Nintendo Apologizes for Lackluster E3 Showings, Claims Hardcore Gamers Are 'Critically Important'

By Chris Faylor, Jul 22, 2008 9:30am PDT Responding to criticism that the Nintendo's E3 showings lacked a major first-party Wii title aimed at the hardcore gamer, president Satoru Iwata has apologized to those who felt betrayed.

"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," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Forbes.

During Nintendo's recent E3 press conference, the company appeared to focus on casual-oriented titles, such as Animal Crossing: City Folk and Wii Sports Resort, and quickly glossed over major hardcore announcements, such as Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on DS and word that the teams for Mario and Zelda were working on new, unspecified titles.

"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," he continued. "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."

One of the biggest E3 revelations for hardcore Nintendo fans, news that a new Pikmin game is in the works, came about as a unplanned response to a question from former Shacknews editor Chris Remo.

"I think we're addressing both [hardcore and casual gamers]," marking VP Cammie Dunaway informed Wired, expressing hope that third-party games like Call of Duty: World at War would be enough to sate the desires of hardcore gamers.

"We don't talk about stuff until we've got a great degree of confidence that we're close enough to release it."

The marketing VP confirmed that "the extent" of the Wii's remaining 2008 lineup had been detailed at E3, and also mentioned that despite her announcement of Grand Theft Auto on DS, she had not yet seen the title.

As for a solution to increase the Wii's 512 MB of internal memory, which is used to store downloaded content and has been chastised by developers as limiting the system's potential, Dunaway noted that Nintendo did not yet have a solution to announce, but suggested deleting old, infrequently used content.

Lastly, she expressed her belief that the recently unveiled Wii MotionPlus controller add-on, which increases the precision of the Wii's motion detection capabilities, is likely to "very rapidly" spawn sequels of current and upcoming Wii titles, "because it is a heck of a lot of fun."

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  • I really don't think Nintendo gets it.

    "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"

    I'm not looking for another Mario or Zelda. I mean I guess that would be great, but what about all other fucking games you could be making or talking about? Remember Project HAMMER? Where'd that go? Disaster: Day of Crisis? What about that? What about some new original IPs that aren't casual games like the whole Wii ___ line up. And I'm sorry but mentioning Call of Duty as a game to tide over the hardcore crowd is laughable. The hardcore crowd is gonna buy that for the PC, the Xbox 360 or the PS3. I don't want a shitty port anyway. I want Nintendo games that's kind of why I buy Nintendo systems. :( Remember when Microsoft was saying that GameCube and Wii were complementary systems to their system. They may not have been right at the time, but Nintendo is sure as hell attempting to prove them right.

    I'm a big Nintendo fan and even when I acknowledge their shortcomings I've never been this critical so.. I mean that really says something to me. :( I don't think I could be any more disappointed with Nintendo at the moment.

  • So Sony and Nintendo both had the same message at E3?

    “Gamers, please wait another year for what you want.”

    Sony started their conference talking about how all of the big games for the PS2 came out 2-4 years into its life and then insinuated that we should all expect big things, but not until next year. Oh, and Blu-rays are awesome!

    Nintendo’s press conference was all about reaching the casual market and how they are making so much money. Honestly the only reason an apology gets released is that it is enough to placate the Nintendo fan boys. None of them will get mad enough to sell their console, so Nintendo wins.