Nintendo has a message for its hardcore fans: they're not being ignored.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Nintendo's general manager in the UK, David Yarnton, said:
"It's important to know that we're not ignoring the hardcore gamer. They're still very important to us."
He pointed to a trio of releases as evidence, saying, "And Christmas alone, we have already catered on the Wii with Metroid Prime 3
and Super Mario Galaxy
, and on DS with the Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
That's fine then. We'll put aside the stomach-wrenching horror we felt when Nintendo's elder statesman, Shigeru Miyamoto, said, "One game that I wanted to introduce to you all at E3 this year was not Super Mario Galaxy
, not Zelda
for the Nintendo DS, and not Mario Kart
, it's this game, Wii Fit
We'll also put to one side Miyamoto also telling us
that casual games are really for hardcore fans too.
In all fairness to Nintendo, there have been a good few titles slotted into this year's release schedule with a lot of appeal to the traditional gamer. Pokemon Battle Revolution
, Elite Beat Agents
, and Super Paper Mario
are just a handful. What suggests that Nintendo isn't all that concerned about hardcore gamers is the message it constantly sends out with its emphasis on the likes of Wii Fit. So, hardcore - do you feel like you're being ignored by Nintendo? Answers in the Forum, please.