Nintendo Teases E3 Surprises for 'Core Gamers'

Though Nintendo has been uncharacteristically mum as to its upcoming Wii and Nintendo DS releases, the company has stated that it will soon reveal several new games that should entice hardcore gamers.

"We will be announcing several new titles that core gamers will be interested in around the time of E3," public relations director Marc Franklin told GamePro.

This year's E3 Media & Business Summit runs from July 15-17. Though no games have been revealed, rumors suggest the company may unveil an online Animal Crossing title, a new Kid Icarus game, and/or an entirely new franchise.

Despite many attributing the success of the Wii and Nintendo DS to a focus on casual-oriented titles such as Wii Fit and Brain Training (DS), Franklin maintained that "core gamers" represent an extremely important audience to Nintendo.

Nintendo marketing VP Cammie Dunaway made a similar statement, claiming that "Nintendo has something for everyone," following the recent arrival of the May software sale figures, which saw a mix of seven traditional and casual-oriented Nintendo titles rank among the ten best-selling games of the month.

From The Chatty

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    June 17, 2008 8:48 AM

    core gamers = those of us who played Zelda, Mario and Metroid and want more games? i.e. the opposite of "casual"?

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      June 17, 2008 9:13 AM

      I hope it's something other than zelda mario or metroid...those games are fun sure but I really could use something else...and if it's animal crossing I'm going to throw my wii out the window

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        June 17, 2008 9:17 AM

        What about a new Kid Icarus?

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        June 17, 2008 9:59 AM

        If Nintendo tries a new IP instead of a "same as last time" guaranteed money-hats game I will be shocked!

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      June 17, 2008 9:33 AM

      The Core paradigm shifted significantly when Nintendo went to the casual side. They court it shamelessly (I mean seriously look at their ridiculous ads). Now the core is not metroid, zelda or mario. It's games that can be waggled to. Not that those characters won't be bit players in upcoming games but you will see many more casual (read LAME) games coming out because that's what Ninty thinks you folks want.