E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference

When it comes down to it, Nintendo always has the most innovate ways to spice up the videogame world incorporating a non-traditional gameplay to each of their systems. The DS brought dual screens to handheld gaming, the Wii brought motion control, the 3DS incorporates glassesless 3D imaging, and now the Wii-U brings a whole new way to play with the controller. After the jump check out all the big news from the Nintendo press conference from E3 2011.

To start things off, Nintendo brought in an entire symphony to demonstrate the full power of the new Zelda: Skyward Sword theme from the new game, which will be released later this year.

2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise and Nintendo will be putting a Zelda game on every console out right now. Link’s Awakening will be available for the Gameboy Color on the Virtual Market today! Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be on the 3DS and will launch worldwide with a minor mode for noobs and master mode for seasoned veterens of the game. On the DSi, Legend of Zelda: Four Swords will be available for free download.

Along with a new Zelda game, the symphony playing at the convention will be touring major continents to perform music from the franchise as well. Two music CDs will be released in conjunction with the concert. Ocarina of time 3D soundtrack will be a gift for those to first register it with Club Nintendo and the 25th Anniversary symphony CD will also be available.


New Nintendo 3DS Titles:
Mario Kart 3D has new cart upgrades that can be used on various maps. Hanggliders and underwater propellers will come in handy when the game comes out this holiday. Star Fox 3D, available in September, will be utilize the gyroscope in the system so you can turn and tilt to move the ship. You will also be able to group play with friends with video chat so you can see your friends faces on the jets when you play. Super Mario 3D looks like too much fun and will be out before the year ends. Kid Icarus: Uprising and Luigi’s Mansion 2 are also titles coming to the 3DS.

The new Nintendo E-Shop on Nintendo 3DS is now available with Internet browsing when you download the update. The Virtual Console Service, exclusive only to the 3DS, will bring games from Gameboy and GB Color. Pokémon 3D, only available on Nintendo E-Shop, will have an enhanced Pokédex for black and white versions. To complete your Pokédex you must find certain objects via spot pass, trading with friends, scanning AR markers, and more!

They teased the new platform throughout the show. For this new platform, they wanted to incorporate a system to reach a wider appeal to satisfy all types of gamers while giving you a deeper gaming experience. They bring us: Nintendo Wii-U!

Unique? Unifying? The biggest gimmick to this system is the new controller that will definitely give third party developers a challenge or a headache.

I would describe the controller as a PSP meets iPad with a stylus. It has a 6.2-inch touch screen with dual analog controllers, a gyroscope and a front-facing camera. The controller cannot be used as a portable gaming device though as it will only work while streaming wirelessly to the console.

The good thing about the new Wii-U is that you can use the Wii mote and the Wii-Fit board with it. It is fully backwards compatible so you can play all your Wii games on it. You will also be able to use the new controller and the Wii Nunchuks at the same time for certain games.  Another nifty trick is if you want to watch TV you can easily transfer the game you’re playing onto the screen on the controller and continue playing while you watch TV.

The controller also allows you to draw on it like an art tablet and play games on the touch screen like an iPad. Another unfortunate item is that it appears to be almost the size of an average person’s forearm, which puts in question how much just one controller will cost; that they did not answer, neither did they say when the Wii-U would be released in 2012. I would assume during the holidays so they can show off at E3 next year.

Better news for Nintendo, with the release of the Wii-U, is that more third party developers are signing up to make games. EA Games will be releasing their first ever games to the Nintendo with Madden and FIFA. Nintendo loyalists will also be receiving a new Super Smash Bros. game to the Wii-U and Nintendo 3DS. The Wii-U will also get a game similar to Mario, but you can use your Mii avatar and play the game. Other titles include the infamous Lego games, Tekken (the first Tekken game to be on Nintendo), Batman: Arkham City, Ghost Recon, Ninja Gaiden 3, Metro Last Light, and Assassin’s Creed.

Check out some of the videos below to check out actual gameplay!

The only concern I have is will third-party developers buy into the new controller? The controller is pretty cool, you’ll be able to call plays on the pad for Madden ’12 without your friends screen watching. You can use the control pad as a scope for first person shooters which should come in handy and give a better experience. The main problem is just using the thing because it is so bulky. The controller is definitely more friendly to over all games like a traditional controller, but if they have to incorporate the screen on the pad then it might provoke headaches for developers if they don’t want to spend the extra time to integrate the technology to their games.

From what I know, the current Wii system is only 480p and that the new Wii U might be upgrading up to 720p or even 1080p to match up with the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3. Stated before, the specs were not given out and only speculation remains. The Wii does not have the capability to read DVDs or Blu-Rays, but I have heard that the Wii U might gain a Blu-Ray disc reader and have a faster processor than even the 360 or PS3. Only time will tell and I hope that time comes soon.

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