E3 2012: Nintendo’s Press Conference – The Rundown

The Nokia theater hosted the Nintendo press conference for 2012, a show that opened on Shigeru Miyamoto acting in a video for a new Pikmin title, which transitions into a live stage introduction. Bill Trinen, director of marketing, acts as a translator. Wii U becomes an addition to the TV, a way to play without the set always on, or connect with the controller.

Pikmin 3 becomes the opening salvo with new “rock” Pikmin. Motion Plus is supported. Reggie Fils-Aime takes the spotlight following a gameplay demo. He announces 23 Wii U games will be shown on stage. Netlflix, Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube support is guaranteed. He references the Sunday night clip about social gaming and asymmetric gaming. The Wii U will support two separate game pads, a question people have been asking since the debut.

A video plays that travels through the Wii U Gamepad’s features. The MiiVerse which has been expanded is being detailed, with functionality expanded to PC, 3DS, and smart phones. New Super Mario Bros. U is announced, then shown in gameplay. A fifth person in a four-player game can place helpful blocks.

Onto third-party, beginning with Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition. The head of WB Games is on stage to intro this version. Motion controls batarangs and and touch controls explode explosive gel. Scribblenauts: Unlimited is coming up as the next title for Wii U. The game offers full exploration, not just closed environments, and the trailer shows a 3DS logo as well.

Montage time. Titles include Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag 2, Trine 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Aliens: Colonel Marines. From there, Nintendo begins moving into fitness and music titles. Wii Fit U is given a first look with super fake actors going through a routine. Their Music game is Sing, where the gamepad displays lyrics.

Scott Moffit, VP of marketing, takes over to debut some 3DS material. He restates the hour being given tomorrow to the 3DS live online. But, here New Super Mario 2 debuts, with a date of August 19th. Paper Mario: Sticker Star follows. Stickers become an integral gameplay element in combat, coming this holiday. Luigi’s Mansion carries on the Mario tradition, also this holiday. A montage of third-party stuff comes next. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Epic Mickey, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Kingdom Hearts are shown briefly.

With Reggie returning, it becomes a focus on Lego City Undercover for Wii U, an open world title with crime solving. A 3DS version is in the works with different content. UbiSoft takes over the spotlight with CEO Yves Guillemot in an awkward exchange. Just Dance 4 is the first showcase title, where the Wii U Gamepad can change dance routines. Zombie U follows, this without dancers. Some nifty functions with the Gamepad screen, scanners and such. Ubi montage with Assassin’s Creed 3, Rabbid’s Land, YourShape Evolved, Rayman Legends, Sports Connection, and Avengers.

NintendoLand? Katsuya Eguchi is one stage to explain. Your Mii visits a Nintendo-esque theme park. There are multiplayer attractions based on Nintendo properties like Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, Zelda, and more. They’re designed to show off the Wii U hardware features like Wii Sports did for the Wii. The games are inherently simple, with focuses on team work. It will launch concurrently with the console.

Reggie closes the show with a message on togetherness and social gaming, with a brief video of Nintendoland.