Over the past week I have heard a number of people mention that Nintendo's focus on Wii Fit durring the presser indicated that they no longer care about their old audience. I don't think this is necessarily the case. The way I look at it is Wii Fit is going to be more interesting to the mainstream press, who if they want to be a market leader they need to be seen in. A lot of people, even gamers do not read the blogs or listen to podcasts they buy what they hear about on TV. If you look around their gamble worked they ended up having a big photo on the front of CNN's tech section and a lot of individual papers which is the kind of exposure that any company can use.
They also seem to have made an effort to balance the press conference with significant playtime on Metroid and Mario which both look awesome. They knew that they had to get the mainstream with the conference not hands on and that they could get info to the hardcore by giving gaming press hands on time. So in the end I think that Nintendo is making a genuine effort to actually be the And company they claim to be. Heck I can't remember who said it, but the same person who felt that Nintendo was leaving them out was the one who cited both Mario and Metroid as show highlights.
I do have some issues with the media they released. For starters the Zapper is a bit of a disappointment as I wanted more than a plastic shell, but on the flipside it is hard to argue with 20 bucks including some software. Second I would have liked some info on Battalion Wars I am really hyped for that game and they need to let the hardcore know that it is coming. Also the Sales info and charts could have been less of a focus. Finally more should have been done to pimp Zack and Wiki the funky puzzle adventure game that Capcom is making as it needs all the attention it can get.
I guess the only worry I have is that Ninty may be spreading themselves too thin and confusing third parties as they seem unsure of which type of consumer to chase. Thoughts?