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E3 BULLETCAST – Wii U video reaction, ultra news-roundup

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 09:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

So. Much. News. Here’s the important stuff, including links to all press conference content. Also, there’s a video here of my thoughts on why Wii U is anything but a core videogames console.

Here’s some instant reactions in the Wii U reveal and a bit of a status update generally:

The press conferences:

Nintendo

Sony

Microsoft

EA

Ubisoft

Here are the major headlines outside of the press conferences since yesterday:

Here’s an E3 video round-up:

And here’s a selection of screens:

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14 Comments

  1. Brenna Hillier

    Look at his tattoooooooooooooos

    Pat is the most awesome boss forever

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Awesome list!

    Will watch Pat later. When I’m alone.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    /ankle

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mojo

    cool.

    This is a cool format.
    and tattoos.

    On the topic: I think ur spot on. contrary to what they wanted us to think, this is not going anywhere near beeing a console for the core.

    I realy dont see a feature where i might be intrigued to have it.
    Its just Ps360 grafics with a gimmick im sure Sony and MS can pull of easily with Vita and WP7 Phones.

    but i actualy didnt expect anything else.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Fin

    Hit the nail on the head about Wii U Pat.

    Also, I’m saving that video for the private collection.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    Good video, and i agree with pretty much everything said. Pat’s on to you, Nintendo.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. kingofscotland

    Yeah I agree on Wii, I said last night on twitter that I thought Mii 2 would have been a better name cos thats all they are doing:

    Yeah we can do Battlfield
    We can do Batman
    We can do all these PS3/X360 games 2 (but months after they are released on the other consoles)

    So Nintendo what is the point????? I already have a PS3 and had an Xbox 360 – I dont want to look at the controller when I have a 50″ 3D TV with 5.1 so why would I play on a controller thats not portable – if it hooked up to the console thru wifi and could play anywhere – then that would be a changer!!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    I kinda agree but I also disagree a bit here Pat. It’s not for the core in the same way that 360 and PS3 are. They are first and foremost dedicated to the core gamer. But at the same time there are games on the Wii that as a true gamer, you’ve just got to want to play too. IMO.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @8 – Yep, completely agree. There’ll be core gamers that use it, obviously. But it’s not going to become a core target console for anyone making and selling games, in my opinion. I think the next Sony and Microsoft machines will focus on power again, and that’s where the main core creatives will be putting their next round of content. I reckon it’s worth looking at the PC demos of Battlefield 3 to get an idea of what the next step’s going to look like. Wii U couldn’t manage anything like that.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. manamana

    So 2012 its X3OX announcement and Sony in 2013. X3OX launches in 2013 whilst PS4 launch 2014. Nintendo will be one year ahead with its console launch, but one year to late, when it comes to non-exclusives.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    Nice to see your mug on here and also nice to hear your two cents worth on the WiiU.

    I don’t fully agree with you, but thats ok.

    I think people wanted Nintendo to stop being Nintendo and switch over to being another MS/Sony. But honestly, we don’t need a thrid company doing the exact same stuff. The fact is there are vastly different demographics out there, and the “core” only represent a smaller then we like to think portion of the great whole.

    I am glad Nintendo didn’t outright change.

    There is also this notion going around that when the next generation offerings from MS and Sony do arrive, they will be leaps and bounds ahead(graphicly) of where things are today. I very much disagree with that. I think we may well be looking at a bump in quality that would be akin to the bumb in quality between PS2 and Xbox one. I expect the upper crust to look smoother, runs smoother, and perhaps be locked in a full 1080p. But for most non-AAA games, I doubt we will see much a difference at all. TVs can only display so much. Eyes can only see so much. And a game dev studio can only spend so much time and money(before a game would cost more then the market will pay).

    Go play a Halo xb360 game and xboxone Halo2 both in SD and I think you will see what I am talking about. Very little disconcernable difference.

    My gut tells me that graphics will improve next gen, but not by leaps and bounds. Meaning that I don’t feel as if WiiU will be left behind, graphicly.

    I can’t directly comment on the WiiUs controler due to lack of any experience holding/using it. It looks nice. And I am intreged.

    Will the WiiU get a butt load of ports from games now on PS360? I am guessing yes. And I would be lying if I said I thought most people will care.

    Look, with the expection of features, can the average gamer at the store tell the difference between one FIFA game to the next? One Call of Duty game looks the same as any other. As long as the big name franchises are represented and kept current – for example if Battlefield4 is out on PS4/XboxNext, and it is out on WiiU, not too many people will care if it uses Frostbite 2.5 or the Frostbite 2.0. If ya follow me. That distinction will be for nerds. Kind of like some of our members touting high end PC graphics and complaining about the low res graphics of PS360 games. In the end almost no one cares.

    So I don’t see the WiiUs graphics being a problem. If they use slightly tweaked current gen tech, thats a bonus in my book. A strength. So long as I am not wrong, and the next gen brings HoloDeck level imersion, lol. If I am right and PS4/xbnext are only modest bumps in graphics, then a slightly better then todays graphics avalible on the WiiU will be more then fine for the vast majority of gamers.

