Again just like my blog on the Microsoft conference, I'll try to keep it short and sweet and highlight the stuff that stood out to me.
So once again Nintendo showed up to E3 and, IMO, once again had an underwhelming E3 press conference.
First out of the gate was New Super Mario Bos. for the Wii, which basically looks like the DS version except now you can play with up to 4 players at the same time.
Hey at least it wasn't a 4 player Wii Fit game.
Metroid: Other M was shown and it is being developed by none other than Team Ninja of Ninja Gaiden fame. To answer your first question, no, Samus didn't appear to have huge bouncing breasts.
What Metroid M does look like though is infact a higher action title in the vein of a Ninja Gaiden game.
From the trailer it looks like M ditches the first person view from the Prime games, and seems to be played from the 3rd person...again just like Gaiden. I'm looking forward to seeing more.
Then, as I guessed just minutes before the conference began, Nintendo showed off Super Mario Galaxy 2.
I was hoping Nintendo would break from tradition, and release a 2nd main Mario game on the Wii.
What tradition you ask?
Well remember on NES we had SMB 1, 2, and 3? In other words 3 main Mario games?
SNES only had Super Mario World. N64 only had Super Mario 64 and the GC only had Super Mario SunShine.
That was the tradition I was hoping Nintendo would break by releasing another main Mario game, and we got one in the form of Galaxy 2.
Oh and Yoshi is in SMG2 as well.
Thank you Nintendo.
Next up was something really weird, The Wii Vitality Sensor. Which seems to be a device you put on you finger and it senses your blood pressure? Which I joked that if you had this device on you'd notice that your heart rate would almost be off the charts watching the Sony and Micosoft conferences, where as in Nintendo's conference almost had everyone flatlining...
So yeah Wii Vitality Sensor. Lord knows where their going with that, but I'm sure the hardcore will love it.
SMILELY BLANK FACE.
Uhm, a new Golden Age game was shown for the DS, along with Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Kingdom Hearts 358/2, a GTA kinda clone from Ubisoft called COP: The Recruit, Mario vs Donkey Kong Minies March Again and Mario and Luigi: Bower's Inside Story where I heard 'you explore the inner pipes of Bowser'...so take that as you will.
This seemed to be the year of motion, as Nintendo followed Microsoft in discussing more motion controls, but this time in the form of Wii Motion Plus, which we all already knew about. They showed off more Wii Sports Resort which looks ...good.
And then they showed off Wii Fit Plus, which is just more of what you loved from the original...for those that care.
So really as you read through this blog things don't sound too bad (don't forget there were other things shown but I'm just talking about what I liked) for Nintendo and it's E3 conference and honestly it really wasn't, it's just that it paled in comparison to Micosoft and Sony.
Fans of Nintendo, like myself, got a few wishes granted with a new Metroid game, and a sequel to Galaxy, but, at least for me, I wanted to see some sort of info on a new Zelda game for the Wii and more games for us core gamers.
It seems like great games are just overflowing on the other 2 consoles, while Nintendo fans are stuck sucking at the dry teat of Nintendo and it's hardcore offerings.
So to wrap up here, E3 '09 for Nintendo was, at the very least, better than that of '08...but it just didn't compare to what Sony and Microsoft had to offer.
And as we say every year now it seems...there's always next year...
Next up: Sony.