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Medieval954
05-07-2006, 11:58 PM
Apparently, TIME magazine was invited to Nintendo headquarters for a hands-on experience with Nintendo's new console. The magazine hits news stands this week, but some people have gotten early copies and have posted the article on various gaming forums.

Here's the part talking about the author's gameplay experience with a previously unannounced new WarioWare game, the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess with the Wii controller, and a previously unannounced tennis game...


Nintendo gave TIME the first look at its new controller--but before I pick it up, Miyamoto suggests that I remove my jacket. That turns out to be a good idea. The first game I try--Miyamoto walks me through it, which to a gamer is the rough equivalent of getting to trade bons mots with Jerry Seinfeld--is a Warioware title (Wario being Mario's shorter, fatter evil twin). It consists of dozens of manic five-second mini games in a row. They're geared to the Japanese gaming sensibility, which has a zany, cartoonish, game-show bent. In one hot minute, I use the controller to swat a fly, do squat-thrusts as a weight lifter, turn a key in a lock, catch a fish, drive a car, sauté some vegetables, balance a broom on my outstretched hand, color in a circle and fence with a foil. And yes, dance the hula. Since very few people outside Nintendo have seen the new hardware, the room is watching me closely.

It's a remarkable experience. Instead of passively playing the games, with the new controller you physically perform them. You act them out. It's almost like theater: the fourth wall between game and player dissolves. The sense of immersion--the illusion that you, personally, are projected into the game world--is powerful. And there's an instant party atmosphere in the room. One advantage of the new controller is that it not only is fun, it looks fun. When you play with an old-style controller, you look like a loser, a blank-eyed joystick fondler. But when you're jumping around and shaking your hulamaker, everybody's having a good time.

After Warioware, we play scenes from the upcoming Legend of Zelda title, Twilight Princess, a moody, dark (by Nintendo's Disneyesque standards) fantasy adventure. Now I'm Errol Flynn, sword fighting with the controller, then aiming a bow and arrow, then using it as a fishing rod, reeling in a stubborn virtual fish. The third game, and probably the most fun, is also the simplest: tennis. The controller becomes a racket, and I'm smacking forehands and stroking backhands. The sensors are fine enough that you can scoop under the ball to lob it, or slice it for spin. At the end, I don't so much put the controller down as have it pried from my hands.



Gamespot has a write-up on the leaked article as well.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6149308.html


Sounds great, according to the TIME article impressions. I can't wait to see it in action. With this, and the Playstation 3 unveiling and the possibility of seeing footage of Halo 3, this will be the best E3 yet. :)

Bruzer
05-08-2006, 08:29 AM
I agree I only only getting a nintendo and a ps3 so I cannot wait for E3 this year. Looking forward to more from MGS4,Zelda, Madden ... I cant even name them all there is so many I cant wait to see from.

Mike13
05-08-2006, 12:10 PM
I agree I only only getting a nintendo and a ps3 so I cannot wait for E3 this year. Looking forward to more from MGS4,Zelda, Madden ... I cant even name them all there is so many I cant wait to see from.

Same here.