E3 2011: Nintendo press conference roundup

By Steve Watts, Jun 07, 2011 11:45am PDT

All three press conferences have now ended. Nintendo has just ended its E3 2011 press conference, debuting several 3DS games and the announcement of its new console. Here's what you may have missed...

  • Despite rumors of pushing it back to their next console, Nintendo confirmed that Skyward Sword would be coming to Wii this holiday season. We did, however, later get extremely brief hints at an HD Zelda.

  • On the Zelda tip, Nintendo announced several plans for the 25th Anniversary, including Link's Awakening coming to the 3DS Virtual Console today, Four Swords coming for free in September, a series of symphony concerts, and two CDs.

  • Before taking the wraps off of the console, Iwata teased that it will "serve every player."

  • Nintendo announced and/or detailed five first-party 3DS titles, most of which are coming this year. Mario Kart 3DS, Super Mario 3DS, Star Fox 64 3D are coming this holiday season. Kid Icarus: Uprising will feature 3v3 multiplayer. And a new Luigi's Mansion was announced without a release date.

  • Finally, Nintendo named its next console Wii U. It features HD and a touch-screen controller as rumored, along with some other features like the ability to play games remotely on the controller. It's scheduled for release in 2012.

  • Among the first titles mentioned for the Wii U was the next Super Smash Bros, which will also come to the 3DS.

  • Nintendo also has several third-party publishers on-board to port games like Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City, and Metro: Last Light.

  • Plus, TT Games is making an exclusive open-world Lego game for the Wii U and 3DS.

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