In just under a month E3 will again be underway. The speculation is starting to build as all the major gaming sites post rumors relating to what we might see at the show. Somehow, it doesn’t yet seem as exciting as last year. Something’s missing.
Most of my friends think that I’m crazy for this, but I am the type who enjoys all the pre-show hype. Last year by this time we had Kojima teasing games while rumors of motion controllers and a non-UMD PSP system set the gaming blogs ablaze. We knew a bit of what was coming but is was all vaguely hinted at. It was just enough to make me want to know and guess and want to see more.
This year, we already know that the 3DS is going to debut at the show, Zelda will make an appearance and we will see more Natal. The suspense isn’t there. This is when the big three are supposed to make me giddy and tell me that “huge” things are in store for next month, but I haven’t heard much from the companies. And Nintendo head-honcho Iwata even said in an interview that he didn’t want to hype E3 because he didn’t want fans to set unrealistic expectations, then be disappointed when the real announcements weren’t what the had anticipated.
Iwata has a point, but I love riding the E3 hype and speculation train as the final weeks before the show wind down. It just doesn’t feel like the E3 I love without it.
Btw. This was written on an iPad. I wanted to test out the wordpress app while showing the OBG blog some love.
Posted in E3, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony
Tagged 3DS, California, E3, Iwata, Kojima, Los Angeles, Nintendo, PSP2, Sony, Zelda
Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter feels that a Wii price cut is just around the corner.
According to a statement the analyst’s research note, “Wii supply has finally exceeded demand, so we expect hardware sales to show year-over-year decreases for the first half of 2009…In order to hit its full-year Wii shipment forecast, we expect Nintendo to cut the price of the Wii before [the] holiday, likely to $199.99.”
Nintendo said in a recent press release that their system has just hit the 20 million mark in the US, while their worldwide sales are already over 50 million.
Edge reports that Nintendo said it expects to sell another 26 million consoles during the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.
This seems in direct contrast to what Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata said recently about a price cut only providing a temporary boost in sales.
Mr. Pachter also believes that Sony will cut the PS3’s price sometime this year, and adds that it is possible that Microsoft will respond with its own price cut.
“In the second half of the year, we expect Sony to cut price for the PS3, and if the cut is deep enough, we expect Microsoft to respond (either with bundles or with a price cut of its own, even as Microsoft just introduced a Xbox 360 Elite bundle with free games Halo 3and Fable II).”
Full story at Edge Online.
Kotaku posted something on Nintendo’s recent trademark #2009-026024, a trademark registered with the Japanese Patent office.
The noteworthy thing about this trademark is that it includes a logo:
Posted in Nintendo, Rumors, screens, Wii
Tagged casual, exercise, fils-aime, Games, Gaming, Iwata, Miyamoto, motion plus, Nintendo, Reggie, Wii, wii fit
Cruisin’ around the GAF again and I found a bit of info on Nintendo’s plans for the year. The news comes from Nintendo’s investor relations page. Well, Nintendo is always preparing titles, but these may be some major first-party games that we can hope are announced at E3 this year.
Posted in News, Nintendo, Nintendo Download, Nintendo DS, Wii
Tagged DS, E3, Iwata, Miyamoto, Nintendo, Reggie, Wii