On the second day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), it becomes clear that Nintendo’s upcoming Wii console grabs the attention of show attendees at a much faster pace that the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360.
While Nintendo has created an impressive booth with 27 games running on even more stations, it is nearly impossible for most attendees to get a glimpse at the titles. A few minutes after the show opened, Nintendo estimated the wait to reach a game station at about four hours. By 10 am, the wait had increased to six hours. By our estimates, there were at least 1000 people in line waiting, especially for a first look at Ubisoft’s Red Steel first person shooter.
Nintendo informed us that the playing time for each attendee is limited to five to 15 minutes, depending on the title. The last person standing in line mentioned that he feels that the Wii console "is the biggest thing at the show," but he still did not intend to spend most of the time of his "first E3" waiting in line. 30 minutes later, when still had not made even an inch forward, he decided to leave.
Interestingly, there is hardly any wait at the Sony and Microsoft booth. People can test drive Xbox 360 and PS3 titles within five minutes of wait or less.