Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference Overview

Overall I was extremely disappointed…there really wasn’t anything announced for the Wii and DS that I need to get. Animal Crossing is cool and everything, but it’s not on the same level as a new Mario/Metroid/Zelda/etc. game.

3rd Party Games Wii

– Star Wars The Clone Wars – Use Wiimote like a light saber. Coming sometime in 2008.

– Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party – used balance board as a flying ironing board.

– Call of Duty World at War – use Wiimote like a gun or flamethrower. Lots of things blowing up. “Coming Soon”.

3rd Party Games DS

– Guitar Hero on Tour Decades – On the way this Fall. Share songs between games.

– Spore Creatures – Different then the Spore. Just basically looks like the creature creator, can share creatures with others.

– Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars – Coming to DS this winter. Custom game engine, same GTA gameplay.

First party DS

– Pokemon Rangers Shadows of Almia (sp?) – No real details.

First party Wii

– WiiSports Resort – Uses Wii MotionPlus. Packaged with WiiSports Resort, along with extended sleeve. Knows where your arm is in space. Showed throwing a Frisbee, riding a jet ski and sword fighting. Sword fighting looked pretty cool.

– WiiMusic – Some guy playing drums and sweating a lot. Miyamoto playing a WiiMote like a saxophone. Playing at the same time. You don’t play notes, you don’t have to know how to play a real instrument. All you do is hold the WiiMote and move like your actually playing the instrument and the game does the rest. Playing a song from an F-Zero game. Played a variety of instruments. Drums, use Wii Balance Board. Can record a music video. 4 people playing the Mario song together, look stupid.

– Animal Crossing Town Folk – See here

Technology updates

– For the DS, they talked about using it to find your gate at an airport, didn’t say how exactly. DS can earn a spot in your kitchen, in November there is a game coming out that’s basically a cookbook. Didn’t catch the name.

– For the Wii, Wii MotionPlus. Renders movement better.

– WiiSpeak – Microphone for the Wii. See here

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