E3 Roundup- Nintendo
Yesterday, Microsoft wowed everyone with their E3 conference (I so want that Project Natal!), and today Nintendo had their turn to present some of their upcoming video games and add-ons to their family-friendly systems. Let me just tell you in the outset: this was NOWHERE NEAR as wow-inducing as Microsoft’s stuff, but it still had some rather interesting moments of it’s own. Read on for the full roundup.
Starting with a couple new games Nintendo and partners showed off.
Super Smash Bros. Wii
Super Smash Bros. Wii
Yup, the popular Gameboy and DS game is finally coming to the Wii. It brings the storyline and all the features and you’d expect from the Super Smash Bros. series, with some new firsts and features to mark it’s big leap to the game console. New features include new multiplayer support (4 players can play the storyline together, and just pop in at any point of the game), tilt-able controls using the Wiimote (like with a seesaw to lift your character up, or shaking to mess up other players. Character options, by the way, are Mario, Lugi or 2 toads, though you can control Yoshi when riding on him, and use his tongue to swallow enemies or, for more interesting activities– like other players. It also introduces new items like a propeller, and if in multiplayer story mode, it ranks every player individually at the end of each level.
Super Smash Bros. Wii is expected to drop by this year’s holiday season.
The weight of a dog in Wii Fit Plus
Wii Fit Plus
This is really just a software upgrade to the current Wii Fit, which means if you already got Wii Fit, you don’t need to go out and buy a new board to benefit from Wii Fit Plus. New in Wii Fit Plus are 15 new mini games (like juggling and skateboarding), 6 new strength and yoga activities, and the ability to tailor your workout to be in 20, 30 or 40 minute periods (which is better than in the original Wii Fit, where it never got this “intense”). Oh, and for those who, for some reason far beyond my comprehension, if you wish you can also walk your dogs and cats (seriously, Nintendo put this in- hey, maybe soon you can give your dog a workout without having to take him for a real life walk!).
The Wii Fit Plus comes out later this year with Balance Board bundles for those who haven’t gotten the first Wii Fit and need the board, and a disc-only version for those with the Balance Board from the first game.
Metroid: Other M
Not much is known on this game in terms of details and plot, but this looks to finally (and THANKFULLY) bring the Wii to appeal to the more intense gamer. All we know so far is that it is coming in 2010, and will take you deeper into Samus’s story, with Samus even speaking for the first time! The game will also be a mix of first and third person shooter, which should be interesting, to say the least (usually it’s either one or the other).
DSi and Wii News
On the DSi front, the major news here is that you can now upload your pix straight from your DSi’s camera to your Facebook profile. This is nice and definitely makes the camera more useful.
For the Wii itself, Nintendo unveiled something that, in my opinion, is completely ridiculous and insane (in a BAD way).
The ridiculous Wii Vitality Sensor
What we’re talking about here is a “Vitality Sensor”: connected to the Wiimote, it measures pulse (yes, like your heartbeats), and I haven’t the slightest clue on what in the world Nintendo was thinking, and how in the world this can be applied to games.
That about does it folks. Nothing to really see here (literally), and I personally think Nintendo will be in for a world of hurt once Project Natal comes out for the 360 next year, which will give players not only an awesome experience, but will make the 360 even better for both the casual and intense gamer (oh, and the PS3 also has a motion system coming out soon, we’ll cover that in their E3 Roundup post in the coming days). Let’s hope Nintendo’s got something else in store before Natal comes out.
For a full list of everything Nintendo from E3, see their site here.
What do you think– if you were getting a new video game system now, and had to choose between Wii and 360, which would you choose knowing what is coming next year for both systems? Sound off in the comments.