My name is Keen and I am happy. Like Mr. Reggie I see today as a celebration for Nintendo. Why is Reggie so happy and why is Nintendo doing so well? Currently they are the top selling gaming console and portable systems in the world for 2007. This is no surprise given that the Wii’s shelf life is now only at it’s 33rd week. Nintendo DS portable gaming systems have sold millions upon millions world wide and are well received by gamers both new and old of all ages. Reggie has a lot to smile about.
At this year’s E3, Nintendo’s Presentation had a theme. You shouldn’t have had any trouble figuring out that Nintendo is trying to be the company that can and will cater to anyone and everyone. Nintendo is trying to make their systems the systems of the people. “Everyone is a gamer.” I’m unsure of my feelings on this one. Throughout the presentation Reggie made it his purpose to make it clear to everyone that anyone can be a gamer. If you turn on a DS you are a gamer. If you give the Wiimote a try you are in fact now a gamer. Nintendo announced several games that they felt are for everyone. From word puzzles and brain teasers to caring for your own little puppy or preparing food, Nintendo’s goal is mass market appeal.
Reggie brought up a very good point. Nintendo’s demographics are reaching far more female games out there than any other systems. It is of no doubt to me that the reason behind this is certainly the aforementioned style of games and general feeling that Nintendo is trying to exude. The games for DS and Wii, for the most part, are being designed so that anyone can use them even if they have never before in their life played a game. Now like never before games are being designed to have streamlined easy playable content for families to enjoy. Instead of having to work at the game to get to the goods you will now be able to immediately jump right into the “fun” and participate. Again, I am unsure how I feel on this. There are those of us out there who enjoy the Zelda, Mario, Metroid, and other titles that Nintendo has become so famous for. Does Nintendo remember us?
I was beginning to completely abandoned by Nintendo until halfway through the presentation Reggie finally, and I stress finally, reveals a title I am interested in. Mario Kart is coming to the Wii! My absolute favorite title from previous systems will be making an appearance for the Wii and have world wide real time multiplayer action in both race and battle style. Bundled with Mario Kart will be the newly announced wheel accessory for the Wiimote. By attaching the Wiimote to the back of the wheel players will be able to drive their carts like never before. The best part about this is that the concept really has potential. This announcement is huge for the Wii because so far we have not really seen any games meant for those of us who have been with Nintendo for decades (aside from Zelda.). Along with Mario Kart, there will be a Metroid game coming to the Wii that once again looks really really good. The controls and the depth of gameplay that the Wiimote will create is actually something to be excited about. These two titles are a site for sore eyes.
But that’s not all. Nintendo announced that Super Smash Bros will be coming out in 2007 as well as… MARIO GALAXY! FINALLY (bold for emphasis) I can say I am glad that I own a Wii. It’s crazy that Nintendo has waited this long to get these games out. If these games were launch titles not only would the Wii have been even more of a booming success but it’s release would have been catastrophic nail in the coffin for the PS3. But that’s the past and now there is only this blinding bright future ahead. Mario Galaxy is looking like it will be the best Mario console gamer ever. Just the shear number of things that the Wii will introduce to the series will make this a title to never forget. Also, Smash Bros (a favorite of ours) will be a breath of fresh air.
Wii Fit. Where to start? I don’t like it at all. Simple enough I guess. I don’t see this as game related at all and I certainly don’t see any justification for it taking a massive portion of their presentation. I have absolutely zero interest in weighing myself on a Wii or standing on a board in the middle of the room to play ridiculous minigames. I’m sure the Japanese eat this stuff up but where is the market in North America for fitness in video games? I don’t know about you but I prefer a big recliner and a bag of chips with my Mario. If I wanted exercise I would go outside. But like I said in the beginning of this entry, Nintendo is going out on a limb to round up everyone they can to slap on a gamer tag.
Nintendo needs to stick with what they do best. Making great games like Zelda, Mario titles, Metroids, etc. They need to get away from this Mii thing and see that in order to compete in the long run they need lasting appeal. The fitness and “cutesie” bit will wear off quickly. In all it was a good presentation but it should have been great.