i played quite a bit of metroid prime 3 and i must say that the title has all the potential of being the best console shooter ever. it makes full use of the controller?s 3d functionality, much more so than red steel (which i was able to play exclusively back in early april alongside a handful of select press people). you open doors by gripping a handle, puling it out, turning it and pushing it back in. you can disarm enemies by literally yanking the weapon off them. and the graphics are a marked improvement over the gamecube.
i also played some wii sports tennis today, which is as intuitive as it looks. later on, two guys demoed a drum simulator, which was spectacular. i am a drummer myself and this got me far more excited than that konami arcade game, was it called drum-mania? anyway, i am sure that wii games like these will succeed in mobilizing a whole new target group for the videogame market.
the best indicator of that was that people were cueueing up for six hours this morning to get into the wii area. all of the 27 titles that were playable there looked great and polished and i am sure that they can all be launch titles.
i interviewed iwata yesterday and he was more relaxed and playful than ever before, posing with the controller for my camera while his answers were being translated. when steven spielberg showed up at the e3 today, he made sure that he visited the nintendo booth and he spent half an hour chatting to miyamoto and playing wii, which is very promising. i dont know whether spielberg also went to check out the ps3 or xbox360.
also, all developers i talked to seemed to like the wii. even cliff bleszinsky from epic games, julian eggebrecht from factor5 and peter molyneux (who is now signed to microsoft) showed some respect for the console, though they are currently working on other consoles. other developers like doug lombardi from valve, denis dyack from silicon knights and todd hollenshead from id software all expressed interest in nintendo?s approach. once i get back home and find the time, i will try to post some of their comments and perhaps even full interviews right here on this blog.
lastly, i am a bit disappointed that lucasarts were unable to show their exclusive star wars game for wii at the show, featuring hot lightsaber action. apparently, you will have to wait until e3 2007 for that one. nothing has been officially announced, but remeber where you heard it first. but even without it, i am very confident that the wii launch will be one of the most spectacular launches in console history.
as iwata told me, they wont rush the launch. they will make sure that they have the launch library necessary to make the wii an instant success.