    As long as WiiU looks nice, most people will be happy with that. Look how long it is taking for BluRays to overtake DVD sales. DVDs still grossly outsell Blurays were I am from. It comes down to price point vs performance. Most people are very happy with upscaled DVDs vs BluRays. I own a few BRs, but more then 90% of what I buy are SD DVDs.

    As far as the actual games themself?

    Its Nintendo. I can not wait to get my hands on that Zelda game. I would buy the system for that game alone. Add in Metroid. Mario. Mario Kart. Kirby. Smash Bros. Yea I am there.

    I expect to be offered top teir quality games from Nintendo. And multiplatform 3rd party games from the big boys like EA, Acti, ect. I also bet that Japan jumps behind the WiiU like crazy. Everyone saw the way the Wii sold. And a lot of compnaies found themself out of position when the system launched. They won’t make that mistake again.

    This time around motion controls won’t be a barrier for companies to either port games or make new ones. Add into that the WiiU is a JP system, it won’t force anyone to do online. It will be easy to program for. And the controler excits a lot of people, I think a lot of JP companies will be very willing to throw their suport behind it. Esp as Handheld markets continue to lose ground to Cell Phones/iOS.

    The thing I can not figure out is why so many dedicated gamers feel threatend by the WiiU. Cause thats the kneejerk reactions that I am reading/watching. Its almost like they are affriad of the thing. Maybe they are worried that if the focus continues to diversify less games aimed at them will be made?

    We have all been through enough of these generations at this point to understand that as time goes by our tastes in games changes. I often revisit my PSone/Sega Saturn collections and wonder why I bought this or that game. There is going to come a time when every single one of us puts down that “core” game and picks up something easier to get into, less challanging. Something that doesn’t take itself so serioursly. Something that isn’t about blood splater. Trust me boys, you will get there if you haven’t already arrived. And when you do you prolly won’t mind a little more diversity in your game libary. There are only so many CoD and BF sesions you can play in your lifetime.

    So for me, bring on the WiiU!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. manamana

    I get what you mean. Like, most gamers are ok with this-console-gen graphics for the next years. But I believe, that many core-gamers have moved from their costly PC-rigs to the more pickupandplay consoles. Plus the ones who are fed up of this-gen-consoles and are willing to move on.

    So by your statement: “If I am right and PS4/xbnext are only modest bumps in graphics, then a slightly better then todays graphics avalible on the WiiU will be more then fine for the vast majority of gamers.” I think you are wrong. I am almost shure, that the next round will be a rush for the most powerful console out there. Neither MS nor Sony will go casual in first place, they do metoos (Kinect/Move) but concentrate on the core gamers.

    And core gamers wants techspechs to jizz on. And they know that.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    Well imo, casual doesn’t mean poor graphics. And core games don’t mean amazing graphics.

    “I am almost shure, that the next round will be a rush for the most powerful console out there. Neither MS nor Sony will go casual in first place, ..”

    And the biggest thing I am wondering at this point is how much more power can they put into a piece of hardware? And what type of bump in graphics quality will we honestly get in the next gen?

    We could go buy/build a PC rig that would be super nice. But we would spend far more on it then a consoles can cost and still sell. And despite what some of our site resident PC gamers claim, high end PCs don’t blow the doors off of current gen systems as it is. Graphical resolutions are a nice step up. But those get shot down when you take that PC and stick in on a 40-50inch TV anyways.

    So my question becomes what can MS/Sony make and sell for less then 500usd? Because realisticly that is what the next gen will be. And I believe the lack of amount of hardware power at the price point is why MS/Sony are very happy to stay in the current gen. I think they know they can’t offer hardware that does much more then they have right now at a price point that they can move them off of store shelfs.

    No one will buy a 1500usd PS4. And a 500usd PS4, with first run launch games, that don’t look any better then curent gen software is going to be a hella tough sale.

    I know a lot of gamers want power power power, but I don’t think that is what next gen is going to be about. Power vs price point is a tuff cookie to crack.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    I agree with oldergamer, this gen most of the games dont run in native 1080 p, therefore for me the next gen consoles will focus on this and to have better AA, keeping the same performance running 3D games, therefore we will se trully 1080 p with 3D vision without hurting the overall picture perfomance, therefore i think the Wii U will not be that left behind like this gen it will be closer and i think nintendo foresaw this in order to keep getting strong third party support during the Wii U life time, that and theres maybe a way to expand the graphics capacity of the Wii U like they did with the N64 and the expansion cartridge that enhance the capacity of the N64, therefore is to soon to tell what it is in store for the Wii U the most important thing right now is that nintendo address one key issue that affected them in the past, third party support and for that i think the Wii U will do better than the Wii. Of course adding to this the innovative control idea that will expand gameplay ways of doing games.

    #14 4 years ago

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    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.