Gamers are sure to be anticipating Nintendo's press conference tomorrow, when new details will be revealed about their next-generation console, the Wii. Some items of interest will be upcoming games for the Wii, such as a new Super Smash Brothers title and Metroid Prime 3, and the motion-sensing remote-like controller for the console.
It appears that Time magazine has stolen some of Nintendo's limelight ahead of schedule, however. The latest copy found on newsstands features an article on the Wii by technology correspondant Lev Grossman, entitled "A Game for All Ages." In it, Grossman writes about traveling to Nintendo's main headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, and was shown the Wii by no less than game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
Grossman spoke of the Wii's controller: "It's part laser pointer and part motion sensor, so it knows where you're aiming it, when and how fast you move it, and how far it is from the TV screen. There's a strong whiff of voodoo about it," he writes. Of special interest to Nintendo's fans is the portion where Grossman speaks about how the controller interacts with games played on the Wii. When describing playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii, Grossman writes, "Now I'm Errol Flynn, sword fighting with the controller, then aiming a bow and arrow, then using it as a fishing rod, reeling in a stubborn virtual fish."
Grossman also touches on several non-RPG games played via a Wii controller, including a next-gen WarioWare title, a new Madden NFL game, and an untitled tennis game. "At the end," he concludes, "I don't so much put the controller down as have it pried from my hands."