In response to criticism that Nintendo’s E3 projections did not include a serious Wii title for hardcore gamers, president Satoru Iwata apologized to those who felt betrayed.
“We’re sorry about the media briefings [of E3], especially for those who expected Nintendo to show something about Super Mario or Legend of Zelda,” Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, told Forbes.
During the recent press conference of Nintendo E3, the company seemed to specialize in titles aimed at the casual, as Animal Crossing: city Folk and Wii Sports Resort, and has within a very short period of time in the silence that the main hardcore ads, such as grand larceny Auto: Chinatown Wars on DS and word, that the teams of Mario and Zelda are trailing new titles “not specified”.
“If there’s a perception that Nintendo is ignoring basic players, that’s a misunderstanding, and we need to avoid that misunderstanding by all means,” he continued. “The so-called great titles need a long time of long development…we really didn’t think this year’s E3 media briefing was the right time to try.”
One of E3’s main revelations for hardcore Nintendo fans, the news that a replacement Pikmin game is in preparation, happened as an unforeseen response to a Problem posed by former Shacknews editor-in-Chief Chris Remo.
“I think we’re targeting both hardcore and casual gamers,” Cammie Dunaway, vice president of Tagging, told Wired, expressing hope that third-party games like Call Of Duty: World at war would be enough to satisfy the desires of hardcore gamers.
“We don’t mention things until we have an excellent level of confidence that we are close enough to publish it.”
VP marketing confirmed that the “reach” of the remaining Wii 2008 was detailed at E3, and also mentioned that despite her announcement of Grand larceny Auto on DS, she had not yet seen the title.
Regarding a response to expand the internal memory of the Wii by 512 MB, which is used to store downloaded content and was reprimanded by the developers as limiting the potential of the system, Dunaway noted that Nintendo did not yet have a response to announce, but suggested removing old, rarely used content.
Finally, she expressed her belief that the Wii Motion Controller recently unveiled add-on, which increases the accuracy of Wii motion detection features, will likely “very quickly” spawn suites of current and upcoming Wii titles, “because it’s a Heck of a ton of fun.