Tuesday, June 7, 2011

GAMING: 2011 E3 Day 1 + Nintendo Press Conference Recap (News)

The Electronic Entertainment Expo hit Los Angeles, California this week and as a result GeekPlate is having a week of E3 coverage with the highlights from the news that breaks at the expo. Tuesday brought the Nintendo press conference and the opening of the show floor - the first official day of E3.


The Wii U debut video. Wii U is the next console in Nintendo's future. It will have a 1080P HD resolution. The new console's controller has a large touchscreen interface, a front-facing camera, gyroscope and microphone while incorporating the more traditional analog sticks, d-pad, front and shoulder buttons and triggers. A 3DS-like stylus can be used on the controller touchscreen. Wii U discs will be able to hold 25 gigabytes of data. Will be compatible with Wii games and devices. Release date in 2012.

--LEGEND OF ZELDA's 25th anniversary year has Nintendo planning game releases on all of its platforms. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK'S AWAKENING is the first and will be available for download in the 3DS eShop. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE FOUR SWORDS will be available as a free DSiWare download in September.
--NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR'S EDGE will be a unique version specifically designed for the Wii U.
--PIKMIN will be coming to the Wii U instead of the Wii.
--SMASH BROS. will get new versions for the 3DS and Wii U.
--SUPER MARIO 3DS, built specifically for the handheld will be released by the end of 2011.

E3 News & Video:

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, the sequel to the critically acclaimed hit BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM, from developer Rocksteady Studios provides a preview of the playable character, Catwoman. BAC is scheduled for release on the PS3, XBOX 360 & PC in October.

LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR in the NORTH trailer for the PS3, XBOX 360 & PC. From Snowblind Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the action RPG is due out this year.

THE DARKNESS 2 from developer Digital Extremes is a shooter sequel that takes place two years after the first and is for the PS3, XBOX 360 & PC.

XCOM, from 2k Games is a first-person shooter for the XBOX 360, PS3 & PC and is due out in March 2012.

--ONLIVE is going portable with the ONLIVE PLAYER APP that will bring its PC gameplay streaming capabilities to iPads and Android tablets.

That was it for GeekPlate's coverage of the Nintendo press conference and Day 1 of E3 2011. If you missed it, there was a previous installment on GeekPlate highlighting the Microsoft/Sony press conferences. Hope you have been enjoying the videos and news highlighted in these entries. Look forward to tomorrow's post recapping the official second day of the convention.

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