E3: Nintendo Press Conference
Nintendo takes the stage for the opening of Day Two of E3, technically Day One for the showfloor though. Last year, we saw the introduction of the Shaun White Snowboarding franchise, which took off for the Wii console; Animal Crossing: City Folk, which helped introduce a more social way of gaming; Wii Sports Resort, set to release very soon, and featuring the new Wii Motion Plus; and Wii Music, the sandbox, create-your-own music game, which wasn’t terribly popular. With the Wii now in households around the world, it’s time to see what Nintendo can finally show us. We now present to you what was shown at the 2009 Nintendo E3 Press Conference on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Release Date: Holiday 2009
In an attempt to revitalize their Mario franchise once again, Nintendo has decided to come up with a new four-player co-op/competitive game, featuring Mario, Luigi, and some other generic characters for your other two friends to play. Basically, the game is a 2D side-scrolling game, which 3D elements of course, to make it look cooler. Included in the game are new items as well, such as the propeller suit, which, when you shake the controller, allows you to fly for a limited period of time. While this is great and all, this game still will only appeal to the “family” audience, and the players who are always having Wii parties. Without that though, this game is still just another party game.
Wii Fit Plus
Release Date: Fall 2009
Wii Fit Plus is an expansion to the original Wii Fit, and will come either as a stand-alone game, or bundled with the Balance Board, for those of you who still haven’t gotten the chance to go out and get one. This game will not necessarily change anything about Wii Fit, nor does it come with a new version of the Balance Board, but it contains fifteen new balance games, and six new exercise types, for those of you who are fitness fans. Really, when you break it down, it’s just an added bunch of things that you can do with your current Wii Fit setup, so if you’ve found that it’s been extremely helpful so far, and want different ways to do it, then this is for you. Otherwise, this will just be another Wii Fit on the shelves.
Wii Sports Resort
Release Date: July 26, 2009
Finally coming out at the end of this month, Wii Sports Resort will come bundled with the new Wii Motion Plus, a new add-on which attaches to the bottom of your controller, and senses how you move the controller in a new way, mainly which way it’s tilted, instead of just which direction it’s pointed. Resort will feature a handful of new, resort-themed games to play, including a skydiving intro, archery and basketball. I have to admit, the original Wii Sports is still one of those most popular games played on the Wii right now, and I thought that the archery actually looked somewhat entertaining, so I have a feeling that I’ll be checking it out myself.
Since there was ZERO information given about practically ANY of their games, except for the fact that they showed trailers for all of them, I’m just going to highlight the games that were shown, and you can look up what little information there is on them yourself.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Bearers
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
Dead Space: Extraction
Metroid: Other M
Nintendo could not have made writing this any harder than they have. Let me just put it this way, and then I’m closing the topic of the DS: they are coming out with a lot of games, in varied genres, and here’s just a list of SOME of them, because I couldn’t catch them all.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Golden Sun DS
James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion
Cop: The Recruit
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again
Wii Vitality Sensor
“Insert your finger. No release date, goodbye.” – ninjatachyon
I could not have said it better myself. I’ve got absolutely nothing.
– Overall Impressions –
For those of us who were actually hoping for some kind of big announcements to come out of this press conference, we were sorely disappointed. This isn’t to say that they didn’t appeal to the market that they were going for, because they kept saying that the Nintendo DS market was for everyone, and they quickly raffled off a whole ton of games for it in quick succession, but didn’t show anything more than a trailer for 75% of their show. Also, they spoke about numbers way too much, and after witnessing all of the over press conferences so far, this was a huge disappointment. Overall, there just was not enough there, and they spent too much time speaking about their company instead of about the games, which is really what this should be about. Finally, Wii Vitality Sensor. That is all.
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