Here’s the conference you’ve been waiting for, and let me tell you it was well worth the wait! Ã‚Â Check out all the things announced below. Ã‚Â (In order to save room on our main site, I will post the news after the jump.)
Also, feel free to view the conference yourself by clicking here.
All photos have been posted as thumbnails in order to save space. Ã‚Â Feel free to click on them to see a full-size view.
Also, be sure to check out the Japanese Nintendo site (click here) for photos, videos, and other info. Ã‚Â It is well worth your time, even if you cannot read Japanese.
Japanese sites “Gemaga” and “Famitsu” are live blogging. Ã‚Â Several American sites are translating.
Iwata starts off by announcing the new DSi.
The Nintendo DS has been selling well, but Nintendo believes they can continue to expand it. Ã‚Â The DSi will be released in both a white and black color, and will be available in Japan on November 1, 2008 for 18900 yen (about $180). Ã‚Â The size of the DS has been reduced by 12% and 2.6 millimeters. Ã‚Â The Game Boy Advance slot has been removed. Ã‚Â The screen is larger (3.25 inches compared to 3 inches). Ã‚Â There is a camera (300,000 pixels) and an audio-playback function (AAC format). Ã‚Â There is also an SD memory card slot, which allows you to place your photos right on the Wii’s Photo Channel. Included will be a web browser. Ã‚Â There is also onboard memory, which allows you to load games and other software.
“Wii Points” will now be called “Nintendo Points,” and will allow you to purchase software from the Nintendo DS Shop in addition to the Wii Shop. Ã‚Â The DS Ware will be split into 4 categories: Ã‚Â Free, 200, 500, and 800 (Premium). Ã‚Â From the release date until March 2010, you will get a bonus 1000 points when you buy a DSi.
Below is a comparison between the Current DS Lite and the new DSi.
*GBA games and DS games requiring the GBA slot cannot be played.
The Japanese “DS Stations” will now enter phase 2, becoming “Nintendo Zones,” which you can also use at McDonald’s.
A demo reel of DS games was shown.
Games shown include a couple new ones that include Miis, Kirby Superstar Ultra, Professor Layton, Mario RPG 3, Wario Ware, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, and several others.
“Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time” is shown, and discussed quickly. Ã‚Â It is a crossover game for both the DS and Wii, which is quite remarkable. Ã‚Â For more info on this game, click here.
An anime trailer for “Dragon Quest IX” was shown.
Next is Nintendo’s Wii internal storage solution. Ã‚Â Essentially, you will now be able to download software straight to an SD card, then copy that software to the Wii in order to play it. Ã‚Â (This seems similar to how Guitar Hero World Tour will work for downloadable content.)
A new 3.5 minute demo video will now be included with all new Wii hardware. Ã‚Â The purpose is to help individuals to get their Wii online and teach them about the online features. Ã‚Â They are releasing a Wi-Fi Adapter (which is probably the one already mentioned). Ã‚Â If you help a Wii owner get connected to the Internet, you are supposedly going to get 500 points as a part of a new campaign.
The next topic is Animal Crossing for the Wii. Ã‚Â They announce that you will be able to transfer your data from the DS version and use your Miis. Ã‚Â This, however, is information we knew from E3. Ã‚Â Wii Speak will be packaged with Animal Crossing for 7800 yen (and without Wii Speak for 5800 yen) and will be available on November 30, 2008.
Wii Sports Resort and Wii Motion Plus are discussed, but nothing too exciting.
A new Wii game is announced – “Let’s Tap.” Ã‚Â Nintendo is also going to re-release several famous GameCube games (like Pikman) under the banner “Games You Can Play on Wii.” Ã‚Â Assumptions are these will be low-priced re-releases.
They then play a video showing a collection of Wii games.
The following is a list of games presented in the above video (with Japanese release dates).
Wii Music (Nintendo) 10/16
Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo) 11/20
The Melancholy of Haruhi (Kadokawa Shoten) 11/27
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes (Capcom) 12/11
428 (Sega) 12/4
Samba de Amigo (Sega) 12/11
LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tap (Sega) Dec. 2008
Cooking Mama 2 (Taito) 12/4
Rygar: Muscle Impact (Tecmo) Dec. 2008
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (Activision) 10/16
Karaoke Joysound Wii (Hudson) 12/18
Sky Crawlers (Bandai-Namco) 10/16
Happy Dance Collection (Bandai-Namco) 10/23
Family Ski: World Ski & Snowboard (Bandai-Namco) 11/13
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (Bandai-Namco) 12/4
Taiko Drum Master Wii (Bandai-Namco) 12/11
Tenchu 4 (From Software) 10/23
Harvest Moon: Exciting Animal March (Marvelous) 10/30
Rune Factory Frontier (Marvelous) 11/27
Shape Boxing (Rocket Co.) 10/30
Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) Spring
Start w/ 100 Conversations! English Conversation (Nintendo) 2009
Punch-Out!! (Nintendo) 2009
Trace Memory: R, Gateway of Memory (Nintendo) 2009
Kensax (Nintendo) 2009
Cosmic Walker (Nintendo) 2009
Spawn Smasher (Nintendo) 2009
Dynamic [illegible] (Nintendo) 2009
Takt of Magic (Nintendo) 2009
Sin & Punishment 2 (Nintendo) 2009
Forever Blue 2: Beautiful Ocean (Nintendo) 2009
EveryoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Star on the NHK Red-and-White Quiz Battle (Nintendo) 2009
Line Attack Heroes (Nintendo) 2009
Castlevania: Judgment (Konami) Winter 2008-2009
Dead Rising: ZombiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Sacrifice (Capcom) Winter 2008-2009
FFCC: Echoes of Time (Square-Enix) 1/29
Sonic and the Black Knight (Sega) Spring
Fragile (Bandai-Namco) Winter 2008-2009
Arcrise Fantasia (Marvelous) Winter 2008-2009
Oboro Muramasa (Marvelous) Spring
Tales of series “mothership title” was announced, and they played a video of Monster Hunter 3.
The rest of the conference was spent showing Wii Music. Ã‚Â Miyamoto even invites people from the conference up to play with him. Ã‚Â He says, “I wanted to make a game that captures the fun of playing a musical performance or session, so I created Wii Music.”
To view WiiNintendo.net’s Live Blog on the event, click here.