I’m not much of a Nintendo guy, but I have to at least include the newest Mario news.
Update: For most of their press conference, it seemed Nintendo was content to just plus everything. Wii Fit Plus, Wii Motion Sensor Plus, Wii Sports Resort Plus, and New Super Mario Brothers Wii Plus (not necessarily their real titles) are just the same old things, each with a slight addition. Wii Fit is getting the workout routines it should have had in the first place. The Wiimote is getting a dongle add-on to give it the precise movement detection it should have had in the first place. Wii Sports is getting more games. The new 2D Mario is getting four-player co-op, which is just an extension of what it already has on the DS. I'd like to say I'm non-plussed, but I completely understand why Nintendo does this. They're simply cashing in on what works, much the same way the iterate the DS and people keep buying the plussed versions. You can hardly blame Nintendo.
There were several RPG announcements specifically for the Nintendo DS: Golden Sun DS, a Kingdom Hearts for the DS, and a North American release of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story in which the brothers adventure through the villainous turtles innards. Nintendo insisted the Wii can be hardcore by showing footage from the Wii exclusives Dead Space: Extraction, The Conduit, and Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles.
For the broader audiences, the DSi will be able to upload photos to Facebook. User-created downloadable content is coming to the DSi in Wario Ware: DIY, where you can make your own microgames, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again, where you can make your own Lemmings-style puzzle levels. Women's Murder Club, based on the best-selling mystery writer James Patterson's potboiler, features three female protagonists doing things like a mahjongg minigame. Style Savvy is a virtual boutique game for tween girls. Tween girls -- more specifically their parents' credit cards -- are getting a lot of love at E3 this year.
But the really exciting announcements were for Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M. Based on a trailer with lots of footage of various planets, Galaxy 2 looks like more of the nifty stuff from Galaxy 1. Galaxy Plus, if you will. But the new Metroid looks like a real departure. It's a third-person action game that seems to go deeper in the background of Metroid protagonist Samus Aran. And here's the kicker: the developer is Team Ninja, the folks who made the brutally hardcore Ninja Gaiden series.