E3 2010: Live Text - Nintendo's Media Presentation
Posted by James Newton
The show starts here!
This is it: the moment of truth. Finally we're set to find out what Nintendo has in store for the future. 3DS, The Legend of Zelda, Vitality Sensor: all this and more is set to be unveiled here at Nintendo's E3 press conference.
Our man Corbie Dillard has got his seat in the theatre to bring you all the news from the show as it happens. If you're in the mood for some audio accompaniment, you can listen to Corbie and Assistant Editor James Newton discussing Nintendo's show in the latest episode of the Nintendo Life Podcast.
The show kicks off at 9am Pacific Standard Time, which equates to 12pm midday Eastern Standard Time and 5pm British Summer Time. Pictures, news, reaction: it's all here, live from E3.
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I'm heading back to the LA Convention Center for some hands on stuff at Namco's booth and to see Guitar Hero 3 and interview Capcom devs working on Okamiden. Be back later.
The analog stick is even better than those of the Gamecube controller and silky smooth.
When I saw the demos actually running on the system, I almost fell over. And the adjustment of turning the 3D effect on and off works perfectly.
Know this. 3DS is everything I had hoped and so much more. The depth and 3D on it is incredible.
So no pricing or release date announced for 3DS - take your guesses now!
Reggie leaves the Nokia Theatre to play on the new Zelda and 3DS - what a show!
Playable booths of Zelda: Skyward Sword rising out of the floor
Live gameplay will be available at the booth all week so we should have plenty of chances to get plenty of impressions
Pick it up and run, Corbie! Run far, run fast!
Corbie's gonna try out the 3DS today! Lucky you, @CorbieD!
Models are bringing out the 3DS for everyone to try on
He's talking about transporting everyone there to the third dimension
Now he's on stage in a burnt-up jacket
Bowser's just toasted Reggie!
Loads of classic Nintendo items coming out of the console - Master Sword, barrels, even the Arwing!
Here's Mr Miyamoto wearing a fetching pink jacket - his dogs suck him into the game rather violently!
Mario jumps out and puts a moustache on him and sucks him into the game!
We're going into a video now where Mr Iwata sits on a stool to play a 3DS
He's now hinting at a franchise title for 3DS that you'll be able to see at e3.nintendo.com
It's a pretty strong line-up from Nintendo: Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda, GoldenEye, Golden Sun...!
Reggie is back on stage now looking like the cat that got the cream!
Doesn't sound like there's going to be any consoles available to play on - hinting at perhaps a 2011 launch?
Team Ninja talking about 3DS - what could they have in store?
Mr Iwata is leaving after what can be described as a very successful presentation!
Assassin's Creed, sorry - the excitement is too much! haha
Assassin's reed in 3DS, Ridge Racer, Metal Gear Solid!
Batman in 3DS
Resident Evil coming to 3DS
Saints Row in 3DS?
Kingdom Hearts coming to 3DS
Third parties including Hudson, Marvelous, Ubi, Capcom, EA, Level 5 and Sega bringing software to 3DS
Mr Miyamoto is working on a 3D version of Nintendogs, containing Cats!
He's now talking about first-party support and is leading towards third-party support: "our biggest launch support ever from third parties"!
All this functionality will be free as well
He's now talking about background downloads for 3DS when it's in standby - it's like WiiConnect24 but on the go
This will last even if you change the game - the hardware communicates wirelessly automatically, not the software
Not just graphics that make 3DS unique - it has a sleep mode that searches for WiFi and other 3DSes
Corbie will be able to see a 3D trailer of it later today
Massive bosses, great spectacle, free flight and stunning graphics - it's a brand new Kid Icarus for 3DS and it gets a huge cheer
Mixture of aerial combat and ground fighting too
Kid Icarus Uprising for 3DS from Masuhiro Sakurai! Looks absolutely incredible if it's in-game - well above DS level
It features a famous character - it's a 3D version of Kid Icarus!!
Project Sora is for 3DS
We're about to see some games for it now
It can also play Hollywood movies in 3D - no specific plans to announce this week but 3D trailers will be on display
This means you can take photos in 3D!
It has full compatibility with Nintendo DSi - 3DS has two cameras facing out
The "slide pad" is the analogue input and there's motion sensor and a gyro sensor too!
Better graphics confirmed! Hoorah!
Touchscreen is included but smudges reduce the 3D impact - seems to be hinting that bottom screen may not be 3D?
There's adjustable 3D effects with a slider
It's a traditional clamshell design - looks just like a regular DS with a slightly wider topscreen
3.5" widescreen for the top screen - it will show full 3D graphics without the need for special glasses, as confirmed before
The top screen is slightly wider and it has an analogue stick
He's got the console in his hands
Here's Satoru Iwata to show it off
On a pedestral!
Here's the machine
He's talking about "ample game content" on the console's first day on the market
Reggie's slating 3D glasses and the expense
3DS seems to be the official name
Here we go with the 3DS!
Coming this holiday
It's called Donkey Kong Country Returns!
Barrels, destructive environments, huge octopus bosses - this is the stuff DK dreams are made of
Anyone who likes Donkey Kong Country will be well away with this - it looks just like it but in 3D!
