Archive for the ‘E3’ Category

Ubisoft says Wii U Launches in November

June 12, 2012

This exchange is beyond awkward, and this poor fellow is probably going to be in serious trouble, but this is by far the best info about the Wii U’s launch we’ve gotten! Skip to 5:49 and watch how far language barriers and unfair questions will get you!

Via GoNintendo.


E3 2012: The Wii U

June 11, 2012

While Nintendo has plenty yet to reveal about the Wii U (price, release date (though it will be coming this holiday season), etc.), they did announce plenty about their new console at E3 2012. In this post I’ll cover everything I can gather about the Wii U announced at E3, including plenty of info regarding the controllers, web interaction, and console specs.

The GamePad

The most obvious feature of the Wii U is the new, unique GamePad controller. Watch the above video for all of it’s magical features.

In addition to all the features shown in the video, here are a few other noteworthy things:

  • The battery life of the GamePad is 3-5 hours depending on screen brightness. Charge time is 2 and 1/2 hours, though you can play while the GamePad is charging.
  • If a developer makes use of it, games can also be played off of the TV. The feature is called Off-Play TV and will most likely be tagged on boxes.
  • The Wii U will support up to two Wii U GamePad’s at a time, though console performance takes a hit – frame rate drops to 30 FPS.
  • In addition to the Wii U GamePad, the console will also support up to four of the new Wii U Pro Controller or Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers as well as Wii accessories like Nunchuks, Classic Controllers, and the Wii Balance Board.

The Console

The Wii U is a powerhouse. It looks to have better graphics than that of the Xbox 360 and PS3. Don’t believe me? Compare these shots from Batman: Arkham City. Click on the image and look really closely.

And here is the Wii U’s tech specs.

The Wii U will also have an eShop ready at launch where users will be able to download both download titles and retail titles and users will also be able to transfer their existing Wii Virtual Console game library to the Wii U.

The Miiverse

Nintendo is implementing a new online social network for use in the Wii U, 3DS, and future Nintendo consoles called the Miiverse. I covered it in my Nintendo Direct post (which has a lot more information about Miiverse than this post does), but there are a few new things Nintendo announced. There are a number of interesting features they are adding, both good and bad. Here are some of them.

  • There will be three levels of security for posting messages one of which is having actual people read them.
  • Because of this it will take about 30 minutes to have a message posted.
  • Friend codes still exist, but are being redone.
  • Users will be able to have a different level of contact with their friends than the general population.
  • You can have up to 12 accounts on each system.
  • Miiverse is tailored to the users featuring certain games for different users.

The Games

Nintendo has announced the full list of Wii U titles to release on or close to launch. Here is the full list below.

Various photos and information found on GoNintendo, Wii U Blog, ONM, and Wii U Daily.

E3 2012: Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

June 7, 2012

In addition to Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Junction Point and Disney Interactive are bringing us Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion exclusively to the 3DS. It’s an entirely new game where a whole new story takes place. It sounds to have just as fantastic of a story as Epic Mickey and will release November 18th. Read all about it here.

E3 2012: Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS)

June 7, 2012

In addition to coming to the Wii U, Scribblenauts Unlimited will also be making it’s way to the 3DS this holiday season. It seems offer a lot of fun, new stuff including Street Pass functionality for getting new answers to puzzles, 20+ hours of level gameplay, and, of course, 3D visuals. Read all about it here.

E3 2012: Paper Mario: Sticker Star

June 7, 2012

Paper Mario: Sticker Star brings the Paper Mario series back to the RPG formula. It looks pretty fantastic, and it’s coming this holiday season! Read all about it here.

E3 2012: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

June 6, 2012

It’s been a long time since Mario’s little bro took the spotlight, but after a long wait, Luigi returns as the star in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Like New Super Mario Bros. 2, it will be released both in stores and on the 3DS eShop. Read all about it here.

E3 2012: New Super Mario Bros. 2

June 6, 2012

Despite the fact that the Nintendo 3DS software showcase today didn’t reveal ANY new first-party titles and completely ignored Animal Crossing (eeeerrrrr), they did show and announce a lot of cool things about New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Nintendo says the focus of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be collecting coins and ultimately, 1,000,000 coins. It also showcases the return of the raccoon suit (it actually flys!) and introduces the ability to play the entire game co-op with another player over local wireless. Also, for those who are confused, this is an entirely new game and in no way related to New Super Mario Bros. U.

It will be available at retail and as a download in the 3DS eShop on August 19th. Read all about it here.

E3 2012: Other Wii U Games

June 6, 2012

In addition to all the games announced at E3 I’ve blogged about today, there was a TON of other games announced. I’m going to highlight a few noteworthy ones in this post.

Three of interest from Nintendo I haven’t mention in other posts:

Nintendo is publishing a new game with a working title of Project P-100. It looks quite strange and really fun. Game trailer. Read all about it here.

Nintendo is also publishing something with the working title of Wii U Panorama View. Read the small amount known about it here.

And lastly from Nintendo we have another working title game known as SiNG, an interactive musical performance game where you can use the Wii U Gamepad as a Lyrics sheet so the singer can face the audience. Game Trailer. Read all about it here.

While there are many interesting looking titles from third-parties, these two stood out for me:

Batman Arkham City Armored Edition uses the Wii U controller in incredible unique ways as it takes the form of the Batcomputer in this special Wii U version of the critically acclaimed game. Game trailer. Developer interview. Read all about it here.

Ubisoft announced the terrifying epic, ZombiU. This is waaaaaay too gory for my taste, but it’s getting a lot of press, and it uses the Wii U Gamepad in very unique ways. Game Trailer. Read all about it here.

There were many other games announced, but for the rest I’ll just tell you to go to and look for yourself!

E3 2012: Scribblenauts Unlimited

June 5, 2012

Scribblenauts Unlimited was announced at Nintendo’s E3 presentation today for the Wii U and 3DS. It looks AMAZING. Read all about it here.

E3 2012: LEGO City: Undercover

June 5, 2012

Lego City: Undercover, was talked about in detail at Nintendo’s E3 presentation today. I find it really interesting that it’s being published by Nintendo themselves. It looks like a really fun game! Read all about it here.