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Why don’t you love us anymore!?

July 16, 2007


If you saw the E3 “Spotlight/Keynote” last week then you know that Nintendo is officially drunk on its own power. Reggie wasted little time in whipping out his charts and graphs — detailing how Nintendo has experienced unprecedented growth by expanding the gaming market to include previously uncharted territory, including women and the elderly, which in itself is fine but by the time everything was said and done, it became clear that nearly every announcement made that afternoon was trying to please this new demographic in some way.

Some were obvious, like the “Check Mii Out” channel (Where you can rate other people’s Miis). While others were more veiled, like the new Wii Wheel. This steering-wheel-attachment’s special function is to “level the playing field” when playing Mario Kart on the Wii. It is apparent that Nintendo has struck so much gold by appealing to the non/casual gamers that it is impetuously abandoning the rest of us so it can focus all of its resources on this new fanbase.

What about the “Veteran” gamers? Can’t we have some AAA titles that are earnestly geared towards us? Are we really supposed to get all hot and bothered over Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games!? Take ANY past video game that has the word “Olympics” in the title and do you know what you’ll have? A COLLECTION OF MINI-GAMES!!! I suddenly have the urge to spit.

One of the few things that were actually unveiled (that weren’t release dates) was Wii Fit and its corresponding peripheral. It is essentially an interactive exercise video and a wireless exercise mat. I think this “Fat Mat” is a great idea but as a gamer, I’m not really interested in using it as exercise equipment. Why not give your most loyal of fans a reason to be excited about it as well? Why not let us use it in conjunction with the Wiimote and Nunchuk to play a new Punch-Out game!?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2007 2:37 am

    that picture is *awesome*

  2. Ruben permalink
    July 16, 2007 2:44 am

    Ahh, thank you. But is it appropriate?
    My girlfriend took one look at my post and said, “Why the kittens?”

  3. July 16, 2007 3:23 am

    Looks like Nintendo pulled a Sony. That kids, is the quote of the day.

  4. July 16, 2007 6:53 am

    Punch out, did some say punch out?

  5. July 16, 2007 7:55 am

    Actually, seeing as wii boxing was one of the favorites in wii sports, you’d think they’d capitalize on that idea, but noooooooo. Even a revamped version of fight night round 3 that properly uses the wii-chuk combo would have been nice.

  6. July 16, 2007 12:55 pm

    Two words:


    Seriously, where is it. I know *several* people who bought a Wii just anticipating that there MUST be a lightsaber game. And yet…. (cue crickets)

  7. July 16, 2007 4:15 pm

    I still have my hopes that Metroid Prime 3 will be better than the single-player Halo 3…

  8. July 16, 2007 7:28 pm

    nerfgun: lucasarts has hinted that theyve already made some prototype lightsaber games for Wii. as for when they’re going to be announced (if ever) only time will tell.

  9. July 17, 2007 12:17 am

    Boxing… that’s the game i meant to mention when you asked about WiiFit, Rye. Not skateboarding.

    I still have my hopes that Metroid Prime 3 will be better than the single-player Halo 3…

    Ha! As confusing as people say Halo 2 was, MP Echoes proved that Retro doesn’t know how to make as compelling a Metroid story as whoever made Fusion (i forget).

    Actually bros, the devs behind Lego Star Wars have a lightsaber minigame in the Wii version, but from what i heard at JoyStiq (or Kotaku) remote swings only trigger set animations. Keep wishing. Star Wars is too “core” for your grampa.

  10. MuffinGal permalink
    July 17, 2007 11:38 am

    First off, I love the kittens. It’s fits the title perfectly.

    As always, I have the same complaint. I resent the fact that women gamers are considered “uncharted territory” or “rare”. What infuriates me most is that these ignorant companies continue to think this way. I know that gaming is a boy’s club and since they are the hiring agents, it will continue to be that way for some time.

    It gets to a point that many female gamers get tired of being asked if they are shopping for their kids or husbands/boyfriends or not even being approached at the store. Talk about being treated as second-rate citizen.

    But back to the topic, give me a good game for my Wii. I like Wii Sports, Warioware and Trauma Center but I want more. STOP THE PORT MADNESS! NOT ANOTHER BRAIN AGE! So, RE4 for Wii was ok. I only played a little but I couldn’t see how it was better than using the controller.

    And to be honest, I think Nintendo doesn’t care for “Veteran” gamers. They are going for the whole nostalgia market, hence their virtual console, and to be honest – these game companies can not think outside of the box, hence RE4 and another Brain Age. We might get a couple of gems but overall, it appears that we will only get coal in our socks from Nintendo and the games for Wii.

  11. July 17, 2007 12:33 pm

    I’d like NOT to be approached at game stores… It’s sooo annoying!

  12. frisby permalink
    July 18, 2007 8:05 am

    Muffingal- My wife gave this awe inspiring speech the other day about how guys get to like the cool shit like Transformers and Video games and sports (puke), but if a girl doesn’t like fashion or gossiping shes weird.

    Shulda been there, you could have related.

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