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.