Nintendo came late to the party this year, holding their press conference this morning as opposed to following tradition and doing it on Monday. With rumors abound about Project Cafe and lots of buzz around the 3DS, Nintendo was poised this year to once again steal the E3 crown. Did they succeed?
Details about their presser are after the jump!
- Shigeru Miamoto appeared first to celebrate Zelda’s 25th anniversary in fine style, complete with a live orchestra. After thanking the fans and the developers who have been a part of Zelda’s 25 year journey (older than me, yeesh), Miamoto confirmed that all Nintendo platforms will see a release of a Zelda title: Link’s Awakening on the DSi through the E-Shop, Ocarina of Time on the 3DS and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii by year’s end. As an added surprise, Four Swords will be available as a free download through the E-Shop for everyone!
- Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, took over for Miamoto at this point to tease the audience a little bit about their upcoming system. After he finished his tantalizing speech, we were given a trailer about the various 3DS games that are coming this year including Super Mario, Mario Kart, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Kid Icarus!
- The Nintendo big-wig parade continued after Iwata as Reggie Fils-Amie swaggered out to demonstrate Star Fox running on the 3DS.
- Reggie also dropped news about the Pokedex 3DS which functions exactly as you imagine it would, except in 3D. It’s live right now after you download the update.
- The Nintendo conference was dominated by the 3DS at this point, but Reggie finally gave in and told us all about Nintendo’s new hotness: Project Cafe, now officially called the Wii U. Nintendo hopes that this system will address the concerns that the hardcore had about the Wii in addition to maintaining the market share they have with casual gamers.
- No big announcement like this is complete without a trailer, and the Wii U is no exception. Here’s the introductory trailer for the Wii U seen at Nintendo’s briefing.
- The Wii U controller can function as the console itself, taking the action off the TV and putting it on the screen integrated into the controller. It functions as a tablet crossed with a traditional controller and puts all sorts of interesting possibilities into play.
- All of the Wii U games on the E3 show floor are just demos made to demonstrate the controller’s capabilities and are not indicative of final products. However, Reggie announced that Lego City Stores is being developed for the Wii U.
- After explaining the Wii U and its capabilities (and teasing a Smash Bros release), a montage of developers interested in the Wii U was shown, confirming Batman: Arkham City, Darksiders 2 and more.
- No pricing was announced for the Wii U, but its estimated release date is between April and December of 2012.
- Nintendo also showed off an early example of the Wii U’s power. There was also a montage of third party games for the Wii U with a few surprises tucked in.
- EA’s John Riccitiello followed up the Wii U information dump with a pledge that EA will launch all of their popular AAA games on the Wii U, bolstering its line-up of third party games.
So that was Nintendo’s press conference, everyone. They went heavy on the 3DS for the first bit then brought out the Wii U to seal the deal. The Wii U definitely brings up some interesting possibilities and I can’t wait to read more about it and really get my head around the concept.
What did you guys think of Nintendo’s showing? Did they take the E3 crown, or were you kind of “meh” on the whole thing? Who came out on top this year? What’s your opinion on the Wii U and the big 3DS push? Go!