Closing the E3 conferences this year is Nintendo, starting off their conference by announcing the return a beloved series with Pikmin 3 on Wii U. Gameplay footage showed lovely HD visuals, map control with the gamepad, four leaders with Pikmin minions and a challenge mode to collect fruit within a time limit.
It was then confirmed that the Wii U will have film, TV and web streaming services with Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video.
Next it was confirmed that the Wii U will support two gamepads, rather than the single gamepad the prototype supported last year. A quick rundown of the features of the gamepad were then presented, showing the two shoulder buttons and trigger buttons, a rumble feature, a built in camera and mic, headphone jack and speakers.
Next Miiverse was shown again, explaining the social feature it represents as Miis you know and have met online gather on screen under the banner of games they are playing and with speech bubbles sharing their recent activity, screenshots and messages. Check out our Nintendo pre-E3 Conference write-up to get a better idea of how that works. You can also visit Nintendo’s special E3 site over at e3.nintendo.com for more info on everything they’ve announced this year.
Next came the New Super Mario Bros. U announcement, showing the classic 2D gamplay we know and love with upto four players. Additionally the world map screen showed an element of the Miiverse with friends sharing comments for areas on the game map. It was also confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. U can be played on the gamepad independently and in competitive multiplayer the gamepad user can essentially be the dungeon master and place blocks to slow friends down.
Warner Brother then announced Batman Arkham City Armoured Edition as a Wii U launch title, differing from the PS3 and Xbox 360 version with the detective vision and many of the gadgets usable through the gamepad and an exclusive armoured skin for both Batman and Catwoman which stores kinetic energy that can be unleashed once fully charaged to enter VAT mode, which makes your attacks more powerful temporarily.
Next, Scribblenauts unlimited was announced for Wii U and 3DS. on the Wii U Scribblenauts Unlimited looks much the same as its DS predecessor but in HD and you can create objects on the gamepad to add to the world. Multiplayer mode is also coming to Scibblenauts for the first time.
Next a trailer showed off the third-party support for the Wii U, showing: Darksiders II, MAss Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2: Directors Cut, Ninja Gaidan 2: Razor’s Edge and Aliens Colonial Marines.
The focus then shifted to the music and fitness genre. Wii U fit was revealed, which uses the Wii balance board and the gamepad with a set of new set of exercise routines that make use of the motion controls and second screen. A calorie counter can also be used that downloads data from the gamepad about your workout and the gamepad can be used independently as the screen for exercises rather than the TV.
SiNG was then revealed, showing the unique atmosphere that can be achieved with the Wii U, with the gamepad showing the lyrics allowing you to face your friends, and harmonies popping up on the TV for all to join in. The aim is to allow party play and a more social experince rather than taking turns being the star.
The 3DS then got it’s time in the spotlight, showing New Super Mario Bros. 2, a different game to Super Mario Bros. U and due for release on the 19th of August. Paper Mario Sticker Star was then revealed, showing new mechanics to combat with stickers you collect adding attacks to your arsenal and a curious 3D view of a 3D world.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 was then shown, promising to be released this holiday season and due to feature multiple mansions and new ghosts.
A teaser trailer then showed the other third-party titles coming to 3ds: a new 2D Castlevania , Epic Mickey and Kingdoms Hearts 3D.
Back to Wii U announcements for the rest of the conference. Lego City Undercover was revealed, showing an apparent open-world city built from Lego where your Lego detective solves crimes in an across the city. It looks ace.