Nintendo leads into its E3 conferences with trivia on the screens. And by trivia, I mean distorted images which progressively get clearer, with the challenge to work out what the game is before it becomes obvious. The first reason to be excited is that I already had two StreetPasses on my 3DS before we had even parked the car.
A lot of games and information has already been released, supposedly in order to make room for the huge selection of Wii U games that will dominate the conference. A video plays of Pikmin in Miyamoto’s dressing room. The time it perfectly with his entrance. Even though his English is awkward, Miyamoto manages an endearing air of easy charisma. The camera goes to a couple of people in the audience, and Pikmin are superimposed on to them. Miyamoto blows a whistle and Bill Trenin quickly shuffles onstage Pikmin-style to translate as he continues in Japanese. He waffles a little bit Wii U’s independence from TVs, and announce Pikmin 3. It looks great, The fidelity of the image makes it look crisp, and depth of field effects The Wii U controller will be used to access map functionality, as the angle of the TV screen’s perspective doesn’t accurately show the big picture. New Pikmin, new modes, and you can get replays of the level you played.
Reggie comes out on to the stage to take over, and the crowd loves him. He says he feels like the purple Pikmin? Must be an inside joke for Pikmin players, I looked it up thanks to the free wifi they were supplying, and the purple Pikmin is the second and generally stronger/larger kind of Pikmin. Twenty three Wii U titles to show in the next hour! Three pillars type talk: Games, Social, Entertainment. Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon video are included, but glossed over (and I can only imagine they’re particularly only relevant . Asymmetric gameplay! Wii U controller vs. others. Wii U will support two Wii U gamepads. Roll a clip of the Wii U controller!
Miiverse is how you’ll interact with your gaming friends. You can leave messages and doodles for friends. Direct quote from Reggie: “You’ve got to have a Mario game” New Super Mario Brothers U will connect to the Miiverse from within the game with messages from players left on the world map. During play, the Wii U gamepad can be used to place blocks to help the players playing with the standard Wiimotes.
Martin Tremblay, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment comes out, introduced by Harley Quinn, and he announces “Arkham City Armored Edition”. Game director narrates video. The video shows the batarang being shown in flight on the Wii U pad’s screen, as the player steers by moving the controller.
Scribblenauts, Jeremiah Slazcka is introduced to talk about Scribblenauts Unlimited. He plays a clip that shows you can create your own words and objects, like a dog on wheels called an “auto mutt”, and the campaign will actually tell Maxwell’s story.
Trailer montage! Darksiders 2, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge, Aliens Colonial Marines. We’re up to eleven games so far.
Wii U’s going to make the music and fitness genres even better! Yaaayyyyy! Wii Fit U will work you harder. Clip plays. It looks harsh; there’s a pedometer you can use to connect with the controller to record calories from running/walking. “Sing” (working title), Wii U gamepad will display the lyrics, so the TV can just show the music video generated by the game. Call Me Maybe is playing.
Scott Moffitt from Sales and Marketing comes to talk about 3DS for a couple of minutes. They’re doing a separate show for the 3DS later. New Super Mario Bros 2. Mario’s gone gold crazy. August 19th (that’s soon!) Paper Mario Stick Star. Pull stickers off the scenery to use them as battle commands. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Multiple mansions, each with mission based challenges. Heavier emphasis on ghost catching. 3DS montage: Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow. Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. Scribblenauts Unlimited. Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance.
Lego city will come to Wii U. Lego City Undercover. It looks pretty neat, but the fact that they’re talking English weirds me out, just like the Lego Lord Of The Rings. That’s fourteen games by my count.
Ubisoft’s turn, Yves Guillemot comes out to talk about their games on the Wii U. ZombiU, Rabbids Land, Rayman Legends, Assassin’s Creed 3, Just Dance 4, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Sports Connection, and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013. They introduce Xavier Poix, managing director comes out and promises not to make Reggie dance. It’s Just Dance 4. 4 dancers come out, Reggie uses the Wii U pad to select the moves, and the dancers sweat it out accordingly. ZombieU looks like a survival horror game. first person, you can use the Wii U pad to access inventory, bring up a scanner, a sniper scope, or interact with keypads (they actually used the term hacking, though clearly it was as advanced as mashing random numbers.) Cut to montage! We’re up to twenty-two games. What could the last one be??
Scenery sets come out; tent entrances and such, and Reggie welcomes us to “Nintendo Land”. Just as Wii Sports Tennis justified the Wii (that’s not why I ended up having one personally), Reggie thinks NintendoLand will justify the Wii U. Reggie introduces Katsuya Eguchi and Jonathan Yeckley to talk about it further. Nintendo Land has 12 different attractions. Looks like a tech demo type thing to show off the various types of control possible with the Wii U (so that keeps with the Wii Sports comparison). The buzzwords here are asymmetric gameplay. Players are working towards achieving conflicting goals with different sets of tools. With a Wii U pad with 4 Wiimotes in play, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion is shown. Wiimotes play as the Mario extended brotherhood, but can’t see the ghost (played by the Wii U pad) on the main screen (TV). The ghost player simply looks at the Wii U pad’s screen to play as the ghost is displayed there. The Wiimoters use their flashlights to hunt the ghost, and the ghost lurks and attacks unsuspecting players. It looks like fun!. Roll clip.
Reggie confirms NintendoLand will be available at launch, and that’ss apparently it! NintendoLand video clip of a fireworks display.