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E3 2012: Our View of Nintendo's E3

Our View of Nintendo's E3

Did Nintendo win?

The E3 displays and demo booths have all been packed up and tired exhibitors have gone home, so now we can reflect on what happened in Los Angeles and contemplate how Nintendo performed. A few members of the team provided a short review of Nintendo's E3 press conference hours after it finished, with a general consensus that while...

E3 2012: Nintendo's 3DS Software Showcase Live

Nintendo's 3DS Software Showcase Live

What will we see?

Nintendo's hosting a 3DS software showcase to spend more time talking about its range of upcoming 3DS games. And you know what? We're going to be covering it live right on this very page. It all kicks off at 6pm Pacific — that's 9pm Eastern and 2am UK time. Don't forget the comments will automatically refresh so kick back,...

Reaction: Your Opinions on Nintendo's E3 Conference

Your Opinions on Nintendo's E3 Conference

A mixed bag

Nintendo E3 conferences are a funny business, with just 70 minutes to try and please as many people as possible: not an easy task. This year Nintendo went big with Wii U and showed off a variety of first and third party titles, covering a lot of bases. Of course, it's easy to focus on what wasn't revealed, but ultimately we do have big...

Reaction: Ubisoft Bets Big On Wii U

Ubisoft Bets Big On Wii U

Will it be legendary?

Ubisoft has now finished its E3 conference extravaganza, and unlike EA dedicated a section to Wii U, underlining support for Nintendo's next gen console. In total the publisher unveiled eight titles, not all necessarily for launch day, but in any case representing a broad variety of styles and experiences. So, what stood out?...

Reaction: Tom and James Discuss the Big 3DS Rumour

Tom and James Discuss the Big 3DS Rumour

Sizing it up

If Nikkei is right, tomorrow we'll see a 3DS console redesign as Nintendo unveils a 3DS console with a 4.5" screen, 1.5 times bigger than the current model. Our editor James Newton and features editor Tom Whitehead — yes, they of the Nintendo Life podcast! — sat down in video form to chat about what the rumour could mean for...

E3 2012: Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct Round Up

Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct Round Up

Wii U re-revealed

Satoru Iwata opened the pre-E3 Nintendo Direct show with a declaration of Nintendo's intent to continue being unique — and a half hour long web show dedicated to its new console days before the start of E3 certainly fits into that category. Iwata promised that Tuesday's conference would focus "almost entirely on Wii U games",...

Talking Point: Why Gaming Needs E3

Why Gaming Needs E3

A spectacle like no other

It’s the final weekend before E3 2012, and thousands of members of the gaming industry and mainstream press are descending on Los Angeles to attend. It’s amazing that a single convention has risen to such prominence in the gaming calendar, but that’s the status that E3 has earned: while there may be a number of other...

Feature: Our Favourite E3 Memories - Part Two

Our Favourite E3 Memories - Part Two

Remembering the revolution

So E3 is just four sleeps away, when the madness begins and big announcements will bombard us from all angles. We’ve been getting nostalgic about E3 conferences from the past, and last week — in Our Favourite E3 Memories – Part One — a few members of the team reminisced about some of the older events, when Satoru...

Feature: How Nintendo Can Win E3

How Nintendo Can Win E3

Drop the bomb

The time is nearly here. In just a few days, Nintendo has to make the presentation of its lifetime at E3 2012. After being hit by the first losses in the company's history in recent months, and with the weight of proving a brand new home console's worth on its shoulders, there's no doubt that nailing this conference is crucial...

Nintendo Download: 31st May 2012 (North America)

31st May 2012 (North America)

Rayman, 99seconds and more

Wait, what? Another 3DS Virtual Console game? And this one's a Game Boy Color release? Well, if that don't just beat all. Here's what's up and at 'em in this week's bunch. 3DS Virtual Console: Rayman (Game Boy Color, Ubisoft, $4.99, 70 blocks) — The limbless hero lands in Europe today too, so it's a big helping of...

Feature: Games We'd Love to See at E3

Games We'd Love to See at E3

We're dreaming

This year’s Nintendo E3 conference is drawing a lot of attention because of Wii U, with the new console giving the company a big chance to seize the day. When it comes to the showcase press conference, however, there’s always one thing that is guaranteed to get the fans excited: games, games and more games. Give Reggie...

Reaction: The Big Wii U Rumour Round-Up

The Big Wii U Rumour Round-Up

Future prospects

We’re now less than a week out from Nintendo’s E3 conference where the cover will finally be pulled off so many mysteries surrounding Wii U. Since debuting the console at last year’s conference Nintendo has been tight-lipped on the subject, and when excitement is high and valid information is low, it can only lead to one...

Feature: Why EA and Nintendo's Partnership Is Big News

Why EA and Nintendo's Partnership Is Big News

Crowd pleaser

Last year at E3, Nintendo promised a lot to core gamers. "Wii U will be right just for you," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said, playing a showreel of hardcore shooters and action games to win over the crowd. Talking heads from big publishers all crowed about the machine's capabilities and its new controller — top...

Feature: The Full E3 2012 Schedule

The Full E3 2012 Schedule

Bookmark this (updated 31st May)

With one week to go, we've put together a complete guide to this year's E3 show so you know exactly what's on offer, when and how to watch it. We've compiled a list of the major press conferences and live events and converted them into a range of time zones so you know exactly when to come to Nintendo Life to get...

Feature: Retro Console Launches - NES

Retro Console Launches - NES

Sharing the power

In recent weeks we’ve written about console launches such as Wii, 3DS and GameCube. This is all because we’re currently gearing up for the Wii U launch later this year, and E3 promises to build hype and excitement to astronomical levels. In the coming months most of us will learn all about Wii U online with various websites...

Feature: Our Favourite E3 Memories - Part One

Our Favourite E3 Memories - Part One

Back in the old days

We're getting closer to E3 2012, with this year's Nintendo press conference arguably one of the most anticipated in recent times as we'll learn more about Wii U and what it can do. We shouldn't forget 3DS, of course, as we'll hope for release dates for anticipated titles and perhaps learn of some new surprises as well...

Nintendo Download: 24th May 2012 (North America)

24th May 2012 (North America)

Galleries and snakes

North America gets its third Game Boy Color game today, which is nice. There's some DSiWare too and an update for an eShop favourite. 3DS Virtual Console: Game & Watch Gallery 2 (Game Boy Color, Nintendo, $3.99) — No, your eyes do not deceive you: this is two consecutive weeks of 3DS Virtual Console games in North America...