E3 Nightly News Roundup 06.07.11

The Big N steals the show and drops some serious bombshells along the way.

By Smith Stuart. Posted 06/07/2011 17:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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Two words: Wii U. No bigger name will define this year’s E3. Why, you might ask? Because vivid and powerful, direct and explosive, Nintendo’s next home console plans to take the entirety of the digital world and make it feel as real as real life. And it will combine the potentials of a dual-screen and responsive motion controls to make the experience that much more dynamic.

Wii U
All the horsepower of the current gen packed into a two-inch tall disc player. Swe~et!

While Sony and Microsoft offered us basically more of the same, Nintendo threw down a new controller that soared even higher than all of the surrounding rumors. Have you ever had to halt an epic video game moment midway through? Not anymore. With Wii U players are given the option of immediately switching their television feed directly into the palms of their hands and back. Iwata did make it clear that this revolutionary aspect of the controller is not to be considered a handheld presentation in any way, but more of a convenience. Sadly, Nintendo left the price range and expected season of its release as mysteries to be longed for.

Wii U Controller
It does everything but let the dog out.

The surge I felt in my stomach the moment Iwata mentioned Masahiro Sakurai and Wii U in the same sentence is something I will remember for a long time. My gut’s immediate response was correct: Super Smash Bros. 4 is on its way! No approximate date was set, but we do know that it is being developed for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with some form of interaction between the two – and that’s good enough for me.

Here’s a list of all the games either revealed or presented at this year’s E3 followed by their scheduled release dates:

Wii U

Darksiders II (TBA, Launch 2012)

Assassin’s Creed (TBA, 2012)

Batman: Arkham City (TBA, 2012)

Alien: Colonial Marines (TBA, 2012)

Dirt (TBA, 2012)

Grand Theft LEGO: Liberty City Stories LEGO City Stories (TBA, 2012)

Metro: Last Light (TBA, 2012)

Pikmin 3 (TBA, 2012)

Tekken (TBA, 2012)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online (TBA, 2012)

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (TBA, 2012)

Super Smash Bros. 4 (TBA)

Zelda HD demo (TBC)

New Super Mario Bros. Mii demo (TBC)

Battlefield (TBC)

Nintendo 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (June 19, 2011)

Star Fox 64 3D (September 11th, 2011)

Tetris (October, 2011)

FIFA Soccer 12 (Fall 2011)

Mario Kart 3D (Holiday 2011)

Kid Icarus: Uprising (Holiday 2011)

Super Mario 3D (Holiday 2011)

Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater (Holiday 2011)

Luigi’s Mansion 2 (TBA, 2012)

Heroes of Ruin (2012)

The Rolling Western (TBA)

Picture Lives! (TBA)


Super Smash Bros. 4 (TBA)

Paper Mario (TBA)

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (TBA)

Animal Crossing (TBA)

Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)

Nintendo Wii

Wii Play: Motion (June 13, 2011)

Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident (June 27, 2011)

Go Vacation (Fall 2011)

Kirby Wii (Fall 2011)

Just Dance 3 (October, 2011)

Fortune Street (Holiday 2011)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Holiday 2011)

Rhythm Heaven (TBA)

Mario Party 9 (TBA)

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (TBA)

Nintendo DS

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker™ 2 (August 28, 2011)

Kirby Mass Attack (Sept. 19, 2011)

Super Fossil Fighters (Holiday 2011)

Professor Layton and the Last Specter (TBA)

So there you have it, folks. It’s going to be one heck of a ride over the next year and a half. There will undoubtedly be twists and turns, progress and setbacks, differences in strategy and arguments over software tactics from all sides. But one thing is certain: the end result will be revolutionary.

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