Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pre-E3: Nintendo Press Conference

Nintendo ended the press conferences for E3 before the main convention began with more games coming to the 3DS as well as announcing the anticipated successor to the Wii.

Kicking off was a full orchestra playing songs from The Legend of Zelda series in preparation for the 3DS iteration of The Ocarina of Time as well as the upcoming Skyward Sword and to congratulate the franchise in its 25th anniversary. Events and symphony soundtracks for the series were announced by Nintendo's own Shigeru Miyamoto.

The 3DS became the next subject with new games coming down the line. This includes a new Mario Kart entry, a Star Fox game featuring gyro sensor and camera capabilities built in, and a new Super Mario Bros. game specifically made for the 3DS. Another first party game is a sequel to Luigi's Mansion with the return of the vacuum cleaner, ghosts, and mansions.

Kid Icarus: Uprising nearing release, details for its multiplayer mode was revealed where players in a team of three are tasked with protecting a special character. It's also set for later this year.

Tekken, Tetris, Driver, and Cave Story are one of the many third party titles confirmed to be in development for the handheld.

A flagship title for Nintendo's 3DS Eshop announced from the conference was the official Pokemon Pokedex. With a couple already stored in the database, players must find ways including getting AR cards to complete the large list.

Prior to E3, an open letter was released that a new console from Nintendo would be announced in the conference. Other information including pictures and technical specification were also running amok and subject to debate. As the day arrived, Nintendo shown off the Wii-assisting successor built for many different gaming demographics entitled the Wii U.

While being an expansion to the Wii, the Wii U features a new console design as well as a new control scheme that can be used for multiple occasions. The controller consists of a dual joystick and trigger format with the middle having an interactive touch screen with stylus capabilities. Other aspects of the controller include having a game playable on the controller's screen. communication with other Wii controllers such as the Wii Fit board.

CEO Satoru Iwata expanded what else was featured on the Wii U including Wii games being backwards compatible and the controller featuring many different gizmos such as a microphone, gyro sensor, and camera built in.

At the E3 floor, attendees were able to try out conceptual ideas of what can be done on the Wii U. Players though can expect actual games arriving to the console including a new Super Smash Bros. also aimed for the 3DS. Following an interview with various developers, third party games including Darksiders II, Tekken, Batman, Assassin's Creed, Ghost Recon, Lego City Stories, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge are also aimed for release on the Wii U.

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