News: E3 2011 Overview

So that concludes Nintendo’s E3 conference for yet another year, and wasn’t it exciting? With trailers for upcoming Nintendo 3DS games, the reveal of the Wii successor, the WiiU, as well as the announcement of several exciting new games from first and third-party developers alike, there really was a lot for fans to get excited about! Here’s a rundown of the events from Nintendo’s conference:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening available on the eShop worldwide by the end of the day.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been confirmed for release at the end of the year.
  • A gold Wii Remote Plus will launch alongside The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
  • Nintendo’s orchestra will play live symphony concerts around Japan, America and Europe to celebrate The Legend of Zelda‘s 25th Anniversary.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D original soundtrack CD will be given to the first people to register the game on Club Nintendo.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword OST was also announced, but no details were given.
  • Project Café, or the Wii 2 was confirmed for release “next year”, in 2012.
  • To conclude the Zelda-themed introduction, the four-player The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords was revealed to be heading to the Nintendo DSi Shop. Best of all, free of charge. Nintendo never revealed whether it will become available to 3DS owners without a DSi via the DSiWare Highlights section the Nintendo eShop.
  • A trailer for the 3DS Mario Kart was shown, revealing hang-gliders, underwater racing and graphics which match those of Mario Kart Wii. The game will be released this Christmas.
  • A Star Fox 64 3D trailer re-iterates the motion controls and reveals that the 3DS cameras record your face during multiplayer. Reggie told us to expect the game this September.
  • An extensive gameplay video of Super Mario shows Fire Mario, flagpoles and mini-Mario from the 2D Mario Bros. series and the return of the Raccoon Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • In the Kid Icarus: Uprising trailer, Pit appears to have been given a new voice actor. The trailer also shows off 3v3 multiplayer gameplay.
  • A sequel to GameCube launch title Luigi’s Mansion was announced for the 3DS – Luigi’s Mansion 2. Reggie insisted that it was a brand-new game with several new mansions to explore.
  • A montage of upcoming third-party 3DS games then showed off Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Ace Combat 3D, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Resident Evil: Revelations, Driver: Renegade, Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, Tekken 3D and Metal Gear Solid: The Snake Eater 3D.
  • Nintendo then detailed 3D Classics: Excitebike and Pokédex 3D which released earlier today.
  • Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata then re-took centre-stage to reveal the WiiU – or at least, the controller.
  • The WiiU’s controller specifications were then announced: 6.2″ touch-screen, 2 Circle Pads and a camera. There is also two shoulder buttons and two triggers. These external features are also accompanied by a built-in rumble pack, microphone, speaker, accelerometer and gyroscope.
  • Iwata went on to reveal that Nintendo couldn’t decide what console to release the next iteration of Super Smash Bros. on, but went on to announce that the next game in the series will be on both the Nintendo 3DS and the WiiU.
  • A WiiU sequel to New Super Mario Bros. Wii was announced where your Mii follows Mario through the stages. Its title, believe it or not, is New Super Mario Bros. Mii.
  • Nintendo then went on to show another montage of upcoming third-party titles, although this time for the WiiU: DarkSiders 2, Batman: Arkham City, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online, Assassin’s Creed, Colin McRae DiRT, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro: Last Light, Tekken and Ninja Gaiden 3 were all revealed for the console, the first game on the list being the only confirmed launch title as of yet.
  • Finally, Reggie Fils-Aime introduced the head of Electronic Arts who claimed to have formed a new partnership with Nintendo. He then went on to show off screenshots for upcoming WiiU versions of Madden, Battlefield and what looks to be The Sims.
  • Finally, Reggie told us to consider the four consoles – the Nintendo DS, the Wii; the Nintendo 3DS and the WiiU. He told us that that all of them are unique, but one thing ties them together – they all feature new innovations; and that was that! Another great E3 conference from Nintendo!

What do you think of the announced games and the WiiU? Are you a fan of the underwater racing in Mario Kart? What do you think of the WiiU’s name? Let us know your opinion of all of the latest Nintendo games (and console) revealed and detailed at this year’s E3 by commenting below or directing a tweet in the way of @NintendoInvader

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