As the Nintendo Wii and DS continue to steadily outsell
competing consoles from Sony and Microsoft, gamers anxiously awaited the
Nintendo E3 press conference, where a number of announcements were expected.
Nintendo started the conference off
with Reggie Fils-Aime giving a brief introduction on the current status of the
video game industry in Japan and the United States. Even though the
numbers have changed, the President of Nintendo America enthusiastically
presented data that media and analysts expected. For example, in the
United States -- the biggest and most competitive game market -- the industry
was up nearly 50% over the same time frame in 2006, Fils-Aime said.
The Wii Zapper, a gun shell designed to be used with the Wii, was brought onto
the stage. The Zapper will be packaged alongside some new video games and
will have a retail price of $19.99. Games such as Medal of Honor and
Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles will make use of the Zapper. Nintendo
is currently creating what can be considered a top-secret title which will
feature the Zapper, with no details disclosed during this morning's conference.
Understanding that wireless gameplay is something that gamers utilize, Fils-Aime
spoke about Nintendo online for a few minutes during the conference. A
short video montage highlighted that more than 5 million people are using the
wireless online capability of their DS handheld console.
Fils-Aime also spoke about a number of new video games Wii owners can look forward
to in the future. Brain Age 2 was featured during the press conference
and users can expect it to be available in North America on August 20. Super
Mario Galaxy will be available "November 12, this year," said
Fils-Aime. EA's MySims will be available for the DS and Wii, though
release information wasn't announced. Wii gamers can also look forward to
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption along with the rest of the titles announced.
"I can announce today that Smash Bros. Brawl will launch in the Americas
on December 3," he said.
The WiiWare game
development technology will officially begin service next year, according
to Nintendo. The Nintendo press release promotes WiiWare as a service
which "provides game creators a simple method by which they can get their
games to the public."
Nintendo remains dedicated to the development of video games that cater to both
casual gamers and more experienced video game players.
Shigeru Miyamoto presented Wii Fit, a new game designed to be entertaining and
beneficial for game players. Players balance, hop, kick, and perform other exercise on top of a unique floor mat called the Wii balance
board. Over time, the game will monitor a player's Mii, also keeping
track of a player's body mass index (BMI). Wii Fit will feature more than
40 different activities for players.
Nintendo is happy, but won't be happy until the company is able to "steal
more of that (leisure) time," Fils-Aime warned at the end of the show.