E3 2006 Coverage

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E3 2006: Nintendo Press Conference

E3 2006 Nintendo Press Conference
Tuesday May 9, 2006 - 9:20 AM - CCC is live at the E3 Nintendo Press Conference in Los Angeles, CA at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. We're waiting to see what's going on....should be exciting.
9:30 AM - We've all got to turn our cellphones and other devices off. Maybe they're going to show a movie....I hope it's Air Bud 5!
9:35 AM - Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda creator) takes the stage and is conducting an orchestra of video characters onscreen playing the Zelda theme! Nice tux! He is using the Wii controller (I call it the Wii-Mote) as a baton.
9:37 AM - Some dudes playing an offroad game with the Wii controller. Now he's swordfighting with it. Cool.
9:38 AM - Reggie Filles-Aimes comes on stage. If all you want is next genration, you're in the wrong place. What you'll see from Nintendo is not just next.,..it's absolutely new. It's about the feel. It's no longer confined to the few...it's for everyone. It's not about what you see...it's about what you play.
9:40 AM - Montage of the Wii in action. New Mario, tennis, Zelda, Metroid...holy crap! I want it!
9:45 AM - Reggie has a couple of Q's for us. Do you know someone who has never played a video game before? If we want to grow as an industry, this has to change. Change begins here.

Reggie asks rhetorically: Why did Nintendo make the system so different? How much is it? When is it coming? What's the deal with the name?

[Reggie] "Our industry only accepts progress only by what's on the screen.

How do we make games that feel entirely new all over again? Everyone of you will FEEL our answer? As for date and price it's in our best interest to keep that secret for a little while, but you will be playing Wii in the 4th Q of 2006. (mild applause)

We want to thank everyone who said good things about it the day you heard it. Both of you. (laughter) Did you laugh at Ikea? Google? Lexus?

Every new gamer is going to join us. It's a giant leap for gaming."

9:50 AM -

Lots of games previewed via video:

  • Some dudes playing drums with the Wii-motes
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Redsteel
  • Rayman
  • Wario Ware
  • Pilot Wings (??)
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Excite-Truck

9:55 AM - The best Zelda game we've ever made, it's also the most beautiful game we've ever made. Zelda will launch with the Wii for the first time in Nintendo history.

Nate and Bill play The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii version) live for the audience in attendance.

Movement on nunchuck. Fairy flying around the screen designates what you can interact with. Incredibly interactive. Aim the Wii-mote to a scarecrow and use the hookshot to yank yourself there. Nunchuck has speaker in it which allows you to hear the string of the bow being pulled. Use the Wii-Mote to aim. Use it as a sword by slashing (there are also buttons). Pushing the wii-mote ahead of you can act as a shield push and will slam against enemies. Extremely impressive. Spin the nunchuku around and it will do spin slash. Use the wii-mote to cast a line and fish with it in Zelda. Visually the game looks great. A dungeon is demonstrated.


10:02 AM - 3 early previews: Excite-Truck. Project H.A.M.M. E.R., Disaster: Day Of Crisis.

Third party: Sonic, FF: Crystal Chronicles, Madden, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, Rayman 4, Spongebob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab.

27 Wii games will be on the E3 show floor and the gaming industry will be seeing even more on video.

10:06 AM- UbiSoft shows off RedSteel. FPS action game set in US and Japan. Violent shooter with good physics and lots of destruction. Many different types of guns. Pistols, shotguns etc. You can swing the controller to make NPC characters get down on the floor if you want to arrest them. Redsteel also features Katana fighting with the controller.

10: 13 AM - George Harrison VP takes the stage to talk about DS. "Hardware and software disruption". The DS launched at the end of 2004 and then the PSP arrived. Once the early adopters cleared away, it all became about the games. DS has sold 16 million units to date. Nintendogs sold 6 million copies in 13 months. 1.3 million Wi-Fi users in less than half a year. 3 weeks ago the first Brain Game launched in Japan (sold over 5 million in Japan). 120,000 units sold in North America in 3 weeks. Reaching out to people who don't feel comfortable playing games. DS Lite is coming in a few weeks. New Mario game next week. Pokemon Blue Mystery Dungeon (Red Mystery Dungeon on GBA). You play as Pokemon and you speak with over 380 Pokemon! Yoshi, Star Fox and Diddy Kong are coming to DS. Final Fantasy III is coming to North America (we knew this). Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam. Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

100 new games between now and the end of the year. Yoshi's Island 2, Elite Beat Agents, Diddy Kong Racing - all shown.


10: 23 AM - NIntendo President Satora Iwata takes the stage. Reinvent the relationship between player and game. We believe this approach can appeal to a wider audience. Core gamers always represent our most important audience. The DS confused people, but they began to understand when they talked to their dogs through the microphone or walking their dog with the stylus. The trend is spreading to the Western world of turning ordinary people into gamers with games like Nintendogs, Brain games etc.

Talks about loadtimes...says loadtimes are increasing. Wii Connect 24 will allow the system to remain connected to the Internet all the time, using just as much power as a small lightbulb. Gamers (a friend of yours) will be able to visit your world in Animal Crossing (used as an example) while you're sleeping and leave you a present, so that the experience is new everyday.

Wii Sports will be available on launch. Tennis, Baseball etc.


10:33 AM - Reggie comes back on stage. We can invite one person onstage. The first player in the world with a competition with AOL. Shigeru Miyamoto will announce the winner...via envelope... Shigeru demonstrates how to play with the remote - Tennis game demonstrated. Looks interesting but perhaps a little confusing. You'd need a fairly large TV to make it work with 4 people, I think.

Scott Dyer wins and gets to play the Wii first.

Iwata, Filles-Aimes, Dyer and Miyamoto play tennis together.

10: 40 AM - Filles-Aimes ends with these comments: What's hot is the FEEL of the game, the look is secondary. It's hot if it's disruptive, not if it's predictable. The heat of emotion, not the chill of technology. We and the DS represent the same thing - RISK. Risk means progress. Change is good. We were the disrupter 20 years ago and we are again today. Playing is believing.
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