The Nintendo E3 Press Conference was pretty tame overall. I couldn’t give it the full not treatment due to that whole 9-5 thing that gets in the way, but I have some thoughts on it anyway. While the conference was pretty weak on the game lineup front, the show was entertaining. Reggie, Iwata, and Miyamoto all came out and were candid, open, and witty. Not much was announced, but here are the highlights:
- Mario Kart Online is coming to the Wii early 2008 and comes bundled with a steering wheel attachment
- Wii Zapper will come bundled with software or $19.99 standalone – promises of a lot of game support from 1st and 3rd parties
- Super Mario Galaxy looks outstanding and just shot to my #1 most anticipated title
- Phantom Hourglass was shown and looked great
- Metroid Prime 3 was shown on stage and seems to be all that we hoped it would be
- Promises of way more 3rd party support
- Wii Fit is shown and uses a new peripheral – the Balance Board. This thing will probably sell millions
- TONS of games were revealed after the conference, but weren’t even talked about on stage
- Nintendo is ready to push gaming into the mainstream even further, hopes to not alienate core gamers
Overall I’d say the conference was more fun than either Microsoft or Sony’s efforts, though Sony definitely showed the most in regards to killer software. I think Nintendo could have spend more time on the games they have to offer, because their lineup is strong this year (Metroid, Mario, Zelda, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, Donkey Kong, Resident Evil, EA Sports online games, and much more). I’m willing to bet that Nintendo was aiming to capture the mainstream press’ attention once again, and in that they probably succeeded.
Oh, and there is some little Smash Bros. event tomorrow. But who cares about that, right?