E3 2011: Nintendo press conference impressions

Posted: June 7, 2011 by Tony Polanco in REVIEWS

This is probably the first time that an extensive look at a Nintendo…anything has been seen on this site. Why? Because during this entire console cycle Nintendo decided to forget about the people who made them the powerhouse that they are in favor of people who only play video games on occasion and do not feel any passion for gaming like the hardcore do. Today I’m happy to post that Nintendo has finally decided to step into the world of real gaming with their new console and innovative controller. Read on to get the highlights of the Nintendo conference.

The conference began with a video montage which showcased games from The legend of Zelda series. The montage was accompanied by a full orchestra playing the famous themes from the series. After the intro, the man, the myth, the legend, Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage and after having the orchestra play some LoZ sound effects (which he pantomimed by opening a chest for example) he went on to make some LoZ related announcements. Basically Legend of Zelda games are coming to all current Nintendo devices by the end of the year. If you’re a Link fan you’re gonna be very happy this year.

Next it was time for the 3DS to get it’s spotlight. Nintendo’s President and CEO, Saturo Iwata came on stage to introduce resident ass kicker and name taker Reggie Fils-Aime who gave the audience a run down of five upcoming 3ds games. New 3ds editions of Mario Kart, Starfox, Super Mario bros, Kid Icarus and Luigi’s mansion 2 were on display. If you’re a fan of these series then you’re in for a treat as each is a brand new entry and all have some form of multiplayer functionality.

After talking about some of the new updates coming to the Nintendo store, the moment everyone was waiting for happened…the reveal of the new…controller? Although it finally got a name in the Wii-U, the new console was not shown at all. Instead the focus was on the very impressive controller. The controller will be about the size of an ipad, have a touchscreen, 4 face buttons, 4 shoulder buttons a D-pad and 2 analog sticks. It’s essentially a Nintendoized PS Vita. You will be able to transfer whatever game that you are playing on your television to you controller and vice versa. You’ll be able to surf the web, take video calls, draw pictures, play mini games and play Wii games on the controller as well. Nintendo did stress that the controller is not a portable device. The images that you see on the screen are transferred wirelessly from the Wii-U so you won’t be able to take the games on the go with you. Overall the controller is a unique concept and very impressive. Again, Nintendo continues to innovate.

To finish off the show, Reggie returned to the stage to show off what the graphics of Wii-U will look like. A very impressive tech demo showing a bird flying through a Japanese garden graced the screen. Finally a Nintendo system that will have true HD graphics. But that wasn’t all. A montage of gaming industry heavyweights like Ken Levine, Yves Guillemot, Warren Spector and Peter Moore was shown. The men gave their thoughts on how much they liked the Wii-U and of the promises that the new controller holds. After that a montage of upcoming games amazed the audience. Games like Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham City, and Battlefield 3 will all be making their way over to the Wii-U and look just as good as anything on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo is playing with the big boys now.

Nintendo had a lot to prove at this year’s E3 and they did not disappoint. With an original controller interface and a console that is graphically comparable to anything else out there it’s clear that Nintendo has at least entered the current generation. While it’s unclear if they will be able to compete once the new iterations of the Playstation and Xbox come out, at least for now Nintendo can consider itself as an equal among the other big consoles. Good job Nintendo!

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