To many E3 attendees this year, the Nintendo press conference was more of a self-congradulatory pat on the back. Instead of the new, exciting titles that gamers had expected, Nintendo rolled out a list of casual games that left hardcore gamers feeling dejected by the industry’s top innovator.

In an interview with Forbes magazine, Nintendo president and CEO, Satoru Iwata, said that this year’s E3 was neither the time nor the place to announce platform favorites.

“If there is any perception that Nintendo is ignoring the core gamers, it’s a misunderstanding and we really want to get rid of that misunderstanding by any means,” says Iwata. “We are sorry about [the E3] media briefings, specifically for those who were expecting to see Nintendo show something about ‘Super Mario’ or ‘Legend of Zelda.’

“However, the fact of the matter is the so-called ‘big titles’ need a long, long development period. … We really didn’t think this year’s E3 media briefing was the time to do so.”

While core games such as Zelda and Mario may be in development, the Wii is still getting exclusives that look promising such as the ultra-violent Mad World by Sega.

Source: Forbes


  1. Nintendo, what a boring platform, the last great console they made was the N64, for god sakes can they try something different!?! Mario, Zelda etc. that horse has been beaten so much all that is left is a puddle of blood and tissue. and everything else on the Wii platform just makes the system the king of weird quirky no-quality games. The word “hardcore” has been tossed away by their own hands. and they haven’t earned the right to reclaim it.

  2. Nintendo could try developing something different… They call themselves a company full of innovation, however they cant come up with a new IP, they have not been able to for the past yrs…

    @ madpuppy:

    the gamecube was a really good console

  3. sure, the GC was an OK machine, I even have one floating around my closet somewhere. but, still the
    N64 was such an exciting machine, Mario 64, so innovative for a console at the time. the gamecube could be considered an evolution of the N64 but not an exciting machine. the GC was a machine that just didn’t go far enough. and the Wii was only a small step up from the GC. For all intents and purposes they could have released the Wii-mote and nunchuck
    with the sensor bar and the GC would have had the same core functionality. The Wii is a lazy execution at best from a company who thinks they can slap a new coat of paint on an old car and sell it as innovative.