Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference – WiiU, 3DS, Zelda

Tuesday, 7 June 2011 10:07 GMT By Patrick Garratt

We may have had four press conferences on the first day of E3 yesterday, but the main event was saved for this afternoon. The next generation doesn’t start until Nintendo says it does. And it says it starts right now.

Nintendo has confirmed in Los Angeles today that its next machine is called Wii U.

The console will launch next year, and features a tablet-style controller. You can read a full report on the machine, its reveal and everything else related to it right here.

The other stuff

Wii U wasn’t the only thing on display, though. The event kicked off with a Zelda montage to mark the monster property’s 25th anniversary. The movie showed every game from the history of the series, building up to Ocarina’s upcoming 3D remake for 3DS.

Skyward Sword was then shown, followed by the game’s anniversary logo.

Shigeru Miyamoto came out on stage in a suit and tie, speaking through his usual translator, Bill Trenen.

He spoke about Zelda, saying the gameplay and visuals have constantly evolved with each hardware system.

He stuck to music as theme, saying sounds create feelings, giving opening crates in Zelda as an example. He made the resident orchestra play the Zelda jingles for opening chests, solving puzzle and the fairy fountain.

We’re now coming to you live from the Nintendo E3 press conference. It’ll be starting in a few minutes. This article will be updated as the event unfolds.

Links Awakening will be available on Virtual Console today, it was announced, as part of the 25th birthday celebrations. Ocarina of Time will release for 3DS next week, Miyamoto said.

DSiware is to get a Four Swords game for free in September, and Skyward Sword was confirmed as releasing this year for Wii.

A special gold Wiimote is to release alongside the game. Legend of Zelda symphone concerts are to be held around the world this year. Two Zelda music CDs are also to be released: those who register Ocarina 3DS first with Club Nintendo will get first dibs.

Eiji Aonuma and other Zelda dev legends were brought out on stage, before Miyamoto thanked the fans and closed the Zelda anniversary segment off.

This is E3′s main event. You cannot miss this. We’ll have live updates from the conference floor, and you can watch live on Nintendo’s site. We watched all of yesterday’s streams on GTTV, and it held up amazingly well.

Satoru Iwata came out, talking about who plays and how we play.

Moving instantly on to talking about gaming hardware, he said that the games console hasn’t been created yet that caters for all.

He said the next Nintendo console will provide deeper game experiences and have a wider appeal than Wii.

“It will let everyone see games in a different way,” he said, before telling the crowd he was going to leave full details till later.

They moved onto 3DS using “new experiences” as an excuse. Mario Kart was shown first in a trailer, followed by Starfox, Mario and Kid Icarus.

The first ever look of Luigi’s Mansion on 3DS was shown, before Reggie came out on stage.

“You want the buzz of the new,” he said. “You want comfortable, and you want surprise.”

“Something for everyone” stood as a logo on the screen behind him.

He rolled into a Mario Kart 3DS movie, which is a “tricked out version” featuring underwater sections, flying and kart customization.

It’s out this year.

Starfox 3DS was next. It features tilt features for control, but you can use normal buttons if you wish. A camera feature for multiplay was shown.

Reggie confirmed a September release for it, before moving onto Mario, saying it’s the first 3D Mario created from scratch for a handheld.

Gameplay was shown in a trailer, confirming use of the raccoon suit, as was teased at GDC. The game’s out this year.

Kid Icarus came next, showing a colourful reinvention of the fan-favourite. Multiplay was see with various weapons being used in angel-based combat. A large Medusa was seen at the end of the demo, and augmented reality combat was also seen.

Three-on-three multiplayer will be on display at E3 this week. Again, the game’s out this year.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 was then fully announced, with a gameplay movie being shown. It looked very much like the Gamecube original, although there seemed to be much more variation in the game’s environments.

Reggie said it’s an entirely new game and will feature “several new mansions.”

