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Reggie: We’ll Be Better at E3 This Year

Posted by Damien McFerran

Nintendo hoping to make amends for 2008's dire performance

E3 2008 wasn’t a particularly good one for Nintendo. Sure, the company was riding high in the sales charts but the limp presentation (which was essentially geared towards the casual gamer) did little to appease dedicated fans – and after all, they would have been the ones watching.

You think your average soccer mom has even heard of E3?

Anyway, Nintendo is keen to make up for this, it would seem. Speaking to GameTrailers, Nintendo of America ringleader Reggie Fils-Aime had this to say:

From Nintendo's perspective we always go into E3 with a very high bar, wanting to satisfy not only the core fans but also ourselves. We're hoping to do a much better job this year.

Reggie even went on to add that we can expect new projects from the teams behind the Mario and Zelda franchises.

Beats hearing about Wii Music 2, eh?

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (47)

MrPinguy

#3

MrPinguy said:

"I guess that beats hearing about Wii Music 2, eh?"

Shh Ssh!!!! don't give them ideas >_>

Shiryu

#4

Shiryu said:

F-Zero / Starfox / Pilotwings for both Wii and DS. I really need them... :-(

PopeReal

#5

PopeReal said:

F-Zero Wii online with 30 players and all is forgiven......

ok I'll take 20 :P

Yasume

#8

Yasume said:

"We're hoping to do a much better job this year."

Hoping? That doesn't sound good at all. The correct sentence would be: "We know that we are gong to do a much better job this year."

WarioFan63

#9

WarioFan63 said:

You know, their E3 2008 show wasn't best of the best but I never really had a problem with it..

jakew161

#12

jakew161 said:

GOOD but the only problem, i liked wii music, I WANT WII MUSIC 2 i want to play kirby on a NES horn!

TwilightV

#13

TwilightV said:

Yeah, SOME of us appreciated Wii Music, but just want a lot more out of a sequel. I want more Mii Maestro!

Kid_A

#16

Kid_A said:

I really like Wii Music (glad to see I'm not the only one!). Probably one of my favorite Wii games, actually. But yeah I certainly want to see some more core games this year. More details on Spirit Tracks and Sin and Punishment 2 would be nice, and hopefully a totally new game.

Wiiloveit

#17

Wiiloveit said:

Let's blummin' hope so, although the Mario team thing will likely just be Pikmin 3.

The_Fox

#19

The_Fox said:

@post 15 wiiboy101
"reggy why apologize to morons E3 is a trade show not a day for fans"

Yes, because companies certainly don't tailor their shows to fans in hopes of generating free (well, not FREE, but you know what I mean) publicity and excitement for upcoming projects for months to come.
Wait a minute, that's exactly what they do. My mistake.

The_Fox

#22

The_Fox said:

I don't know about asking for another Star Fox game, though. They could give us Star Fox Adventures 2, after all. (shudders)

Stuffgamer1

#25

Stuffgamer1 said:

I appreciate the number of people defending Wii Music here. Although it's certainly not the most popular Wii game out there, it's nowhere near as bad as people say, either. You just need to be a REAL music fan to appreciate it, that's all.

As I've said before, though, I'm tired of hearing just about anything Reggie says. We'll see what happens when E3 hits.

timp29

#26

timp29 said:

zelda Zelda ZELDA YAY!

EDIT: Sorry for my ignorance, but what month is E3 in anyway. I hope the 'new mario and zelda' is more than just an announcement and comes with some awesome video. Who can remember the first glimpse of ocarina of time footage. When I saw that, I preordered my OoT. Probably 6 months before it even came out.

ASDFGHJKL

#27

ASDFGHJKL said:

@ timp29
there is a wonderfull magical invention that rimes with moogle, noogle, soogle, and oogle, that can answer your question.

EDIT: its june 2-4

Kojak

#29

Kojak said:

I have to admit: I HATE Miis!
they look terrible in almost every game out there!
they look terrible in Mario Kart, they will look terrible in this Waverace-Clone!

what i REALLY want, is a new "Pilot Wings"
there are so many possibilities to use the mote with it!
btw: Pilot Wings 64 was the first game featuring Miis! ;-)

SupermarketZombies

#30

SupermarketZombies said:

Couple people mentioned a new F-Zero...which would be too awesome.

I needs the speed. F-Zero X on the VC got me addicted.

