Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Nintendo Press Conference Summary

Today was the first real day of E3, but just before theyopened up the show floor, nintendo went and had their press conference.

Nintendo kicked off the show with a major announcement: Pikmin 3. Thats right, the long awaited sequel was finally announcemed for the WiiU. Showing off how the game controls and detailing some of the gameplay. One part of which is that you now ppay as 4 different captains by switching betweej them, although Olimar himself was missing. Nintendo hinted that this had some story significance.

They then went on to describe the main home screen of the WiiU. Calling this Miiverse, the idea is that you see a screen of all your games/apps and then all your friends miis gather around those apps that they are using at the moment or in general. This idea seems to give a sort of community feel right at the home screen which seems pretty cool. After that brief description, Nintendo went back to games, saying how they'll be explaining other features later on ij the week but wanted to concentrate on games for the press conference. ONe interesting tidbit was that miiverse is browser based, meaning it couod be accessed from almost any device.

After this, Nintendo went back to the games and announced New Super Mario Bros U, and it's what you might expect. The game playes just like NSMB Wii except now, a fith player can use the WiiU controller touch screen to help out by adding blocks, or hitting enemies, all by using the touch screen.

Next, they dedicated some tike to batman:Arkham City, announcing the WiiU version as the "Armoured Edition" and it has features that you might expect. Hacking minigames on the touch screen, motioj controlled batarang, the sort of things where you can logically tack on touch and motion controlls.

Then it was on to a short showreel of new announcements for the WiiU. Of note were Scribblenauts: Unlimited, Mass Effect 3, Trine 2 and Ninja gaiden 3.

Right smack in the middle of the press conferece, Nintendo decided to give a good 5 or 10 minutes to the 3DS, where we got a release date for NSMB2 - August 19th. Along with a few short previews of Paper Mario 3DS now called "Paper Mario: Sticker Star", Castlevania and a 3DS version of Scribblenauts: Unlimited.

Then it was back to the WiiU with the announcement of Lego City, an open world crime fighting game set in a city made of lego. Interesting to note that the game is going to be fully voiced, usually Lego games only have the characters make grunts and gestures. Regardless, the game looks hilarious and I can't  wait to see more.

After that, Ubisoft came along and made a whole slew of announcements for WiiU. Just Dance 4, Assassin's creed 3, rabbids and some others. The most interesting announcement was a brand new franchise called Zombi U, not much information was given but it is plqyable on the show floor, so details are forthcoming.

To finish the show, Nintendo announced a new game based on all their franchises called Nintendo Land. It's essentially a minigame collection set out like a theme park but don't let those words cast suspitions on the quality. The games actually looked pretty good.

Nintendo definatly managed to impress this year but it wasn't as mind blowing as the past two years from them. What they showed was definatly impressive and i can't wait to get my hands on some of those games.

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