You may be wondering what to expect at Germany´s Games Convention - and what not. It is now official: Wii will not be playable on the showfloor, which the general public has access to. Only developers, media and trade reps will be able to preview the console in the Business Center.
Here´s a crude translation of the press release on Nintendo of Europe press server.
Nintendo is keeping up the suspense
Wii and new Nintendo Wii games will be exclusively presented to media and retail representatives.
Nintendo´s new console Wii is currently the most debated topic of the videogame world. Full of suspense, gamers are anticipating the Wii´s launch, announced for the end of the year, which is set to revolutionize videogames with its new control mechanism.
Nintendo is showing Wii playable in the Games Convention´s Business Center - for the very first time in Germany.
The presentation is intended for trade representatives and journalists exclusively - just as it was at E3 in Los Angeles.
"At this time, we want to show Wii especially to journalists and trade representatives, who did not have the opportunity to go to E3," Bernd Fakesch, General Manager of Nintendo Germany, explains.
Nintendo fans and those aspiring to become one can look forward to plenty of highlights for the Nintendo DS Lite. Alongside current hits like New Super Mario Bros. or the Touch!-Generations title Dr. Kawashima´s Brain Training, visitors of the Nintendo booth can play The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, English Training, 42 Classic games, Star Fox DS or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Blue.
However, Nintendo promises a tour, probably like the Nintendo Fusion Tour, that will bring the console "effectively to everyone´s doorstep."
I myself think this is a mistake. Why not give well over 100.000 gamers a chance to sample Wii? Surely, that would have generated a lot of positive word of mouth. Or is Nintendo worried about not being able to replicate the E3 hype? That way, the decision would make more sense.
At any rate, there is no public showing for Wii. Don´t expect to get a Wii launch date and price tag, either.
EDIT As the German news site GameFront reports, PlayStation3 won´t be playable either. There are no details whether this extends to the Business Center as well. Since the site harldy ever cites sources, I treat their postings with caution. They claim to have had information directly from Sony Computer Entertainment Germany (SCED), though.
I myself have received no confirmation of this. Only yesterday, Sony´s PR agency told me that nothing had been confirmed and that we would have to wait until next week for final confirmation. Sony reps were not immediately available for comment. I will keep you posted.
Source: Nintendo of Europe press server
Thanks to: Shoxware Games