Posted by: Tha Square | July 22, 2008

Nintendo Says Sorry to Their Core Gamers

After the bitter response the core gamers gave to this year’s E3, the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, made an official apology to those of us who were ticked off by the empty promises Nintendo made. Expecting the unveiling of a game they could really sink their teeth into, such as a new Kid Icarus or Zelda game, many fans’ hope for a big title was shattered when Nintendo gave Wii Music the megaton entrance resembling that of Twilight Princess’. Many viewers of the E3 event felt betrayed and angry that their favorite gaming company seemed to forget all about them.

During an interview with Game Trailers, Reggie Fils-Aime claimed there would be a game this holiday season that would please both the hardcore and casual crowd. What they assumed would fill the void was Animal Crossing: City Folk which most hardcore gamers didn’t see as a title that would hit the spot. Over a week’s worth of complaints and thousands of sour topics created on message boards worldwide, Nintendo finally stepped up and has tried to make amends.

“We are sorry about [the E3] media briefings, specifically for those who were expecting to see Nintendo show something about Super Mario or Legend of Zelda… If there is any perception that Nintendo is ignoring the core gamers, it’s a misunderstanding and we really want to get rid of that misunderstanding by any means. The so-called big titles need a long, long development period…we really didn’t think this year’s E3 media briefing was the time to do so.”

Though Nintendo did mention that the Zelda and Mario teams had something in the works, the core gamers were still not pleased to have only heard a few seconds of dialogue on their favorite franchises. It was only after receiving the sour response that Miyamoto announced Pikmin 3 which did help control the disapproval to some degree. Now that they’ve apologized for leaving out many of theie fans during their show, I hope many Wii owners are willing to forgive.



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