Nintendo Press Conference
Conference starts slowly, lots of talking about causal gamers and innovation.
Mario’s next game will be a new way to play, 4 Dimensions. New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It has 4-player co-op. Players can form human (and toad) towers, and throw each other, not unlike Disgaea. It is a 2d sidescroller and has new items, like the Propeller suit which is fairly self-explanatory. Will be available Holiday 2009. (Don’t see the 4d aspect, or 3D for that matter…)
Next they talked about Wii Fit. Wii Fit Plus is announced. More customizable and based on you specifically with personal training regimens.
Next on stage is good ole Reggie Fils-Aime. He talks about Wii philosophy and mission statement type things. Now he talks more about Wii Motion Plus, who unnoticeable it is, just a tiny extender. It is a realism-enhancer. A demo video/commercial for WiiSports Resort is shown, featuring a stylistic ping pong clip, and 1:1 katana action among other things. Video is a cool concept, and fairly well executed, but not real time gameplay so it may be overhyping itself. Then they demoed it live on stage. It looks fairly responsive and accurate. Archery looks really fun. There is a 3-point basketball minigame, doesn’t look as fun, but looks responsive enough. Comes out July 26. New Tiger Woods game comes with the Motion Plus, Grand Slam Tennis and Virtua Tennis both use Motion Plus. Apparently the game will make you curse (which is supposed to be a good thing?).
Now they are talking about RPGs, specifically Square Enix, announcing a new open world exclusive Final Fantasy game. Looks to be Crystal Bearers, which is actually looking pretty good, character designs aside. They then mentioned Kingdom Hearts for DS. Features Utada Hikaru music of course. Then they talk about the new Mario and Luigi game, which sees the titular characters shrunk and exploring Bowser’s ‘internal pipes’ which he assures us is a good thing. Game comes out this fall in US and UK. One more RPG announced: GOLDEN SUN DS! I have waited forever for this game, this is great news.
James Patterson’s “Women’s Murder Club:Games of Passion” game is coming out for DS, looks pretty decent for what it is. Ubisoft’s Cop: The Recruit is designed to be dark and gritty. Looks pretty good.
Next they talk about fashion games, Girls Mode and Style Savvy, to expand female gameplay for tweens.
Next are some ‘on-the-street’ style clips about the DSi. An emphasis is placed on creation and sharing. FlipNotes comes out this summer. The new Mario vs. Donkey Kong lets players create levels. WarioWare: DIY is announced, lets users create their own microgames. DSi pics can now be auto-uploaded to Facebook this fall.
Next, they begin talking about Zelda: Spirit Tracks, which will be playable on the show floor.
After that Iwata steps on stage. He gives a big speech about games for everyone, mentioning that a harder game should be playable by casual people. He then announces the Wii Vitality Sensor, which detects pulse among other things. It looks like a hospital finger monitor. Definitely the biggest WTF moment of E3 so far.
Next up is more Mario news: Mario Galaxy 2, now with more Yoshi. Looks great for a Wii game. Tons of gameplay is showed so it must be pretty far along. There’s a snow level, underwater sections, the haunted castle, some interesting flower-laden worlds, and a lot of tricky platforming on display.
Three hardcore Wii-exclusive 3rd party games, out by the end of the year. The Conduit, Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles, and Dead Space: Extraction.
A new Nintendo/Team Ninja game is shown, its Metroid: Other M coming in 2010, looks great. Quite the surprise.
That appears to be the end of the conference. No new Zelda, alas, but solid nonetheless.