E3 2007: Nintendo Press Conference Recap

Nintendo’s E3 media briefing has come to a close and overall I’d say it was a solid showing with a lot of big new announcements. Nothing super spectacular mind you, but plenty of cool things to look forward to on the Wii and DS.

After Reggie opened the conference spouting a bunch of sales figures and the usual PR babble, things kicked into gear. Much of the show centered around the announcement of a variety of new Wii peripherals, including a new light-gun style Wii Zapper, the Wii Wheel and the Wii Balance Board.

The Wii Zapper is basically a housing unit for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in the shape of a gun that is going to be available later this year with certain undisclosed Wii software for $19.99. Games like Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Medal of Honor: Airborne and Ghost Squad were confirmed to be some of the first titles to utilize the accessory. It looked pretty cool, but honestly, I don’t see that it brings all that much to shooter titles that can’t already be done using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk via the traditional method.

Next up came word of the Wii Wheel, a steering wheel controller housing for the Wii Remote that will be launched alongside the newly announced Mario Kart Wii, which is scheduled to come out early next year. Mario Kart Wii will also feature online play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Closing out the show, Miyamoto and three fitness trainers demoed a new fitness training game called Wii Fit (due in first half of 2008), which will come packaged with Nintendo’s other new accessory, the Wii Balance Board. The Balance Board is a pressure-sensitive device that measures your balance and body mass as you stand on it, with Wii Fit taking advantage of the technology to provide workout activities like push-ups, step aerobics and yoga, and mini-games like hoola-hooping and soccer ball heading competitions. The game bombed a little bit during the demonstration, with the pressure and motion-sensing not working all that well in two of the three activity demos, but the idea is brilliant and the device introduces another innovative method of controlling a game.

Other big news from the event included release date confirmation on two major Wii titles, including Super Mario Galaxy, coming out on November 12th, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, due out on December 3rd. A new Check Mii Out Channel was announced as well, a channel bringing players together to show off and share their Mii creations, complete with fan voting, contests and more. So overall I’d say Nintendo had a much better showing than Microsoft last night.

Next up is Sony, back with a report once their conference is over…

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