At Nintendo’s press event held in the Nokia Center in Los Angeles, there were plenty of announcements, but only a handful of minor surprises. In general, Nintendo plans to continue doing exactly what has made it such a success- by appealing to families, and building on what works.
The day at E3 began as we were ushered into the Nokia Center, just a few doors down from the LA Convention Center, where E3 is officially being held. Once people were seated, and the lights dimmed and Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo America took the stage, and the event began.
First, Fils-Aime covered the success of Nintendo, and dispelled rumors of Nintendo’s sales beginning to flatline. Nintendo still has the two best selling consoles in the Wii and the DS, and last December the Wii sold more consoles than any system ever in a one month period. The DS officially became the best selling system of all-time, so Nintendo is doing well, and the future continues to look bright. Once the talkingpoints had been established, the show really began.
-First up was a look at a new Zelda game, Zelda: Skyward Sword. A new feature will build off of the Wii Motion Plus, and players will be able to use the Wii controllers as a sword and a shield. Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director and creator of the Zelda franchise, explained the system before surprising the crowd and appearing on stage to show off the new controls.
Problems with the connectivity of the controllers began, which caused a few chuckles, and a comment that we should all turn off our wifi (which was likely a joke at Steve Jobs’ expense). The problems slightly marred what looks to be an otherwise solid entry into the Zelda franchise.
The game itself will allow players to swing the sword based on the motion of the controller, while defending with the other controller as a shield. The Wii nunchucks also will allow you to aim a bow and a slingshot, and one new feature is a beetle- which acts like a remote controlled helper that can fly off, pick up items, and scan the area ahead. The game is due out next year.
One of the games announced for the 3DS as a launch title was the long awaited return of Kid Icarus in Kid Icarus: Uprising. Huge applause followed the news.
Other 3DS titles mentioned included a new Metal Gear, a Resident Evil game, and Assassin’s Creed: Legacy, to name a few.
The show ended with a short hands on demo of the 3DS, which featured a brief video that highlighted the potential of the hardware. It was brief, but promising.
All-in-all, Nintendo’s event did not wow many people. The debuts were impressive, although not risky, but they did what they set out to do: remind people why they are still number one.
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