Nintendo's Wii console awarded top honors by video game critics.
LOS ANGELES, June 1 Kyodo
Nintendo Co. received top honors Wednesday for its next generation Wii video game console A specialized desktop computer used to play video games. The three most popular game consoles are Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. Game software is available on CDs or DVDs, although earlier game machines used cartridges containing read only memory at the 2006 Game Critics Awards The Game Critics Awards are a set of annual awards held after the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E³) since 1998 to current. The awards are given to products displayed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E³) with the title Best of E³ of their category. .
The Japanese game machine maker's highly anticipated system was crowned ''Best of Show'' out more than 1,000 products that debuted this May at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.
Hundreds of game enthusiasts waited anxiously, sometimes for hours, to try Wii's motion-sensing wireless controllers on games like a tennis simulation and ''Super Mario Galaxy.''
''So despite how many great-looking games were on display at this year's show, the Wii stood out as the single most exciting and remarkable new product at E3 2006,'' Greg Kasavin, executive editor of GameSpot, stated on the Game Critics website.
The critics, a group of 37 North American video game journalists from publications including Time and the Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times
Morning daily newspaper. Established in 1881, it was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis (1837–1917) under The Times-Mirror Co. (the hyphen was later dropped from the name). , also honored Wii with the ''Best Hardware/Peripheral Award'' and ''Best Sports Game.''
With Nintendo set to launch Wii later this year and rival console maker Sony Corp. scheduled to release PlayStation 3 in November, talks among industry insiders and electronic gaming fans have focused on price comparison.
Nintendo recently announced Wii will sell for $250, while Sony's system will retail for $499.