E3 2012: Nintendo's 3DS Software Showcase Live
Posted by James Newton
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, chill out and chew the fat as we guide you through some forthcoming treats for your Nintendo 3DS.
Live Text - Updates will load here automatically, no need to refresh the page.
It is now officially bedtime. Thanks for joining me for this live text! I had fun. Catch you guys tomorrow.
Can I go to bed now?
Things we have learnt today: you guys love 3DS, but you hate games you already knew about.
And that's our show. No new games revealed, no big announcements. Bit disappointing for me.
So that was worth staying up until 3am for.
2012 games missing: Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem nowhere to be seen
Hi Krysta Chang. Hi Reggie.
Or, er, soon.
NSMB2 is out on 19th August - that's in stores and in the eShop. Quite soony.
Looks like fun!
You can play the whole adventure with a friend via Local Play
NSMB2 has co-op play - that's good news!
Coin Rush is a speed run mode basically. It turns everything into coins, surprise.
Coin Rush is a new StreetPass mode
Anyone been counting how many coins he's up to? I make it 780,000 so far.
Nate seems like a good host. He should do more of this.
In New Super Mario Bros. 2 you have to collect 1 million coins. It's like a Mark Zuckerberg simulator. HA.
There are not coins "literally" everywhere. That would make it impossible to move anywhere.
LEGO Batman 2 demo available right now
New eShop demos coming soon: The Amazing Spider-man, Rhythm Thief, Heroes of Ruin and Kingdom Hearts
Pokémon eShop apps being covered now. We knew all this, though.
Threediots is out now in case you want to offend your brain
"It's a little zany" - is this the 1990s? Bodacious!
It's like a student production only without the excuse for why it's so bad
Oh god this looks horrible
Threediots will premiere on Nintendo Video soon, it's "wacky and wonderful" apparently
Anyone spot the connection? They're all free downloads. And only one is a "real" game (and it's not out any more!)
Five eShop games passed one million downloads - Netflix, Swapnote, Four Swords, Pokédex, Nintendo Video
58 million Swapnote messages exchanged. Wowsers.
70% of 3DS owners connected to the internet.
eShop purchasers buy an average of 4.7 paid games.
eShop segment now - it's one year old today! Happy birthday, eShop.
Which I may have mentioned (it's 2:49am here)
Apparently there's a LEGO Batman 2 demo in the NA eShop. Can anyone check? I'm in the UK.
Scott says "Pokey-mon", not "poker-mon". Which do you say?
Heroes of Ruin and... oh, that's it. That was fast.
Third party sizzle vid now: LEGO Batman 2, Transformers Prime, Rabbids Rumble
Scribblenauts is no longer a series of one-off puzzles, it's now a persistent world to explore
Scribblenauts has StreetPass modes to "share creative solutions"
Scribblenauts video introduced. One person claps. Others chuckle.
Kingdom Hearts demo "coming soon"
I didn't. But then again I don't get why people like this series as Kingdom Hearts is boring.
Kingdom Hearts 3D has Circle Pad Pro support
Did we know that?
Here's the part of the conference I get to say things like "Kingdom Hearts is boring" and "I don't get why people like this series"
Third party games up next - Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance first
3D trailer for Paper Mario in the NA eShop now
Good to see so much of Paper Mario: Sticker Star - a real highlight of the holiday season schedule
Seeing a giant fan appear to blow a windmill's sails to some Also Sprach Zarathrustra-style music. Only in Paper Mario!
These stickers can also be used out of battle - plant the fan to blow a windmill
The 3D items are turned into powerful stickers for battles
Blow your enemies away with a fan
3D items include scissors, a fan, lucky cat, all sorts. You turn them into stickers!
You now boost Mario's levels by solving puzzles, exploration and finding secrets
Plant flower stickers and they will grow. You'll be rewarded for being nice. Sounds like a nice game.
A toad's flowers are all trampled so Mario is using a new sticker power to revitalise them
Some 3D items from our world appear in the game - like a 3D fan
Mario just folded up a Koopa shell and kicked it at two Goombas.
Action battle system remains - timely button presses let you attack and block as usual
Turns-based battles of course, very similar to past battle systems
Stickers are used for everything - battle and exploration
Nate was surprised by an in-game Goomba ambush - guess those enemies aren't sticking to the script!
Paper Mario 3DS looks sharp, bright and vibrant - not too much dialogue from this video!
Nate's first game was Paper Mario N64, he's worked on every game in the series since.
Nate Bihldorff is up to talk about Paper Mario. "I'm gonna play some video games here now" - best job ever?
