The news that Microsoft plans to make the first batch of Project Natal games simple and family friendly isn’t surprising in the least. After all, if Microsoft can find its own version of Wii Sports, Natal’s popularity and exposure will skyrocket. But since this initial round of titles will most likely be shunned and mocked by core players, it seems that the UI itself (basically the whole Minority Report-esque hand-waving controls and whatnot) will have to be the thing that Microsoft uses to sell Natal to core gamers, at least at the outset.
I know that, at this point, the majority of my interest in Natal lies with how it will change how I interact with the console itself, not the first games released for it. I have no idea if it will be successful or nearly as cool as I’m hoping it will be, but I think it’s Microsoft’s best bet in terms of appealing to core gamers until the more core-oriented titles hit the market.