Nintendo’s Wii remains priceless, after an E3 press conference that skirted around launch dates and hardware costs.
Show floor gossip suggested that Ninty’s new console would significantly undercut its more powerful Next-Gen rivals, at around 200 US dollars, when it launches later this year. On the plus side, there was plenty of playable software on show, including the FPS shooter Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Mario Galaxy, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.
Nintendo’s message was clever: Wii isn’t about hardware grunt, it’s about innovative gameplay, and most observers seemed to buy into the proposition, having played with the unit’s unique remote control-style controller.
Europe’s STMicroelectronics is the supplier of the motion-control chip which powers the console’s trademark wand. Using Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (or MEMS) technology, more commonly used in laptops to protect hard drives from sudden movement, embedded sensors can detect the angle and speed of a player’s hand motion, allowing the controller to function as anything from a virtual baseball bat to a gun.
Also creating a buzz at E3 was the Wii Virtual Console, which will allow players to download classics from the Nintendo, Sega and Hudson Soft archive.