"The sticker system adds new strategy to gameplay and battles"
Paper Mario: Sticker Star is up next
18th November 2012 for Disney Epic Mickey 3DS in North America.
Holiday season release for Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Warm applause for Epic Mickey 3DS. Game looks like it has some class.
Gameplay footage of Epic Mickey 3DS - looks as good as ever!
Great Mario homages, artwork looks ace, levels based on Aladdin, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast - all sorts!
Just as an aside, I have a blister on my thumb. That means I'm missing sleep AND enduring pain to bring this live text to you. You're lucky.
Peter Ong used to like to play and complete Castle of Illusion every day!
Ong clearly not used to standing on stage and talking to thousands of people.
Ong's explaining a concept that started with drawing items on the touch screen then going to the top screen. DreamRift got a call from Disney and it all went from there.
Spector and Ong are discussing Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS
Warren Spector might be the nicest man in the whole industry.
Warren Spector and Peter Ong up now to talk about Disney Epic Mickey
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon will hit stores and eShop this holiday. Trailer in the US eShop now apparently!
OK it's a different trailer. Luigi just got in a lift.
Not hard to imagine how impressive that'll look in 3D.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon looks good too: really stylish and full of character
Same trailer we saw yesterday though, I think. Not sure though, I've slept since then (briefly)
Now now now
Dave Cox has left now and Scott Moffitt is back. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on now
Promising "epic combat, deep exploration and challenging puzzles"
Four playable characters including Alucard
It has to be said, Castlevania 3DS looks graphically amazing: great lighting, animation and design
You can grab and block in combat; much deeper than other Castlevanias
It's much more like an action adventure game than others - big combos and giant enemies seem the order of the day
Always nice to hear about a 3DS exclusive, especially a Castlevania one!
Konami producer Dave Cox is on stage now to talk about Castlevania.
And there's some weird comic cut scene with goblins and trolls!
Castlevania for 3DS is out this fall - Alucard gets a special mention
We saw this trailer yesterday but it still looks good. Nice blend of 3D and 2D - really stylish.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate might be the worst name ever, but it looks ace!
Scott is talking up third-party publishers on 3DS. Castlevania is up first!
Super Mario 3D Land 2m US sales, MK7 1.6m, Ocarina 1m
Seems we will see some new 3DS games today
Scott is talking about StreetPass - his Mii is an uncanny likeness!
Seems he's only there as a mascot, don't think he has a game though.
It is! Non-Specific Action Figure gets a big cheer.
Special guest coming out first - could it be Non-Specific Action Figure?
Spotted Kevin Cassidy of GoNintendo fame in the audience. What a beard!
This banter between Reggie and Scott Moffitt is classic stuff. BANTER.
He's already fluffed his lines.
Reggie Fils-Aime is kicking things off. People are clapping but we can't hear them.
OK here we go, we are now commencing the 3DS presentation. PREPARE FOR GAMES!
Still waiting. Anyone know any good jokes?
We're about to start!
The usual requests for people to turn their phones off. Fat chance.
While this feed is silent, I'm listening to Watch the Throne by Kanye West and Jay-Z. It's quite a good album, if you like that sort of thing.
The presentation is starting a little late, just for a change.
Expect it "soon"
It's 2am. Where's my conference, Nintendo? *shakes fist*
"Presentation will start at 6pm PST" - that's in about two minutes. Be quick!
The Wii U E3 conference had 636 comments. Can this one top it?
All you can see are reporters' laptops, tablets and phones. Do they not know they could have live texted this from the UK?
Less than 10 minutes to go so get comfy. Bring me a snack!
There better be some Animal Crossing news tonight or I'll have stayed up for nothing. Make it happen, Nintendo!
30 minutes and counting!
Your dinner stories are making me hungry. Time for junk food. Yum.
So, prediction time. Who's expecting what?
We have the live video feed now! Come watch the 3DS software showcase, kicking off in 45 minutes.
Our 3DS conference live text is up! Come join in the fun!
I'm finding it oddly entertaining to hear about what you had for dinner. Anyone take any photos?
This is James, by the way, in case you wonder who's breaking our no-first-person rule. I'll be up to bring you the live text of Nintendo's 3DS games and trying not to go too mad. Should be interesting!
So, what did everyone eat for dinner? I had a gourmet burger. It was so big I couldn't fit my whole mouth around it.
I am up and ready and refreshed to bring this live text to you! Hopefully we'll have a live video stream too but that depends. Will keep you posted!
I need sleep.