Game On! – E3 2011: Nintendo Conference Highlights

by Pat B on June 7, 2011

Today at the Nintendo E3 briefing Nintendo rolled out the usual classics like new Mario and Zelda titles but then kicked things up a notch and wowed the crowd with the unveiling of and brief look at their new next gen console, Wii U. The briefing was short and not as content heavy as the Microsoft and Sony conferences. Nintendo briefly touched on some new releases for the 3DS and then moved on to the good stuff. Here are the conference highligts:

Wii U

Lets get to the good stuff first, the Wii U. Looks like the rumors of a controller with a built in screen are true. The design of this new controller is sleek and has an endless amount of ways in which it interacts with the TV and the gamer. Perhaps the best part of this unveiling was that Nintendo showed that premier third party titles like Assasins Creed, Ghost Recon Online, Batman Arkham City, Tekken, Ninja Gaiden, and most exciting for me, Battlefield 3, will have a home on Nintendo’s new gaming platform.

Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo is in full gear developing for their 3D platform. A year sure makes a difference and as far as development for the 3DS goes, it looks like Nintendo and their third party partners are just getting started. Of course, there is a full line up of Nintendo exclusive titles like Zelda – Skyward Sword, Mario Kart 3D, StarFox 3D, Super Mario Brothers 3D, Luigi’s Mansion 2, and Kid Icarus – Uprising.

As for the third party partners, there is a ton of premium third party titles on the way like Tekken 3D, Ace Combat, Resident Evil, Driver, and Metal Gear Solid. Oh yeah, to my extreme sarcastic surprise, Nintendo unveiled the Pokemon Pokedex 3D. Pokedex looks to expand the world of Pokemon with a new title to help gamers further organize, customize, and index their Pokemons if you’re into that sort of thing.

This year Nintendo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. To help celebrate the occasion a full orchestra was present at the Nintendo E3 press briefing playing some of the games classic soundtrack and sound effects. Also, Nintendo announced that this fall there will be several concerts featuring orchestral performances of the music from The Legend of Zelda. These concerts will take place at several locations worldwide with locations and dates being released this fall.
So there you go, a brief look at a fairly brief press conference by Nintendo. What are your thoughts? Is it love at first sight with the new Wii U? Is the 3DS a worthwhile purchase now that quality third party titles are on the way? Just by looking at the conference, is Nintendo doing enough to recapture the hardcore gaming crowd? Let us know what you think.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anthony June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I’ll say this. If Nintendo wanted to make a system for hardcore gamers, that controller wouldn’t be designed that way.


Doug June 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Maybe Nintendo is pulling an Apple and telling you what a gamer SHOULD be playing.


Anthony June 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

The problem is with the buttons on the right. You can’t access them unless you lower your hand from the right thumbstick. So now you can’t efficiently play games that utilize both sticks at the same time, like FPS’.

P.S. Nintendo is pulling an Apple by releasing an iPad!


Pat B June 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I’ve had time to reflect on yesterdays conference and I have formed my first response opinions which I’m saving for tomorrow nites podcast.


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