The NoA boss moved onto 3DS third-parties, showing a trailer including Resident Evil: Mercenaries, the Mario and Sonic olympic title from Sega, Cave Story 3D, Tekken 3D, Ace Combat and MGS 3D.

Reggies bigged up the 3DS eShop, which launched yesterday. He confirmed that demos are coming to the service later this year.

An “enhanced Pokédex” is releasing for 3DS. It’s a search and sort tool for Pokémon fans. Pokédex 3D is only available by download through the eShop. It’s free.

“3ds means social, connection, it redefines interaction,” Reggie said.


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  1. M. K.

    Hype your name is Cafe, eh no Stream! No Beem! No Current! No Nintendo! Aww what ever, bring it on! \o/

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I look forward to saying ‘what the fuck?!’ later.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Mike

    It’d be hilarious if it was all just rumour and they announced nothing new at all.

    Just Mario, Zelda, et al for 3DS/Wii.

    I’d laugh, anyway.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. M. K.

    Oh yeah, it’s Nintendos chance to finally step into this console generation, and I hope they won’t waste it!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. FabioPal

    @4 Too late to “step in”, they’d better change something or it’ll be a waste of microchips ;)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. ruckus

    A bit nervous to be honest. All down to the controller either being awesome and costing a packet or (more likely) a bit naff to come in at a sane price point.

    In fact I think I feel a bit cold about the whole controller screen thing but hopefully Nintendo can pull it off.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Fin

    I’d be surprised if we saw the console, the name, the price point and a tight release window all at once. Pick two, I’d say.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’m violently masturbating even as I type in anticipation of the next Ninty console. Please, trophy support!!!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    All I’m going to say is that this had better be bloody good.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    I think we’re due a Ninty screw up.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    We just had one, didn’t we? That 3DS thing? :-D

    #11 4 years ago
  12. M. K.

    @4 Too late to “step in”, they’d better change something or it’ll be a waste of microchips.

    It stands and falls with the price and their features. This will sound like a wet dream of mine, but if:

    1. The specs are better than Xbox 360′s
    2. They come up with some good online features
    3. They get full 3rd party support
    4. Price is in range of 250-350$

    I’m in :)

    /e: lol, yeah Blerk we did :’D

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Blerk

    From the sounds of it the controllers are going to be $250 each. They’ll probably give you a console free with your first one.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. M. K.

    Haha yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of :D

    #14 4 years ago
  15. frostquake

    Waiting and bleary eyed…LOL…My Cell exploding with texts…sheesh..who would have thought you could get text callouses?? LOL

    #15 4 years ago
  16. JonFE

    It would be cool if you could use a 3DS as a controller as well…

    #16 4 years ago
  17. frostquake

    How is everyone enjoying the eShop on 3DS??

    #17 4 years ago
  18. xino

    today….history will be made!

    I was surprised Microsoft’s conference was enjoyable and better than last time.

    Sony as usually was garbage.

    Nintendo won last E3, today they will claim it….AGAIN!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. HeavenlyGamer

    I read this yesterday. How sweet it would be if all of it would be true..

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982

    It would be amazing man and i would LOVE to go all crazy and what now, but i ain’t. Cause if i do..and the conference turns out to be ‘meh’ so to speak, the dissapointment level won’t be skyhigh, cause my expectations were just neutral.

    It would be incredible if the GTA V rumour is true, for Nintendo to get such a adult game on their system. IMO it would be perfect, they’d be ridden of that ‘kiddy this,kiddy that’ image right away if they get that game to their new system.

    But it all sounds too good to be true..we’ll see. I just hope..they at least acknowledge the core-gaming crowd now too…that’s all.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. OlderGamer


    If even some of that stuff is true Nintendo will do very well next gen.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Kabby

    1. The specs are better than Xbox 360′s
    For now. In a years time when Xbox/PS sequels are announced it will look tame.

