Nintendo Wii: Playing is Believing
We didn’t get to play the Wii at the Nintendo E3 Press Conference, but it still disrupts our staid video game ways.
By LIBE GOAD, AOL GAMES The Lowdown:
It’s official the next Nintendo game system will be called Wii; and it will be released uhh, sometime at the end of 2006.
At the Nintendo E3 Press Conference this morning Nintendo TK Reggie File-Aim brushed over the lack of specific release date. And price of the system, which seemed to put a slight damper on the usually rambunctious Nintendo audience. “As in date and price we believe it in our best interested to keep the details private just a while longer,” Fils-Aime said.
The audience clapped, more fervently at some times then others, as video and demos showed off the game lineup for the Wii system. Developers dressed like stage hands demoed the game on stage – twisting and jerking to shoot arrows in ‘Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ and shoot guns and wield a sword in Ubisoft’s ‘Red Steel. ‘Other games making an appearance -- ‘Super Mario Galaxy,’ ‘Tony Hawk Downhill,’ ‘Fire Emblem,’ ‘Madden NFL 07,’ ‘Rayman 4,’ ‘Sonic Wild Fire’ and others. Could Be Sweet Because:
First experiences with the controller have been less than perfect, still can’t wait to get our hands on the nun chuck-like controllers for a longer period of time. After watching various demonstrations on how the controller can be used – as a sword, as a bow and arrow, as a golf club, looks like Nintendo might actually be able to pull off this bizarre (maybe revolutionary?) controller. We really dug the bow and arrow demonstration during the big ‘Zelda’ segment – a guy on stage showed how to shoot the arrow and then showed how players will be able to hear the “fwip” of the arrow from a speaker on the controller that will eventually end up on the TVs speakers as the arrow flies and hits its target. Could Be Wiik Because:
Uh, no release date and no price. Need we say more? The crowds’ high spirits were definitely lessened at the lack of information. Also the game lineup didn’t seem to stray far from the mainstay Nintendo brands like Mario, Zelda and Metroid – and while those games have their merit – it’d be nice to see something other than the graphically-challenged ‘Red Steel’ game from UbiSoft as the real differentiator. ‘Resident Evil’ for Wii maybe? Just sayin.’
Also there was no talk about anything other than the system controller. What about the actual system? Will I have a Nintendo gamer tag; can I play Mario online with my pals? These questions remain unanswered. Expect to Play It:
End of 2006 (?)