The d-pad has been around for 30 years.
It hadn't been around for 30 years in 1980.
Joysticks have been around since people needed to move in 3 dimensions (in a vehicle). While they took a shot with the N64 and he joystick, it wasn't really a gimmick.
Just because it was around before in some form doesn't make it not a gimmick. Jelly donuts have been around for a long time, but that doesn't mean a console made out of jelly donuts would be normal. *shrug*
My point is that Nintendo has always introduced new control stuff, and I don't really see the distinction between motion controls and their apparently more successful control ideas, especially with Sony and Microsoft spending millions of dollars on adding motion controls to outdated consoles instead of making new consoles.
Also, I'm working on a time machine so I can go back and remove the word gimmick from history.
I was with you on that until I realized that the Teddy Ruxpin character Newton Gimmick would no longer exist. No one screws with my Teddy Ruxpin.
Are Microsoft and Sony's conferences always like this? Because this is the first time I've watched a significant portion of them, and I'm not really seeing why anyone other than Nintendo fans watches E3.
...Ah. For a second there, I thought Sony was going to be interesting when they started talking about a brand new first party game or something, but it's another shooter.
Oh, look, there's a Warthog. And a Transformer. Oh, and it's in space.
Do they have any not shooters? I mean seriously.
Oh, hey, they just announced another shooter.
Third parties complain that they can't sell games on Nintendo consoles because Nintendo games are too good to compete with, but they all keep putting out the same one genre of games on the other two consoles? I seriously can't tell the difference between these games. I guess part of it is because I don't have a PS3 or 360, but I'm pretty sure if I didn't have a Wii I could still tell the difference between even Mario Kart and Paper Mario.
Bioshock looks good, though.
Oh, now the Bioshock guy is talking about the time Sony convinced him to use the Move using the exact same talking points on him that Nintendo was using half a decade ago. Nice. Good job, third parties. Good show.