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Nintendo E3 Conference: A Summary

Originally posted by Sharon at GamerFitNation.com

 

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.

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The 3DS: Nintendo’s next big thing.

Like many others I watched E3 remotly as Nintendo talked about the 3Ds that would soon be unleashed upon the world. With my DSLite not far from reach, I smiled with apprehensive glee. Finally a DS upgrade that I might be interested in.

Granted, I am not a fan of 3d. yet.

Movies, games, and tv manufacturers all on the 3D train, I feel a sort of compelled rebellion to the movement. Don’t get me wrong, I saw Avatar in the theatre too, but I strongly believe that not everything needs to be 3d! NOT EVERYTHING –  do you hear me George Lucas?!

But I digress.

As an already four eyes, the prospect of a small piece of 3D technology (the kind that did NOT require me to wear a second pair of 3d glasses overlapping my already expensive and now scratched spectacles) is somewhat intriguing.  Skeptically I waited and watched.

“Control the level of 3d?  Turn it off completely? You don’t say…..”

Then, more specs started to surface.

According to the release:

  • The 3DS has two cameras on the outside of the device, capable of taking 3D photos and capturing 3D video, as well as a camera positioned above the top screen on the inside of the device which faces the player, capable of taking 2D photos and capturing 2D video
  • The system also has 3D movie playback capability; Nintendo has made deals with Warner Bros, Disney, and DreamWorks to deliver 3D movies.
  • In addition to its own software, the Nintendo 3DS will be backward compatible with Nintendo DS software, including DSi software. Announced titles include Kid Icarus: Uprising and Mario Kart 3DS.
  • At launch, the Nintendo 3DS cards will hold up to 2GB of game data and look almost exactly the same as those of the current DS
  • It was announced at the Nintendo of Japan press event on September 29, 2010 that the 3DS will have a Virtual Console Service with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and “Classic Games” in 3D. HELL YES
  • Multitasking is available on the 3DS (i.e. You can access web browser while in game).
  • Miis will be available on the system. There will be a new Mii Creator on 3DS with the ability to import from the Wii and create a Mii from a photo taken by one of the cameras. There also will be a 3DS Mii Plaza to house all the Miis you’ve seen in Tag Mode.
  • The system supports multiplayer gameplay via a local wireless connection or over the Internet. Expanding upon the connectivity of the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS features an “always on” background connectivity system that current trademarks suggest the name being “CrossPass” which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game.

Naturally by now I want that 3DS. I want this device as much as a grown woman can want a DS (turns out that is a LOT).

Carefully,  I am now paying attention to news regarding the 3DS, when I can get it and how much it will be.

But pause for a moment. Sure there are lots of great features but what GAMES will i be able to play? Well it turns out there is a lot on the horizon and even if there weren’t… there remains one. ONE to beat all others in the race to my 3DS heart: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D


*fangirlsqueel*
Metal Freakin Gear already scheduled for 2011 release.
And oh my lookie here:
Contra, Bomberman, Ninja Gaiden, Zelda? Yes PLEASE.
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More News!

Yesterday Nintendo announced the release dates and price point for their upcoming 3DS. Hitting North American stores in March 31, 2011 the 3DS is expected to be sold at approximately $300.

OUCH

Ouch Nintendo!  We are now looking at the price of a major console. Is this portable gaming system really expecting to compete with the PS3 and 360? Granted I already have those, but most DS users I know are under the age of 18.

So who is your target audience now? I think it might be me. STILL, while i want the 3ds something fierce, and March is possibly long enough away that I might be able to fill the piggy bank with pennies, thats a lot of cashola. Think of all the bills i could pay with that!

How can I justify that kind of spending on a handheld unit?

How will you?