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Nintendo Talks the Future of Wii 134

Via Eurogamer (which offers a highlight reel of the article), a long piece at MTV Games where Stephen Totilo sits down for a chat with Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime. Unlike some other question-dodging executives, Reggie shares some interesting details. We have release dates (WarioWare in January, Mario Party in March, Mario Galaxy sometime after March), confirmation that they'll try to bring GoldenEye to the Virtual Console, a few details about the first online game for the Wii (Pokemon Battle Revolution), and word that there would be several Wii-related announcements in January. From the article: "For Fils-Aime, some of the projects he'd love to see happen in the U.S. can only be executed by his bosses in Japan. As a result, part of his job is to lobby for what he thinks American gamers want. 'The piece that I am more and more involved in is really looking longer-term and making sure the full range of games are being brought to the Americas. Making sure we have core gamer games like 'Metroid,' like 'Galaxy.' Making sure we have our types of market-extension games not only for Wii but for DS. Where's our analogous cooking game? Where's our analogous 'Brain Age 2' for DS?'"
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Nintendo Talks the Future of Wii

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  • Wii Play! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Thansal ( 999464 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @05:53PM (#17040476)

    wii play [] is deffinatly a game I am looking foward to. More mindless little games that are just fun to play. Personaly I can't wait for a mario party game.

    As for the rest, yup nintendo knows they have to earn their suces, why? because they already found out what happens if you take it for granted. (some up and comming game system kicks your ass)
  • by WillAffleckUW ( 858324 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @05:53PM (#17040486) Homepage Journal
    That's what most of us want to know. You know, Samurai RPGs, that kind of thing.
  • Re:Reggie Who? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by CommunistHamster ( 949406 ) <> on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @05:55PM (#17040512)
    According to babelfish, it translates as "Wire-like"

    And goldeneye on the wii? It's good that we get a classic game, but what about new franchises? The games listed (wario, mario, metroid etc) are getting old. Do we need more rehashes? I would rather see some new ideas, not "Super mario 131". look how well animal crossing did.

  • by B00yah ( 213676 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @06:08PM (#17040720) Homepage
    I got my Wii at Midnight Sunday 19th (thanks game crazy), and have been playing it off and on when I can since then, getting in at least an hour everyday. I bought Zelda and Trauma Center with it. I've put about 10 hours in to zelda (great game, worth the system, though the wolf mode annoys the crap out of me), about 5 in to wii sports (man, these are a killer on the arm), and 1 hour in to trauma center. I've put a fairly good amount of time in to the original Legend of Zelda on the virtual console (play this once a year, just to remember what good, non-pretty gaming can be).

    Overall, the Wii comes through on most of what it promised (innovative game play, etc), though, I have to say, I'm very disappointed with the lack of online toys. The browser is not active, new games only appear once a week for the virtual console, and the weather/news pieces aren't working at all yet. I recently upgraded my xbox's Xbox Media Center, and the stuff I could do on there made me really feel bad about the wii's meager network offerings (yes, I know XBMC is third party, but it's also been around for a few years, and still does more). I think that Nintendo NEEDS to get some more pieces out online before the end of the year.
  • by stastuffis ( 632932 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @06:20PM (#17040924)

    Firstly, a more reasonable online arrangement. Starting with the Virtual Console. I'm sure people are purchasing these games, but their prices could be a bit more fair. And while we're on the VC talk, why not some simple upgrades? Hell, that would be something worth paying for. If I could play some people over the net in Goldeneye, I'd open my wallet immediately. I'd pay a shitload for a MarioKart 64 online remake. For the rest of their online (or lack thereof) initiative, I was sorely disappointed to find little no functionality on their part. I know things are set in motion, but I suppose I was expecting things to happen a bit faster. Also, the Friend Code system isn't highly desirable. Sure, it protects children (aren't there Parental Controls anyway?), but it also decreases the possibility for immersion immensely.

    Secondly, acknowledge the importance of 3rd parties. Nintendo may be able to survive with their 1st party games, but I believe they can flourish with adequate support from other developers. The Playstation(2) was largely a success because of its wide range of 3rd party support. A lot of shitty games, yes. But it's better than hardly any games at all. I wouldn't mind some mature titles on there as well. I'm not very attracted to blood and gore games, but there are some people who are and that can only help. What GTA player wouldn't actually enjoy "smacking their ho" with the Wiimote? I know that a lot of developers have been interested in the Wii, but that could go to waste if Nintendo doesn't play nice.

    That's the only complaints I have right now. As a Nintendo fan (although I plan on owning all three systems eventually), I think it can only help them succeed. But then again, I just want them to stick around as long as possible (even if they're doing relatively well now). It seems they seem to understand the terms gameplay and replay value relatively well and that's the core of gaming IMO. The other things are simply supplementary.

  • by WillAffleckUW ( 858324 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @06:36PM (#17041154) Homepage Journal
    We got our Wii at midnight Saturday 19th as well (EBX), and playing it a lot too, including having friends over. Bought Zelda, Excite Truck, and Rayman's Raving Rabbids. Made about 8 Miis and used them to play on the (sadly) single controller/nunchuk. At Wii Sports, our goal is to get our age down, and have done a lot of team bowling, but have played tennis golf boxing (workout!) as well. Fun! Two of us have played Zelda, it takes a long time, and the jumping thing takes a bit to figure out the best way to do it. Yeah, wolf is sometimes irritating (anyone talked to the puppy yet?), but fun game. Rayman's the most fun title, although tossing cows is a lot of work, but remember to sit on the toilet and get those skills down. Love the dancing! Still have to figure out if our Net is not functional or what - it seemed to work and then not - may have to recall it (bummer).

    Basically, a wonderful game console for the whole family, any age range. Will try to get to Excite Truck on the weekend.

    My son loves the two snow days he's had to play with it.
  • by trdrstv ( 986999 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @07:10PM (#17041602)
    Take-Two Interactive announced they are supporting the Wii (when they hadn't supported the GameCube) due to the lesser development costs. The president said it costs between 20%-50% what it costs to make an X-box 360 game, so they can broaden their portfolio with less risk.
  • Re:Define Pretty... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by trdrstv ( 986999 ) on Wednesday November 29, 2006 @10:19PM (#17043720)
    I love how Nintendo fan boys say that as if its a good thing. Me, I'll play my good, pretty games. That's right. Good and pretty aren't mutually exclusive.

    Agreed. However it's simply a counter argument to the trolls that spout that if it isn't Teh HD!!! (1080p) it can't be a good game. Just because the Wii isn't doing HD doesn't mean it won't have 'pretty games'.

  • by MemoryDragon ( 544441 ) on Thursday November 30, 2006 @03:44AM (#17046152)
    Well there is one huge mistake in this interview, neither Mario World nor Metroid Prime is an adventure game. The first is a jump and run the other one a shooter...

    Anyway, what happend to the rumours that Sam and Max2 will come to the wii?

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