E3 2012 Day One – Nintendo Press Conference

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Nintendo’s Press Conference started with the always enthusiastic Shigeru Miyamoto making reference to a new Pikmin game. But before presenting the upcoming Pinkmin title, the Wii U last prototype was shown.

Pikmin 3: 10 years have passed since the first Pikmin came out on the Nintendo GameCube. Now a new Pikmin is coming out for the Wii U and it has some new additions like a new rock Pikmin that can break certain objects and a different control scheme.

Then Reggie took over the press conference and confirmed that in the following hour and a half, 23 games were going to be presented. The number seemed really promising at the time, but considering what Nintendo usually presents in this kind of conferences, the result was pretty disappointing. Reggie went on to say that the Wii U changes the way in which people play games, interact with one another and entertainment itself. One of the most important announcements was that the Wii U will support two GamePads (just like the NES! Whatever that means…) In addition, some technical specifications were provided, like the distribution of the buttons, camera and other features of the controller.

Miiverse was also part of the presentation, but taking into account that Iwata had previously made reference to this on the Nintendo Direct Presentation, there’s no reason to repeat everything once again.

New Super Mario Bros. U: Because the only thing that matters is collecting coins, you’ll be able to accrue hundreds of them in this upcoming Mario game. There will be suits that Mario can wear at different points in the game, eggs that the character may break to release Yoshi-like creatures and there will also be coins. Thousands of them.


Some 3rd party developed games were presented:

Batman: Arkam City Armored Edition: Exclusive characters such as Catwoman will be available in the game. Armored Edition uses a VAT System that allows players to use the GamePad to remote control batarangs, place explosive gels and so on and so forth.

Scribblenauts Unlimited: Developed by 5TH Cell, Scribblenauts Unlimited will allow players to create objects, combine them, share them and more. The game will also feature a multiplayer and Maxwell’s story mode.

Wii Fit U: Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus games sold 43 million copies so Nintendo is planning on releasing a new iteration in the series called Wii Fit U. Apart from all the regular exercises the game will feature a Pokéwalker-like device called Fit Meter.

Sing (Working Title): Sing (Working Title) is a karaoke game in which players can dance and (take a guess) sing. The GamePad may be used a resource to look at the lyrics.


3DS Games:

There are so many news about the 3DS that there will be another press conference exclusively dedicated to Nintendo’s portable console, which will take place June 6th at 6PM Pacific time. This press conference can be watched live at Nintendo’s official E3 Site http://e3.nintendo.com/.

New Super Paper Mario Bros. 2: Coming August 19th.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star: One of the best games of the show. Apart from looking like another Paper Mario game (which is not a criticism at all,) Sticker Star will allow players to collect various stickers that may be used as battle commands, collect hidden items and so on. The title will be available both digitally and physically this Holiday season.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon: Coming this Holiday season as well.

3rd party lineup was also mentioned and these are some of the games that you’ll be able to play on your 3DS. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirrors of Fate, Disney Epic Mickey. Power of Illusion, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Kingdom Hearts 3D. Dream Drop Distance.


Back to the Nintendo Wii U:

Lego City Undercover: Although I’ve never been a huge fan of Lego games, the attractive combination of Lego and a GTA sandbox environment seems pretty inviting. There will also be a 3DS version of this game.

Ubisoft presented Rayman Legends and Zombie U.

Just Dance 4: This time around a fifth player can act as the “puppet master” and change the choreographies on the fly.

Zombie U: A zombie game in which the GamePad can be used as a sonar, inventory, scanner, sniper, door hacking or to break free from enemies.

These are some of the games that were also confirmed for the Wii U, including Assassin’s Creed III, Rabbids Land, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, Rayman Legends, Sports Connection and The Avengers: Battle for Earth.

Finally, NintendoLand was presented. This is basically a virtual theme park which uses various mini games to show the capabilities of the system. There will be 12 different attractions and the mini game collection was compared to Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. I bet the owner of the website called NintendoLand.com will be getting thousands of visits from now on. Well played sir, well played…

And that was the end of the most disappointing press conference of E3.