Thursday, June 7, 2012

E3 News Summary: Nintendo

Nintendo had multiple videos and press conferences this E3, showing off software for Wii U and 3DS and talking about their upcoming console. Here's a quick summary of what was announced:

After fans of the series have been begging for years, it's official. Pikmin 3 is finally official and will be released for the Wii U. You can use the gamepad to keep track of where you are on the map, and they've added a new kind of Pikmin to break objects. Graphics look great, and the gameplay is familiar. Quite lovely.

Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and Amazon Video are all coming to Wii U.

Wii U will support two gamepads.

The Wii U gamepad has an accelerometer and gyroscope for motion controls. It also features a gamepad to turn on and control your TV.

Batman Arkham City Armored Edition is coming to Wii U, featuring new controls to take advantage of the second screen, such as an inventory screen and more accurate remote batarang.

Scribblenauts Unlimited is coming to Wii U, PC, and 3DS. It features more words, backstory on the main character, and an object creator on Wii U and PC.

Games that are coming to Wii U that have few details: Mass Effect 3, Trine 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge, Darksiders 2, Alien Colonel Marines.

Wii Fit U is also coming to Wii U, featuring more robust controls, and updates to the gamepad without having to turn on the console.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be released August 29th for Nintendo 3DS and can be purchased in full on the eShop.

Paper Mario Sticker Star will be released this holiday season for 3DS and will feature a sticker system for combat, to alter the landscape, and looks to be a heavy component of gameplay.

 Everyone's favorite number 2 brother is back in Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon, to be released this holiday season. You can explore multiple mansions in the game, and its gameplay looks just as good as its predecessor.

Lego City Undercover is a game for Wii U and 3DS in which you take control of a Lego detective to take down criminals by traversing the city, jumping over obstacles and leaping over buildings. It reminds me a lot of Lego Island. 

Just Dance 4 is rumored to be released October 9th for Wii U.

ZombiU is an interactive zombie game where you use motion controls to shake them off, the gamepad to use sonar, and it looks to be the first mature title for Wii U.

Assassin's Creed 3 is also coming to Wii U.

Nintendoland is the Wii U version of Wii Sports, but with better attractions. It builds a virtual theme park based on Nintendo IP (Zelda, Metroid, Mario, etc...). It includes Legend of Zelda Battle Quest, Luigi's Ghost Mansion, and Animal Crossing Sweet Day, DK's Crash Course, and Takamaru's Ninja Castle.

Wii U hardware launches this holiday season.

Castlevania: Lord of Shadow - Mirror of Fate will be released Fall 2012 for Nintendo 3DS. You can edit the map with your stylus. Gameplay looks fast and fluid, like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta.

Disney's Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion will be released this holiday season for 3DS. The things you draw on the bottom screen happen and appear on the top

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will be released July 31st for the 3DS. The most recent trailer features new worlds and the same fluid combat every Kingdom Hearts (except Chain of Memories) has features.

Transformers, Lego Batman, Rabbids Rumble, and Heroes of Ruin are all coming to the 3DS.

Pokemon Black and White 2 is coming to the 3DS. It also features connectivity to Pokemon Dream Radar and the ability to transfer Pokemon from Radar to Black and White 2.
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