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Gamers around the country will be able to hula hoop their way to fame when Nintendo launches its first ever Wii Games competition in more than a dozen locations this July.
By InGame reporter
NBC News
updated 6/29/2010 2:00:59 PM ET 2010-06-29T18:00:59

Hula hooping may not be an official Olympic sport, but Nintendo believes gamers around the country are more than ready to gyrate their hips competitively.

Nintendo will launch Wii Games: Summer 2010 — a kind of Wii olympics — in more than a dozen locations around the country starting July 16th. Players will compete against each other in five game categories — the hula hoop challenge from "Wii Fit Plus," the basketball and bowling games from "Wii Sports Resort," "New Super Mario Bros Wii" and "Mario Kart Wii."

Between mid-July and mid-August, tournaments will be held on five consecutive weekends at Six Flags theme parks in California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts and New Jersey, as well as at 16 shopping malls across the country. (For specific mall locations check out the Wii Games site.)

The Wii Games will be open to two- and four-player teams organized by age group. Categories will include Teen, Adult and Super Adult (kudos to Nintendo for coming up with a far better way of saying "senior citizen").

There also will be age-combined categories in which adults and younger players can compete together with friends or as a family. Participants' best scores in all five featured activities will be combined to determine their total scores.

"The Wii Games: Summer 2010 events are a celebration of the fun, active, inclusive spirit of Wii," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing.

Qualifying winners will travel to Los Angeles for the Wii Games: Summer 2010 national championships.

Personally, I've got my fingers crossed that the Nintendo winter olympics includes Wii Curling.

You'll find Winda Benedetti getting into peak tweeting condition right here on Twitter.

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