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E for All 2007 Booth Overview Nintendo

October 19, 2007

E for All 2007 Booth Overview – Nintendo
Louis Bedigian

The inaugural E for All expo – the consumer-based answer to E3 – kicked off with a flood of Nintendo content. You could see the flashy, South Hall-dominating booth from hundreds of feet away. It was even visible through the locked doors before the show opened.

Playable demos included Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Party DS, Fire Emblem for Wii, Ghost Squad, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, and a handful of others.

The booth designs are a bit simpler than some of Nintendo’s E3 exhibits (remember Link’s dungeon from 2005? That was amazing), but it still looked great. Those who orchestrated the Smash Bros. Brawl lines must be applauded for quick and easy access to the game.

On Thursday, wait times were no more than 15 minutes (usually faster). Up to four people could play on any one of the five kiosks, for a total of 20 gamers engaging in Brawl bliss simultaneously. Four of the top players (one from each of the four starter kiosks) could play a second game in front of the crowd. This was reminiscent of the Mortal Kombat 4 road tour in 1997, which allowed the winner to play longer than everyone else.

You may have heard me say this before but it can’t be said enough: if you can make it to LA this weekend, come now. E for All 07 may only be 1/5 the size of E3 06, but that’s how the original E3 began – in one hall with only a handful of publishers. Given the huge last-minute announcements, something tells me this won’t be the last we’ve seen of E for All.

Regardless of the size, regardless of the show’s future, E for All 07 should not be missed.

Photos and Story by Louis Bedigian

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