Nintendo's 2010 E3 Press Conference Gets It Right

It’s no surprise that the heartbeat sensor wasn’t brought out on stage or even mentioned at Nintendo’s E3 event this morning. With Sony and Microsoft catching up on the motion controls, they focused on the core gamer more than usual. We were treated to a Zelda demo, a ton of games that call back to our childhoods and the gauntlet being thrown with the 3DS. We’ll see what Sony has cooked up in a little bit, but so far Nintendo is showing that they’re still one step ahead of the competition on delivering tech that people see a clear need for.

They also delivered Warren Spector on stage to show off Epic Mickey. After some dubious screenshots earlier in the year, it was heartening to see the new platformer show some originality and artistic flair. Warren is legally bound to shoehorn choices and repercussions into his games, so it’s nice to see he has apparently found a way to make that happen with Mickey Mouse. If I have to choose between saving Goofy or Donald’s life, I’m going with the duck.

The Zelda: Skyward Sword demo was an interesting mix of old and new. I’m disappointed to see that while the new sword mechanics are there, a lot of the old gadgets and general gameplay tropes haven’t changed too drastically. New ways to roll out bombs and use a slingshot are nice, but a beetle crossbow and a whip don’t do much to move the franchise forward. Looking forward to getting some hands-on time with that very soon.

All told, the Nintendo press conference was fun to attend and there was plenty in play to keep my interest up. Finishing with dozens of beautiful women with 3DS appendages wasn’t a bad way to wrap up the event. Barring any weirdness, we’ll have some hands-on reports from our Nintendo booth tour this afternoon.

Comments

Please to be sharing pictures of women with 3DS appendages.

I'm watching Sony's conference now, but I think I can safely say that Nintendo "won" this year's E3. Microsoft dropped the virtual ball by focusing so much on Kinect and, while the 360 Slim looks pretty good, it isn't quite the same as a new 3DS. Sony's doing alright, focusing on games and mentioning Home sparingly, but they just don't have the line-up Nintendo seems to.

Unlike previous years, Nintendo really brought their A-game. They didn't focus on their sales too much, they didn't focus on bringing new people into the market too much...but, for once, they focused on a wide variety of games. Sure, not everyone will get into Wii Play or anything, but showing games like a new Zelda and a new Kid Icarus is all they needed to do to win the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere.

Personally, I was very, very impressed by what I saw. And I'll be getting a 3DS as soon as I can. I hope you guys can give us impressions of the new 3DS hardware!

mudbunny wrote:

Please to be sharing pictures of women with 3DS appendages.

I'm sure Kotaku's got you covered.

wordsmythe wrote:
mudbunny wrote:

Please to be sharing pictures of women with 3DS appendages.

I'm sure Kotaku's got you covered.

We actually talked to a few of them. Seemed like it was a pretty good gig compared to a lot of other "booth babe" positions. I half expected to see armed guards surrounding them.

For a second, I thought you were talking about Kotaku writers.

I didn't see any booth babe pics on Kotaku. I think they wait til it's all done and over before posting them.

You're right, and http://kotakuporn.tumblr.com/ hasn't updated in days.