May 12, 2006

Wii Steals Show at E3

Reuters observes that Nintendo has stolen the show at E3.

Although the Wii didn't have any major secrets that hadn't already been revealed (audio in the remote, I guess was the last hardware secret), Miyamoto seems to have been proven right in his assertion that "it's not about the hardware, it's about the gameplay."

E3 this year has been dominated by the 6-hour waiting line to play the Nintendo Wii.

For a sense of the insanity, there is a video of the waiting line here. Naturally the blogosphere is also full of commentary about the E3 experience and the gameplay itself. (Also CNET has a review here.) The level of interest in the modest Wii system was a real suprise at a conference that most expected to be dominated by comparisons between the muscular next-generation offerings from Microsoft and Sony.

Hopeful that the level of interest at E3 is a hint at the level of demand there will be for the console, I'll be holding on to my bit of NTDOY.

Posted by David at May 12, 2006 06:59 AM
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