Nintendo E3 Conference: A Summary
What a kick off to E3’s official day 1! Nintendo started the day with an early morning conference that had been clad with more rumors and speculation than almost any other major player at E3 this year. During the press event Nintendo talked about some things we expected and some that we didn’t. Let’s summarize just what the conference looked like.
As the Nintendo Conference began guests were treated to a full orchestra with adorning the Nokia theatre with music and video montage from various Zelda games. The tribute to Zelda continues in celebration of the 25thanniversary of The Legend of Zelda. The entire theater was transformed into a large scale projection show. Miyamoto was introduced and spoke in English to greet the audience before calling upon the assistance of a translator.
Miyamoto shared his joy and excitement with childlike glee as we spoke about Zelda’s evolution and talked about the importance of the music in the Zelda franchise. With the use of the orchestra Miyamoto demonstrated various uses of music in the games, for example; opening a chest, help from fairies, and getting an item, etc.
In honor of the anniversary Nintendo announced the release of a Zelda game for each of the hardwares. Link’s awakening is available today from the eshop. The legend of Zelda 3d will launch next weekend around the world with revamped graphics and a new sense of scenery (and including hint movies and a boss challenge mode). Nintendo DSi will see the, 4 Swords, 4 player cooperative and Skyward Sword will be worldwide this holiday for Wii. Skyward Sword will include use of wii motion plus for accurate handling of the bow and arrow.
With the Zelda title announcements came the news that Nintendo would also be releasing a special gold wii remote as part of the 25th anniversary promotion. But the Zelda related news didn’t end there!
A series of Legend of Zelda symphony concerts will take place in major regions around the world. More details about the specific dates and cities will be released in the future. Additionally 2 music CDs will be released. The Ocarina of time official sound track will be gifted to the first users to register the game with club Nintendo as a thanks. The second CD will be released in conjunction with Skyward Sword.
Nintendo then went on to recognize some of the more than 200 talented workers who have contributed to the success of the Zelda franchise over the last 25 years by inviting them on stage to be introduced and receive recognition for their success.
Nintendo then interjected with a small teaser, stating “we have seen changes in who plays, where we play, and how we play”. Alluding to the new console that many had anticipated seeing in today’s conference Iwata then claimed that their new system, which would be “announced later this morning”, will unite all gamers.
It was then time for the 3DS portion of the presentation and the audience was shown a montage of Mario&kid Icarus&other 3ds games.
Reggie Fils-Aime, the head of Nintendo America, then took to the stage to talk 3DS. Reggie focused on a five 3DS titles:
- MarioKart “a kart game you haven’t driven before” is due out this holiday
- StarFox use buttons or turn and tilt to control. The game will offer group play (multiplayer) and the 3ds camera will record all the action, allowing you to see reactions of friends. StarFox is set for release this September.
- Mario on 3DS which we should see “before the end of this year”.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising. Game appeared to have a lot of depth and good graphis. The inclusing of a trading card component is coming soon to accompany the game. Kid Icarus will also be multiplayer.
- Luigi’s Mansion 2. Nintendo showed the trailer before explaining that this all new 3D game would include several new mansions.
3rd party development for the 3DS was then discussed and included names like: Resident Evil, Mario and Sonic Olympics, Ace Combat 3d, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Driver: Renegade, Pacman and Galaga, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. Virtual console service just for 3ds was also discussed. Allowing for downloads of classic Gameboy titles and classic Nintendo titles, the virtual console was promised to be easy to use. A Free 3D version of Excitbike, which is now a 27 year old title, was promised to the audience. Pokemon for the 3DS will offer an enhanced pokedex. Pokedex 3D showed some hilarious photoshops of you with your pokemon.
Then it was time. Nintendo Café is now known as Wii U. Wii U confused us a little bit. Everyone came into this conference expecting to see a new console but instead we were shown the Wii U controller. The Wii U controller is being released to work in conjunction with your Wii, Wiimotes, and other current Nintendo paraphernalia. But there is a console… just not yet.
The Wii U controller looks a little like like a PSVita. As a 6 point controller with built in screen, the Wii U controller includes a touch pad screen as well. Nintendo says the controller includes “new controls for experienced players”.
With two analog sticks, digital direction pad, and DL- DR plus rumble feature, most of the specs of this system were kept vague. The touch screen, microphone, camera, and gyroscope were all eluded to but Nintendo was clear to report that the WiiU controller was “not designed to be a portable gaming device” but that it “just shares some characteristics.” Games can use two screens at the same time and this ability was shown in a video montage that included baseball, golf, and ninja star throwing. The device will also have vcideo chat capabilities. This will be “a new structure for home entertainment” says Nintendo
Other notable announcements included:
Smash Brothers for wii u and 3ds and swap ability between the two.
HD video graphics – showed video clip “the garden” including a swimming fish. No word on who made the clip or for what application it was created.
Put your mii in Mario kart, race with your mii.
New shooter with wii mote as a prototype.
New title in development – Lego City Stories by Tt games, a division of Warner Brothers, being made just for WiiU.
Nintendo then showed a video of developers reactions to the new ‘system’ which gave us an insight into which titles would find home on the new WiiU
- Darksiders II on the new console at launch
- Batman arkham city on the new console
- Ghost Recon Online with the new console.
- EA Sports to Nintendo new console
- Dirt, Aliens Colonial Marines.
- Metro last light (by thq)
- Tekken – showed character customization
- Ninja gaiden 3 razers edge
“WiiU can satisfy all tastes” said Nintendo. They invited EA to join them onstage. CEO John Riccitiello came onstage and spoke : We have reached a “breakthrough in our relationship based on a stunning breakthrough in game technology” he said of the partnership with WiiU.
Reggie, in interview with Adam Sessler on G4 and with Geoff Keighly on GameTrailers talked a little bit more about the specs of the new system.
- 1080p no price yet
- being launched after march 31st
- will have Internet browser – no release of other network capabilities
- optical disc – no blue ray
- “driven by gaming content and non gaming content”
- “next holiday will be about the WiiU”
- “We fully expect those [wii users] to come on board with the WiiU”
- “Price point launch date launch line up is a topic for another day.”
Be sure to check back at GamerFitNation, all this week, for more news from the E3 floor about these and other stories.