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E3 Day Two Roundup: Nintendo

June 16, 2010

By Matt Calamia

Nintendo hasn’t exactly been dominating E3s lately. In recent years, they’ve had Wii Music jam sessions and introduced the Wii Vitality Sensor, that did its job: put people to sleep.

This year, however, Nintendo brought their A game. Hell, they brought their A+ game. They catered to the hardcore, utilizing their catalog that made them what they are today. On top of that, they threw in some casual titles as well.

They started the show debuting the new Zelda game, titled The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The game looked great, but unfortunately didn’t control that way. Shigeru Miyamoto credited cell phone signals and the like for the bad control reception, and promised that wouldn’t be the case at the Nintendo booth. All in all, though, the game looks like it’s going to be very strong, and just what Zelda fans have been waiting for.

Miyamoto and some other guy playing Zelda

The conference just kept going up, with Kirby and Donkey Kong set to make their Wii debuts in Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns, respectively. Both games seem to be classic side-scrolling platformers, a style that both series’ are accustomed to.

They also announced the title to the new Golden Sun game, under the subtitle Dark Dawn, while also showing off some gameplay of Epic Mickey and Mario Sports Mix, a Mario Party-type collection of sports games. Also debuting was a new GoldenEye game for the Wii. It’s been nearly 15 years since the last Goldeneye game, and I don’t think the graphics were updated.

In the casual department, they debuted Wii Party, another collection of mini-games, a genre that the Wii is known for.

They ended the show unveiling the 3DS, showing off the hand-held’s capabilities. Like the DS, the 3DS will have a bottom touch-screen, with the top screen being the source of the 3D. It offers adjustable depth of feel, so you can increase or decrease the 3D. Jeff Gertsman of tweeted that the 3D obstructed his view, and he began to get cross-eyed.

They also announced that movies will be released on the platform in 3D, along with the list of third-party developers currently working on the console, including EA Sports, Konami, Capcom and Ubisoft.

The big announcement with regards to the 3DS was the revival of Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

The 3DS

The 3DS wasn’t given a release date, nor a price tag, hinting that it is still a way’s off.

Nintendo clearly went to E3 with the intention of being the talk of the convention. They succeeded with flying colors, and made it nearly impossible for Sony or Microsoft to win best of show.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Leez permalink
    June 16, 2010 3:29 am

    I assume you know that they weren’t being serious about the Wifi signals thing?

    And I also assume that “Kirby’s Epic Yard” is a typo?

    • June 16, 2010 4:08 am

      Yes that’s a typo, but Nintendo reiterated after the conference there was a signal interference causing the demo to go haywire.

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