E3 2011: Nintendo News Conference Live Text

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Today's the day Nintendo unveils its new home console for the first time, and we'll be reporting on it all live right here.

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Following the press conference — also broadcast live at Nintendo's E3 site — we'll continue to feature live text articles for impressions of games from the showfloor.

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18:15

Mario Party 9 and Kirby Mass Attack also spotted, we think

18:15

Rhythm Heaven logo briefly glimpsed on screen!

18:14

After the press conference, the E3 network will kick off showing you new videos, updates and all that sort of stuff. So will we, though.

18:14

Wii U is "a second window into your game world"

18:12

Reggie's back to wrap things up

18:12

Much better online abilities promised but not really talked about

18:08

Ninja Gaiden 3*

18:08

Lots and lots of "Hardcore" games here

18:07

Tekken is coming..

18:07

Metro Last Light from THQ on Wii U too - so many shooters!

18:07

Ghost Recon Online for Wii U - yep, it's Ghost Recon.

18:06

Aliens Colonial Marines confirmed for Wii U

18:06

Dirt from Codemasters now - machine looks very capable graphically-speaking

18:06

Footage of Darksiders II on screen.

18:06

Interesting that so far the actual console itself hasn't been shown, though...

18:05

GHOST RECON ONLINE for Wii U too

18:05

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY and ASSASSIN'S CREED on WII U

18:05

Tekken for Wii

18:04

Darksiders II coming to Wii U

18:04

The most huggable man in games - Warren Spector - on screen now

18:04

Ken Levine talking about it too - will we see Bioshock on Wii U?

18:04

5th Cell talking though - this would be a great fit for Drawn to Life, guys...

18:03

Peter Moore talking about EA Sports stuff. Yay.

18:03

Third party developers talking about Wii U now as "A New Beginning"

18:03

It's exclusive to Wii U and 3DS though - won't see this on 360!

18:03

It's like GTA but with LEGO. Happy, hardcore gamers?!

18:02

But Reggie is announcing the first Wii U game - Nintendo will publish LEGO City Stories on Wii U

18:02

These are prototypes, not actual games

18:02

Chase Mii is basically the old Pac-Man GBA - GC game from back in the day

18:01

Shield Pose is a mixture of augmented reality and motion control

18:01

New Super Mario Bros. Mii on Wii U! Play a Mario game with your Mii!

18:00

It's basically a bird flying about a Japanese garden, picking up flowers and dropping them in the sea. It's not exactly Halo 4.

17:59

Reminds us of an old Gamecube tech demo from some years ago!

17:59

If these are in-game graphics then Nintendo is going to make a lot of people very, very happy.

17:58

There'll be 8 different demos of what Wii U can do on display

17:58

Wii U software will be playable this week - Reggie will explain a bit more

17:57

The Wii U and 3DS will be cross compatible - play Smash Bros on both systems

17:57

HUGE cheers

17:57

Yes, Smash Bros for both 3DS and Wii U!

17:57

Mr Sakurai gets a name drop now - will we see a Smash Bros now?

17:56

A Wii U Iwata Asks interview will be coming up soon

17:55

The idea of a console with two screens is interesting, certainly - screen looking is over!

17:55

OK, now we're talking about games with the one and only, Mr Shigeru Miyamoto

17:54

Looks like more than just a gaming machine - a convenient unit

17:54

Video chat confirmed too

17:53

HD support confirmed too

17:53

It's not a portable console, won't work away from the main unit

17:52

Turns into a portable device when the TV is busy watching "Baseball"

17:52

Touchscreen, Microphone, Speakers and a camera all in the controller

17:51

Completely backward compatible with existing Wii accessories

17:49

Nintendo is being smart by making it so clearly connected to the Wii, yet completely separate in its own right

17:48

Looks like it will interface with the Wii Remote in clever ways - put it on the floor when playing golf to see the lie of your ball

17:48

Augmented reality confirmed too

17:47

You also can just play on the controller if you want to

17:47

Keep playing on your controller while your machine is on but someone is watching the TV

17:47

The Wii U does streaming too as the rumours said

17:46

Here it is in action

17:46

Two analogue sticks too

17:46

The Wii U DOES have a touch screen controller

17:46

What do you think of "Wii U" as a name?

17:45

Phew, that name isn't completely stupid.

17:45

Wii U the new console name

17:45

Reggie talking about Wii and the new console

17:42

People are cheering 3D Classics Excitebike - we've already played it! Review coming up later today

17:41

Game demos will be available "later this year" for download and retail software

17:40

He's now talking about the web browser and eShop update

17:40

Reggie says the library of games on the way is "unprecedented"

17:40

Tekken 3D confirmed too

17:40

Resi: Revelations still looks good, Driver Renegade next, then Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions

17:39

Tetris, Cave Story 3D (yay!)

