match well with the caricatures, but a simpler one does.

Wired News: So the feature would be in the hardware and then applied to, potentially, any game…

Katsuya Eguchi: Yes. The caricatures will exist in the hardware, as data, as one of several profiles that you could save in the Wii. And if you insert compatible software into the Wii, it will pull up the images that you chose.

Wired News: What would be some of the other profiles you could save in the Wii, then?

Katsuya Eguchi: The other details that will be saved as a part of the user profiles are as yet undecided, but right now we're focusing on creating an editing tool that will allow players to create images as well as allow users to select one of several already-created images, if they're not artistically inclined.

Wired News: This sounds like something that would be very useful for Animal Crossing, especially with multiple profiles.

Katsuya Eguchi: In Animal Crossing the player has the ability to wear different hats, different masks, different accessories. So we're not sure if the caricatures would be something that would work for Animal Crossing. So that is still under consideration. Besides Wii Sports there are a variety of applications that could use the caricatures, and we will explore those.

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Hello everyone,
Due to the mass bot infestation, and main site being hacked, I made a new site here the forums can be found there as well. So any existing members coming back here please go to the new site. Also with are lack of activity(for a long time lol) in the new forums I hope to get it going again as i've submitted the fourms to search engine services to get new members.

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