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. Continue reading
Nintendo has dropped a shot of a controller which doesn’t have a screen on it. I looks like a little like Xbox and Playstation had a baby and it was raised by the Wii. Which is probably good news for those interested in playing the more conventional games on the Wii U. So I guess this is essentially the classic controller for the new hardware; not essential, but pretty nice when the situation calls for it.
Nintendo has made it clear that it is taking E3 2012 seriously, offering interested gamers the chance to get the latest info from LA via the web, YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter. In a press release, it was announced that:
“Nintendo will be using a mix of online, broadcast and social platforms to provide a steady stream of breaking news and announcements during the video game industry’s biggest annual trade show”. “We don’t want anyone to miss the energy and excitement of this year’s E3 Expo,” said Cindy Gordon, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Corporate Affairs. “By offering different ways to tune in and follow all the Nintendo news, we aim to make fans all over the world feel like they’re right there with us at the show.”
The hub on the web is located at http://e3.nintendo.com, where there will be a live stream of the proceedings (no information about geographical restrictions announced). The US will have access to live TV broadcasts on the Spike TV and MTV2 networks commercial-free, while there will also be updates posted on YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitter. All this should make it easier for New Zealanders to follow the news when E3 kicks off in a couple of weeks.
A photo has surfaced from a now deleted Twitter account which may show a new version of the controller for the Wii U, which is set to be showcased at next month’s E3 conference. Posted by a game tester at Travellers’ Tales Games (the team behind the Lego series of video games), the subsequently deleted photo shows a controller that has several differences from the original Wii U controller.
Gone are the nub-style analog controllers, with a return to raised dual analog sticks. The photo shows a wider controller than earlier images, and some function buttons have been shifted. Start and select buttons in the alleged controller are now on the right under the XYAB buttons, and a couple of new and unlabelled square buttons feature below the D-pad and next to the power button. There have been rumours of Nintendo considering a name change for Wii U, but Wii U branding appears in the apparently leaked photo.
Click after the break to see the photo, as well as an early stock image released by Nintendo showing the Wii U controller. Is this for real? We will probably find out in a few weeks time.
A Rayman Legends trailer, almost certainly the sequel to Rayman Origins as reported earlier in the week, leaked out onto the internet, ensuring its immortality. What’s more, the trailer was specifically for the Wii U version, which has seen no direct promotion since E3 2011.
First, regarding the game itself: beyond the improved rendering engine, the game features new social features, multiplayer modes, characters, and all those sequelly things we’ve come to expect. However, the game also takes advantage of some unique Wii U features. In one scene, one of four players is shown directly manipulating platforms on the Wii U tablet’s resistive touch screen, allowing the other three players to advance. And, in the first instance we’ve yet seen of the Wii U’s built-in NFC technology, figures were placed on top of the Wii U tablet and recognized, granting additional features in-game. This functionality is notably similar to last year’s Skylanders, a game that enjoyed perhaps surprising commercial success.
The Wii U tablet controller looks largely unchanged, save for an odd black patch on the back on the controller. Camera? Infrared sensor? We’ll have to wait until E3. And that Ezio Auditore statue is intriguing…it’s hard to imagine how he’ll fit into the happy-go-lucky world of Rayman, but we’re more than willing to find out.
Rayman Origins, the critically acclaimed yet commercially underperforming platformer, apparently did well enough to warrant a sequel. A recent Ubisoft survey confirmed the existence of a sequel, using the custom UBIart engine. From the survey:
“The sequel to Rayman Origins will feature brand new settings: legendary worlds filled with castles, vampires, ghosts, Greek Gods, or dragons.”
It also confirms the inclusion of the four-player co-op from the first game, which was a major selling point.
Now, if only we could get a sequel for another certain critically admired Ubisoft game…
Also announced at the E3 presser was Lego City Stories. An open-world Lego game from Traveller’s Tales, that doesn’t hide from the fact its cloning Grand Theft Auto. But you might be hard pressed to find a disgruntled Lego City citizen – they all look so happy! Lego City Stories is a 3DS and Wii U exclusive.