With Doc Sanity covering Microsoft, and my review of Sony done, it’s time for the big dog. Yes, according to NPD ratings The Nintendo Wii is the top selling video game console in America. To drive this point home, the Wii sold 700,000 units in the past 3 months. Those are numbers completely unheard of outside of the holiday season. But let’s face it, you’re not looking for numbers, let’s hear about the games.
Now there was a bit of a disappointment in that there were no huge games announced, no Mario or Zelda, but there was still plenty to get excited about. The first show of the conference was Shaun White Snowboarding, a game that will utilize the balance board to what looked surprisingly smooth. Next up was the next installment in a popular franchise, Animal Crossing: City Folk is on its way and will feature a 24 hour real time clock and come packaged with the Wiispeak peripheral. Shying away from a headset set up, Wiispeak is a community microphone and speaker so where your character is, you’ll hear people around you as if you were in an actual place. To show off the diversity of the console and controllers, footage from 3 games was shown off in the form of Star Wars: Clone Wars, Rayman Raving Rabids TV Season, and Call of Duty: World at War.
As great as the Wii is, you can’t ignore Nintendo’s real money maker. The best selling video game system of all time, The Nintendo DS, made sure its double screened voice was heard. And with 20 million DS units sold in the United States alone, that’s a damn loud voice. Once again, there was no huge announcement, but a version of already infamous game Spore will be coming to the DS in the form of Spore Creatures, a New Pokemon Ranger game is slated for a November release, and a game that will turn the DS into a global cookbook are all set to come to the handheld powerhouse int he coming months. The biggest announcement for games on DS was the announcement of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, an entry in the popular franchise designed specifically for the DS.
Now games aren’t all that were announced. Nintendo unveiled a new attachment for the Wiimote, the Wii Motion Plus. A small square that will plug into the bottom of the Wiimote and seemingly double its sensitivity and accuracy. The Wii Motion plus will come packaged with a Wiimote jacket and Wii Sports Resort, which will include frisbee, jet skiing and sword dueling next spring.
Another aspect of a Nintendo press conference is the presence of a very important man. I’m sure you know who I mean, but the father of modern video games: Shigeru Miyamoto. And once again he did not disappoint with his unveiling of Wii Music. This game is every air bands dream come true with over 50 instruments to play including guitar, drums, saxophone, violin, of course the cowbell, and finally the appearance of the conducting game Miyamoto demonstrated two years ago. To finalize his appearance Miyamoto and a cast of others played the Mario theme in game and weren’t too bad.
Overall Nintendo did a good job, but as I said before, the lack of a Mario, Zelda, or any of Nintendo’s other iconic franchises was a bit of a let down. But Nintendo isn’t the top dog for no reason, so hopefully what they did show is just the tip of the iceberg. But to truly judge, check out Nintendo’s press conference for yourself.
Once again I’d like to thank everyone at G4 for their coverage of E3, making blog posts like this possible. I’d also like to assure you all that this isn’t the end. The press conferences was just the begining, there are loads more game news to reveal and you’re going to hear it all.