E3 2012 Nintendo Conference Live Blog
Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for (no offense, Sony and Microsoft), the Nintendo press conference starts shortly. Nintendo got a jump on the competition by showing off their new tablet controller, the WiiU GamePad, the day before E3 began in a special Nintendo Direct livestream presentation. Now we’re eager to find out more about their new console, set to to release later this year.
In addition to the console itself, Nintendo should be revealing information about the console’s launch lineup, as well as new games and software for their year old 3DS handheld system. Luigi’s Mansion 2, anyone?
Stay tuned for updates on this page throughout the conference to get the latest information! Please refresh every 3-5 minutes for most recent updates.
8:51- Patiently waiting for Nintendo’s press conference to begin. Hopefully Nintendo can deliver.
9:01-Here we go!
9:02-Trailer with Miyamoto and Pikmin running around. Pikmin 3?
9:04-Miyamoto takes the stage to talk about Pikmin. Bill Trinen helps with the translation.
9:06-Miyamoto is now chatting about the gamepad.
9:07-Pikmin 3 officially shown! Miyamoto begins to describe the game. Footage is also shown. Supports multiple control schemes such as Wiimote and gamepad.
9:09-No captain olimar shown. Reason why is a secret. Challenge mode records a playthrough for you to rewatch. Game will be playable on the show floor!
9:11-Reggie takes the spotlight now. Promises 23 Wii U titles on stage today with more on the show floor!
9:13-Netflix, hulu, amazon video and YouTube on wii u
9:15-Confirmed Wii U will support 2 separate game pads.
9:16-Video guide showcasing all of the gamepads features.
9:20-Reggie is talking about Miiverse. Stuff we already knew. Everything will not be available on launch day.
9:22-New Super Mario Bros. U officially announced (shown in the direct video). Reggie outlines the social aspects of the game. Trailer of the game is shown.
9:25-Third party talk. Batman Arkham City. Martin Tremblay takes the stage. Unveils Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition. Expanded gameplay features and extra characters. A demo walkthrough commences.
9:29-Scribble Naughts Unlimited for the Wii U! Trailer shown with all of games features such as an all new multiplayer mode. Coming to the 3DS as well.
9:31- Trailer of a bunch of upcoming Wii U games: Darksiders 2, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, Aliens Colonial Marines.
9:35- Wii Fit U announced. (you can feel the excitement from the audience…) Target trampoline mini game, water spraying game, Bobsledding. Also Features a pedometer.
9:37- Sing shown. A new karaoke game. Use the Wii U gamepad as a mic and to display song lyrics.
9:40-3DS news. More will be available online. Some will be talked about now. New Super Mario Bros. 2 shown for the 3DS. Available on Aug.19 in North America.
9:42-Paper Mario Sticker Star for the 3DS shown (finally!). New stickers featured in the game. Arrives this holiday season.
9:44-Luigi’s Mansion 2 footage. Coming this holiday season.
9:45- 3DS upcoming 3rd party games trailer shown: Castlevania, Scribble naughts, Epic Mickey 2, Kingdom Hearts 3D
9:48- Lego city gameplay trailer shown for Wii U. Solve crimes using GamePad. A portable version for the 3DS is also in the works.
9:50-Ives Guillemot of Ubisoft takes the stage to talk about Wii U support.
9:52-Just Dance 4 live stage demonstration (Here we go again…) Change moves in real time via the gamepad.
9:55- Ubisoft addresses the core gamer. Shows video for their upcoming Wii U title, ZombiU. Zombify your face with the Wii U’s built in camera.
9:57- Ubisoft upcoming Wii U games trailer: Rabbids, Rayman Legends, Assassin’s Creed III, Your Shape, Avengers
9:58-Nintendoland. A virtual theme park. The Wii U’s version of Wii sports. Teaches players about the Wii U’s features.
1:01- Use your mii and visit 12 attractions, 5 shown. Zelda, luigi, animal crossing ad donkey kong themed games
1:03- Luigis ghost mansion: haunting one of the mini games in nintendoland. Ghosts chase a group of players. 5 players can play. One player uses the Wii U gamepad, others 4 use Wii remotes.
1:08-NintendoLand will launch alongside the Wii U.
1:10-The presentation is over!
1:12- One last walkthrough NintendoLand is shown.