Nintendo E3 History: 2007 – 2010 – The Good and The Bad

I am ending Nintendo’s E3 History today with years 2007 to 2010, as tomorrow is the day we are all longing for. Hopefully this will tide you over (just a little!) till then!

Wii Wheel

“My name is Reggie. And I…am… happy.” Needless to say why, the Wii had just been released 7 months prior to E3 2007, and sales had gone through the roof. I remember back when it was released here in Ireland, it had completely sold out, and there were many dissapointed people over the Christmas period. The DS was now the best selling games system overall, including consoles as well as handhelds. At E3 2007 we saw the first of many peripherals for the Wii, the Wii Zapper. This was to change the dynamics of how we played First Person Shooter games, and the peripheral would be packaged later that year with software that Nintendo were already developing. Next up was the Wii Wheel, which would be packaged with Mario Kart Wii,  a game we all could not wait for. And last of the peripherals to be show cased at E3 2007 was the Wii Balance Board, accompanied with Wii Fit. The player uses the balance board to exercise during Wii Fit, doing many exercises including stretching, yoga and balance games.

Super Mario Galaxy was Nintendo’s big game announced for this year. It has first been shown as a demo at E3 2006, but now we finally got to see a proper trailer of SMG’s gameplay. As well as that, a proper release date was announced, exciting the crowds, and us at home. Similar to Super Mario 64, you must collect 120 Power Stars, but this time you are soaring through outer space, amidst various galaxies. It looked beautiful. Super Mario Galaxy released later that year in November, and to this day is the second best reviewed game of all time. Super Smash Bros. Brawl was announced for a December release of that year(which got delayed to Spring of 2008), but there was no demo much to everyones dissapointment.

E3 2008 is said to be another of Nintendo’s flops, just like 2003 was. Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Metroid 3: Prime Corruption and Mario Kart Wii had all been released between E3 2007 and E3 2008, providing gamers with a steady release of quality titles. So, what next? Wii Music, a game where you can choose from a wide variety of musical instruments, using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Nintendo revealed the Wii MotionPlus peripheral, which was an adaptor you attached to the bottom of your Wii Remote, allowed for more accurate motion play. It was to be released alongside another Wii Sports title, Wii Sports Resort. Similar to Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort allows you to play various sports games, which takes advantage of the Wii MotionPlus giving the gamers a more immersive gameplay experience. A new Pikmin 3 title was confirmed to be in development, along with a brand new Zelda title, which we are still waiting on both of these titles after three years. Not much for us gamers this year, eh?

2009 came along and we were hoping it would be a good year for Nintendo, which it was. At E3 2009, we got alot more games that us hardcore gamers were after. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, were some of the big titles we got to see. These were to be released in 2010, but it gave us alot to look forward to on the Wii. With Nintendo DS we were seeing Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, where you explore the internal body of Mushroom Kingdom’s villian, Bowser.. New Super Mario Bros. Wii takes the same shape and form of the DS version, but slaps a 4 player option on top of that, meaning endless fun for all involved! Super Mario Galaxy 2 was a whole new galaxy adventure, and we were ecstatic to see the return of our green friend, Yoshi. Metroid: Other M, was developed by Nintendo, Team Ninja and D-Rockets. It features gameplay in both first person and third person perspectives, also exploring Samus Aran’s back-story and viewing several cutscenes in the game.

Nintendo 3DS

There was talk in the Nintendo camp as to what would be the true successor to the global phenomenon that is the Nintendo DS. And in March 2010, it was announced. Nintendo 3DS. 3D? What’s this all about? Nothing more was revealed on the handheld until E3 2010.  The unveiling of the 3DS was Nintendo’s main focus of E3 2010. We got our first look at the hardware, and it was pretty impressive. 3.5 inch top screen, touch pad on the bottom half, slide pad for analog control, D-Pad, one camera above the top screen, and two camera’s on the outside, allowing you to take pictures in 3D. The big surprise was the “no glasses 3D” feature that was most appealing. So, we loved the hardware, what about the software? Kid Icarus: Uprising, a new title for Pit, was demoed at E3, and it wowed the crowd. Nintendo also showed off Nintendog’s and Cats. Apart from the 3DS, we seen the new Zelda title, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which also supports Wii MotionPlus. This new Zelda game puts heavy emphasis on controlling Link’s sword during attack. Nintendo announced a release time of 2011 for Skyward Sword, which we should most definitely get a proper date at tomorrows E3 presentation.

That’s it for Nintendo’s E3 History. We’ve seen the good and the bad from our Big N. Join Wes here tomorrow, where he will be live blogging throughout the conference giving us his reactions to all the news. Not long to go now with just a little over 24 hours to go!

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