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Published on June 6th, 2012 | by Cryss

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Nintendo’s E3 2012 Conference

Nintendo’s pre-E3 discussed the Wii U’s hardware and Miiverse, freeing up time during their main conference today. What will Nintendo bring up to the plate? We apologize for the lateness of this one.
  • Nintendo’s E3 begins in Miyamoto’s dressing room, where he has clearly stashed the Pikmin franchise since 2004. Shigeru appears to ignore the presence of the Pikmin, with one getting trapped in his suit pocket as he heads for the stage.
  • Bill Trinen soon joins Miyamoto on stage allowing him to speak his native Japanese; this translation whilst more personal is a little difficult to follow. A black Wii U sits on stage, it looks better than it’s white counterpart (in my opinion). Miyamoto emphasizes the importance of getting away from the television with their latest console, and that it would change the way games are played, connecting the portable gaming experience with a home console.
  • Pikmin 3 is the first game we see on screen and it’s coming to Wii U, described as a real-time, action-management game. The Pikmin have new abilities and there are even new types. By using motion plus you can aim at specific targets with your Wii remote and nunchuk, so what about the Wii U gamepad? The Wii U’s controller acts as a map or the game can be played with the Wii U controller alone.
  • Miyamoto finds the Pikmin in his pocket, proceeding to strangle it on air, smiling.
  • Reggie Fils-Aime is on stage, stating this conference will be all about the games. He says there will be 23 Wii U titles on stage today.
  • Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and Amazon Video are coming to Wii U. Reggie he swiftly moves away from entertainment and back to gaming.
  • Asymetric Gameplay – the idea of isolating the player using the Wii U gamepad to bring a different experience.  Reggie announced that the Wii U will support dual gamepads in later titles.
  • It’s social networking time with Miiverse, the first thing you’ll see when you turn on the Wii U. These Mii’s gather around titles; they can be others on your console, your friends and players you meet in game, all able to communicate with screenshots, drawings and messages, communicating across the Miiverse.
  • Miiverse will be browser based meaning in the future, you’ll be able to join the Miiverse on your 3DS, PC, smartphone or other browser enabled devices.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U is announced. It shows a real time social window in the games you play, making me worry slightly about the possibility of spoilers. The gameplay trailer showcases 4 player co-op, the ability to glide and even bubble firing Yoshi’s, who can entrap enemies. Reggie briefly details Boost mode allowing 5 players to work together; 4 using Wii remotes and 1 on the Wii U gamepad aiding speed runs and assisting your friends.
  • The third party hits Wii U with Batman: Arkham City taking the first frame. Harley Quinn introduces Martin Tremblay, the president of Warner Bros interactive entertainment (also an extreme personality).
  • Batman Arkham City Armored Edition revealed for Wii U, allowing you to experience Arkham City in a unique light. Reid Schneider is on-stage showcasing how the Wii U will change the way you play. The B.A.T mode is now active, building energy whilst in combat. This is released through the gamepad making your attacks stronger than before. The Batarang is now controlled through the gyroscope, using the Wii U to guide the Batarang to it’s intended target.
  • Scribblenauts is now on consoles under the name ‘Scribblenauts Unlimited‘ available on Wii U. 5th Cell describes it as the definitive version of Scribblenauts, with unique creations and continuous exploration. With the inclusion of multiplayer, discover the origins of Maxwell’s notebook, bringing whatever he writes to life.
  • It’s montage time; with Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, TANK! TANK! TANK!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2: Directors Cut, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Aliens: Colonial Marines. A massive amount of third party support for Nintendo’s new console.
  • Wii U is going to impact the music and fitness genres. Reggie is still a little bitter about being laughed at on Wii Fit a couple of years back. He then announces Wii Fit U. It’s compatible with the pedometer for building your calorie counts and even lets you exercise while your girlfriend watches TV; perfect!
  • It’s now the turn of the music genre (it’s not dead, apparently), say hello to SiNG. The gamepad will display the lyrics, while you dance and sing along. Group singing and dancing is mandatory, but with amazing tracks like Carly Rae Jespen’s Call Me Maybe, you won’t care. SiNG is the title you will all want in your collection (that guy advertising it said so).
  • Nintendo abandon the Wii U for a bit, bringing in Scott Moffitt here to discuss the future of 3DS. Tomorrow (Wednesday 6th) at 6PM Pacific, there will be an entire hour devoted to upcoming 3DS games. Until then he offers to tide us over with 3 games.
  • New Super Mario Bros 2, a 2D Mario sidescroller with a focus on going for the gold. Literally. This will be featured tomorrow and will launch in the U.S on August 19th.
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star is up next utilizing a sticker system; collecting them from the world around you and deploying them as battle commands. Stickers will help you defeat enemies, unlock unique areas and the latest iteration of Paper Mario will be released this holiday season.
  • The last 3DS game in this conference will be Luigi’s Mansion 2. New details are revealed; Luigi will be traveling through multiple mansions, unique puzzle solving and with new ghosts to capture. Luigi’s Mansion 2 will be released this holiday season, with more information coming tomorrow.
  • There’s a 3rd party line-up trailer showcasing: Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate, Disney Epic Mickey: Power Of Illusion, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. We are expected to see these tomorrow during their 3DS conference.
  • Lego City: Undercover is up next, using the Wii U gamepad as a map and a tool for mission solving. The options for going undercover are explored, allowing you to don a variety of disguises in your quest to fight crime. The main characters name is revealed as McCain… Chase McCain. The legend. A portable version of the game is also under development for 3DS, with a unique storyline.
  • Ubisoft will be supporting the Wii U, showcasing their love of emerging hardware. Yves Guillemot is on stage showcasing what Ubisoft will bring to the Wii U.
  • Just Dance 4 is up first; a team of 4 dancers is kicking it to ‘Move’s like Jagger’. Reggie is using the Wii U controller to choose the outfit the dancers wear in-game and picking finishing poses for the dancers to follow, an example of Asymetrical gameplay in action.
  • ZombiU is up next, with gameplay from the title, allowing you to use the Wii U gamepad in a variety of different tasks from Sniping, Hacking, and Sonar with the gamepad also providing a different view of the action, building tension.
  • Reggie is then zombified by the camera on the Wii U controller.
  • Ubisoft’s lineup for Wii U is next: Assassins Creed III, Rabbids Land, YourShape Fitness Evolved 2013, Rayman Legends (demoed on Wii U last night), Sports Connection, with Avengers: Battle for Earth ending the Ubisoft trailer.
  • NintendoLand is on stage, where iconic franchises are embodied in a virtual theme park. Katsuya Eguchi takes the stage to explain more; the attractions at the park embody the spirit of the title it represents. Your Mii becomes a part of that attraction whilst engaging with it. The game will be consisting of 12 attractions (5 revealed thus far), including 3 multiplayer attractions; Legend Of Zelda: Battle Quest, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.
  • There are 2 single player attractions; Donkey Kong’s Crash Course and Takamaru’s Ninja Castle using the Wii U gamepad to throw Shurikens (throwing Star’s at the screen). It will incorporate Miiverse, bringing gamers around the world into NintendoLand.
  • We see Asymetrical Gaming in action at Luigi’s Ghost Mansion where 4 players search for the ghost, who is using the gamepad. This creates an intense co-op experience for the 4 other players who are at a distinct disadvantage. This premise could work well for other titles.
  • It culminates in a trailer for NintendoLand exploring the impact of the Miiverse in a colorful theme park. NintendoLand will be released alongside the Wii U this holiday season.
  • Wii U’s slogan is unveiled “Together, Better.”
  • The show ends with a fireworks display at NintendoLand.

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