July 15, 2008 (Kodak Theater, Hollywood,CA) - Everyone expected big things from Nintendo this year. Will it be a new Mario? A new Zelda? A new handheld? Well, things weren't as exciting as they promised, but the announcements and demos still managed to surprise us.
Want to know exactly what happened? Read on!
9:06 - Cammie Dunaway, EVP of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo, comes out (no Reggie?) - She shows family photos and tells us how she hurt herself while snowboarding. But she still wants to have fun, so...she announced the perfect answer: Shaun White Snowboarding for Wii.
9:09 - Shaun White comes on stage to show the game.
9:11 - After some chit-chat, Cammie and Shaun start playing together, performing stunts, flips, and grabs… Not bad! The game will come out by the end of the year.
9:13 - Satoru Iwata comes out and starts talking about the global game market, when he started working for Nintendo, and how proud and optimistic he was from the beginning. He also talks about the evolution of gamers and the industry, as well as the creativity of Nintendo, who can create masterpieces even with small budgets. He mentions Wii Sports and Wii Play as examples. They "destroyed the psychological barrier," so...what should we expect next?
9:22 - He's got a surprise up his sleeve. A video of Katsuya Eguchi introduces Animal Crossing "City Folk" for Wii! Now, if that wasn't expected, what was? Good news for lovers of the series, including myself! Animal Crossing Wii takes you to the city, where you can personally visit Harriet's Beauty Salon, the Happy Room Academy, Post Office (you can send pix to a message board and cell phones!). There's a new mic setup used: WiiSpeak. You can talk to other players in the game while participating in fishing contests, etc. You can check out other people's towns, as always, and check out their decoration. Characters can put on a mask at Harriet's to look like your Miis. The in-game worlds look nearly identical, except for the city portion.
9:27 - Reggie Fils-Aime comes on stage and talks about the exciting Animal Crossing and WiiSpeak. He also talks numbers, as usual; letting us know how the DS surpassed 20 million in sales (8.5 million DS units sold in one year -12% more sales than last year). The combined sales of games and systems reached $5 billion. Games like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and Mario and Sonic at the Olympics greatly helped this growth. Also, older games continue to be best-sellers: New Super Mario Bros., Big Brain Academy, Nintendogs, etc. Additionally, Wii's torrid sales pace continues to increase. It may become "the best selling console in America," as it already is worldwide. It's also the best software-selling video game system.