Nintendo E3 2011 Press Conference Highlights

Nintendo’s presser was a mix of cool news and mysterious wonder. Check it out below. Updated with video.

  • Starts off with a mix video of Zelda games and memorable moments for the anniversary
    • Orchestra playing ver bad ass Zelda tune to video
  • Shigeru Miyamoto Comes on stage (creator of Zelda)
    • Takes a bow
    • Shows his English skills have improved drastically, but still asks for regular translator
    • Mentions changes of Zelda through hardware changes, both graphically and musicly
    • Asks orchestra to play tunes from Zelda games
    • Zelda Link’s Awakening DX will be available today on eShop
    • Mentions Ocarina of Time 3D releases next week
      • Graphics and gameplay improved
      • Master Quest and Boss challenge mode included
    • Next September Four Swords on DSi free download releases
    • Skyward Sword releases this holiday for Wii
      • Wii Motion Plus
      • Special Gold Wii Remote launches with game
    • Zelda 25th anniversary concerts to be held by symphonies in each region of the world
    • Preparing two music CDs
      • Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword soundtracks
    • Other events and activities still to be announced
    • Invites other members that have worked on Zelda on stage
  • Satoru Iwata steps on stage
    • Reminds that they have wanted to expand market with DS and Wii
    • Wants to bridge gap between casuals and hardcore with next home console
      • Wants to hit every gamer
    • Mario Kart, Star Fox, Mario platformer, Kid Icarus, Luigi’s Mansion for 3DS all teased
  • Reggie Fils-Aime comes on stage
    • Mario Kart 3D video shown
      • Karts now have hanggliders attached to help float down high jumps
      • Kart customization is much deeper
      • Holiday release

    • Star Fox 3D video shown
      • 3DS cameras record your reactions and show it on every player’s screens in online multiplayer
      • September release

    • Super Mario 3D video shown
      • Mixes galaxy-type gameplay with Mario 64 adventuring
      • Tanooki suit spotted
      • Releases before the end of the year

    • Kid Icarus: Uprising video shown
      • lots of effects on screen
      • Emphasis on story
      • Battle other players online
      • Different multiplayer game modes
      • AR mode with soon-to-be-released new AR cards
      • Released later this year

    • Luigi’s Manson 2 video shown (something we said would happen)
      • Same gameplay, but in 3D
      • Brand new story

    • Shows mix video of many third-party developers (a few 2nd party devs too)
      • Includes RE: Revelations, Driver: Renegade and a WarioWare game

    • Mentions eShop
      • Game demos available later this year for both downloads and retail games
      • Virtual console will allow for classic portable and classic console games
    • Mentions Pokédex
      • New info includes being able to load Pokédex on the PC to share with anyone
    • Wii’s successor is named Wii U
      • Wii U controller shown
        • Looks like a tablet
        • Wii U Video shown
        • Different way to play
  • Iwata back on stage
    • Explains Wii U
      • 6.2 inch screen on controller
      • Don’t need to give up TV
      • Circle pads replace thumbsticks
      • Rumble feature, touch screen, mic, speakers, accelerometers, gyroscope and inward facing camera
        • Images are generated by Wii U console and wirelessly sent to controller
        • Strong bond on internet
        • Video shown of how the console can be used includes Zelda HD teaser
        • SSMB for Wii U (and 3DS) announced and coming (which we were first to say would be announced at E3)
  • Reggie back on stage
    • Tech demo of bird in a Japanese-style garden shows graphical prowess of Wii U
      • Graphics are very realistic

    • Next mentions how not only graphics, but gameplay can change
      • New Super Mario Mii mentioned
      • Mentions new ideas for games
      • LEGO City Stories being published by Nintendo for Wii U and 3DS
      • Video sample shown of devs talking about Wii U and games
        • Includes EA, Vicarious Visions, Irrational Games, 5th Cell, Namco and more
        • Tekken, Ghost Recon, Assassin’s Creed and more to be developed for Wii U
        • Darksiders II at launch
        • Aliens game from Sega shown
        • Ghost Recon Online shown
        • Metro Last Light shown
        • Ninja Gaiden 3 for Wii U shown
  • Satoru Iwata back on stage
    • Asks for CEO of EA on stage
  • CEO of EA onstage
    • Brilliant Wii U HiDef graphics talked about
    • Playcalling will be on controller
    • Wii U will see a lot of EA games
    • Deeper online capability with help from EA
  • Reggie back on stage
    • Asks to consider 4 platforms on show floor.
      • DS, 3DS, Wii and Wii U

Remember to stay with us through today and tomorrow as Nintendo usually announces more things off to the side.

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