E3 2010: From the Nintendo Press Conference

E3 2010: From the Nintendo Press Conference

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The message was clear. Nintendo is not content to rest on its Wii motion controls to sell consoles; it is stepping up to bat with an aggressive lineup of games coming out in the next six months. The presentation led off with Shigeru Miyamoto bursting onto the stage to demo the latest Zelda, now titled Skyward Sword. You know that the rest of the lineup was top notch when the Zelda was arguably the least impressive of the bunch. Here are just a sampling of the titles shown that are coming out this year: a new GoldenEye 007, Kirby Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Just Dance 2, Epic Mickey and for the new 3DS, Kid Icarus Uprising. Some of the other titles in the mix for 2011 are Wii Party (a collection of games starring your Mii) and Mario Sports Mix (Mario playing volleyball, dodgeball, and other sports) and Skyward Sword.

Miyamoto's demonstration of using the Wii remote and the Nunchuk as sword and shield respectively was interesting. Unfortunately, and this was repeatedly blamed on "wireless interference," Miaymoto wasn't that great at playing his own game. But it was somehow endearing watching him struggle to swing the sword the correct way, just as a novice might when he picks up the game for the first time. The item interface is supposed to be more streamlined, and there are a few new fun toys including a whip and a flying beetle contraption. Nintendo is letting us play Skyward Sword in the Nokia Theater. Check out my hands-on for more info.

The bad news is that Skyward Sword still needs development time. It's pushed back to "next year."

The biggest push was for the new Nintendo 3DS. Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, made a big deal about not having to use glasses, which will be expensive for consumers and look stupid in the process. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo CEO, took the stage and handled the 3DS to show off its design. The touch screen is at the bottom, with the 3D screen at the top being purely for looks (fingerprints would ruin the 3D fidelity). There are new controls, including a slide pad and a 3D slider which will allow you to manually control the 3D effect. The best innovation though is 2 camera lenses on the back of the device which will allow you to take and share 3D pictures on your own.

Iwata then said that the 3DS would be the first Nintendo console which will have substantial third party support. Some of the companies and titles he mentioned who were developing 3DS games included Activision (DJ Hero 2), Square-Enix (Kingdom Hearts 3D), Capcom (Resident Evil), Konami (Metal Gear Solid) and Ubisoft (Assassin's Creed). Iwata then showed a video of third party developers first impressions of the device, all of them praising its capabitilies.

Perhaps the greatest reveal was that Nintendo's partnership with Project Sora announced in January 2009 was formed exclusively to create games for the 3DS. The first title will be familiar to many gamers who've been playing for a long time: Kid Icarus Uprising. I can't think of a better title to show off 3D gaming then one where you inhabit the winged Kid and fly through the sky. The trailer was awesome, with the Kid remarking, "Sorry to keep you waiting!" Sorry indeed, where have you been all these years, man?

While Nintendo didn't pull a Microsoft and give everyone a 3DS handheld on the spot (Damn you Susan Arendt!), Fils-Aime did bring out a whole bunch of ladies with the consoles, allowing everyone at the press conference to test drive the 3DS for themselves. Look for more info in my forthcoming hands-on.

That's it, the Nintendo Press Conference at E3 2010 was a lot less meh-inducing than I thought it would be. And there was no mention of the Vitality Sensor, which is a huge plus in my book. Nintendo aims to kill the competition with content this year, and based on the titles they showed, it might just pull it off.

Keep track of our E3 2010 coverage here.

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As I said in the news post regarding the 3DS, this year Nintendo seems to be catering less to the casual, and more to its core fanbase. And Damn Right as well, making Sony and Microsoft looking like the casual crowd now with their Natal and Move.

Big plus for Nintendo this year, keep up the good work :)

Deofuta:
As I said in the news post regarding the 3DS, this year Nintendo seems to be catering less to the casual, and more to its core fanbase. And Damn Right as well, making Sony and Microsoft looking like the casual crowd now with their Natal and Move.

Big plus for Nintendo this year, keep up the good work :)

That's the feeling I got too. I might actually be buying some games for that dust ridden wii again, woo!

It does look like a pretty good line-up, but the assertion that software is key after Nintendo have been singlehandedly responsible for the flood of shovelware on store shelves and the fact that even Shigsy can't get the motion controls to work properly are both pretty embarrassing.

