Nintendo Wii wins E3 ‘Best of Show’ award

“Video game critics on Wednesday honored Nintendo’s Wii console and Electronic Arts’ upcoming “Spore” video game for bringing fresh ideas to the $28.5 billion industry that has been criticized for relying on films for inspiration and on game sequels for sales,” Lisa Baertlein reports for Reuters. “Critics crowned the Wii ‘Best of Show’ after game enthusiasts at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) waited hours to get their hands on the Nintendo Co. Ltd. machine due later this year. They raved about how its new controller allowed them to play sports games like tennis and football much in the same way they are played in real life.”

“Creating games for the Wii is expected to be far less expensive than for the PS3 and Xbox 360, super-charged machines that boast eye-popping graphics capabilities and cost about twice as much as Nintendo’s upcoming console,” Baertlein reports. “Wii also won for ‘Best Hardware’ and Nintendo’s ‘Wii Sports’ title took home the prize for ‘Best Sports Game.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: Not Apple-related, but may be interesting to some MDN readers. We’re going to follow the Nintendo Wii’s story for pretty obvious reasons.

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32 Comments

  1. @realist:
    Nintendo Wii will win the hearts of three groups: families who want to play games together, gamers looking for a new experience, children who love to play games but require parental guidance. The playstation and the XBOX are for older teens and adults, and really compete with PC hardcore gamers. The problem with the latter two systems is that they are not geared for young kids, and the games available on these systems are too violent. The parents who buy XBOX or PlayStations for kids younger than 14 either do not understand the systems’ (or games) target market or are the sort of parents who don’t give a rats ass and think that violent games don’t harm kids. They would be wrong.

  2. The Wii will more than double the number of PlayStation 3 sales. And they will win awards for industrial design, have the best overall system, have loyal users but with a smaller customer base. Just like Apple. And that is just fine for companies that are interested in making a profit but not skimping on quality.

  3. Common misconception that Nintendo write games for kids, they don’t … their games are simply fun.

    What their games are not are shiny racing cars, lone soldiers, crappy licensed IP of movie or tv, EA sports, that are the boring boring boring bread and butter of PS and Xbox. Although Sony doing better with Guitar Hero and Singstar titles.

  4. to the first post, Microsoft already does this with the Xbox 360, though they do not allow transferring of music from a portable device to the system’s harddrive, nor do they allow music to be played off of external devices during gameplay. This would be a good thing for Nintendo to do, but they are focused on games, not other forms of entertainment. Just like the original Xbox, users will have to buy an accessory to play DVD’s on the console, according to Nintendo in recent months anyways. I would hope that it can play CD’s or MP3 CD’s at least though, even if it did require said attachment.

  5. “Nintendo makes games for 7 year olds”

    Exactly! Have you tried buying PS2 and XBOX games for a family of 9, 6 and 5?

    Nintendo makes GAMES. Sony and Micro$hite make fully interactive multimedia experiences.

    Have any of you ever seen the joy a five year old gets from a freezer box (the thing the freezer came in)? Its a rocket ship, a boat, …

    Nintendo get games, Apple get computers.

  6. I have to say that, I bought a GameCube for my 14 year old kid last year and we’ve really enjoyed most of the games that we’ve purchased for it. I wanted an Xbox, but I didn’t want to spend the money until the new version came out. Now that the new version is out I’m pretty much into out GC games and have lost a lot of interest in the new Xbox – even though I’m sure its cool – I’m really not looking for alternate reality experiences, I’m looking to play games.

    Now that Wii has received preliminary kudos I remain interested in Nintendo products.

    I do wish that someone would port the TombRaider series to Nintendo.

  7. Nintendo – the underdog in the beginning – is stealing the show from Sony and Microsoft! Serves ’em right!

    Nintendo understands something that Microsoft and Sony doesn’t: Gaming is all about the experience.

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