Nintendo prepping 'big' holiday

Fils-Aime says Wii maker will reveal "new content maximizing all of our key franchises" at E3 in July.

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As compared to years past, the 2007 E3 Media & Business Summit was relatively light on big game announcements, and most publishers were content to merely share new looks at their holiday 2007 wares. However, Nintendo was an exception to that rule, given that the publisher took the opportunity to unveil not just the next installment in the popular Mario Kart series, but also the game it hopes will seed the next big thing in gaming: Wii Fit.

With this year's E3 on the horizon, Nintendo of America president and chief operations officer Reggie Fils-Aime is already greasing the hype machine for how the Wii maker will attempt to steal this year's show. Speaking to GameTrailers TV's Geoff Keighley, Fils-Aime said that Nintendo would be laying out its lineup for the rest of the year at the show, and said, "We're going to have great new content maximizing all of our key franchises, it's going to be a good second half."

Fils-Aime didn't divulge details on what said products in key franchises would be, but he did mention that Nintendo has an ace up its sleeve to capture gamers' mindshare during this year's holiday rush. "There's going to be a big game for the holidays that the gamers will want," said the former Nintendo VP of sales and marketing. "All I can tell you is that what we announce during E3 is going to be fantastic. The gamers are going to be excited and the expanded audience is going to be excited."

Responding to prodding queries from Keighley, Fils-Aime also mentioned the long-under-the-radar Wii Music Orchestra. "We were just in Japan, we saw a range of different products, we saw a sneak peak as to how that's developing, it's looking great," he said. "So who knows, maybe that's one of the things we talk about at E3."

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Code_Geass_CC
Code_Geass_CC

A game like DK64 would be awsome. Im truly hoping for a new Zelda though. N, don't fail me now.

Code_Geass_CC
Code_Geass_CC

They could release a Zelda this year. MM came out around 2 yrs after Oot right? Just keeping my hopes up :)

gamerman1202
gamerman1202

I personally think another zelda is going to be trailered at this years E3 cuz it was like 1-2 years after WW another zelda was trailered and that zelda became TP, look at this quote : "We're going to have great new content maximizing all of our key franchises," this means mario, zelda, metroid and more

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

He also said that it would NOT be Donkey Kong. thank god! :)

mikeskullx2004
mikeskullx2004

You know what would be awesome.... Paper Zelda....

remirousseau
remirousseau

Kelseyxo got something here that could be interesting.. a Nintendo cross-IP RPG or Paper rpg... Hmm I'D buy that

kelseyxo
kelseyxo

To shaakti123- Actually that would be nice to see since we haven't seen a Mother for a while. I think it would sell well. Also, mabye another F-Zero, a Mario Basketball, Donkey Kong (adventure), or mabye something that incorporates a lot of Nintendo characters just like Smash Bros., but something else like racing, sports, or mabye even an rpg/action/adventure (i dont know...)

shaakti123
shaakti123

Something to add on to kelseyxo- Another Mother game. This is the perfect time to release one since Ness and Lucas just appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and another Mother game has been long wished for.

kelseyxo
kelseyxo

This is good. Except for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, and Wii Fit, there haven't been THAT many big names on the Wii. My hopes are... Wii Zelda (mabye not because there is no way they would release it that soon after) Kirby (this can be considered since there is one coming out in Japan) Star Fox (Star Fox has a great oppurtunity for the Wii, and it is about time it showed up) Pokemon RPG (There hasn't been one yet, Colosseum and XD were pretty popular for the Gamecube, and it is a popular franchise) Kid Icarus (There has been rumor because the company that developed this game for the NES and Nintendo got back together so this one's definately a possibility) Luigi's Mansion 2 (Mmmm.. I dont know. It wouold be cool though) Pikmin 3 (the first two wre great and popular, and I can just see the possibilities) Wii Sports 2 (it said a broad range of audience so this one is a possibility) DS (its ready for some big titles) Zelda DS Smash Bros DS Pikmin (mabye i dont know) Pokemon Opal (Diamond Pearl sequel) Pokemon DawnSilver and DuskGold (Gold Silver remakes)

