Wii Exclusives - The Legend of Zelda: Skylight Sword - out in 2011 - trailer and gameplay shown - uses WiiMotion Plus - Mario Sports Mix - out in 2011 - a Mario sports collection, including basketball, hockey, dodgeball, and volleyball - Wii Party - out for Christmas - a Mario Party style game using Miis - Just Dance 2 - out for Christmas - Wii exclusive - NBA Jam - not sure this was shown during the press conference, but it is at E3 - Goldeneye - out for Christmas - a remake of the N64 game - I have already been ordered to get this - Epic Mickey - a really neat looking Disney game - Kirby's Epic Yarn - out this fall - Metroid: Other M - out August 31 - Donkey Kong Country Returns - out this Christmas - a new DKC game in the style of the N64 games
DS Games - Golden Sun: Dark Dawn - cel-shaded RPG - Dragon Quest IX - July 11
3DS - The system itself is said to be ugly; personally, I wouldn't put it past Nintendo to release an ugly system knowing people will buy it anyway - and then upgrade to a sleeker 3DS Lite in 18 months - Nintendo really pushing how expensive Sony's 3D stuff is - The top screen is 3D - it's widescreen - The bottom screen is a touchscreen - There's a "slide pad" for analog control - It has a motion sensor and a gyroscope for motion control - Two camera lenses on the outside of the unit, so you can take and view 3D photos - Will be able to display 3D movies - Disney, Warner Bros, and Dreamworks are on board - Systems can automatically communicate with each other even if you're not there - just set it up to trade data for a certain game - First 3DS game announced: Kid Icarus Uprising - Nintendo fanboys rejoice - close to Wii-quality graphics - third-person shooter/flying game - 3DS games announced (but not shown) - Nintendogs And Cats; Professor Layton And The Mask Of Miracle - Franchises announced as coming to the 3DS: Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, DJ Hero - It's noted that showing game footage is challenging because you need to really be holding the system to see the 3D, so 200 women come out on stage with 3DS systems to let everyone try one
I went hands-on with the 3DS today at the event itself. It looks every bit as impressive as you might think. They even handed me a compilation of how classic games would appear when played on the 3DS, with Super Mario Bros., Punch-Out, Excitebike, and Yoshi's Island among many others playing seamlessly with a 3D effect. That actually had me wondering if they'd attempt a Virtual Console on the 3DS, because all of those old favorites look gorgeous with the 3D effect.
As for the 3D effect itself, it works perfectly, but it'll take you a while to get used to focusing your vision. It's 3D in the sense that a Magic Eye book is 3D, which is great in that it eliminates the need for glasses, but I can tell it'll get a little grating for those that get headaches easily. Fortunately, turning off the 3D is very easy with a slider bar along the top screen and it ultimately doesn't hinder your gaming experience.
Granted, Activision now holds the license to make Bond video games, but how exactly do they get to do an enhanced remake of a game that Rare created in the first place? I would've thought that a GoldenEye remake would be released by Rare, and be an XBox 360 exclusive.
(Also, I wouldn't have gone with Daniel Craig as James Bond in this situation-- pony up the money to get Pierce Brosnan to reprise his role. I'm just saying.)
Looks excellent, though.
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Joystiq posted a few early stats regarding the 3DS:
Originally posted by JoystiqThe 3.02-inch bottom screen has a 320x240 pixel resolution, a small bump over the DS's 256x192 resolution. The larger (3.53-inch) top screen has an 800x240 resolution, though it's really two 400x240 images superimposed over one another for the 3D effect.
The system supports WPA and WPA2 encryption for its wireless connection, though, like the DSi, it's likely that these protocols will be supported only by new games designed to do so, and not for legacy DS games. As for the physical details, Nintendo notes that the design is not final, so things like battery life and the final appearance are yet to be determined. We were told by Nintendo reps that the colors for the systems were also not final, so don't be heartbroken if you can't get that metallic blue color.
ARGH! I thought Metroid was coming out at the end of this month. The 3DS makes me happy that I have not upgraded my old school original DS. I can't wait for the new Zelda, the Mario Party-type game and of course the return of Donkey Kong Country.
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So E3 has wrapped up, and I gotta say this ranks up there with one of the best E3 performances in some time. The titles they showed, even the 3DS tech demos, were an incredible list.
Apparently they didn't feature the Vitality Sensor this year because they realized they had a "full agenda". Full agenda in this case means "we're releasing games for all of our franchises within the next year. Cheers!".
Absent, but looming large, is Pokemon Black & White. They made no mention of those titles, but they are out there. Out there with a 3DS on the horizon. I'm pretty excited for that (and everything about the 3DS).
I haven't seen anything about Metriod: Other M and any hands-on demos. I'm curious how they will integrate all the different play-styles (FPS, 3rd Person, Sidescrolling).
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on the shelves 08/07: Monster Madness: Grave Danger (metacritic) - port of the 360 title, with new features (and a new subtitle) but nothing that actually fixes some of the game playing problems of the first game, and the visuals are really bad.