Games: Nintendo vs. Sony vs. Microsoft
_E3 MINI: This year's version of the Electronic Entertainment Expo - newly
christened the E3 Media & Business Summit - was much smaller than last
year's, but it wasn't just the lack of crowd noise that made it seem a lot
quieter. Last year, Sony and Nintendo
were still gearing up for the launches of the PlayStation 3 and the Wii,
respectively, while Microsoft was trying to build momentum for the Xbox 360. Now
that the pre-launch jitters are out of the way, all three companies are focused
on finding a larger audience.
_Wii ALMIGHTY: Nintendo had the most to crow about, with Wii sales gaining on
the 360 and the DS dominating portable gaming. The company didn't make any big
new software announcements, concentrating instead on 2007 releases like "Super
Mario Galaxy" and "Metroid Prime 3: Corruption" (for the Wii) and "The
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass" and "Brain Age 2" (for the DS).
Nintendo did show off some new peripherals designed to appeal to the more
casual gamers who have made the Wii a smash. The Balance Board is a
pressure-sensitive panel, about the size of a bathroom scale, that you stand on
while working out to the company's new "Wii Fit" software. The Wii Zapper turns
the Wii remote into a gun, for shooting games like Capcom's "Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles"; the
Wii Wheel turns it into a steering wheel, for driving games like the
next-generation "Mario Kart."
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