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Nintendo E3 2011 Press Conference Wrap-Up

Posted by Michael Koczwara On June - 8 - 2011 1 Comment

As the lights dimmed, a lengthy, epic montage of the Zelda series presented itself to a crowd of eager Nintendo fans. A live orchestra provided the music as nostalgia filled the air. The video capped off with clips of never before seen footage of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Miyamoto took the stage to discuss the Zelda series’ 25th Anniversary, revealing quite a slew of upcoming games and information. Link’s Awakening will be available on the eShop by the end of the day, and Zelda : Ocarina of Time 3D will release the following weekend. Zelda: Skyward Sword will be staying on the Wii and will see a Holiday release date of that year. A special gold Wii remote will go on sale at Skywards launch. DSi owners will be able to download a free copy of Four Swords this coming September.

Miyamoto went on to announce that the symphony orchestra concerts will be held around the world in honor of the anniversary. Later in the year we can expect a CD of the said orchestra, and a free soundtrack CD of Ocarina of Time for anyone that registers the game on Club Nintendo.

The 3DS was next to take the spotlight. First off, we got a new trailer for Mario Kart 3DS, where gliding and underwater jets are common amongst the crazy Mushroom Kingdom drivers. The game is slated for a holiday release. Star Fox 64 3D, releasing this September, displayed a trailer featuring the battle mode. Kid Icarus also got another trailer and will release “later this year”.

After a few months of patient waiting, Super Mario for the 3DS got its proper showing. A trailer played that showed off Mario using the Raccoon suit, and showing off an assortment of new level designs. The game greatly resembles Super Mario Bros. 3, but brings the innovation of 3D from Super Mario 64, with a hint a Super Mario Galaxy’s graphical style. The game will be out “before the year is over”.

And after 10 years since the original game was released, Luigi’s Mansion 2 was announced for the 3DS. The game is said to not be a simple revision, but an entirely new game. The game is also said to feature multiple mansions. No words on a release date, but expect Luigi’s Mansion 2 soon.

The eShop, which made its worldwide debut the previous night, was detailed at the press conference. The eShop allows you to buy classic Virtual Console games from the Gameboy and Gameboy Color, view trailers and information for upcoming 3DS games (and coming soon, demos), buy new games through DSiWare and new apps (Pokedex 3D) made specifically for the 3DS.

Then came the big announcement. The successor to the highly successful Wii, was revealed to the world. The new console will be known as “Wii U”, taking into account the focus of making you, the gamer, the most important aspect of the console. With beefed up graphics that impress both the PS3 and Xbox 360 alike, the new system was not a simple jump, as was the Gamecube to Wii.

The real story of the matter is the new controller. The controller acts similar to a tablet, with a 6.2 inch touch screen, a front and rear facing cameras, and gyroscope motion controls. What is displayed on the TV can also be shown on the new controller, bringing a wide variety of new ways to play your games.

Releasing in 2012, the Wii U will be backwards compatible with the Wii, including its controllers and games. The Wii U is said to be “appealing to the most hard and dedicated players” yet still connects with the casual market.

A Zelda tech demo was shown for the Wii U, displaying the console’s graphical power and use  of the new controller. Games like Chase Mii and New Super Mario Bros. Mii, an altered version of the game with the same name, were seen.

Nintendo also showed of a ton of third party support, including the likes of EA and Ubisoft. Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, Metro: Last Light, Aliens: Colonial Marine, a Tekken game and Ninja Gaiden 3, were also shown in montage form.

As the press conference came to an end Nintendo displayed a long list of game logos as the presenters made their exit. The games shown included the recently announced titles, two new Kirby games, Animal Crossing for the 3DS, something called Fortune Street and even the long awaited Mario Party 9.

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  1. I really enjoyed Nintendo’s E3 2011 Press Conference. They showed a lot of Nintendo 3DS games that got us looking forward to. We all want them now, but we don’t want the rushed games. Let the developers take their time. And they showed Mario Party 9 as a logo at the very end. We are awaiting more news for that game. I’m looking forward to Zelda: Skyward Sword, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Super Mario 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and much more. But the game I’m really looking forward to is a game that we have not heard of in four years. That game is none other than Mario Party 9.


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