Nintendo at E3 2012 : Other Conferences do what Nintendon’t
Nintendo makes a U-turn
by Chris Fox
©2012 Chris Fox
With Nintendo having already teased us with a pre-E3 video (showing us the Gamepad redesign along with the announcement of Miiverse and the prayer-answering Pro controller) the gaming world held their breath for some real surprises.
Nintendo had left everyone scratching their heads after last years baffling Wii U reveal and it was time to see whether Nintendo could finish what they started twelve months ago.
Instead, I’m still left scratching my head.
A pikmin filled skit led Miyamoto San onto to the stage, where he spoke about Pikmin 3.
Bill Trinen then joined him onstage to translate.
Both went on to talk about entertainment though the Wii U gamepad, but it was hard to distinguish what either were saying as both their mics were at the same volume. Another great E3 moment.
The feverish chatter of both of them led to an actual confirmation of Pikmin 3.
The enhanced resolution of the Wii U can show many pikmin performing multiple tasks on screen at once. The game will feature Wii remote and nunchuck compatibility. Pikmin 3 promises ‘deeper fun’.
Reggie Fils-Aime stated that he felt just like a purple pikmin as he took to the stage. The Wii U promises to change your gaming and the way you interact with your gaming friends.
We’re only about the games! Now about Facebook…
He also mentioned Nintendo Facebook and Youtube integration. Nintendo has discovered the internet, everybody!
Double simultaneous gamepad game play was confirmed. So at least they’re half the way there.
We were given a detailed tour of the gamepad.
Features include vibration and a headphone slot. As was teased in the Miiverse reveal, hundreds of Miis will populate the Wii U home screen, congregating and communicating in different ways through rich media.
Nintendo seem to have finally got the idea of connectivity between users. And praise the Deku Tree for that.
Miiverse will be accessible through PCs, smart phones and tablets. There will be no escape.
Mario is back. Surprise.
New Super Mario Bros. Mii has become New Super Mario Bros. U and will feature a heavy Miiverse presence and a new flying squirrel suit!
Most Nintendo fans are surely happy with this news alone.
Just like the previous Wii title, four players can play simultaneously.
Batman makes a U turn
Specifically, Arkham City: Armored Edition.
Thank God this game is coming to the Wii U this Christmas, as gamers haven’t had any way to play it yet. [Editor: dripping with sarcasm still I see]
The gamepad screen will be used for B.A.T. mode, allowing all of the bat gadgets to be displayed in the user’s hands. Very cool.
The ability to create new summons were shown in the form of a dog car (think Dumb and Dumber’s Mutt Cutts Van).
Next came a sizzle reel featuring Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3 (to cheers), Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tounament 2 (wih Mario mushrooms), Trine 2, Ninja Gaiden 3 (.5 out of 10) and Aliens Colonial Marines.
Third party support for the Wii U is the best Nintendo has had since the SNES.
Reggie, clearly feeling antsy, came back onto the stage to boast about his body that he achieved thanks to Wii Fit.
Wii will, Wii will, Fit U, Fit U!
Wii U features pedometer integration and a luge game that will get you lying on that balance board of yours. What’s that? You already sold it?
Oh well, never mind then. At this point of conference, I felt frustrated and unimpressed.
Come on, Nintendo!
My complaints were hastily silenced with the debut of Sing (working title).
Now you can read the lyrics for your chosen pop hit on the gamepad screen. The future is here. As were a cacophony of groans.
3DS is still here….and Mario again!
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is all bout the coins (more so than usual).
Nintendo then completely change it up by talking about Paper Mario Sticker Star. I sincerely hope no one is playing any drinking game involving taking shots at mentions of Mario.
These drinkers were then given a break from Mario next, however… with Luigi. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, to be precise.
Thus far, Nintendo have had the least surprising press conference of E3 2012. And that’s saying a lot!
A 3DS third party sizzle reel then attempted to excite the crowd and featured: Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
Wii Games Lineup Video
Saved by Lego, dance and zombies?
Lego City then demonstrated how up to date it is with a Matrix reference. Cracking stuff.
Just when I thought that noose couldn’t look any more tempting, Ubisoft go into great detail over Just Dance 4.
A fifth player on gamepad is able to interact with the four players “dancing” with their Wiimotes.
I would tear into Just Dance, but you can’t argue with that ‘biggest selling third party’ money it rakes in.
ZombiU showed zombies on the London Central Underground Line as well as sniping and door hacking through the gamepad. Reggie’s face was also zombiefied using AR and the gamepad.
NintendoLand was revealed to be a virtual space a kin to a theme park.
The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Animal Crossing and Luigi Ghost Mansion are all multiplayer mini-games that will be included in the NintendoLand package (that will be presumably bundled with the console).
NintendoLand promises asymmetric gameplay. Luigi’s Ghost Mansion was touched on and bared more than a striking resemblance to Pac-Man.
By the time the overly long live demo of Luigi’s Ghost Mansion was over, my patience was hanging by a thread.
E3 victory was in Nintendo’s grasp, but has it ever slipped through their fingers.
Where was the price talk?
The long game plan for online play?
All the questions gamers were left with last year have still been left unanswered, frustratingly.
©2012 David Hilton
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