Perrin Kaplan, Nintendo of America´s Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, has confirmed that there are more secrets about Wii. She gave IGN an interview (most likely at the New York Wii event three weeks ago), which only went live recently, as part of their Weekly Episode 28:
IGN: "Do we have any more surprises on the way before launch?"
Kaplan: "We do have a couple of other surprises. You know probably not as big as what you got today, but more details on a couple of different things that I think people... I think your folks will be very pleased about."
So we can still have fun speculating about Wii.
We can, however, also speculate about PlayStation3. On PS3Forums, a user called ps3insider claims to have access to a prototype and has posted the following:
I said before that you could use the ps3 not only by controller. but as you see now also with remote.
however the question you should ask yourself is. does the remote controller has actually sixaxis compatibility
Already before TGS, another user called Scrivener posted some rumours on the General [M]ayhem forums, basically predicting the following:
* ´Killzone 2´ will be Sony´s secret weapon since, apparently, it looks exactly like the E3 2005 video. He predicts an announcement around launch.
* There will be 200 new PSP titles shipped between now and Christmas.
* Sony has not given up on UMD movies and is starting an initiative to revive the format by reducing the recommended retail price to $15.
About Kaplan´s comments, it seems as if she wants to downplay the proportions of what´s still to come, referring to those secrets only as ´details´. She did make clear, once again, that they will please the hardcore gamer crowd, however.
I am almost absolutely certain that those details have to do with the online service Nintendo has planned for Wii. Remember what Iwata told me at E3 this year:
Maybe you are underestimating the power or potential of Wiiconnect24 now. After all, Wii is a console that can be connected to the internet 24 hours a day with minimal consumption of power. In the near future we can reveal what it can do an then you can understand many secrets behind the Wii machine.
As far as the PS3 rumours are concerned, I believe they are entirely bogus. I don´t think Sony would be able to include motion sensors in the remote control if it came as part of the bundles. If it was an extra, only some users would buy it and developers could not rely on users owning one. Also, the button layout is that of a typical remote which doesn´t lend itself to hitting buttons while moving it around.
As far as the older PS3 rumours are concerned, I don´t believe them either. If Sony had such a killer app with ´Killzone 2´, they would not idly stand by and watch their share value dwindle. If they had one, they would have shown us their secret weapon by now, I believe.
One thing is for certain, though. While Nintendo´s strategy of releasing information only bit by bit seems to have succeeded in generating hype (media coverage, for sure), this has not worked for Sony. News sites like PS3Land are highly critical of the lack of information about Sony´s online plans.
Sources: IGN, PS3Forums, General [M]ayhem
Thanks to: DaProfessor