Music and a Zelda trailer, what better way to kick things off eh? The trailer recaps the Zelda franchise (well mostly). Skyward Sword clips follow and the logo for the 25th Anniversary edition of the Zelda game appears. Shigeru Miyamoto takes to the stage along with his translator. He talks about how important music is, referring to the orchestra and the orchestra join him in making his point, clever.
New Zelda games are coming for each system with “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” going live in the eShop today. Next weekend “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” will also launch in revamped fashion. “The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords” will release in September as a free DSiWare download. “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” will release this holiday season on Wii. There will also be a limited gold Wii remote on launch. Finally a series of Nintendo concerts around the world will also be held in honor of the anniversary.
Satoru Iwata takes to the stage after a brief shout out to the Zelda developers who join Miyamoto on stage. Iwata talks changes in the gaming landscape since the launch of the DS and Wii. He’s trying to reach out to the ‘hardcore’ camera, saying Nintendo’s goal is to satisfy ALL players with its new system. More details to come he says. He leaves and a montage trailer begins.
The huge screens show various gameplay, was that a final flash of what appears to be Luigi’s Mansion, ohh I hope so!
Reggie Fils-Aime takes to the stage and talks in that staggered way that he does. Imagine dinner party conversation with this guy, it would take ALL night. He talks making ‘something for everyone’ and moves onto the Nintendo 3DS. What matters to gamers: Headline titles for 3DS. On the show floor in full 3D, Mario Kart “a tricked out version you haven’t driven before”, trailer ensues and it looks very nice, with some great new additions. Release ‘holiday 2011’.
Next up, “Starfox”, yes Fox McCloud is back baby! You can use the regular control system, or the tilt on the 3DS. The 3DS camera records you in play, so in multiplayer you can see your fellow players reactions. Out in stores in the US in September.
Mario is also coming to Nintendo 3DS. “The first 3D Mario adventure created from scratch”. A trailer follows and again looks very nice. It strikes me at this juncture that no one makes games like Nintendo, so far, no gunfire, no real explosions.
Next up it’s “Kid Icarus: Uprising” and another trailer begins. After the trailer a clip of AR cards, sweet. Features 3on3 gaming and uses the Augmented Reality cards, out later this year.
“The first brother of videogames is back and he’s got his vacuum” YES!!! it’s “Luigi’s Mansion 2” people! Man it looks nice. Can’t wait for this one. It’s “an entirely new game” – “featuring not just one but several new mansions”.
Now onto the third part developers for the Nintendo 3DS. Another trailer. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Mario and Sonic Olympics, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Driver Renegade, Pac-Man and Galaga, Tekken 3D, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D.
Reggie talks the internet browser and e-shop. That system update goes live this week. 3D game videos available this week, downloadable game demos later this year. Gameboy and Gameboy Color games and other older games will also be available. A free 3D version of Excitebike (27 years old) will be made available. Pokemon is another big announcement, Enhanced Pokedex is coming, essentially a collecting game for Pokemon fans. Superimpose the Pokemon with real life backdrops. “Pokedex 3D’ is available through the eShop, it’s complimentary with the system update.
Nintendo 3DS means social, connection, interaction. All delivered in a full 3D display.
Wow not messing around, straight onto the introduction of the new console. He’s talking about the “Wii” name and the name of the new console, wait for it…. “WiiU”… meh. It’s all to do with “we” and “you” enjoying the system together.
A video follows and shows the game being played on the TV, only to move to the controller when the channel is changed. It works as a drawing tablet, has touch controls and tilt controls. All in all it’s very clever and works with other Wii accessories, like Wii Fit and the nunchuck and WiiMote. You can make video calls with the controller, share the controller to the TV. “Coming to your living room 2012”.
The new controller looks sweet, check out the full video below.
Time for to take to the stage for talk about the new controller. Backward compatible, with present peripherals.
Wii U controller Specs:
Not designed to be a portable videogame machine. So you can’t take it outside basically. It all works via streaming. The actual WiiU console isn’t really shown, other than on one of the slides for the quick of eye, it looks like a streamlined Wii.
A video of Shigeru Miyamoto starts, he’s talking up the uses of the WiiU. New styles of play and all the possibilities the new controller entails.
Smash Brothers for 3DS and WiiU gets some good applause. Iwata calls Reggie back and he returns to the stage to talk about new WiiU games. There’s 8 on show in the showfloor, not games “just interactive demonstrations”. Another video ensues that seems to have little to do with anything other than showing off the graphics of the WiiU console, which is obviously the point.
Reggie is now talking “how the new controller can change things”. Your Mii can appear in game (Super Mario Bros is the game used as an example). He shows some other games using the WiiU controller. He says he’s just described prototypes, not actual games. A real game is “LEGO City Stories”, people seem underwhelmed. Seriously LEGO? “LEGO City Stories” is coming out on WiiU and Nintendo 3DS.
Video now of developers talking up the WiiU controller. They’re all talking it up like it’s the most amazing thing in the world. Most of the big names are there. A few of the games get a cheer, most notably “Batman: Arkham Asylum”.
This video leads straight into another showing “Darksiders II”, “Dirt”, Aliens: Colonial Marines” (okay that’s cool), “Ghost Recon Online”, “Metro Last Light”, “Tekken”, “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge” (gets a cheer).
Iwata and Reggie both on stage together. Both talking up the WiiU. EA is invited on stage and John Riccitiello enters to do his spiel. Says he’s never appeared with Nintendo and talks up how the new ‘console’ will be great for EA content. It’s all about EA games. “Changing games from a thing that you buy, to a place that you go”. Blah blah blah blah. “We can’t wait to see EA games on this new system”.
Reggie returns to close.
“Consider 4 platforms, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and WiiU. He’s talking up the innovation of each device. He’s talking about how WiiU will change gaming. Zelda 25th Anniversary finally gets a mention, though it’s only in passing.
That’s all folks.
Special Thanks to ThumbBandits for this succinct rundown on the EA event at E3 2011.