Clayfrd

#31

Clayfrd said:

E3 '08 was abysmal for N. If they reveal a new F-Zero, my life will be complete. On a related note, why no Captain Falcon RPG (yes)? Okay, that would be ridiculous, but he's such an awesome character that we need a game with him outside the Blue Falcon. No SSB doesn't count.

MrPanic

#32

MrPanic said:

They're going to be better than last year?

Well, they didn't set the bar too high now did they. They can show 1 screenshot from a new Zelda game for the wii and this year would be better than last. :s

Well, they probably show us one or two games that will put a smile on my face. I'm not getting my hopes up though, Reggie said the same thing last E3 and look what that brought us. :s

Kawaiipikachu

#33

Kawaiipikachu said:

Hopefully they some some juicy details about a DS successor including having truely having a 120MHZ processor a portable virtual console & its orignal downloadable software & hopfuully able to download the few DSiWare software titles .
That itself will make Nintendos pesentaion for E3 2009 much better than E3 2008 .

Hazuki

#34

Hazuki said:

im hoping for a core game that uses motion+...

and i hope to god they put "robbie drums" in rehab...

Neomega

#35

Neomega said:

Wave Race, Donkey Kong 64 Remake, ....and heres the big one:

Nintendo and Rare SWALLOW YOUR DAMNED PRIDE AND GET BACK TOGETHER!!!11!!!

Sean_Aaron

#38

Sean_Aaron said:

Wii Music 2 with no-codes video sharing and DLC for new tracks/instruments would be very nice.

I'd also like to see an announcement that Captain Rainbow is getting a global release, but then I do live in Cloud Cuckoo Land Manor...

warioswoods

#39

warioswoods said:

"I guess that beats hearing about Wii Music 2, eh?"

No, Wii Music is a great game that unfortunately was announced in a disastrous manner last year. Giving it some thought after the fact, I feel as if their primary miscalculation was giving a presentation that was geared more towards Japanese audience than an American one; ie., it was intentionally campy and focused more on the comic image of a group of people flailing about than it did on the fundamental mechanics of the game. This is not to say that a Japanese audience doesn't care about the latter, but I'm simply pointing to the fact that the US gamer audience is extremely cynical and tends to take itself too seriously.

They should have let JC lead the presentation; his demonstration of Wii Music for the Google event not long after E3 was almost the exact opposite, and his further demonstrations in the form of music videos and tutorials on the Nintendo Channel have been excellent.

Atlantis1982

#41

Atlantis1982 said:

I can only imagine Sin and Punishment 2 being the top game for the holiday season, and that will be our "hardcore" game. Not that is a bad thing, but I don't think we are getting anything else.

wiiboy101

#43

wiiboy101 said:

E3 IS A TRADE SHOW NOT A SHOW FOR US TO COMPLAIN i get the whole i want a good show i want a games blow out

BUT NINTENDO IS A BUSINESS AND E3 A BUSSINESS SHOW

Tails

#44

Tails said:

All i wanna see is something everyone can enjoy whether it's A new mario game zelda game or S&P2 just nintendo i ask one thing NO CAMMIE DUNAWAY PLZ

Machu

#45

Machu said:

All I want is Zelda!!!!!

I went into last years conference expecting awesomeness thanks to the success of DS&Wii. But got a bunch of crap, and people acting dorky onstage. Whilst I was over the moon with Wii's success, I shuddered at what they did (and what it meant). Hell, they shoulda just rolled around in mounds of cash, pointing and laughing at the crowd.

This year I hope to see... Shigeru walking out on stage with a full on Master Sword. He thrusts and swings the blade around, before announcing that "soon, you too will harness the power of the Master Sword". From his back pocket he reveals a Wii-mote+, the curtains draw back and the new LoZ trailer begins.

I expect to be disappointed, but I feel they have to give us the next Nintendo classic, whatever that may be. Wii need it!

Rapadash6

#46

Rapadash6 said:

Well it's not that hard to do better than the worst you've ever done, I suppose. After last year it's really hard for me to get excited about E3 this year. Not that I think Nintendo doesn't have any great core titles in the pipeline, I'm sure they do, but I have my doubts that we'll see them at E3. The companies October conference on the other hand, is the one I'm looking foward to.

WeeGee

#47

WeeGee said:

All they're gonna do is talk more about the new ds Zelda game, announce Mario Party whatever, DSiWare news, Wiiware news, Conduit news, Wii Sports Resort news, and more casual gamer crap.

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