here. Without further ado:
Nintendo went for a balance between hardware and software this time around, but the major headliner here has been the target of rumors for months. Namely project cafe. Speculation of the device produced several concept devices that ended up not being that far from the mark:
- Resitive Touch pad (stylus useable)
- Two Circle Pads
- Front Facing Camera
- Two Shoulder pads, two triggers
- Capable of interacting with anything bearing the wii name
- 6.2 inch screen
Alot of nintendo's flagship titles are coming back, along with a few surprises:
Kid Icarus (3DS)
Luigi's Mansion (3DS)
Animal Crossing (3DS)
Super Mario (3DS)
Star Fox 64 (3DS)
Mario Kart (3DS)
Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
And Iwata mentioned a Smash Bros that would play on 3DS AND WiiU, though no footage or images were show.
And these are just first party titles. Needless to say, I will be buying all of these. Nintendo has also promised a whole slew of things from Ninja Gaiden to Socom to Metal Gear Solid from third party developers.
Nothing concrete yet, but you can expect to see games like these to be appearing on all three platforms equally after WiiU is released.
Bias aside, it's clear that Nintendo dominated this year's E3, but that's not to say that Wii U will not have any hurdles to jump over. Nintendo damaged it's identity with many core gamers so it has to work through that first. The 3DS was a step in the right direction and this is too. There are alot of naysayers saying the tablet is just a gimmick like motion controls were before, but I think they fail to see the possibilities that can be done with such a device. I, being an aspiring game designer, am absolutely giddy about the things you might be able to do. This could completely eliminate the screen looking problem in local multiplayer, or you could integrate the tablet so that certain clues in a mystery game appear on it only, etc., etc. In the early years, expect to see the tablet being used mainly for inventories and maps, but Nintendo generally knows what it's doing when it introduces new hardware like this. It's almost as if Nintendo makes first party games to show other developers how many different ways their things can be used.
But you may have noticed that the controller bears an eerie similarity to the PSVita. While people obviously won't be buying that device to use it as a controller, Sony has mentioned that a player could transfer the game they are playing on a PS3 directly to the PSVita and continue elsewhere. Who's to say that Sony won't follow suit with this tablet idea and allow the PSVita the same kind of integration with its console counterpart?
I am extremely excited for all of these, this is very much so one of those
My evaluation of E3 this year? Definitely did not disappoint, but I do wish I could've seen more from Microsoft, the Kinect has so much potential that is being wasted right now. And for once, Sony might convince me to buy one of their handhelds. Only time will tell though, in the meantime I'll just keep giggling to myself about how excited I am for Nintendo games.
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