Nintendo was the last through the gate getting their E3 conference done this afternoon. Gamersfeed (registration required, don't worry, it's quick) updated during the conference giving a running update of the event. Read on for some highlights and Nintendo's plans to take back the night."Mario will never start shooting hookers" - Nintendo Rep on stage.
Mr. Iwata, President of Nintendo, has taken the stage. He's speaking about GameCube, and how it didn't sell as well as they liked it to. Mario Sunshine and Metroid did not hit their expectations. He is saying they have not yet demonstrated why GCN and GBA connectivity is important. Big challenges are ahead for Nintendo, he says.
They understand the challenges, and now it's a matter of action. They are increasing the size of their development teams and are opening a Tokyo office. They are also looking at third-party outreach, now he's talking about the Triforce with Namco and Sega.
Shigeru Miyamoto has just taken the stage. He's about to show us something. He says we're very lucky to be here this morning. Now his translator is coming out here.
Now, right after his translator, EA's and The Sims' Will Wright has come out. They are developing two versions of the Sims, a totally new version for the GBA and the new expanded version for GameCube. There will be connectivity.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for GameCube just announced. It's a GBA game you play on the GameCube, and it looks just like Link to the Past.
You have to have a GBA to play it, but it's played on GameCube. Every time you enter a house or dungeon, the action there will take place on the GBA.
-- Twin Snakes video --
No gameplay yet, just some drawings. The game is based on a nuclear genetic crisis. Now they're showing gameplay, it looks better than the PS2 version, a lot better. It's hard to tell what's going on. It's a trailer with ingame graphics but not showing too much gameplay. Terrorists are threatening the White House with a nuclear attack. This is made by Silicon Knights they just showed.
Those are just a few snips of the Gamersfeed run-down of today's conference, hit the page (you need to register) for the full run-down!
Ok, so that's the conference. Nintendo admits that they need to make some changes and that sales are not what they hoped they would be. Here is Nintendo's recipe for increasing their following:
- Increasing its third-party product lineup with multiple new and exclusive games from world-class independent publishers, such as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes from Konami and Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike from LucasArts. Dozens more games continue to multiply with the widest offerings from companies like Electronic Arts, Capcom, Namco, Sega and Square-Enix, Co. Ltd., broadly expanding the Nintendo GameCube portfolio to more than 320 titles by year's end.
- Offering unique and distinguished connected-play between console and hand-held systems, unlocking special features and extending normal game play for franchise legends including Pac-Man, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, Nintendo Puzzle Collection, and two new Zelda titlesÃ‚"”The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Legend of Zelda: Tetra's Trackers.
- Allowing players to race the futuristic F-Zero circuit, co-developed by Sega, in parallel at-home or commercial arcades. Players will be able to race a home-built, custom machine in the arcade or using a memory card, transfer additional pilots, and all kinds of custom parts from the arcade to the Nintendo GameCube.
- Continuing to evolve its celebrated franchise characters in all-new adventures for Nintendo GameCube with games such as Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Kirby Air Ride, PokÃƒÂ©mon Colosseum, Mario Party 5 and Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. Also introducing new adventures including the exclusive, first-person shooter Geist, from n-Space, Inc.
- Pulling the action from the small screen and placing it on the big TV screen with the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Player, which will have players revisiting more than 1,000 classic Game Boy games like never before.
- Unveiling 120 new Game Boy Advance titles this year, including Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country, PokÃƒÂ©mon Pinball, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Mario and Luigi, Fire Emblem, and Sword of Mana.
Good to see Nintendo isn't choosing to ignore the issues and pretend everything is great. One thing they made very clear is that they are working on Gamecube 2 and they have no intention of launching after Sony or Microsoft. Once the next gen consoles start rolling out expect to see everyone starting out the gate around the same time.