EdwardoMario16
EdwardoMario16

I hope for... Kid Icarus 2 Super Princess Peach 2 (I'm dead serious, SPP was a great DS game) Kirby Wii Animal Crossing Wii Mario Golf and Tennis. A Mario RPG for DS. Perhaps M&L 3? But I have a feeling we'll get instead... Another Mario sports game. Not golf/tennis. Mario Party 9 Animal Crossing Wii A Pokemon spinoff. Another Wario Ware.

remirousseau
remirousseau

I agree with DiscGuru. The widest or "extendedest" audience would be a Wii Sports 2. With DK platformer coming in second and PIkmin third. Zelda doesnt haev a Wii game yet (TP is a gamecube afterall), but if its announced it won't be out before Xmas 09 Or revisit some IP to give them a second chance StarTropic, ChIbiRobo, KidIcarus, Luigi.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Come on Pikmin 3! That series was made for the wii, seriously.

duckshoe
duckshoe

Zelda: No way. Nintendo would not put something like that out that quickly after the announcement Star Fox: I don't think that counts as "extended" audience, but I would buy it Luigi's Mansion: No. Just No. Animal Crossing is already coming to Wii! Pokemon: Something in my gut tells me that's not it... I'm guessing either Kid Icarus or Donkey Kong Wii. DK has been ruined by stupid bongo games and crap racing games. DK and diddy are making a comeback.

guidedtruth
guidedtruth

well what ever it is i hope it is good we will just have to wait intill july

PecansAreNuts
PecansAreNuts

Looks like a new Zelda, I hope. EDIT: Also note, they said expanded audiences. I wonder what that could mean, *hint*hint*

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

i want a new zelda specially made for the wii, pushing the console to its limits :) i dun care if its a cartoonish zelda, i love them as well

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

-Yeah or Pokemon Wii with online elements.

djcoldkill
djcoldkill

idk which game they are talking about but I hope it is going to be a good one, so they say. Maybe an animal crossing, but it could be a star fox, we have'nt had a fox game in a while besides command for the ds. who knows?

al0120
al0120

Oh god Not another animal crossing....

metal_snake33
metal_snake33

Im guessing Kid Icarus, Star Fox, F-Zero, and possibly Zelda. But seriously, whatever happened to the Kirby game that was supposed to come out for GC, then Wii, then just got thrown in the trash? Hopefully theyll dig that one out of the trash can for E3...

Spider-Man2694
Spider-Man2694

Please be a new Kid Icarus game or Luigi's Mansion 2.

mergirox
mergirox

http://gonintendo.com/?p=2382 I can't believe it, no Mother 4 At points like this, I wonder what the japanese are thinking, considering the popularity of the two brawl characters. It would of been the perfect oppurtunity. Well, hopefully they can either do a DS Mother 3, or all the ideas that have been posted underneath. Its probably ggonna be F Zero or Starfox, maybe Donkey Kong

Captainintendo
Captainintendo

"A new F-Zero would be cool as would A REAL METROID GAME" .....I think they had one of those already. Im crossing my fingers for a revival of the earthbound (mother) franchise. If not, then a virtual console mother 3 will make me happy.

carlind1
carlind1

I WANT PUNCH OUT!!!! Oh yeah, the girl in the Guitar Hero DS trailer has a pretty sweet ass!

Lafuigi
Lafuigi

Hello people??? What about Kirby? A new F-Zero would be cool as would A REAL METROID GAME

santiagochile
santiagochile

That show is four months away. Way to say nothing, Reggie. And if it is a new Zelda, let's see some better graphics and sword mechanics. Also, I'd like to see if they have any info on Disasterm day of crisis. If there is a new Metroid, it better have online.

NormanOfTorn
NormanOfTorn

Hopefully something new on Disaster: Day of Crisis or hopefully announcing a new Zelda for Wii.

packster
packster

DONKEY KONG! Berlindex: I hope it's for the Wii though, but a sweet Major online game for wii and DS the you can play on both systems (DS and Wii) together online would be cool! lol. DONKEY KONG I HOPE!

berlindex
berlindex

Firstly it isn't sayed that it is a wii game! Don't forget about the DS! I would bet a new pokemon game. Probably a decent one for the wii...xD That would be the sweetest thing! Or pokemon Opal for the DS in 3D with moving pokemon and stuff like that... A new pokemon would be the best anyway

