Following along with Nintendo’s E3 press conference on Twitter, the live reactions were less than enthusiastic. Well, it’s no wonder with a presenter like this:
Does she look excited about Nintendo to you?
For the most part, Nintendo’s presentation ambled along like an old woman with a bad hip. The overall experience was so blah, #nintendofail was in danger of becoming a trending topic for a while there.
These were the lowlights:
- Wii Fit Plus – Some minor improvements to Wii Fit, such as omitting wait-times between exercises and the ability to target specific areas. Riveting!
- Wii MotionPlus – Add-on hardware to make the Wiimote sensors more precise. Will run you about $20 for something that makes the Wii function the way it’s supposed to. Oh and by the way, some new games will require it, like Red Steel 2.
(noticing a trend here with the tacking “Plus” onto everything?)
- Terrible scripted jokes between Bill and Reggie.
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers – Yet another Final Fantasy title…
- Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion – New “interactive fiction” game series for DS, adding another nail to the coffin of real adventure games.
- Style Savvy – Yet another brainless pink-packaged game aimed at tweenaged girls.
- DSi circle jerk: over 1M units sold in less than 2 months, and DSi gamers will soon be able to share photos on Facebook.
- Wii Vitality Sensor – Peripheral that monitors pulse rate, nervousness, etc. I don’t even know what the fuck to say about this…
I’m on the fence about:
- Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks – Demo playable at E3 this week, but didn’t like the few screenshots we saw.
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong – Players will be able to design their own levels, gameplay looked kinda fun.
- Golden Sun DS
- WariorWare DIY – Gamers can design their own minigames from scratch & share with friends; kinda neat, I guess.
- Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicals – Another on-rails shooter from the RE franchise.
But there were a few sprinkles of cool:
- Wii Sports Resort – Basketball, archery, skydiving & more.
- Super Mario Galaxy sequel – yes, yes, yes! The demo looked awesome, the graphics bright and beautiful.
And then, saving the best for last, Nintendo made up for much of its E3 snorefest with the announcement of…
Metroid: Other M
Okay, seriously, I want this game NOW!
Update: Penny Arcade sums up my feelings exactly.