Why don’t you love us anymore!?
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!?