July 11, 2007
E3 News- Nintendo Press Conference
11:05AM (CST) - "My name, is Reggie. And I am happy."
11:07AM (CST) - Reggie explaining the growth of interest and other avenues, and general back-slapping over sales.
11:19AM (CST) - Introducing the Wii "Zapper". Wii remote and nunchuck housing. Package Wii Zapper with software. Available at $19.99.
11:24AM (CST) - Super Smash Bros. Brawl launching on 12/3/07.
11:26AM (CST) - Mike and Bill Trinnen introduction, for Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
11:27AM (CST) - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass; utilizes the touch screen for many tasks, and make gameplay 'fresh'.
11:30AM (CST) - Metroid Prime 3: Coruption; Holding down the minus button and gesturing to change visor views. Morph ball returns. Lock on 'free aiming'. While being locked on, the ability to aim anywhere on screen is available. Hyper Mode with energy tank in P.E.D suit to give her more power. If used too long, however, Samus will become corrupt ed.
11:33AM (CST) - Serious online strategy discussion. Quoted 5m players on DS wifi connections. Humbling statements about playing online. "Wiiware" - unique stand-alone content to be downloaded to the Wii, beginning next year. "Check Mii Out!" vote and find Mii's. Contests, promotions, and creating Mii's based on certain 'real-life' celebrities. Will Nintendo ever get serious about 'real' online gaming? Pokemon online, apparently is 'serious'.
Players will be competing online with the world's most hyper-active soccer title, Super Mario Strikers.
Dragon Quest Monsters - Joker, 'a monster catching adventure', battling online.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, including a wireless Les Paul controller.
Apparently this is all serious online.
Mario Kart for Wii, online, in the first quarter of next year. Not your father's Mario Kart. Racing against rivals around the world, in REAL TIME. Online multi-player battle mode. More racers = more fun? First timer's can immediately stay bumper-to-bumper with a kart veteran. Custom 'wii wheel', debut with Mario Kart for Wii. Custom steering wheel offers potential to level the track for new players. Wii Wheel will come packaged with Mario Kart software.
"All this makes games feel fresh again, no matter how long you've been playing."
11:43AM (CST) - Mass market what's next. Satoru Iwata introduction. New proposals in games and appreciation. Player attraction and paradigm shifts taking place in his own home. DS Cook book software enthuses Iwata. Fear that Nintendo has lost its passion. Hopes that this is not the case. Ask the veterans to remember their very first day as gamers, and if they are like him, it was an exciting time in life, and maybe a little intimidating due to others being more competent, as well as annoying, because of being accused of wasting your life. He had parents too.
The next step is too destroy the psychological barrier between novice players and accomplished players. And to stop narrow labeling. Accept that games are for everyone. Everyone can develop a taste for videogames.
11:53AM (CST) - Brain Age success. Release 8/20/07.
11:53AM (CST) - Super Mario Galaxy: Worthy successor. Sets a new gold standard for player interface, for any game. Requires skill and luck to finish, but also accessible to people without experience. Release 11/12/07.
11:55AM (CST) - We're just getting started: Picross DS, with hundreds of picture puzzles to create and share, and download new ones. EA's My Sims; immediately approachable. Highschool Musical, waste. Ubisoft's Rayman Raving Rabbids 2. Among other titles.
12:01AM (CST) - Shigeru Miyamoto introduction. Wii Fitness being a primary interest. Usage demonstrations. Battles against Reggie, loses.
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