The Nintendo press conference started off today with a Live orchestra playing some familiar legend of Zelda songs and melodies. And out comes Miamoto to talk to us about some new things in the legend of Zelda world, including the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series.
Miamoto made some announcements including a hint towards a virtual console on the 3ds which will give you access to The legend of Zelda: Links awakening, which should be available by the end of Today (June 7th) And right on schedule, next weekend will be the launch date for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time, This game will include a Master quest mode, and a Monster Challenge mode. Continuing with the announcement, we will all be getting the 4 player co-op game Legend of Zelda: The four swords for absolutely free. Coming later this year. Some news on the Legend of Zelda: Skyward sword came up, including when it’s coming out. Later this holiday season is what was said, But that’s not all. They will be releasing a special Wii mote branded with the triforce and painted gold.
They announced that the 25th anniversary of Legend of Zelda would be having concerts by the symphony in many regions across the United States, Japan, and Europe. And they will be releasing a cd of the live performance and another cd with the official legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time soundtrack which is available to the first people to register their copy on the Nintendo site.
More 3ds news comes about in a trailer showing some new games like: Starfox 3d, Mariokart 3d, Super Mario 3d, the not so new Kid Icarus uprising, and the new Luigi’s mansion 2. They released a few details including the multiplayer aspects of Starfox 3d, and kid icarus. Starfox 3d will have the live faces via the front facing camera of the 3ds as their picture when you are chasing them down, or being chased down yourself, also the game will use tilt control or button control to move about the space. Kid icarus was told to have 3 on 3 battles and will be using some Augmented Reality (AR) cards.
They announced some new 3rd party titles like, Resident Evil: The mercenaries 3d, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 olympic games, Ace Combat 3d, Tetris, Cave Story 3d, Resident Evil: Revelations, Driver: renegade, Pac man and Galaga Dimensions, Tekken 3d, and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3d.
Coming soon is the Nintendo eShop which will give owners of the 3ds access to 3d Demos, and Videos and even tips and guides to their favorite games.
Virtual Console for the Nintendo 3ds is talked about more, introducing Gameboy and Gameboy Color games will be available on the 3ds. You will get a free version of 3d Classics: Excitebikes. And also for free is the Poke’mon Pokedex. Owners will want to keep their 3ds’ on them at all times to get all the information they can from their friends, from AR cards, and other ways to catch em all.
And here’s the juggernaut. The NEW CONSOLE! Has been named, and it’s called the Nintendo “Wii U”
Most of the information released about this was through the controller. Let’s go over the specs why don’t we? The new controller has a built in 6.2 inch touch screen. And is backwards compatable with all of the accessories made for the original Nintendo Wii. The controller has two analogue sticks, Rumble, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, a D-pad, a front facing camera, and a speaker. On the back they included two bumpers and two triggers. The console is able to transmit the single from the console without any latency issues.
Features of the new controller include the ability to go from playing the game on your television, to playing it exclusively on your controller. The controller has motion support so you can waggle it around just like the Wii mote. You can use the controller as a “Window” to look through while pointing it at the Television to see more detail on things or just to interact with it. You can Draw on the controller with a stylus or your fingers to control or to just make some art. You can browse the internet through the controller and through the television, or use the “window” feature to get a different view. Use the controller to interact with the television like having a throwing star on your controller and flicking up towards the television to shoot one. You can use the controller to get an advantage in certain games like legend of Zelda, where your inventory can be seen on the controller so the television screen can be completely dedicated to giving you an awesome clean experience. And like everyone has speculated, the console will be coming in 2012.
The console is still early in its life and has no games yet, but they have announced that some things coming to the Wii U. One title is Lego City Stories. This game is coming to both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3ds. They will have some sort of connection, so you can play either with or against someone from the 3ds to the Wii U. and the other is a new Super Smash Bros.
They showed some developers who were backing the console and showed video of Darksiders 2, Dirt,Aliens Colonial Marines, Tom Clancy’s Ghost recon Online, Metro Last Light, Tekken, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors edge.
Along with that, EA is also very excited to start making games that will take advantage of this brand new technology.