Nintendo re-iterated their commitment to new markets, innovation, and risk-taking. They have to push the play experience because the Wii will not be able to compete only on the basis of graphics. Hence the mantra: “Playing is believing.”
Like Sony’s press conference, the Nintendo conference was filled with loads of marketing hype, but there were a few interesting new facets to the Wii. I again applaud Nintendo for taking risks, but we’ll see how these risks play out in the market. As wonderful and great as the Wii controller appears to be, Nintendo dissapointingly did not deliver much news on third party software that will use the new controller.
- WiiConnect24 — A console that adds game content when it’s turned off. Very intriguing. Animal Crossing was brought up. As if I am not already addicted to the portable version, they will now have one that can wirelessly connect to other players, even when you sleep.
- Wii-mote has a microphone. ZOMG, it would be awesome if you had Nintendogs for the Wii. You could walk the dog and play with it using the motion-sensing controller, and you could talk to it as well! Also, Nintendo needs a Karaoke Revolution, better than the one released for the GameCube, at least. Aside: I wish SingStar was available in the US, the song listings are so much better than Karaoke Revolution.
- Wii-mote has a speaker. They only demo-ed the use of the bow and arrow in Twilight Princess. Draw the bowstring back and you can hear it in the controller, release the arrow, and hear it thunk into the TV screen. Is this anything more than a gimmick? I want to see how this will work with other games.
- Both parts of the Wii-mote nunchaku have motion sensors. Again, I would like to see some games that use this function.
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption — I can’t wait to see videos of this being played. How exciting!
- No launch date, no confirmed price point. Come on, Nintendo!
- Where are the rest of the third party games?
- More Mario games. *yawn* Sorry, I’m not much a fan of Mario games.
- It seems a little tiring to play games on the Wii. Will there be less motion-intensive games? Also, I might have to clear some space to play.
- Engaget/Joystiq delivered relatively detailed content and decent commentary, though it wasn’t as instantaneous as Eurogamer’s.
- Eurogamer had automagically updated live coverage of the Nintendo pre-E3 press event. No reloading the page — brilliant. Commentary was all right, though not as good as Joystiq.
- Kotaku had live commentary from two of their bloggers. Not very detailed and some failed attempts at humour. Are they the only two people in the world who haven’t gotten over the fact that the console is called “Wii”?