    2. They come up with some good online features
    It’s Nintendo. They cannot do online or internet. At all.

    3. They get full 3rd party support
    Never happens.

    4. Price is in range of 250-350$
    This is the only possible comment that could be accurate.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Blerk

    Anyway, bugger Nintendo – this is our last chance for a GTAV reveal this E3, right? :-)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. someguy2

    Nintendo will probably win E3 with this conference.

    Edit: This conference is only for an hour right?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve updated the piece with some streaming video links. As I cay there, the GT stream was basically amazing yesterday.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Len

    Agreed, was great all day on GT.

    I’m totally intrigued by this, what will they show us? Be great if they did an Apple and gave us specs, price and date in 3months for release.

    Then again… ;)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    They’ve already said 2012, unfortunately. That really would be hilarious.

    “It’s available now…”

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Razor

    GT stream has indeed being awesome.

    YouTube has been awful…and I recommended YouTube to everyone as it was immense last year. Dunno what happened this year.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. joshua nash

    @19 very interesting read, now i don’t know how much of that could be true but i does give me hope that nintendo might have made a console that will appeal to me

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Fin

    Why no reader comments on this CoverItLive?

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    @30 – I decided to turn it off. We were getting hundreds of comments that weren’t getting answered. We want to make sure we don’t split up the conversation, etc. If it’s all in here, it’s all in here.

    (And it makes the site look quiet when it isn’t. And I hate that.)

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Patrick Garratt

    I was at the Gamecube E3 press conference, don’t you know. I saw the first ever Gamecube game shown. It was Super Smash Bros. Melee. There were no live streams back then, boyo.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. ruckus

    I thought there was a live stream for the GC.
    /remembers awesome Diddy Kong Racing sequel with racing bees. If only… ;_;

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Patrick Garratt

    Maybe there was. Feels like a long time ago, that. There was barely room to even sit on the floor. It was delayed so they could clear the stage of broadcast press filming the Gamecube in its plastic box.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Razor

    How come you didn’t send yourself to E3 this year, Pat?

    If I was the bossmas, I’d be sending myself :)

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Len

    Showing yr age… ;)

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Fin


    Oh ok, cool!

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Len

    At least there are now ppl at the centre, GT was funny yesterday with not a soul wandering around in the background all day (as obvuously it wasn’t open yet).

    #38 4 years ago
  39. spiderLAW

    Im hoping this is better than both Microsofts and Sony’s conference. Both of them were pretty boring. Although the Playstation Vita looks sooo0000ooooo good.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Blerk

    Apparently Epic have ‘news’ for 6pm. I bet they’re going to announce that they’re doing the new Mario for Nintendo. Mario and Luigi will be buff motherfuckers with chainguns. Peach will be all tits and sass. Carnage all round.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. HeavenlyGamer


    I think a lot of it could be true, because the specs are not cutting edge. I mean, compared to the PS3 and X360 the are, but in terms of how far technology is today it does sound very realistic.. Let’s hope for the best!


    I know Nintendo’s next console will do well, but I would love to see Nintendo compete with Sony and Microsoft on the same level.


    You may be right about the spec’s looking outdated when MS and Sony announce their next console, but those will be released in 2013, if not later. Until then Nintendo will have the better looking games, the latest technology and people are always looking forward to new stuff no matter if they already now better stuff is coming out the next year. If you don’t believe me, look at Apple.

    And don’t forget they could have MS and Sony by the balls IF they do it right. I think it’s very clever of them to act as if they don’t care about hardcore gaming anymore, and them announce a hardcore gaming console when the competition was thinking to own the hardcore gaming scene.

    I love my PS3, but I’d also love to amazed by Nintendo games like Mario 64 back then.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Mike

    I fucking hate GT. PR-driven, fake-interest hacks more concerned with raising their own profiles and raking in the ad money more than actually giving an opinion and asking a real question.

    Everything “looks awesome/interesting/great.” They’re looking forward to every fucking game. I bet they don’t actually play any.


    #42 4 years ago
  43. Len

    Who cares, they’ve got a good free stream…?

