Published on June 5th, 2012 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
E3: Nintendo Press Conference Wrap-Up: Did Wii Miss Something?
We saw quite a bit from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talking about “together” and a slew of third-party titles. Miyamoto himself offered up some promising Pikmin 3 news and plenty of smiles. Thus far it seems that Warner Bros. and Ubisoft have gained most of Nintendo’s trust in their Wii U console endeavor. So, what exactly is left for the rest of us fans out there?
You might wonder if these first-party titles were ones fans were hoping for. I do think that New Super Mario Bros. U will allow for a unique experience on the Wii U, but was it just me, or did the animations not quite fit? It did look great in the resolution displayed but something just wasn’t right.
Pikmin 3 was another first-party confirmation from Nintendo. This is for certain a game that fans have been hoping to revisit since its last official showing 10 years ago. At this point, I am kind of excited to see the franchise move in a more suitable realtime multiplayer setting, pulling possibilities of the Miiverse into the games exploration and interactions.
NintendoLand looks to also embark on that social highway. The trailer we saw gave a town square feel to the environment. The virtual world does seem to piggyback on what the PlayStation Home currently has, minigame events included.
Other social gaming experiences were those of Lego City: Undercover. To date I have never played a Lego game, but the trailer alone made me want to jump right into the Lego universe and catch some crooked crooks.
ZombieU had to be the bread and butter of both Ubisoft and Ninendo’s announcements. I wasn’t the only one walking out of the press conference talking about how crazy-awesome the use of all the parts of the Wii U Gamepad looked.
The game pits players in the role of surviving a zombie apocalypse, which has become more plausible considering the current world events. In the game you must utilize your survival kit which is essentially every aspect of your Wii U Gamepad. From unlocking doors to simple weapon swaps, the game looks to add that aspect of zombification and survival that players want.
Rocksteady showed off Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition. In this version of the game gadgets and other tools can be used on the Wii U Gamepad. This ties into the combat seen in game, but also allows players to view content and various items in the inventory. Fans who haven’t played the game before will definitely be excited for a Wii U release. The same can be said about Mass Effect 3, now contending on the Wii U platform.
From what we saw this year and last, Nintendo is gearing up for social gaming. Whether it’s streamlining it to fit into the Wii U construct, or through various channels (PC, Smartphone), they are setting their sights on social/casual gamers while still tapping into the more hardcore realm.
This wonderment and appreciation for first-party Nintendo titles is still present, even with the lack of them falling into the hardcore gamer category. Nintendo simply doesn’t develop first-party hardcore titles, but I wouldn’t mind Samus taking out hordes of aliens painted in the right light.
Other honorable mentions included some Nintendo 3DS titles. Most of these were already on our radar including Kingdom Hearts [Dream Drop Distance] which we will be checking out later on the show floor. Castelvania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate already has fans and our own Nintendo connoisseur, Shawn Long.
Stay posted to GAMINGtruth.com as we head to the show floor for some hands on time with the Wii U titles available here.