17:39

Resi: Mercenaries, Mario and Sonic Olympics, Ace Combat start things off

17:39

Third party developers coming up now

17:38

Luigi's Mansion 2 is an entirely new game

17:37

Levels take place from a sort of "doll's house" perspective rather than a camera tracking Luigi as in Super Mario 64, say

17:37

Simply called Luigi's Mansion 2

17:37

Luigi Mansion 3DS looks good though, about time it was released in 3D!

17:36

No date though, just "later this year"

17:36

AR mode confirmed too!

17:35

Looks like an odd mix of strategy, platforming and shoot 'em up

17:35

Kid Icarus multiplayer mode on show now

17:34

Super Mario 3D coming before 2012 too apparently!

17:33

It's bright, it's bold and, you know, it's Mario in 3D!

17:33

Combination of side-scrolling and 3D free roaming

17:33

Super Mario 3D looks just as you'd expect - a mix of NSMB, Super Mario 64 and SMB3

17:32

The game we've been waiting for - Super Mario on 3DS!

17:30

Mario Kart 3DS is coming this Christmas!

17:30

Drifting and classic items are in too, though no sign of the Blue Shell of Doom yet!

17:30

Customisable Karts are in - choose your base kart, tyres and ability

17:30

Touches of Diddy Kong Racing here with the variable craft

17:29

And they go underwater too!

17:29

Karts in Mario Kart now have gliders attached to them?

17:29

He just said Mario Kart 3DS is "tricked out". Way to go, Reggie.

17:28

Five key games on the show floor

17:28

He's talking about headline games for 3DS now

17:27

"You want what you've always wanted, but you want something new"

17:27

Reggie Fils-Aime is on stage now - we hope your body is ready!

17:26

Luigi Mansion for 3DS!!

17:26

Kid Icarus now - this should be out already! Sort it out Nintendo!

17:26

Tanooki Suit briefly shown

17:26

Super Mario Bros. now on screen, looks like SMB 3

17:25

"Do a barrel roll" getting major laughs

17:25

Star Fox is up next

17:25

Nintendo's stage is amazing - multiple screens, none of them regular shaped

17:25

First up it's Mario Kart 3D!

17:25

He's now talking about favourite franchises coming to 3DS

17:24

"It is a product to look forward to next year"

17:24

The new platform represents a major step to reaching Nintendo's ideal step

17:24

He says we'll find out more later - everyone laughs a laugh of FRUSTRATION

17:24

"It will let everyone see games in a different way" - stop teasing us Iwata!

17:23

Deeper content for hardcore users, wider content for all gamers

17:23

Here we go: deeper and wider are two words that apply to the new machine

17:23

He wants a new platform that's satisfying for all players -- hardcore and casual

17:23

He's talking about the perception of games systems, including Wii

17:22

Now we have Satoru Iwata on stage. Will he produce a new console from his jacket?

17:21

A heartfelt thank you from the Zelda team to fans of Zelda games worldwide. A nice way to end a good start to the show

17:20

Now up on stage we have various key members of the Zelda team: Takashi Tezuka, Yoshiaki Koizumi and Eiji Aonuma

17:19

Also set to release two music CDs - Ocarina of Time soundtrack through Club Nintendo

17:18

Nintendo will hold Zelda orchestral concerts in regions around the world

17:17

Skyward Sword to get a special Gold Wii Remote Plus with the Zelda logo

17:16

Finally we have Skyward Sword this holiday season on Wii

17:16

Zelda: Four Swords for DSiWare for free in September!!

17:15

Now talking about Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which is out next week, of course. Look out for our review soon!

17:14

Should available before the end of the day, so give it 12 - 15 hours!

17:14

Link's Awakening DX coming to 3DS VC today apparently

17:14

Each system will get a new Zelda game

17:14

He's now talking about what Nintendo will do for the 25th anniversary

17:13

Orchestral jingles from Zelda games = the reason music was invented

17:12

How many companies could start with a live orchestral rendition of music? Hats off, Ninty!

17:10

Even Miyamoto seems at a loss for words for what to say about Zelda

17:09

Great music though!

17:09

Wow, there have been a lot of Zelda games.

17:07

Looks like we're being shown the entire Zelda back history with some live music..

17:03

Press conference is a go!

16:59

Let's do this!

16:43

We're getting ready to take our seats for Nintendo's E3 show. It's very, very exciting.

16:31

30 minutes to go! Time to start rounding up those last minute provisions and planning toilet breaks, everyone!

16:23

We do have a temporary off-site chatroom available too - http://tinychat.com/fmggj

16:22

Just over 30 minutes to go!

16:15

Our man in the UK office is cracking open his first caffeinated drink of the evening. Sure to be many more!

15:53

It's unlikely Nintendo will announce Café prices today, but what about a release date? Let's hear it!

15:36

Our News Editor James is ready to go! http://twitpic.com/587ol9

15:33

If you want to watch the event live, you can visit http://e3.nintendo.com

15:03

OK, two hours to go until Nintendo's show starts! Let's hear your predictions guys!

14:46

Nintendo's conference kicks off in 2h 15m. Start preparing your mind and body!

09:02

We're getting ready to launch our E3 2011 live text feed. Stick with us and you'll go far!

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