My thoughts on E3 and console gaming. Part 1: Nintendo
Alright, so I've all been checking the blogs and G4 for every bit of information for the past week, and here are my opinions on E3 and the console wars. I'll post in 4 parts in this continuing series:
2. Playstation 3
3. Xbox 360
4. Multiplatform & The Final Verdict
Nintendo: "We are no longer the Nintendo you once knew"
Sony: "Here's some cool stuff... and some other stuff. So many screens"
Microsoft: "Mii too, mii too. And oh, we have some great games coming"
So e3 was pretty lackluster in general this year for a host of reasons. I have been waiting to go 'next gen' based on how e3 was going to turn out... oh well...
If you wanted to pick out winners and losers I guess it depends on who we are talking about. Are we talking about gamers or companies?
Yes, the Wii is winning in terms of units sold, but where was Mario, Kid Icarus or Zelda? Nintendo is taking a completely different strategy this generation (or is it?). They defined the industry back in the 80's, and now they are trying to do one thing... Make games mainstream again. More specifically, make Nintendo mainstream again. Back in the NES days... Nintendo was a household name, to this day people still refer to games as "playing Nintendo." This isn't because of the N64 or the Gamecube... it's because of the NES, and later the SNES. The NES was new and novel. That's Nintendo's position now... its new and novel to have a Wii.
"Wii love the Power glove too"
Yesterday I was having a lunch meeting, and the subject of the wii came up... to my amazement, all of my coworkers (about 9 in all) had either some experience with the wii, or owned one. These types of conversations are happening all over the world. Nintendo is mainstream again.
The Wii has become the next furby, tai bo, elmo, and NES all wrapped up into one. It's not winning because of games, but because of peripherals... The Wii has won mainstream success, but can it continue to entertain gamers? E3 did not answer that question. Only time will tell. I've heard some quotes saying that Nintendo decided to concentrate on casual for e3, and then hardcore for some of the other shows... but who knows.
This post was a bit short because Nintendo's offerings were so lackluster this year... MS & Sony had much stronger offerings (kinda). Come back next time for my thoughts on Sony's showing at e3, and then in part three for the 360. Part 4 will deal with the some multiplatform games, and The Final Verdict.
This is evyrew signing out.
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