Wednesday, July 11, 2007

E307: Nintendo got Killzowned

How have the tables turned. It was lucky that I did not catch the ultimate boring MS E3 conference this early morning. A new ugly green 360? No thanks. I thought Nintendo's E307 conference will be so much better (as evident in last year's conference), I rushed home to be met by 500 server errors and half-expected a megaton. But no...

If there is one thing Nintendo's current and Sony's past market domination proved is that winners loves to boast. Nintendo's E3 conference was filled with gloating, stats and PR fluff and almost no new games shown except some really awful ones with really awful textures. Stuff like Mario Kart Wii isn't really unexpected, but to proclaim the game as an ultimate online experience... Has Nintendo actually played MK:DS online recently? It sucks. I guess that explains the lack of crowd enthusiasm. Instead of DS montage we got YouTube montage...

The likeable underdog that was the GameCube era of Nintendo is gone. Now we have a new arrogant one... It is surprising to say this but I hope Sony will save E3.

Highlights of the conference so you don't have to subject yourself to torture:

Reggie: We expanded the videogaming market.

Audience: ...

Reggie: We have proof.

Audience: ...

Reggie: Check out this Wii-Zapper holder.

Audience: ...

Reggie: Super Smash Bros Brawl launches on Dec 3!!

Audience: ...

Reggie: Check out this Mii channel.

Audience: ...

Reggie: We take online seriously.

Audience: ...

Reggie: Check out this Wii remote wheel (that we ripped off from Ubisoft).

Audience: ...

Reggie: Mario Galaxy launches Nov 12...

Audience: ...

Reggie (face clearly dejected): ... Nov 12... This year...

Audience: ...

On the other hand Wii Fit does look promising. But it is a non-game. It belongs at an informercial, no E3! I want to play videogames Mr. Miyamoto!

Sigh... can't wait for Christmas so I can flog off our Wii console for a massive profit to non-gamer soccer mums. Will take DS Lite to grave though...

Excuse me while I drown myself in sorrow by switching to E4 and watch more Friends repeats and try to login into Nintendo's press site to find press kits of, your know, proper non-nongames.

Note: I can't believe how fast the internet is after the conference.

3 comments:

RichardAM said...

The Ninty conference was pretty stale- after the success of Brain Training there seems to be a real lack of "proper" games now.

That may suit gamers and non gamers alike in Japan, but i'm not so sure that'll be efficient here.

Assassin's Creed however, as always, continues to impress.

Jon said...

Oh well (shrugs)

At least there is a Golden Sun to look forward to.

Thank goodness all those PS3 games are only being released in 2008. Hopefully two price cuts will follow before I finally cave in.

Anonymous said...

^think again, pal.

All those PS3 games they showed, with the exception of metal gear solid 4, are all 2007 releases. It starts on august with the launch of Lair and Home. And from there on, it will destroy everything in it's path.