|My impressions from Tuesday
||[May. 18th, 2005|07:45 pm]
RPGFan's E3 2005 Blog
Nintendo- Nintendo began the conference by blowing smoke, and that was a reoccurring theme. What do I mean by smoke? I mean the outrageous claims that they made regarding sales numbers that were so much spin, I thought I was watching a Dreidel. Their big marketing strategy is pulling in hardcore gamers, casual gamers, and people who aren't gamers at all. Expanding your market demographic? Get right out of town! You win the award for NOT FUCKING ORIGINAL BUSINESS STRATEGY! Still, they showed off some nifty things, and promised some more. For example, the GB Micro - a GBA about the size of an iPod Mini, with a better backlight. This is meant to attract the fashion-conscious gamers. Yes, both of them.|
They also showed off the prototype of the Revolution. They made it very small, and it comes in pretty colors, or will when it's released. They were so vague about the system that speculation will run rampant. I doubt it's because they want to create speculation, but rather they didn't have enough ready to show. What I DO know is that it will be wi-fi capable, have 512 MB flash memory, and have wireless controllers. It will also be backwards compatible... really backwards compatible. You'll be able to purchase and download almost every nintendo title ever, whether it be NES, SNES, or N64. So it's a super-emulator. It will also apparently be the easiest system for developers to create on, and will save developers money. And Squeenix is also working on a Crystal Chronicles game for the system that will take advantage of the wifi capabilities. Yata!
Nintendo was all over the place this year. They had some interesting titles to show, specifically Nintendogs which is a big hit in Japan, and is now coming to the US. You can raise a doggie and wash it and call it George. I think Miyamoto's dog had sex with the G4 TV girl's dog. That was funny.
There was also Animal Crossing DS, Advanced Wars Duel Strike, Mario Kart DS, and a very strange title which Nintendo is not quite billing as a "Game," but more of an interactive creation experience. It's called Electroplankton, and it has you use the stylus to guide mini plankton to make sounds. As you create sounds, you can combine the sounds to make music. In fact, the DJ at the conference did his whole electronica presentation using only two DS systems running Electro Plankton. It looks like a game that could either be a sensational revolution in gaming, or just really really lame. TWT.
Oh yes, and did I mention Link? Yeah, he gets to be werewolf. The new Zelda title, Twilight Princess, is a very dark telling of a Zelda tale. It's obvious that Link explores his darker nature, as we see him bloodily ripping apart his foes as a werewolf, being ridden by a strange cat-like goblin creature, and generally being not so nice. But the game looks fantastic, and from what I saw, the gameplay was magnifique! Thankfully the press kits Nintendo gave us had a copy of the trailer, but unfortunately it is on DS format, so we may be SOL for showing it to the readers of RPGFan.
Speaking of RPGs, Nintendo has a new Pokemon title in the works, called Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness scheduled for Cube. Unlike previous Cube incarnations, GoD promises to be a full-fledged RPG, and compatible with other Pokemon titles through link-up to the GC. It's supposed to be a "dark" game, reinforcing Nintendo's current philosophy that its games aren't just for kids. But basically, I think it's just that they like keeping us all in the dark.
Summing up my impressions of the big-N's press conference, I have two words: Work HARDER! Next year, I'd like to see a little more substance and a little less smoke and mirrors.