Nintendo's offering was pretty disappointing. Let's get this out of the way:
Animal Crossing - City Folk
- Platform - Wii
- Release - Later this year
- Looks and plays like previous installments
- Send text messages to friends or the message board with the usual mail system.
- Makes use of the new Wii Speak peripheral, which isn't a headset but a room microphone.
Wii Sports Resort
- Full sequel to Wii Sports, includes the Wii MotionPlus.
- MotionPlus is a new Wiimote plug-in (with pass-through for the nunchuck) which brings even more precise motion control to the Wii, specifically advanced positional and rotational data.
- Beach-resort themed, features tons of new minigames. Three were shown off:
- Disc Dog - Frisbee mini-game. With a dog. Sorta like darts.
- Jetski - Hold the Wiimote & nunchuck like handlebars, twist rapidly to accelerate like real throttle controls
- Swordfighting - Like boxing, but with SWORDS. Controls look really tight.
- Launches next spring
- Makes you look like a complete spaz in BRAND NEW WAYS.
- Far more laid-back than Guitar Hero or Rockband, you just sorta do whatever you want vaguely in time and something resembling music happens.
- It has a cowbell. COWBELL HERO LIVES.
- Unfortunately, it looks like it would only be enjoyable if you're really young or really drunk.
- Launches later this year
Miscellaneous Wii Games
- Shawn White Snowboarding - It is what it says, relies on the Balance Board for primary input. Fall/Winter 2008.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Looks great for a Wii game, will probably give us the proper Wiimote Lightsaber control we've always wanted, even moreso than The Force Unleashed. Winter 2008.
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party - Yet another Rabbids party game, now with Balance Board input. You have one of those, right?
- Call of Duty: World at War - Coop war stuff, P1 uses the zapper, P2 helps out with the Wiimote
Miscellaneous DS Games
- Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades - Yes, we're getting a sequel this early. No we don't know much about it, but it'll be compatible with the current version and you'll be able to trade songs back and forth.
- Spore Creatures - Stripped-down Spore is still coming, it's got a reworked creature creator and an analog to the early portion of the full game. The ability to trade critters with your friends is still in, just with the usual hoops you'll have to jump through for a DS game.
- Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia - Sequel to 2006's Pokemon Ranger. Like most Pokemon games, it's like those which precede it directly, with some minor upgrades and more things to enslave. Out on 10 NOV 2008.
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown - We have no idea what this will be. Top-down old-school GTA? Third-person new-school GTA? It is a mystery. Later this year.
- Cooking Navi - IT'S A COOKBOOK. A COOKBOOOOOOOOOOOK.
No Megaton, Nintendo? Nothing from Square Enix's remake-machine? No real new hardware? No Mother 3? No retooled less-lame online system? For shame.
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