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

Sweet. The Wii's got some great games now, but they'll need more if they want to keep their spot at the top in the console war. Id like to see a metroid online FPS sometime too. That'd be awesome. Oh, and I personally like 360 better, but lets face it, the Wii is selling like crazy. And I still love my Wii :)

Karmacodelc18
Karmacodelc18

While I am very fond of Mario games and Mario Galaxy was excellent I have to agree wtih Poison Mushroom here. The Wiis lineup is looking rather weak especially in summer there is no way Nintendo can put out anything to match MGS4. This is actually not my fanboy talking (I love Nintendo so no labling me a dirty fanboy that doesn't know jack. I know Jack hes my homie lol!) this is facts talking. That said, Nintendo doesn't HAVE to put out a MGS killer all they gotta do is dream up some original idea and tell thier dev team to just do it! Once upon a time Mario was an original idea they took a chance and look at it now 20 years after! Come on Big N! by the way...every Wii game should be compatible with at least the classic controller the Wii remote isn't right for everything!

PoisonMushroom
PoisonMushroom

nintendo is the most uninnovate innovators i know of. they seem deathly afraid of moving away from their tried and true franchises and, within those franchises, the same tried and true gameplay in every one. come on nintendo, lets have some new IPs. we all know you can do it.

PoisonMushroom
PoisonMushroom

nintendo is the most uninnovate innovators i know of. they seem deathly afraid of moving away from their tried and true franchises and, within those franchises, the same tried and true gameplay in every one. come on nintendo, lets have some new IPs. we all know you can do it.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I really do hope they have an ace, cause I can't think of anything they can produce is such short amount of time.

kos1085
kos1085

When naming possible games, please remember they said everyone would want it. Judging from sales I would not think its pikimin, luigis mansion, or Kirby. I would not expect another zelda game to come out for at least another two years (six months of hype is just not nintendos style for the zelda franchise, more like two years of hype). I think its going to be a Donkey Kong adventure game because they have not come out with a donkey kong adventure (dont include Donkey konga) game since Donkey Kong 64.

BoondockSaint22
BoondockSaint22

Come on Pikmin 3, Luigis mansion 2, and if a new Zelda is on its way then welcome

towelie892
towelie892

I bet it's going to be one of the following: Pikmin, Animal Crossing, Star Fox, Kirby, a new Zelda, or Metroid Dread for DS. I really hope it's the last one, we need a new 2D Metroid.

Ohio_Sux
Ohio_Sux

i really hope its kid icarus....i loved the first one for NES

Ernieboii
Ernieboii

hopefully a new 3d zelda game, but I secretly want a new kid icarus game lol!

N-Flamez
N-Flamez

SUPER WARIO BROS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

scouserfuller9
scouserfuller9

Well it has to be better than last years. 2007's E3 wasn't that exciting from Nintendo as Wii Fit and Mario Kart were the only big titles that we knew nothing about before the event and we don't receive them until 2008. Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3, Zelda PH etc... were all heard of before the show so we did see some great titles from Nintendo last year but nothing we didn't know about already. This year I wouldn't be surprised to see Animal Crossing, Starfox and Pikmin as the big releases as well as a few Mario sport titles. I think Zelda will be shown but to be released this year would be very surprising as it's usually a good 18 months before it's finally released. Only time will tell.

inferno_gnomes
inferno_gnomes

What about a Zelda MMOG?! Maybe a DK like the one on the 64 would be great 'cause I'm tired of seeing Nintendo using the big guy for their awful experiences (Barrel Blast, Jungle Swing)...

zero030
zero030

we want animal crossing wii with integrated online features!

dungeonboss
dungeonboss

Zelda. Pikmin. Animal Crossing. Kirby. Nuff Said.

ppoppicks
ppoppicks

with all the work that fils-aime does (traveling, board meetings, seminars, functions, committee meetings, R & D, marketing and the likes) and other top dogs of SCEA and Xbox Team, do you think they have time to play video games? I don't doubt their collective interest in video games. BUT - Am I the only goof who thought about that? I'd love to read some responses. Thanks much.

zombey1333
zombey1333

I love Nintendo. I used to hate them back when I was a Sega boy. Now I look back at that and weep.

dewd4
dewd4

either will be new zelda (i heard its been in production a year before tp came out) or animal crossing i wouldn't mind a wii pilotwings though =) or perhaps just wii play...with more old people. again -.-