It's a side-scrolling platformer
They really are doing Donkey Kong!
Retro Studio's new title is up next
He's talking about Samus's new "emotional corridors" - ooh-er!
New outdoor location - looks like a rainforest. Far more interesting-looking than previous pages
Brand new trailer showing plenty of running about and epic bosses
August 31st for Metroid: Other M in North America
Now it's the DS's turn with Dragon Quest IX, talking about its Tag Mode for wireless play
It's on the way this Fall!
Looks bonkers but it's absolutely charming - totally fresh and gets a huge cheer
Two-player co-op is in as well
Kirby can also transform into a UFO!
You can use thread to stitch together bits of the background to get past
It looks line-drawn - it's like Paper Mario but with wool instead of pens!
It's going to be something completely different than previous games: it's called Kirby's Epic Yarn
Here we go: this is the new Kirby game at last!
Reggie's talking about Masuhiro Sakurai and his famous franchises: Smash Bros, Kirby...
That's the end of Epic Mickey - it's improved but you can't shake the feeling there's plenty more to see. There's an Iwata Asks about it on the Nintendo site
2D platform levels based on classic Mickey Mouse cartoons = absolute win
Very dark-looking but the game surely won't be dark all the way through - he's now entering a travel zone based on Steamboat Willie
In aspects it looks like Super Mario Sunshine
He's talking about the creativity of paint versus the destructive power of thinner. Surprising amount of choice for a Mickey Mouse game!
Using paint or thinner on the in-game objects and characters changes how they look completely - the real-time graphical effect is really impressive
It's hard to say how this one will work - it looks a little complex for kids but it certainly looks better than we saw last time. Paint physics look great
There's some animated cutscenes that look great
That man can wear a sweater
Still exclusive to Wii - here's Warren Spector to show it off
Epic Mickey is up next
It's exclusive to Wii and coming this holiday
Reggie looks pleased as punch with that! haha
That trailer earlier is real
GoldenEye is REAL
Arriving this holiday season!
Hero names are Matthew, Kans and Terrell - battles are the same but graphical effects look amazing
New touchscreen Psynergies, looks like the usual mix of battles, puzzles and towns
New trailer shown - looks incredible!
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn gets a bit cheer
Eight player support and crew dance-offs could make this one one to... avoid.
Now we're looking at Just Dance and its success, leading to Just Dance 2 with 40+ "hit" tracks
As minigame compilations go it looks all right
This is Wii Party, the next game to bridge the gap for non-gamers
22m copies of Mario Kart Wii worldwide, 14m NSMB Wii sold worldwide!
It's also sold more software in 43 months than any other console over the same length of time
He's now talking about the Wii sales - last December it sold more consoles than any other consoles in any month EVER
This is out next year as well
Basketball included too - it's called Mario Sports Mix
Ice hockey is shown, dodgeball too
It's actually a multi-sport compilation
It's Mario volleyball?!
A new Mario sports game is on the way
NBA Jam gets a cheer!
Reggie's hinting at new titles that appeal to everyone
New trailer follows the presentation - we'll have this on the site as soon as it's available
Disappointing but the game itself does look very promising - a nice compromise between Wind Waker and Ocarina
It will not land this year- it will be out in 2011
Mr Miyamoto apologises for the technical difficulties and hints at the release date
Switching between items and the sword is very quick, just done with a press of B rather than a menu
Next up is the whip, another new item to Zelda
It's tough to see the new items with so much interference
It flies around to uncover new items
Here's a new item: the beetle that you shoot
Bow controls are very similar to Wii Sports Resort, using the Remote as the bow itself and drawing back with the Nunchuk. Some interference apparently causing the controls to react poorly
You can roll bombs with an underarm swing
Pointer control used for slingshot as you'd expect - bombs are back!
The graphical style looks really nice - more of the palette of Link to the Past than Twilight Princess's gloomy outlook
Looks like new control variations on classic Zelda puzzles
An eye follows your swordtip - confuse it by waving the sword around!
Sword beams are back! Charge up by holding your sword skyward and it builds up power
It looks like the controls will be more streamlined - an onscreen Nunchuk and Remote highlight the buttons and their effects
He doesn't sound like his voice in that video!
Miyamoto is on stage now!
He seems nervous but who wouldn't be?
Bill Trinen is about to demonstrate the game
Miyamoto talking about the experience without the sword and shield
Skyward Sword is the subtitle
Link looks slightly cel-shaded but it's a mixture of Twilight Princess style and Wind Waker
Here we go - it's Zelda!
He's saying the best technology comes when the best technology and design match
Here's Reggie, talking about new technology. Come on, show us the money!
Reggie's about to step up!
Okay guys: Corbie can't get a signal so James will be taking over the live updates. We'll still bring you everything as it happens so don't go away!
This music is getting annoying real quick!
Corbie's inside the Nokia Theatre now. We'll soon be bringing you all the announcements right here!
Well I'm up and about to get ready to walk down to the Nokia Theater for check-in. The time is almost upon us. Bring it on Nintendo!