Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Jun 2011 20:45 UTC
Games So, the E3 is well under way, and all the major players have had their press conferences. To summarise. Microsoft: Kinect. Really. Kinect. Please Kinect. We'll do anything. For the love of god, Kinect. Sony: wait, what is this? What am I doing here? Oh, here's a 24" 3D TV for $500 and yet another PSP. Nintendo: we slapped every possible shiny object onto a tablet and made the Wii capable of rendering halfway decent graphics. Here's another load of Mariozelda Kart, and a bunch of EA games that Xbox/PS3 players already own. Yes, this year's E3 has been a massive letdown - save for a few exceptions. Update: Epic fail for Nintendo. The company has admitted that it has used footage from the Xbox 360 and PS3 to spice up the press reel for the Wii U.
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by 3rdalbum on Wed 8th Jun 2011 07:37 UTC
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I have a Wii and a 3DS (and PS3, although I barely use it) and I have to say that I'm not interested in the WiiU.

The screen-on-controller looks interesting for certain multiplayer games that involve making moves without other players knowing what you're doing (strategy games and tactical sport games) but I mostly play single-player. I don't see a good application for the screen-on-controller for me apart from being able to play games while the TV is in use.

I liked the Wii motion controls and it's sad to see Nintendo moving away from them somewhat.

The comparative lack of horsepower of the WiiU (Xbox360 power, roughly) and no Bluray playback kills it all for me. I'll just stick with my Wii and 3DS. Graphical power isn't everything, but if it exceeded the PS3 for graphics then it would have thrown off Sony and Microsoft for a few years.

Sony didn't promise anything that makes me want to keep my PS3. I'll sell it once I've got a standalone Bluray player.

And Thom, there's nothing wrong with releasing Mario Kart 12 and Legend Of Zelda 17. The Zelda games still innovate and give an immersive gaming experience. Mario Kart is still wet-your-pants fun. They sell like hot cakes and still do not disappoint critics or gamers.

It's very easy to say "Come up with some new IP, Nintendo" but Nintendo DOES this and people are just not too interested because they'd rather play something with Seamus' image on the box. I enjoyed Disaster: Day Of Crisis from start to finish and I think it would have made for an awesome Nintendo franchise, but it sold poorly compared to the bigger Nintendo names.

Releasing new games from an established franchise keeps money coming in for Nintendo AND it keeps the fans happy.

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