There was a lot of hype surrounding Nintendo’s E3 2011 conference, mainly in anticipation of the new console. I for one couldn’t wait to see what they had planned since I still have a soft spot for Nintendo and I still think that the N64 was the best console ever made. My favorite announcement from Nintendo this year was the fact that they will be making a new Smash Brothers game! I love LOVE that game.

It was a really short conference and they didn’t really talk that much about wii games they mostly focused on the 3Ds (which I will discuss in a later post) and the new console, which they named Wii U. No thats not a joke its really the name they chose. I just want to know who comes up with these names, and why does he still have a job?

Titles we will be addressing:
- Wii U Console
- Zelda 25th Anniversary
- New Super Mario Bros. Mii

Wii U Console

So the new console has finally been unveiled and though I can’t get over the stupid name I’m gonna let that slide for now. The new console will feature better graphics that will rival the current generation consoles, but what really sets this console apart is the new controller which is a bit like a tablet with side buttons. Basically the screen on the controller is touch sensitive and it can act as a second window while gaming to display extra info such as inventory items or a 360 view for things that don’t show up on the TV. It seems like it could open up a lot of new possibilities in gaming and the game developers are really excited about how they can utilize this new feature. Personally, I’m a bit skeptical. The idea seems great and I love the new graphic abilities but I feel like the controller is a bit too bulky and its bound to be heavy so after a few hours of gaming I’m not so sure how its going to feel.

Here is some basic information concerning the Wii U:

Launches: 2012

Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.

New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. The controller creates a second window into the video game world. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.

Zelda 25th Anniversary

Its been 25 years since the release of the first Zelda game and what a great 25 years its been (not that I’d know I was only 1 year old when it started), but growing up with Zelda and Link has been a gamers paradise. In honor of this memorable time in gaming history, the conference featured a live orchestra which played many of the Zelda series songs and sound effects which was a lot of fun and they announced that this orchestra would be touring around the world to bring the gorgeous songs of Zelda to those who would appreciate it. They also talked about the new game which will be on the current Wii console The legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Another announcement which got me really excited is that they will be bringing the best Zelda game of all time to the 3DS Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Heres a video they showed in the conference showcasing the wonderful 25 years of Zelda:

New Super Mario Bros. Mii

Another game that was very briefly discussed in this years conference was “New Super Mario Bros. Mii” which will be released for the new Wii U. Surprisingly the graphics look really retro for a gaming console. Personally I think it looks like it runs on the 3DS not the Wii U. This game still looks like a lot of fun, since you can play with a total of four players and you could use your own Mii as a character in the game. The game also uses the new controller screen as a second window incase you didn’t want to use the TV (I cant imagine why), it also allows you to shake the remote to create certain moves in the game. It seems like an OK game but not much more than that.

Thats basically all they discussed this year except for some 3Ds games and I will be mentioning those in a following post about the two leading portable gaming systems in E3 the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3Ds.

Here are the other E3 2011 posts:

- Xbox 360
- EA Games
- Ubisoft
- Sony