Nintendo pre-E3 2012 presentation
Did you miss Nintendo’s Pre-E3 presentation? Don’t worry you didn’t miss much of anything, I watched the live broadcast so you didn’t have to.
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Nintendo’s pre-E3 presentation started with some quick announcements that many won’t care, like Mii announcements.
Interestingly they talked about the controller’s name and how it came to be, the Wii U’s controller will be named “The Wii U Game Pad”.
The controller received its name thanks to the NES’s controllers which many gamers dubbed “The Game Pad”; Nintendo thought that name would be fitting for their unique controller.
The “Game Pad” has a touchscreen, gyro, motion control and oh yeah a data reader.
Nintendo didn’t really show how the reader works but said it can read certain data; the reader is located on the mid-left side of the controller that looks like a square.
Nintendo was sure to mention that the controller is compatible with the original Wii controller, including the nunchucks and the Wii Fit board, yet there was no word if the new system can use multiple Wii U Game Pad controllers.
On top of that another controller was announced, the Wii U Pro controller, which looks a lot like the Xbox 360 controller.
Afterwards Nintendo proceeded to a promo video showing some of the Wii U Game Pad features, from what they’ve shown the Game Pad will have video chat that shows on the controller itself and/or your television.
The controller will also be able to surf the internet, whether this is through the Wii U system was not shown nor spoken of, it also showed what looked like a forum with Mii’s.
Speaking of Mii’s, they will be returning in a new interface on the Wii U. Nintendo announced an update for the mii’s with something called “Mii Wara Wara or Miiverse.
Miiverse is a new interface that will connect Mii’s through the Nintendo Network; this system is also coming to the 3DS in the future.
Nintendo said that Miiverse will be a part of future Nintendo products, which means the Miis are here to stay.
Using Mario as an example Nintendo showed what could become either a blessing to casual gamers or a nightmare to everyone else, a new system seen in other games like Dark Souls, where players can leave messages in game.
This could be a problem as people love to spam stuff with junk, ironically that’s what Nintendo showed, people posting useless junk like “I can’t get past this part!”
After that Nintendo went on a long speech about connecting others and relationship, the same thing they went on about with the original Wii, which means casuals may still be their main targets.
So there you go, Nintendo’s pre-E3 presentation, nothing lost if you didn’t see and nothing really gained if you did.
Personally I found this as a waste of time; I was hoping Nintendo was going to show off the actual system alongside the new controller, while saving the games, price(s), and release date for Tuesday.
In all honesty this was a wasted opportunity to get people hyped for not only Tuesday, the day Nintendo gives their actual presentation, but also the Wii U.
There was nearly nothing shown today that couldn’t have been shown Tuesday during E3, well let’s hope Nintendo can repeat their awesome conference from E3 2011 this year.