Still, 3DS Kid Icarus for the win :)

Edit: In fact, I think the only reason that Ninty are backpedalling on the importance of motion control is that compared to both Kinect and Move, the Wii's motion control is looking pretty unsophisticated. However, the shift can only be a good thing for Ninty's games catalogue, as is evident from the announcements this year.

Greg Tito:
There is new controls,

There are new controls.

Yeah I'm so glad they didn't mention the Vitality Sensor XD Everytime he started a new topic I thought it might be that but the awesome just kept on coming!! <3
Nice new stuff on Golden Sun :3
Also I am SO getting that Kirby game xD
And of course Donkey Kong!

...Hell, in a couple years I'll probably have played/owned everything they mentioned here o_o it all looks sooo goood T^T

Mako SOLDIER:

Edit: In fact, I think the only reason that Ninty are backpedalling on the importance of motion control is that compared to both Kinect and Move, the Wii's motion control is looking pretty unsophisticated. However, the shift can only be a good thing for Ninty's games catalogue, as is evident from the announcements this year.

I think you're spot on. Motion control really isn't going to be used in a lot of the games that were shown. Kirby and Donkey-Kong look like they will have the same amount of motion control as New Super Mario Bros Wii (not much). Other M doesn't have much beyond the occasional first-person shooting. Epic Mikey also has some wii-pointer action, but not much in the way of Motion Control.

NINTENDO'S GENIUS IDEA: Hey guys, let's for an entire Generation become Gimmicky and appeal to Casual Gamers, but if it gets us a ton of money, let's switch to Hardcore games and lower the gimmicks because every other Company will try to go Casual!

Brilliant and I cannot wait to get these freakin' games!

While it was certainly more impressive than MS's showing, I can't say I was blown away at all. Other than the 3DS, which they understandably couldn't show properly, it was just the same Nintendo games we've been seeing for years. Zelda looks like Zelda with added waggle. Mario Sports looks like the previous Mario Sports games. Wii Party looks like, well, garbage. Even the new DKC looks like a prettier version of the old DKC. Certainly none of it looked horrible (except Wii Party) but none of it had that "Wow, this is something amazing" factor.

The most impressive thing game wise was Kid Icarus and in that case I'm still unsure as to what the connection between it and the previous games even is other than the main character. It's like even when Nintendo does do something new they can't help but slap a known name on it anyways.

My response:

"Meh."

They appear to be doing alot of pushing for themselves now. They know they are in trouble and need to get serious. Both in first and third party titles

Mr.Mattress:
NINTENDO'S GENIUS IDEA: Hey guys, let's for an entire Generation become Gimmicky and appeal to Casual Gamers, but if it gets us a ton of money, let's switch to Hardcore games and lower the gimmicks because every other Company will try to go Casual!

Brilliant and I cannot wait to get these freakin' games!

You have to be right. The ridiculous lack of any hardcore games for a few years and then suddenly they go hardcore right when everyone else goes casual. Doesn't sound like a coinsidence to me.

And 3D not involving stupid glasses? That's awesome.

Hoah. Woah. Man, this is...awesome. It's like Nintendo actually cares about the non-casuals for once! I'd been waiting for something awesome forever now and....wow. I'ma be a happy camper when I get my hands on these games. A lot of the games will be amazing me thinks. And Pilotwings?! Donkey Kong Country?! Kid Icarus?! WEEEEEEEEEWT!!

...I'm done!

What I don't understand is that they mostly hinted at a few games and confirmed a few flagship titles, yet looking at the Press Release 3DS and Wii files there are tonnes not mentioned like the new Paper Mario, Persona ports, Monkey Ball, etc. which would have gotten me far more excited at the presentation.

The 3DS Metal Gear Solid and Paper Mario look quite interesting, I noted Chain Chomp seemed to be a partner.

Also, a hint to Ninty - 'guest' and 'nintendo' aren't very good uernames/passwords.

I for one, am kinda glad that the new Zelda game is being pushed back a bit, because what I saw actually kind of made me nervous, it looked really hard to control and seemed a little buggy at times. Here's hoping that extra development time will let them iron some of those problems out in time for launch. Other that that, FUCK YES!!!!!!!!! There's going to be a new Donkey Kong Country!!!

 

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