Nintendo E3 2010 news conference highlights

Shigeru Miyamoto once again brought his replica Master Sword and Hylian Shield out of the closet to announce the latest Legend of Zelda game. Dubbed Skyward Sword, it’s the first Zelda game built from the ground up for the Wii. The only buttons used in the game are the A, B, C and Z buttons, and the rest of the game is controlled with motion. The sword follows the Wii Remote using Wii Motion Plus at one-to-one movement and the shield is controlled with the movement of the Wii Numchuk.

Opinion: First, Nintendo should just change the name of the game to The Legend of Zelda: Wii Bowling (a bomb). All jokes aside, the graphics of the game are in the happy medium between the cartoony Wind Waker and the realism of Twilight Princess. Zelda just looked more frustrating than ever with motion controls, a lot more so than Twilight Princess. Maybe the game didn’t demo very well on stage with a lot of control hitches, but that just could have been wireless interference or Miyamoto at the wheel. Skyward Sword is scheduled to release in 2011.

Side note: This year’s gaming trend: A run button. Case in point: Halo: Reach and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Look what you’ve done Modern Warfare … Goddamnit.

Mario Sports Mix

Nintendo are suiting up Mario and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom gang to play in a plethora of new sports that have never been done before with Mario characters such as hockey, dodge ball, volleyball and more. The game is slated for touchdown in 2011.

Opinion: Why couldn’t have Nintendo done this before and bundle a bunch of sports into one game instead of charging $50 a pop for one sport at time such as Mario Super Sluggers and Mario Strikers Charged?

Wii Party

The newest game in the Wii line of games along with Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Music and others is Wii Party. The game will have 13 different party game modes and a bunch of mini games to boot.

Opinion: Well … Nintendo has another automatic 5 million copy seller on their hands with Wii Party.

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GoldenEye 007 Remake

Nintendo and Activision, not Rare, are reviving the 1997 fps classic, GoldenEye 007. The game will be different in some ways, most notably the absence of Pierce Brosnan.

Opinion: Get that cardboard out because it’s time to tape that sucker back to the TV for some four-player split screen Bond action. On a side not, I loved the intro to the trailer showing a young video game focus groups. I’ve done many of these over the years and this group was far too enthusiastic to be a real one.

Metroid: Other M Trailer

Another trailer was shown for the soon to be released Samus adventure, Metroid: Other M. Other M dials M for retailers on August 31st.

Opinion: I couldn’t really get into the Prime series of Metroid games, so here’s hope that Other M will reinvigorate my interest for the seductress, Samus Aran.

Donkey Kong Returns by Retro Studios

Retro Studios has now moved on to another fabled franchise of Nintendo’s from Metroid to Donkey Kong, more specifically, the Donkey Kong Country series. Eloquently named Donkey Kong Country Returns, Returns is a side-scrolling platformer that stays true to the original Donkey Kong Country games for Super NES.

Opinion: It hurts me to say this, Zelda, but we are breaking up because this was my favorite game from the Nintendo conference because I loved the original Donkey Kong Country games and Returns looks to be a return to form.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo unveiled the hotly rumored and anticipated successor to the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS is the first hand-held gaming device on the market with 3D capabilities. The 3D aspect of the machine can actually be adjusted and even turned off to a completely 2D mode for people who choose so. A 3D depth slider changes that depth of the 3D effect. Along with the standard D-pad featured on any Nintendo DS, the 3DS implements a new slide pad akin to the PSP nub. The 3DS also has a motion sensor and gyro sensor inside.  Playable 3D films will also find their way onto the system. Nintendo continually stressed that no glasses are required. A full list of blockbuster games for the 3DS is all ready in development such as Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts and others, but only the titles were announced, no screenshots or footage.

Opinion:  One of the few times I agree with Reggie about anything was the stress of no use of glasses. Nintendo are getting it right, once again, by easing the user into a new experience through simplification.

P.S. I would like to take home one of the girls chained together with a 3DS…

Kid Icarus Uprising

1987 was the last time America got their hands on a game starring Pit of Kid Icarus. Kid Icarus Uprising for the 3DS will be the first return of Pit since Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The 3DS graphics look remarkably better than a DS, almost at the level of the Nintendo home console, Wii.

Opinion: The 3DS looks like the real deal so far. Time to step off, Apple.

Lastly, Nintendo did not show anything about the bomb shell from last year’s press conference, the Wii Vitality Sensor.

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