Tuesday, June 2, 2009

E3 09: Nintendo Conference

Well, as everyone remembers, Nintendo didn't do so hot at E3 in terms of pleasing their fans and showing of games to excite the hardcore crowd. But this year is a new year isn't it? ... isn't it?!

This years show opened up with Ms. Smiles herself, Cammie Dunaway, talking about how Nintendo is for everyone; and reinforced "innovation". But then it was time to put up:

New Super Mario Bros Wii
- 4 Players (Mario, Luigi, 2 Toads)
- Pop-in/out co-op
- Wiimote, NES style controls
- New 'Propeller Suit'
- Worldwide release Holiday 2009

Wii Fit Plus
- Make your own workouts
- 15 new balance games
- Available Fall 2009, with or without Balance Board

Wii Sports Resort
- Includes basketball, archery, golf, kayaking, and more.
- Skydiving intro mini-game
- Releasing July 26th

-Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
-Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
- North America and Europe release in Fall

Golden Sun DS
- Yes, you just read that
- Completely 3D

James Patterson's Women's Murder Club
- From THQ for DS
- Mystery solving, puzzles
- Seems lame

C.O.P. The Recruit
- From Ubisoft for DS
- GTA console style gameplay

Style Savvy
- Girls Mode for US release
- ... I'm not covering this

Nintendo DSi promo video with people you don't want to watch.

Flipnote Studio
- aka Moving Memo
- coming this summer

Mario vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again
- Fully user created levels
- Share levels online
- DSiWare title, available this Monday

WarioWare: D.I.Y.
- "Do it yourself"
- Make your own mini-games, share online

Nintendo DSi update
- Photo upload to Facebook

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
- ... only mentioned?!
- Playable on show floor at least

Iwata comes out to talk about gamers, difficulty levels, and like topics.

Wii Vitality Sensor
- A pulse sensor for your finger, connects to Wiimote
- Looks like the same pulse sensor you'd use at a hospital
- No actual use of the device shown

Super Mario Galaxy 2
- First 3D Mario sequel for one system
- Includes Yoshi gameplay
- Looks as good, if not, better than the first game

Reggie comes out to talk about third party games
- The Conduit (Sega), Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Capcom), and Dead Space Extraction (EA).

Metroid: Other M
- Nintendo and Team Ninja project
- Combines 3D, 2.5D and first person
- Set for 2010


Sin & Punishment 2 is playable at the show, but go no mention at the conference ... what gives? But seriously, even though this was a much better show than last year's Wii Music debacle, I didn't leave as excited as I was with Microsoft's conference, and I'm far from a Microsoft fan. None the less, I was pleasantly surprised by Golden Sun DS, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and I'm now super interested in Metroid: Other M.

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