Nintendo E3 Presser Highlights

nintendoHere are the big points of the big N’s press event today:

  • Looks like those reports of a new Mario Wii game were right. However, they shocked everyone with a new Super Mario Bros. game – with 4 player co-op! Plays a lot like LittleBigPlanet from the looks of it. It will also be out by X-Mas!
  • Wii Fit Plus is out in late 2009. Oh joy.
  • Wii Sports Resort uses the new Wii Motion Plus for enhanced movement – isn’t this what the Wii was supposed to do to begin with? However, the sky diving looks cool, also there will be basketball and archery.
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 packaged with Wii Motion Plus. Neat.
  • Red Steel 2 also comes packaged with Motion Plus and can only be played with the peripheral. Gameplay looks pretty sweet, and love the new art style.
  • Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Crystal Bearers, a new open world RPG headed exclusively to the Wii. That’s what I’m talking about. The system sorely needs more RPG’s.
  • A new DS Mario and Luigi RPG called Bowser’s Inside Story is coming at the end of the year. Those games are fun, but they really need to change the formula.
  • Next, they teased everyone with a “legendary RPG announcement”. No, it’s not Zelda. Turns out it’s Golden Sun DS. Meh.
  • Cop, a new DS game from Ubisoft, looks like a rip-off of Chinatown Wars, only it might be even better.
  • Wario Ware DIY for the DS lets you design your own games. Could be cool, but due to Nintendo’s fear of the Internet, I can’t see this going anywhere.
  • Facebook is coming to the DSi. That’s two systems now. You can upload your pictures of yourself with a squished head!
  • Every presser is bound to have a wtf, and Nintendo unleashed one with the Wii Vitality Sensor. It’s a pulse reader that helps you relax? Seriously, they just showed a pic of Iwata in a recliner with his eyes closed and the thing on his finger. Wtf Nintendo. Games, please.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2! This one’s got Yoshi in it apparently. I have to say, that’s a pretty cool announcement. Any new 3D mario game is a total bonus. No date given, though.
  • You know it’s bad when Reggie has to come out and say “I read the blogs, too”, and has to defend Nintendo’s hardcore-ism. After that, he showed off Sega’s Conduit, Dead Space: Extraction and Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles. Nothing too exciting here.
  • Oh snap. A new Metroid game dubbed Other M is being made by Team Ninja, the Ninja Gaiden dudes. It’s a mature game with awesome third person action and platforming elements. Coming in 2010, and holy crap it actually looks cool. Maybe one of the best announcements at E3 to date.
  • Kind of weird that Miyamoto didn’t make an appearance. I’m guessing that means we won’t be seeing Zelda until next year.

I have to admit, while most of that was a snoozer, the Project M reveal at the end was incredible. Check back throughout the day and these bullets will be updated with links to videos and screenshots.

What’s the coolest news from the Nintendo event? Discuss!

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8 thoughts on “Nintendo E3 Presser Highlights”

  1. I could almost here the entire internet going “meh” throughout the whole press conference. Wii Vitality? How about we just bust out the Wii Catheter and get it over with? (I was watching the Kotaku live blog, and I loved their reaction to the Vitality thing: What the hell?)

    Of course, Nintendo pulled itself out of a PR nosedive with Mario Galaxy 2 and a new Metroid. (Even if the title is kinda stupid.)

    I was really looking forward to some Zelda lovin’, but I’ll take Mario and Samus when I can get ’em.

  2. 2 Mario games??? Awesome!
    I knew there would be no new Zelda for the Wii, though.

    Metroid looks amazing. Literally dropped my jaw!

  3. Just because wii’s target audience ain’t the hardcore gamer, but the every day Joe, then they shouldn’t even try to sneak in to the e3.

  4. I thought the co-op Mario is pretty cool, however, I know its early but the Metroid game for me so far is a rent

  5. I didn’t expect nintendo to top microsoft, but hey, they at least gave me a reason to consider holding on to my wii just a little longer. 2 Mario games, the epic metroid (it looks epic… and it’s rated m… seriously for nintendo… wow.), and FF: Crystal Bearers (Which I think is the sequel to crystal chronicles, if I’m right.)

    I didn’t expect to hear about a new zelda, though I was surprised that they didn’t show pikmin 3 (I’m only saying this because it was heavily hinted on).

    And let’s all be honest, did we really expect Nintendo to wow us considering how the company is today? Let’s give the big n some credit, considering their focus is on the casual market, they didn’t do so bad in getting us excited for some new games. I’d say considering everything, I think they did a good job.

  6. Yeah they really did. 2 new Marios and a new (awesome looking) Metroid is quite a good showing. However, would it hurt Nintendo to try some new IPs every now and then. Every year we want Mario, Zelda, Metroid, repeat.

  7. Metroid Other M is the Metroid I’ve been waiting for. It looks SUH=WEEEET! Oh, and I love that reference to Fusion, “Any objections lady?” -Adam
    Can’t wait for that. We’ll finally see some deeper story. I’m glad Team Ninja’s on the job. They’re competent and looks like they’ll make MOM awesome!

    Red Steel 2 looks cool, I’ll keep an eye on that.

    I hope we see a new and GOOD Zelda. None of this Toon Link crap.

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