How was E3 2010?
As you all may know, this week marked the beginning of E3 2010. E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is an annual video game industry trade show that takes place in Los Angeles, California. Every major publisher such as Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, and EA debut their new releases and upcoming titles. Every E3 is different and each conference brings in its own major event. This years E3 upheld just that.
What's new Nintendo?
Nintendo's conference was held today at 11pm Central time. It was streamed live on Ustream for all to watch. I did so. The feeling in the room was so intense that if there was the slightest delay, all hell would of broken loose. I digress... Let me insight you on some of the newest Nintendo games and products.
This newest member of the Nintendo DS family may be by far the greatest one yet. It has the full ability to inclose you into a 3D experience, no glasses needed. Here are a few specs about it:
Size (when closed):
Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Approximately 8 ounces.
Final design is TBA.
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
3.02-inch LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640x480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Nintendo 3DS Game Card:
2 GB Max. at launch.
Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, "Slide Pad" that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
Other Input Controls:
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.
You can also stream live video such as Netflix on you 3DS with some other yet to be announced features. There are quite a few number of new DS games made just for the 3D use of the 3DS including Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, PilotWings Resort, StarFox 64 3D, Steel Diver, and my more, all which can be viewed here.
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Swords
The newest installment of the Zelda series has finally arrived. On the Nintendo E3 stage, it was debuted and played live for the first time. Using the features of the WiiMotion Plus, Zelda: SS gives the player full control over the legendary Master Sword. All new item swapping and shield controls gives the players a intense free actual use of a real sword and shield.
.The game will also introduce a distinct new graphical style perfectly suited to the franchise's fantastical universe, like a painting come to life.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will offer a multitude of new game-play mechanics, giving it a refreshingly different feel from all of the past titles in the series.
More of the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Swords can be viewed here.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
More on Donkey Kong can be viewed here.Controlled by a group of evil Tikis, the animals in Donkey Kong Island have raided Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard and stolen his stash of bananas - and he understandably wants them back. Retro Studios brings Donkey Kong™ back in a new side-scrolling adventure with familiar characters and new levels that reignite the passion players had for the Super NES™ original.
Retro Studios faithfully restores everything that made the original series great, from barrel cannons to mine carts, and then builds on those elements with stunning graphics and new layers of depth to the world and game play. The game offers the traditional side-scrolling experience everyone loved, but with levels created in fully rendered 3-D environments.
Diddy Kong™ joins the quest. With his trusty backpack, he can produce a jet pack or Peanut Pop Guns to give Donkey Kong more abilities.
For the first time ever, the franchise features the ability for two people to play together at the same time (additional accessories required and are sold separately) - one as Donkey Kong, one as Diddy Kong. Players can navigate the levels separately or as one unit. Diddy Kong can ride on Donkey Kong's back and hop off whenever he pleases, allowing novice players to ride on Donkey Kong's back through more challenging areas of the game.
Hidden items, puzzle pieces and other surprises are found all through the jungle. Spell out K-O-N-G by the end of each level to earn an extra bonus.
Motion controls give players a real feeling of control. Players move Donkey Kong using the Control Stick on the Nunchuk™ controller and can shake the Wii Remote™ controller to make Donkey Kong slap the ground.
Vibrant colors, beautiful graphics and fun characters draw players in. Even people who have never played a Donkey Kong game before can pick up a controller and start collecting loads of bananas.
Every level offers new fun and new challenges. Sometimes Donkey Kong is running through the jungle, sometimes his action takes place on a tropical beach and other times he must become a master of timing as he jumps chasms in a mine cart.
There are many, many, MANY, more new releases by Nintendo all which can be viewed at Nintendo's Official E3 Page
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