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Nintendo's Magic Wand?

No one knows what to make of this show other than the fact that it'll be significant. This isn't one of those times when everything revelatory is revealed; that was last year with the three new consoles. This is the year we fill in the gaps and find out more about Nintendo's and Sony's upcoming hardware and see more than initial prototypes.

Nintendo seems to be offering a means of controlling a console that we've never seen before. The question, especially where the console's new wand controller has been mentioned, is how will this stick with a gaming audience? Has this worked in Japan and proven its market there, and is this truly a better system that we, having remained with a certain controller scheme, haven't thought of?

Nintendo has always chased harder after the youth and family markets than Sony or Microsoft, which have typically known what to do with its "generation gamer" audience, now in their late teens, 20s and 30s. Nintendo will probably continue to carve out something from a younger market share as a result of this. We also tend to forget that kids, Nintendo's core market, aren't afraid to try something new. Where we see a wand and a strange controller and become apprehensive, a kid sees a brand new way to play a game and is more than willing to adapt.

And if you ever made up an entirely new set of rules on the spot ("It's Opposite Day!" meets the entirely variable rule system of Four Square back in kindergarten) to make a playground game that much more fun, then perhaps you'll understand Nintendo's perspective. This should be interesting.

By Bob Greiner  |  May 8, 2006; 8:16 PM ET  | Category:  E3: Off Screen
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The fact nintendo is targeting kids is beyond reprehensible. Wands are dangerous eye poking weapons in the wrong hands.

Posted by: William | May 9, 2006 3:10 AM

Very funny. Rev/Wii is meant for retirees and below, and that's it!

Posted by: Jed Merrill | May 9, 2006 3:50 AM

It's not a *wand*...it's a controller.

Posted by: Ijo | May 9, 2006 9:07 AM

It's not a controller, it's a wiimote

Posted by: Bedder Danu | May 9, 2006 10:09 AM

All the games are starting to blur and look pretty much the same. Next generation offers better graphics, pretty graphics, graphics shiny graphics ....so very very very very boring!

What's that... a new exciting feature from Microsoft & Sony?? In-Game Advertising? You mean I pay for the game and you sell advertising space in my game?

Oh ....but this is not just any old Advertising: It's highly target to me - based on the stats of who I am, what I play, when, and with whom... All gleamed from XBOX 360 & PS3 online through the magic of Spyware! Ooooh so innovative, so exciting for me.

What's that you say.... there is another exciting feature???

Yes, Sony and Microsoft release a game that is based on one of the "popular franchises" IE: a game you have already played that was based on a similar game before it - but now released (with better graphics) and....we also rapidly release more games in Episodic form, so you get to play more of the same, more often.....Boyah! and as an extra treat, you don't pay for it and own it, you pay for it, down load it and when you stop paying for it we take it back!!!! Wow weeee! This way you don't have to keep it, sell it, swap it or loan it to a friend - you just pay and play else go away...

Google "Spyware in Sony Music CD's".
Google "Microsoft Bill for Spyware"
Google "Sony in game advertising"
Google "Microsoft in game advertising"

But the graphics are so very very pretty...

Posted by: Mr Doobie | May 9, 2006 10:11 AM

Sorry, my husband should have said something about the wonderful DRM that is also loaded into these new systems.

Just Google: "Sony DRM" and you'll see that no one knows more about proprietary media and vendor lock-in than Sony ...that is except Microsoft of course.

Posted by: Mrs Doobie | May 9, 2006 10:21 AM

It is remarkable that this new control is just like a remote control in shape do you think that everyone will be very confortable with using It is also similar in shape to cellphones Know whats weird about its shape nothing

Posted by: Kern Kennedy | May 9, 2006 2:18 PM

A "wand"? A...... "Wand"??? What are you, some 54-year-old journalist who got reassigned from covering knitting to video games?

Posted by: Hahaha | May 9, 2006 2:27 PM

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