First-Hand Impressions from Nintendo’s Press Event at E3 2012
Here we are at another E3. Mickey and I were talking about how it seems like we were just here the other day. It is amazing how comfortable it begins to feel over the years. How crazy is it that we have been covering this event first-hand for three years now!
Well, Nintendo had their press event this morning, June 5, at the Nokia Theater. The guy putting on our orange wrist-bands got them too tight, like normal, and got some arm hair in the sticker, as usual. Inside the theater, the setup was fairly simple, in terms of the setup. The basic screens in the middle and side — nothing too fancy. Once it began, we heard a lot about the Wii U from the Nintendo Direct video on June 3, so we were told today was going to focus mostly on games. Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President stated that Wii U is said to focus on three pillars: games, social, and media. They will focus on games and some social today, with more media talk coming later. However, they did confirm Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Video support for Wii U. In total, we caught a glimpse of 23 games.
It all started with Pikmin 3 for Wii U, which looks beautiful in full HD! In addition to the new rock-type Pikmin, you will also have more up to four other characters to control in addition to Olimar. Gameplay will be primarily Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk, but the Wii U GamePad can be used for a new way of playing.
They continued on with talk about how the Wii U will support two GamePads and a new online interface called MiiVerse, which was first spoken about in the Nintendo Direct video from June 3. New Super Mario Bros. U was shown to point out how MiiVerse and five-player functions can come into play in this game.
At this point, the focus turned to third-party, which is a good move for Nintendo, in my opinion. They talked about Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition, Assassin’s Creed 3, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Darkseiders 2, Mass Effect 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, Aliens Colonial Marines, and others that are set for Wii U. Many contain exclusive features, which is great to hear!
Wii Fit will have its next edition coming in Wii Fit U, which also comes with a Fit-Bit-like device that allows you to connect to the Wii U GamePad via infrared. You can send in your steps throughout the day, which adds to your calories burned, making Wii Fit U a vital way to keep fitness progress.
The focus on 3DS was somewhat small, with the focus on first-party titles of New Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario Sticker Star, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. More was said to be shown tomorrow night online.
After 3DS, they went back to third-party on Wii U. After a look at LEGO City Undercover, which looked great, the focus was on Ubisoft with Just Dance 4 and Zombi U. Both used the GamePad uniquely.
The end of the show featured a transformed stage, which focused on NintendoLand. Reggie stated that they are looking to this title to be the big game for Wii U at launch, similar to Wii Sports for Wii. It will be a theme-park land of 12 games, all Nintendo-themed. Each game shown could almost be a full downloadable game. It looks to be a lot of fun, and it should draw people in quite well.
Overall, it seemed the focus was on too many games. Covering 23 games in less than 60 minutes is tough. Also, it felt like they are spreading out the love between the live show and what they are putting online for everyone at home. In fact, that is what Mickey and I shared while leaving the theater — it is like they left us out of the main event.
So, what were your thoughts of the show? In fact, our new poll is up on the side panel, so be sure to vote there!