June 7, 2011

E3 2011 – Nintendo – E3 Press Conference

Wow, what a morning. Nintendo went out with a bang that left more questions than answers about their mysterious Project Café, now known as Wiiu. There was a great 3DS support, a new controller for their new console, and only one Wii title announced, so take that for what you will. Now on to the facts!

Celebrating 25 years of The Legend of Zelda – They had a live orchestra performing the many themes from the Zelda games over the years and with fanfare announcements dealing with the Zelda franchises. There will be a Zelda concert series performing worldwide; dates to be announced later. There will be a free copy of Zelda: Four Swords on the DSIware this fall. Skyward Sword will be out this holiday, with a limited edition Gold Wii Remote plus, sold separately.

3DS – was greatly supported this time around with several games that are headed to us by the end of the year. Mario Kart 3D will have new attachments such as a glider and a boat motor for underwater sections on the tracks; release date this holiday. Starfox 64 3D will be out this September and will track your opponents faces during multiplayer. Super Mario 3D will be out by the end of the year and will be a mix of 2D and 3D platforming, on top of bringing back the infamous Tanooki suit from Super Mario 3. Kid Icarus: Uprising will be out again this holiday and will feature AR card battles and a multiplayer up to 3v3. Finally a game that first hit the Gamecube back in 2001 is getting a sequel with Luigi’s Mansion 2. It is an all new title with several mansions to explore.

3DS eShop – The update went live last night for the 3DS to enable the internet browser and the eShop. There will be coming, in the fall, game demos for both DSIware and retail games, along with 3D videos. Also within the eShop is the virtual console that will have Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Right now, up until July 7th, you can download a free copy of Excite Bike 3D classic edition. This will be the start of Nintendo’s revival of classis with 3D enhancements. Also free on the eShop is Pokedex 3D, which is an enhanced Pokedex where you capture the Pokemon through AR spots and the 3DS Spotpass.

WiiU- Nintendo announced what we all thought would be announced, the Wii successor; the WiiU. Now no tech specifics were given; but what was shown is the new controller they hope will revolutionize   gaming. The controller will have a 6.2” screen, accelerometer, speakers, a microphone, two circle pads, a d-pad, normal face buttons (A,B,X,Y,), two bumpers, two triggers, and two cameras; one facing out the other facing you. Here is a picture below. They did not show any specs but the entire target and title footage they showed is comparable to Xbox 360 and PS3. They touted titles such as Darksiders 2, Dirt, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online, Metro: Last Light, Tekken, and Ninja Gaiden. These are all just titles they announced not confirmed. No price and no official console reveal was given outside of press pictures, hopefully we will see more in the future, until then here is the WiiU and its new controller.       

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3 comments

  1. ScrotusKilmystr - June 10, 2011 2:25 pm

    I did enjoy the salute to Link and that “that stupid B*tch got herself kidnapped again…” Zelda. I was glad to hear about the 3DS lineup (my 3ds as been lying dormant for a few weeks) and the online update was fairly painless.

    but this WII U has alot to make up for I wasn’t impressed with the presentation at all so hopefully E3 2012 will have some solid demos to prove or dis-prove this system

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  2. Strider782 - June 7, 2011 2:55 pm

    First thing that got to me was when they were showing the 25th Anniversary video of Zelda. I really wanted to watch it, but the guys at G4 producing it, kept zooming out to show the audience and all the screens in a darkened auditorium, but you couldn’t see the video worth a crap. After a minute or so I found myself shouting at the tv. It was nice to see some of the classics recapped.

    When they said “There will be a free copy of Zelda: Four Swords on the DSI­ware this fall” That made me wonder, does it also work on the 3DS? I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t, but if it does why didn’t they mention it? Maybe they have to show that they’re still doing something with the DSI. So Skysword will come out and that will be the end of the Wii, just like Twilight Princess did with the cube.

    The best idea that I liked from the whole thing is if I had a WiiU, I could stop playing on my tv and take it into the bathroom with me and keep playing if I ever felt the call of nature, which might make my trips in there even longer. I am also curious on how well a game like Ninja Gaiden is going to do on the WiiU. A game franchise which was dubbed as making one of the hardest games ever made, being put on a console whose predecessor was comprised mostly of casual gamers.

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  3. CharcoalCoyote - June 7, 2011 2:32 pm

    I was totally blown away by Nintendo’s presentation. I will definitely be getting a 3DS ASAP. There’s no reason not to at this point in time.

    Now, the Wii U controller has been getting a lot of hate. I, for one, actually like it. Yeah, it’s pretty large, but I do most of my gaming on a laptop; it’s not too much different. The possibilities for this thing are quite amazing. I can already see so much potential for this becoming the home console equivalent of the DS. Are there times at which you will point this thing at the screen? Yeah. However, it’s much more couch-oriented than the Wii was, and I am happy.

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