E3 2012 - News

June2012

  • News Demiurge Studios Handling Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U

    With care

    Gearbox Studios has revealed development work on Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U is being handled by Demiurge Studios. Demiurge, the team behind Shoot Many Robots on PSN, spent nine months creating a prototype of the game before being given development duties. Gearbox is also collaborating with Texan studios Nerve and Timegate, but 80%...

  • E3 2012 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",...

  • E3 2012 Your First Look at Super Mario Bros. on Wii U

    Here it is!

    Nintendo said we wouldn't see any Wii U games in tonight's Nintendo Direct Live, but Satoru Iwata snuck in a cheeky glimpse of Super Mario Bros. to show off the system's new Miiverse functionality. It was only a short video and focuses more on the system's all-new social networking functions, but we'll never pass up an opportunity to...

  • Reaction Nintendo Finally Arrives Online with Wii U

    Better late than never

    Nintendo's pre-E3 show just wrapped up, with an unprecedented focus on Wii U's online functions. The machine's innovative new Miiverse online system took centre stage, and Nintendo's put it front and centre in the console itself too. When you power up your Wii U, you'll see the Miiverse Plaza, a vibrant, online connected...

  • E3 2012 Prepare to Enter the Miiverse

    Get yourself connected

    Nintendo has offered a tantalising peek at Wii U's menu and online systems at its pre-E3 Nintendo Direct. Dubbed Miiverse, it's a bit like a Mii-based social network that is always online, allowing you to chat with your friends and others online about all the games you're playing. The Miiverse Plaza is the first thing that...

  • E3 2012 Wii U Pro Controller Offers More Options

    For the traditionalist

    Worried about playing your Wii U games with that big screen controller all the time? Have some jealous friends who don't want to use Wii Remotes for asymmetrical multiplayer? Nintendo has you covered with the Wii U Pro Controller. The Wii U Pro Controller is more standard in form than the main Wii U GamePad. There's no touch...

  • E3 2012 Meet The Wii U GamePad

    Sticky thumbs

    The Wii U controller has a new name — it's now called Wii U GamePad. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has revealed the redesigned controller, which now features two clickable analogue sticks rather than the sliders previously seen. It was decided that analogue sliders were better suited to handheld devices. Iwata also revealed that...

  • E3 2012 Nintendo Direct Live

    Watch it again inside

    Can't wait to find out more about Wii U? Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will bring you brand new information about the upcoming console right here tonight. We've got the embedded video below so you can watch it here, plus we'll be doing live text updates throughout the show too so you won't miss a thing. Remember: this is...

  • E3 2012 E3 Starts Early With Nintendo Direct

    The party starts now

    Nintendo is kicking off E3 a bit sooner than expected — it's just announced a surprise Nintendo Direct show for tomorrow, 3rd June. Even more excitingly, it's to talk about Wii U. There'll still be plenty to tune into the main E3 press conference for, though, as this is all about the console. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata...

  • Talking Point 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

    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...

May2012

  • Feature 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...

  • Feature 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

    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 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 The Best Moments of E3 2011

    It was a very good year

    We're seven days away from E3 2012. That's seven days until we see Nintendo's full vision for Wii U, the next round of 3DS games and how our next year of Nintendo gaming is going to look. It's the most exciting time of the year, and it's nearly upon us. Last year was pretty exciting too. We saw Wii U for the first time, got...

  • News Ubisoft to Reveal Wii U Games on 4th June

    Strap yourself in

    Ubisoft's confirmed it'll show off its Wii U games at its E3 press event on 4th June, ahead of Nintendo's conference on 5th June. Ubi hasn't said specifically which Wii U games it'll show off — no surprise there — but with half a dozen titles in development including Rayman Legends and Assassin's Creed III there should be...

  • Rumour Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Heading to Wii U

    A vampire double-whammy

    Yesterday we heard there's a Castlevania game coming to 3DS, but that's not all: apparently Wii U owners will get a piece of the action too, as Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is in the works for Wii U. That's according to the Paul Gale Network, who claims the Wii U title will interact with th

  • News Add These Dates and Times to Your E3 Schedule

    Straight from the horse's mouth

    You might think your E3 experience starts and ends with Nintendo's press conference on 5th June? Not so, with two more dates and times to add to your diary. As well as streaming the press conference itself, Nintendo will also offer two exclusive videos at http://e3.nintendo.com. Here's the full rundown, in order...

  • News Watch E3 Live Online, On TV and On the Go

    Watch everywhere, really

    Nintendo will once again stream its E3 press conference online at http://e3.nintendo.com, as well as via Facebook and on TV on Spike or MTV2. There'll also be game footage and developer interviews on Nintendo's YouTube channels. Of course we'll be bringing you live coverage, news, media and more as it happens so make sure...

  • News Nintendo Confirms E3 2012 Press Conference Date & Time

    It's coming

    Nintendo will host its E3 press conference on Tuesday 5th June. It'll be our first look at Nintendo's Wii U games including Pikmin 3 and Super Mario Bros., plus new games for 3DS. It all kicks off at 9am Pacific Daylight Time, which we've handily converted into these time zones for you: 9am — Pacific12 midday — Eastern5pm — UK6pm...

April2012

  • News We'll Finally See Pikmin 3 at This Year's E3

    Plucky for you

    It seems ages since we first heard about Pikmin 3, doesn't it? Shigeru Miyamoto apologised for its no show way back at E3 2010, and it was the same at last year's show. There'll be no such apology this year, as Nintendo confirms we will see Pikmin 3 in June. The Wii U threequel will be the first HD entry in the series, but other than...

  • News Mario Wii U "Based On" New Super Mario Bros. Mii

    Crowd pleaser

    The Super Mario Bros. game for Wii U that Shigeru Miyamoto teased yesterday will be based on last year's New Super Mario Bros. Mii experience, Nintendo has confirmed. A representative told Kotaku: In a recent interview, Mr. Miyamoto confirmed that a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii

  • News Miyamoto to Show Wii U Mario at E3

    But in what form?

    Update: A Nintendo spokesperson has confirmed to Eurogamer.net that Nintendo will show off a Super Mario Bros. game for Wii U at E3. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, we'll see the first Super Mario game for Wii U at E3 this year. A translation of the original story sees Shigeru Miyamoto telling the news

January2012

  • News Reggie: Wii U Information Could Hit Before E3

    Keep 'em peeled

    Wii U will boast a full range of entertainment says Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, but must we really wait until Nintendo's E3 press conference on 5th June at 9am Pacific time to hear more? Perhaps not. Fils-Aime told Spike TV that there'll be new details spread over the course of 2012: We will be sharing...

  • Rumour Wii U Heading for E3 Face-Off with PS4 and Xbox 720

    New console trinity rumoured

    Hold onto your tinfoil hats, people: we could be in for a wild ride this year. According to UK retail and trade site MCV, there will be new PlayStation and Xbox consoles revealed at this year's E3. Nintendo has already confirmed it will show off the final Wii U form at E3 2012, potentially leading to a three-way scrap...

October2011

  • News Final Wii U Form to Be Shown At E3 2012

    Changes planned?

    The Wii U reveal at E3 2011 probably didn't go quite as Nintendo had hoped, with some confusion over exactly what the console is and how it works. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is keen not to make that mistake again though, and has revealed the console will be shown off in its "final format" at next year's E3. That could mean the machine itself will be altered, or we'll..