E3 2011: Nintendo press conference roundup

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...

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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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    June 7, 2011 11:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, E3 2011: Nintendo press conference roundup.

    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...

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      June 7, 2011 11:46 AM

      i think it's safe to say, that after watching the press conference, i don't know what Wii U is.

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      June 7, 2011 12:06 PM

      It just hit me, that if the controller can do streaming gaming like OnLive, than you could play your console without a TV, and in theory from anywhere in the house.

      The Wii U could turn out to be just like a Slingbox, but with games.

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        June 7, 2011 12:29 PM

        From what one of the devs said in the video in the press conference I'd say that's exactly how it is.

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          June 7, 2011 1:31 PM

          Now that I read around the Internet, I realize I was neither original nor inspired. Dammit.

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            June 7, 2011 2:55 PM

            Well... if you watch the press conference.. they kind of say word for word exactly what you said. But yes.. it is a pretty cool thing. And they claim it is 'latency free'.

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              June 7, 2011 8:40 PM

              Many gamers can now keep gaming from their HDTV then move to do their business in the john uninterrupted then back to their HDTV. LOL.

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                June 9, 2011 3:58 AM

                You and Cliff Bliszinski seem to think alike, unfortunately the controler can only stream within a set distance (I don't know what it is) but from what I heared it's small.

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      June 7, 2011 12:30 PM

      Nintendo "won" the show, Zelda 25th anniversery and Wii U with core titles.

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        June 7, 2011 1:10 PM

        Looks the same as the original Wii. Great for 2 weeks. Then sucks.

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          June 7, 2011 1:35 PM

          I don't see any reason to assume that given the third party support they showed off.

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          June 7, 2011 3:01 PM

          Other than for trolling's sake, I'm not sure how you came to this conclusion so quickly.

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            June 7, 2011 3:53 PM

            My crystal balls

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            June 7, 2011 5:39 PM

            In all fairness, he's probably right. Nintendo is pretty much over for the hardcore gamer. They don't have "it" anymore.

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          June 7, 2011 5:40 PM

          I will love them at least until the new Smash Bros comes out

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      June 7, 2011 6:11 PM

      I think Nintendo won the press conferences round, but I can´t say it will work in the long run

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        June 7, 2011 8:41 PM

        I think there's a good number of core gamers who still love Nintendo stuff who will buy it and enjoy games on it. I know I'm a big enough Nintendo fan to buy one.

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      June 8, 2011 9:27 AM

      COMPLETE WIN!
      The future of gaming.
      Nintendo leads the way again.
      They did it in 2005, everyone laughed, but then they started sucking on the big N's Wii Remotes.
      SONY's MOVE and M$ Kinects.
      NOW Nintendo has to show them yet AGAIN how its done.

      No one cares about streaming video and searching with voices. We want to play games..and anything that will enhance the gaming experince is welcomed.
      Get ready to star riding Nintendo's jock.