Nintendo's press conference was all about the WiiU. Surprised? Neither am I. Moreover, Nintendo emphasized the importance of the WiiU gamepad and how it would change social gaming. Bring it on Nintendo!
The conference opens with the infamous Shigeru Miyamoto taking it easy in his lounge. Miyamoto is called to the stage unaware that a pesky Pikman has crawled into his jacket pocket. With translator, Bill Trinen, at his side Miyamoto gives us a short introduction to the WiiU and its integration in Pikmin 3.
Shigeru Miyamoto is clearly very excited about Pikmin 3 as he is grinning the entire time and interacting quite a bit with the audience. He strongly states, "We are developing Pikmin 3 with the belief that we can help people once again understand the kind of fun deeper games can offer and in this era when consumers are said to be moving towards light games, I think this is an important challenge for all of us." Pikmin 3 and Nintendo have a lot to live up to. A common statement throughout the press conference is that you have to experience WiiU to understand it.
Pikmin 3 makes me just about as excited for the WiiU as exercise made me excited about the WiiFit. However Shigeru Miyamoto is too loveable and passionate about this game. I'm hoping it (and the WiiU) will live up to his words.
Let's talk about the WiiU. What is it? What does it do? Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, Inc., was very blunt (and scripted), giving us 3 ways the WiiU will change our lives.
1. Changes gaming:
First and foremost the WiiU connects portable gaming to console gaming. The WiiU gamepad is more than just a controller. It is in fact, its own device. If someone is watching TV you have the freedom to play a game on the gamepad at the same time. It also boasts a touch screen, motion control, and a camera/microphone; allowing for voice/video chat.
Within games the WiiU offers a unique gaming experience. For example, Nintendo announced the third party title Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition. The game pad allows for easy access to Batman's utility belt. Instead of scrolling through items on the TV screen the WiiU game pad is, in a sense, its own utility belt. Need to switch from Batarang to Line Gun? Use the touch screen and quickly change items.
2. Changes how you interact with gaming friends:
Miiverse is the social "universe" of the WiiU. It allows for avatars to gather and post/send simple messages via speech bubbles. These messages can be typed, written, or drawn. You also have the option of displaying facial expressions, recent activity, and game scores. I like to think of it as a Twitter/Raptr mash up.
3. Changes the way you enjoy your TV:
It has been done before, but now Nintendo are along for the ride. Enjoying your TV with the WiiU includes: Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Video, and more. And of course the WiiU gamepad will allow for control of these applications.
Nintendo's press conference clearly focused on the new console. However they did squeeze quite a bit of information on upcoming games as well. Games largely focused on the WiiU game pad AND social gaming were: Sing, Scribblenauts Unlimited, WiiFitU, Just Dance 4, Nintendoland, ZombiU and of course Super Mario Bros. U, which we cover here.
Minor attention was given to the Nintendo 3DS and its upcoming games including: Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.
Once I get over the "excitement" of the WiiU perhaps I will be able to feel my real feelings and get pumped about the games they gave only seconds of notice to. Naming a few; Mass Effect, Assassins Creed III, and Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.
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Megan Bethke, NoobFeed