Some slight disappointment from the American online games press attending Nintendo's US Media Summit in in Seattle this week over the fact that there were no new playable versions made available on the big N’s top Wii and DS titles for summer/autumn ’07 - namely Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
(due to release in the US on 20 August) and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Well, while Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
may well be the most anticipated Wii title of the summer for gamers
at least, it seems that the Seattle event this week was more about reinforcing the ‘casual’ message with the focus heavily on the first party titles such as Big Brain Academy on Wii
, Brain Age 2
, Picross DS
, the Tetris-a-like Planet Puzzle League
and family favourite Mario Party 8
all hogging the limelight.
Additionally, Nintendo is very keen to shout about third party partner’s casual titles such as Ubisoft’s handheld guitar title Jam Sessions
, EA’s dance-a-thon Boogie
and Take 2’s recently announced Carnival Games
Not to worry, of course. We’ll get plenty of time with the proper
games at E3 no doubt. Right now, let’s rejoice that the Wii’s first fully online game is out in the UK today (a European Nintendo exclusive no less) and get in another quick game on the wonder that is Mario Strikers Charged.