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Dralen is rammed! I’m really struggling just to get onto the site.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Gekidami

    Why is that guy pretending to translate when he obviously knows the speech off by heart, or he’s reading it?

    And OMG! What are they doing?

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Kabby

    Works fine. You have bad internet!

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Dralen

    @46 Probably. I do live in the UK after all.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Gekidami

    Wonder if this means Skyward Sword will be the first Zelda to not use MIDI music…

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Mike

    That is the biggest letdown ever. Utter fucking shit.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Lewis247

    They just called it, the ‘wii u’

    WHAT THE FUCK…. I really wanted to get rid of the whole wii image out my head and hope this would be something brand new.

    Fuck I’m already pretty uninterested and this is what I was looking forward to from e3….

    Oh well, I have halo 4 and that’s good enough.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Dralen

    Wow this is booooooring.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. barchetta

    Peter Moore “New controller and console…..”

    #52 4 years ago
  53. xino

    Its over…Nintendo won!

    i’m pumped for Wii u

    Ninja Gaiden 3 coming to Wii u!

    gamers won, Nintendo won, Wii u will win!

    its over

    #53 4 years ago
  54. KrazyKraut

    what is it now? just a controller?? where is the “console unit?” they talked about “new controller…”

    #54 4 years ago
  55. spiderLAW

    i dont get it.
    1) Is the wii U controller the Wii U console?
    2) Does the Wii U controller come with a Wii U console that is different from the Wii console?
    3) Or do you need a Wii to have the Wii U controller to connect to?

    #55 4 years ago
  56. El_MUERkO


    #56 4 years ago
  57. OlderGamer

    Loved it. I give em a B+ for the show.

    I am not into the handhelds, so I focused on the new console.

    I wanted details like price and launch date. I also want more details regaurding its online function.

    I love the new controler. That looks to me like evolution of Dreamcasts VMU.

    I am sure a lot of fanboys will be very dismisive. Thats ok. I see a lot of good things down the road for Nintendo.

    #57 4 years ago
  58. RedBirdiii

    @spiderLAW I’m with in this.. I didn’t get it as well..
    They didn’t clarify that at all..

    #58 4 years ago
  59. Gekidami

    So whats stopping Sony from stealing Nintendos thunder by having VITA do the same as their new pad? See, heres the thing; The PSP can already do remote play, if Sony put more effort into that they’ve effectively got the same thing.

    #59 4 years ago
  60. Liamc723

    I just don’t get it, is the Wii U using the Wii as A console? Because the Wii sure can’t put out HD graphics. :P

    #60 4 years ago
  61. spiderLAW

    @58 Im sure a lot of us are

    @59 Exactly what im thinking. The only thing that has got me serperating the 2 is the drawing function on the Wii u

    #61 4 years ago
  62. Gekidami

    I assume theres a new box too, but seeing as its probably nothing special, they decided not to focus on it.

    #62 4 years ago
  63. JGaLaXY815

    @ 55 and 58, I’m assuming a Wii U controller will obviously come separately with a Wii U unit, the question is how much? that controller will definitely be at least 100$ The Wii U in backwards compatible with the Wii…while the Wii Uconsole is running, you can switch and play the game on your controller…

    #63 4 years ago
  64. LOLshock94

    this is better then GIANT ENEMY CRAB

    #64 4 years ago
  65. LOLshock94

    does anyone know if the zelda part was a CGI trailer or a proper game?

    #65 4 years ago
  66. xino

    you guys don’t understand.

    the console exist and its powerful.
    the purpose of the controller is to act like an iPAD.

    When you have a family and you want to play Ninja Gaiden 3, your daughter might moan that she wants to watch tv. So you allow her and you can continue playing NG3 via the controller screen.

    this is amazing!
    Microsoft will quickly copy this sh*
    you can see they already copied Wii Home channel with their new dashboard:/

    from the trailer it looks CG
    but from the image above,
    the trailer was actually real time.

    amazing man!

    #66 4 years ago
  67. LOLshock94

    fucking hell thats well good

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