Pre-E3 2006: Nintendo Press Conference notes

So finally we get to the Big N. Nintendo is in the envious position here I think, as they have the only console which will be cheaper, and also offer "revolutionary" new features so to speak. Just a little more than a week or so since the name change to Wii, Nintendo is out there to impress. Needless to say alot of people are banking on Nintendo's next system, not only because it will be cheaper than Sony or Microsoft, but because as past systems show Nintendo isn't afraid of pushing the bar when it comes to home entertainment and gaming. Again we come for the games, so here is a list of some of them announced earlier along with several Nintendo DS games announced:

 

- Super Mario Galaxy

- Super Swing Golf Pangea

- Metroid Prime: Corruption

- Pilotwings

- Excite Truck (yeah!)

- Project H.A.M.M.E.R.

- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Wii Edition

- Several Wii sports titles

 

Nintendo DS games:

 

- Final Fantasy III (with improved graphics)

- Diddy Kong Racing

- Mario Hoops 3 on 3

- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

- Starfox DS

- Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

- Yoshi's Island 2

 

In total 27 Wii titles will be playable at E3 over the next 3 days along with the usual games shown on video screens everywhere. Also of note from the conference is the Wii itself and the controller. I must say, it is a beautiful system, and the controller looks very nice. There is also a 2nd controller being shown, and this is a "legacy" controller for older games and emulated stuff such as Mario 64. Again back to the controller. It will have built in rumble support (unlike the Sony controller) and a sweet built-in speaker for depth of sound effects. Now that's pretty sweet. Wii will also remain in "standby" mode constantly, unless the user actually turns the system off. In standby mode, the console uses less power than a miniature light bulb. While in standby more the console will continue downloading game content, demos and other media as long as it is connected to the internet. And yes, the Wii will be released in 2006, though no specific release date was announced (nor a price).

 

Oh and Twilight Princess will be out for Wii on launch date and be available for Gamecube as well.

Here are links from the Nintendo Press Conference, the so-called "Demo Reels". They show off alot of the games I mention, along with plenty of other stuff. They are on Fileplanet, though I'm sure there are other links by now.

 

 

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