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E3 2011 – Nintendo Press Conference Round Up

After Microsoft’s disappointed performance on E3 and Sony doing just OK, everyone was expecting Nintendo to raise the bar especially with the announcement of their new console.

Nintendo E3 2011 Press Conference was relatively short but it was focused on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS titles and the new console Wii U. You can read through the summary below:

  • Zelda’s 25th Anniversary – Every DSi owner gets a free copy of Four Swords. Free Ocarina of Time Soundtrack for the first people to register the upcoming 3DS version. Skyward Sword for Wii coming this holiday season. All these announcement with some good performance by live orchestra playing Zelda Music.
  • 3DS eShop – Free copy of Excitebike for everyone. Game Boy and Game Boy color titles coming to virtual console on 3DS. Link’s Awakening on the way.
  • Wii U – Nintendo’s new console for hardcore and casual gamers a like.
  • Mario Kart 3DS – Name says it all, it’s a tricked out version with lots of new interesting features and attachments.
  • Star Fox 3DS – Tilt controls and support for camera for multiplayer on 3DS.
  • Super Mario 3D – Featuring hybrid gameplay between 2D and 3D, Mario comes back home.
  • Kid Icarus – Not much was shown about the game but some bad voice acting and a 3 Vs. 3 multiplayer mode, which will be playable on the show floor. There is also an AR Card battle mode.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 – Sequel to the Luigi’s Mansion and one of the launch titles on the new console, features several mansions.
  • Third-Party 3DS titles – Two new Resident Evil games and a driver game that was OK to be honest.
  • Pokédex 3D – A freebie for all owners of Nintendo 3DS, will allow players to collect Pokémon using SpotPass, StreetPass and AR codes.
  • The Wii U – Everything you need to know.
  • Smash Bros – Coming to both Nintendo’s consoles, 3DS and Wii U. It will also feature cross-platform play.

    Lego City Stories
    – An open World action adventure game similar to GTA exclusively announced for Wii U.
  • Wii U Games Line Up – A handful of third party developers will be releasing core games on Wii U. You can check the full list of third party core games to be released on Wii U here.

Nintendo may need to do more than that to convince those bitten by Wii to come back to Wii U even with this impressive third party and first party games line up. If they are aiming to attract hardcore consumers, Wii U should be there in all multiplatform games.