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Link's Crossbow Tech Demo

Wii Zapper Didja hear?  When Nintendo unleashes the Wii Zapper later this year the peripheral shell will come packed with a game, Link's Crossbow Training, that takes elements from last year's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and uses them to make a shooting game, or some such thing.

Players assume the identity of hero Link, who progresses through a series of tests to perfect his crossbow marksmanship. Start with stationary bull's-eyes and graduate to moving targets before defending Link against all kinds of enemies.

I get the sour feeling that this is more of a tech demo than a full game, as Nintendo says the title will be a "perfect demonstration of the way the Wii Zapper could be used in other games".  At first I wondered why Nintendo was going to the Zelda well for this one.  After all, there are a bunch of other franchises that are more gun-friendly.  Metroid BlasterSuper Duck HuntYoshi's Safari 2?  Then it occurred to me that considering that Nintendo spent several years and a lot of money on the Twilight Princess creation process, the company would be eager to reuse those assets for another project at what must be a comparative minimal cost.  Maybe we'll see Yoshi's Safari 2 someday, but not right now.