E3 Nintendo Digital Event - Livestream
That's right, you can just view the livestream of the E3 Nintendo Digital Event right here, on Nintendo-x2.com
And of course, we'll try to keep up with a brief summary of the events under this newspost, so you can read up if you're late!
18:00 (CET): The conference has started. Nintendo starts with a small puppet-play to warm up the crowd, followeed by some serious martial-art moves by both Reggie and Iwata.
18:03 (CET): We're starting with Super Smash Bros. The Mii characters were not originally regarded as the best possible fighters in the game. Nonetheless three different types of Mii-fighters (each with four special moves from 12 options) ended up in the game.
18:05 (CET): The 3DS version is shown as well. The game is almost completed, but still needs some more testing and debugging. Nintendo once again speaks greatly about the gamers' patience with the game lasting just a little longer.
18:07 (CET): Reggie welcomes us all and takes a mini-Mario figurine out of his pocket. The tiny Mario is not just a toy (called "amiibo"), the NFC capabilities of the Wii U GamePad will make the figure available (with your unique stats and experience) in the game. A new (easy) way to bring your character to friends
18:09 (CET): More Nintendo games are planned to make use of amiibo, such as Mario Kart 8. More details of that will be disclosed at a later time.
18:10 (CET): Reggie speaks about his experience with Super Mario World on SNES and how great that (Nintendo) game was. Nintendo games simply bring fun and quality to the gamers. Reggie claims that the developers are currently continuing that very same thought: "there's nothing wrong with having a little fun"
18:12 (CET): Developer Tezuka explains Yoshi's Woolly World, a Kirby's Epic Yarn-like game starring Yoshi. However, the game should bring new elements to the gamer, e.g. make use of the 3D visuals. Furthermore they needed to make sure that the game was different from the Kirby-title as well as different from "regular" Mario games: Yoshi is a genre on its own. The new Yoshi title will support coop-multiplayer.
18:17 (CET): On to another game. We see Toad in a 3D setting puzzling and platforming his way through various cubic worlds. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is set for Wii U.
18:19 (CET): Teaser! The Zelda theme song plays and we see "The Legend of Zelda" appear on-screen. Only for a brief moment though, as we first dive into the history (and evolution) of the Zelda-franchise...
18:21 (CET): The background changes to the Overworld from the new Wii U Zelda title: a vast world, looking very peaceful for now. Detailed grassy fields, Link riding a horse, birds, a forest and... suddenly a huge fire-balls shooting tentacle-monster hunting Link! Run Link! Run!
A Cell-shaded character draws a bow and arrow (rather futuristic-looking) and shoots the monster... The trailer ends with that...
18:23 (CET): On to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. A new, graphically improved, reboot of the classic Ruby and Sapphire games as we already knew were coming.
18:25 (CET): SEGA's Bayonetta 2 is up next. Graphical violence and a strong British accent. Apparently the game will feature the original Bayonetta as well on the same disc.
18:26 (CET): Back to the Zelda franchise: Hyrule Warriors. The developers speak about their initial fears of taking the beloved Zelda franchise and transforming it into the game as it stands now. Nonetheless, they claim the essence of Zelda was retained.
Co-op multiplayer is possible by using the Wii U GamePad for one person. Split-screen just wouldn't work. Playable characters include Midna and Impa, this will be the first game that allows you to play with all the characters you love.
18:29 (CET): Remember the Kirby title on DS (Canvas Curse) where you got to draw the paths for Kirby to follow? Well, both Kirby and this concept are back... on Wii U in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
18:30 (CET): A trailer of Xenoblade Chronicles is shown. Futuristic space wars with a manga-esque flavor.
18:32 (CET): Classic Mario visible... but then suddenly the game pauses, a hand appears and starts redesigning the level: Mario Maker for Wii U allows you to create your own Mario levels, in both Classic Mario and NSMB style. Set for a release in 2015.
18:34 (CET): Loads of paint flying around. Splatoon is an 8-player (4-on-4) online game. In the game, teams of squids are to spray ink (paint) everywhere. Whichever team has the most covered area after a certain amount of time, wins. To make things interesting, the squids can transform into human-form. As a person you can shoot (and thus claim territory), yet as a squid you can travel faster through ink (of your own color) and allow you to reach places you wouldn't get to as a mere human.
18:40 (CET): Reggie tells us that wraps it up... but the fun doesn't stop yet. First we'll be watching a short animation of Pit battling Link. After getting beat up by Link, Palutena steps in for a little divine intervention. And here we go, a new character for Super Smash Bros. revealed.
18:45 (CET): Miyamoto gets the stage. He talks about the use of the Wii U GamePad as an addition to the TV-screen. Next up: Treehouse - Live @ E3.
18:46 (CET): First thing to be discussed is amiibo, the tiny NFC figurines. Unfortunately the planned movie won't start, leading to a somewhat awkward situation for a minute...
18:47 (CET): The movie kicks in, showing a Mario and Metroid (Samus) figurine. As explained, amiibo will allow the figurine to "come to life" in your games. For example in Super Smash Bros., people will remember the figurines thrown into battle back in the previous iteration of the series. With amiibo, this is exactly what is the case: bring your own figure to your friends' house, touch the Wii U GamePad with the figurine and your own character engages in battle, starring the skills and abilities your character already had. Every time you use your amiibo, your character will become a little bit stronger.
Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Yoshi's Woolly World and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker are planned to support amiibo as well on Wii U. The Nintendo 3DS will see a new pheripheral next year that will allow the amiibo to be used on 3DS as well.
18:53 (CET): There has been little 3DS loving in the past hour, but the releases of Fantasy Life (a new upcoming RPG from Level-5) and Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright are once again confirmed.
18:55 (CET): Over to the eShop. Various trailers are shown, of which we posted an overview earlier today.
18:58 (CET): A game that was mentioned, but not covered in the Digital Event: Mario Party 10. The gamer using the Wii U GamePad will get to play as Bowser, trying to mess up the game for the others.
And that wraps things up. Treehouse is now moving into the cast's experience with some hands-on with some of the games. You can follow Treehouse over at Twitch.tv/Nintendo for the next few days.