The sound? The fanboy siren. The beat of Reggie's lungs as he hyperventilates backstage. The click-clacking of Iwata picking his teeth in the dressing room. This is it, Wii-lovers. At 5.00pm UK time the curtain will lift on Nintendo's E3 press conference in Los Angeles, and the scene is set for a barnstorming performance. We know who's going to be there, and if the rumours are right we could be about to see new hardware and the reinvention of some classic "gamer" Nintendo franchises for Wii. Punch Out!! and Animal Crossing have been heavily tipped for an appearance, as has a new DS model. We'll know soon enough.
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