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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  1. 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.

  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.

  3. 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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