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E3 2014: Nintendo Press Conference Live Blog

E3 2014: Nintendo Press Conference Live Blog
Antony June 10, 20149:56 am

Just a few short minutes until Nintendo show their hand for this year. If this conference lives up to the Mega64 preview then I’ll be… well, quite pleased actually.

Antony June 10, 20149:57 am

This liveblog will be infinitely more interesting than the last one as it has the added advantage of me being awake.

Antony June 10, 20149:58 am

Ninety seconds remaining. Get those streams fired up!

Antony June 10, 20149:59 am

Zero hour. It’s time to be… amazed? Disappointed? Exasperated? All of the above?

Antony June 10, 201410:00 am

Oh God, they’ve Robot Chicken’d it.

Antony June 10, 201410:00 am

No new Mario games! The revolution is being televised right now. And it is hilarious.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:02 am

What a weird, weird opening.

Antony June 10, 201410:02 am

This is the next year of gaming forum gifs, right from the word go.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:02 am

Smash Bros U though. Yes please.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:02 am

NFC with Smash Bros. Can drop new characters in. Hellll yeah. That’s the hot toy this Xmas then.

Antony June 10, 201410:03 am

Smash Bros is being shown, complete with Miis. And… Skylanders?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:03 am

I don’t like this Mii fighter thing. Looks…weird. Really weird.

Antony June 10, 201410:04 am

Mii Fighter: Just like a regular fighter, but with a stupid lazily-made face.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:04 am

Three categories of Mii: Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:05 am

I’m still not used to how weird the Mii’s facial expressions are. Hate it.

Antony June 10, 201410:05 am

Multiple special moves for the Mii Fighters.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:05 am

Nice levels of customer characterisation here though, both in terms of fighting ability and looks.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:06 am

Telling us about debugging. How unexciting.

Antony June 10, 201410:06 am

That Nintendogs level is amazing.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:07 am

The 3DS version of Smash looks better than I expected. Will be good for a commuting distraction.

Antony June 10, 201410:07 am

I have no idea what’s going on in these minigames.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:07 am

3DS out October 3rd, Wii U is “Holiday”. Ugh, no date.

Antony June 10, 201410:08 am

Still no release date for SSB on the Wii U.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:08 am

More on the NFC stuff now.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:08 am

Amiibo is the name for these new toys.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:09 am

Disney Infinity and Skylanders work with it as well! Impressive partnership.

Antony June 10, 201410:09 am

So… Skylanders?

Antony June 10, 201410:09 am

Shame it doesn’t mean that SSB gets Spyro.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:09 am

Disney Infinity proved that Skylanders can be cloned successfully. Nintendo are well placed to do that again.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:10 am

Your toys have read/write capability so when your fighter levels up, that data gets written to the toy’s chip.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:10 am

Amiibo is coming to Mario Kart 8 too! More details soon.

Antony June 10, 201410:11 am

Skylanders is a cool concept, and the more recognisable figures and franchises that get behind it, the better.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:11 am

Nintendo will make a lot of money out of this. Anyway, something else now.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:11 am

Reporting for duty.

Antony June 10, 201410:12 am

Considering there are no Mario announcements today they’re spending a long time talking about Mario.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:12 am

Hi Fish. About to talk about a bunch of new games, it seems.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:12 am

Well that’s a pretty good belief to hold considering you’re making video games.

Antony June 10, 201410:12 am

How do you underscore a point?

Fisherman June 10, 201410:13 am

It’s a new Kirby Epic Yarn. Or something epic yarn.

Antony June 10, 201410:13 am

_.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:13 am

There we go.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:13 am

._ <- my attempt

Antony June 10, 201410:13 am

Kirby’s Epic Yarn 2?

Antony June 10, 201410:13 am

There’s a lot of yarn there.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:13 am

Yoshi’s Wooly World? Seriously?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:13 am

Yes, Yoshi’s Wooly World. What a wonderful name.

Antony June 10, 201410:14 am

Oh, it’s Yoshi now. I love how they’re reinventing the game’s look in these ways. The name could be better though.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:14 am

Aesthetically pretty nice. Very LBP-like.

Antony June 10, 201410:15 am

I’d get this immediately if I had a Wii U. Unfortunately, I don’t, and this definitely isn’t enough to change that.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:15 am

What would it take to get you to buy a Wii U, Antony?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:15 am

If this is a) cheap and b) downloadable, I might consider it.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:15 am

This almost certainly isn’t worth £50, but looks nice for a tenner.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:16 am

Co-op mode too! Nice.

Antony June 10, 201410:17 am

Difficult to say. There’s not a lot of Nintendo franchises I’m majorly invested in. But strong third party exclusives would be a good way to go. That is always Nintendo’s Achilles heel these days though.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:18 am

If the Twitch stream’s down for you, refresh the page to see the Youtube stream which is working well right now.

Antony June 10, 201410:18 am

Actually no, put out a Wii U bundle that comes with one of those knitted Yoshi’s, and you’ve got me.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:18 am

Wow, a Toad game. Legit, a game just about Toad.

Antony June 10, 201410:18 am

A Toad game?

Fisherman June 10, 201410:18 am

True. I think the value proposition is there for me. Depending on how this presser goes and if there’s anything related to the price, I’ll probably be in.

Antony June 10, 201410:18 am

Toad <3

Shaxster June 10, 201410:19 am

Reminder: Mario Kart 8 is so good that it justifies the purchase of a Wii U.

Antony June 10, 201410:19 am

Robot Chicken are back.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:19 am

Also, this Captain Toad Treasure Tracker game is out in the holiday period. Yay.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:19 am

Yeah, that and Smash are what put me over the edge Shax.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:19 am

Zeldaaaaaaaa

Antony June 10, 201410:19 am

And now it’s Zelda time!

Antony June 10, 201410:20 am

MK8 and SSB make it tempting, but definitely still not something I’d get before/instead of a PS4 or X1.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:20 am

Taking a look at the series’ long, extensive history.

Antony June 10, 201410:21 am

Nintendo do have a habit of talking about the past in their conferences/digital events.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:21 am

Oh my good god it’s gorgeous.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:21 am

And the world looks huge.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:21 am

THAT GRASS.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:22 am

I zoned out staring at the grass, I think he said something about open world?

Antony June 10, 201410:22 am

Wait, are they approaching this as an open world sandbox style game?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:22 am

Just checked: he did indeed. Game is open world and connected, you decide where to go.

Antony June 10, 201410:23 am

And now everything is on fire and there’s lasers and a horse

Shaxster June 10, 201410:23 am

Link has a blue suit this time. How exciting. This is coming 2015, and that was a verrrry short teaser.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:23 am

Pokemon?

Antony June 10, 201410:23 am

We’ve gone live action now. Interesting.

Antony June 10, 201410:24 am

Dungeon Rescue Team?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:24 am

Yup, Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes.

Antony June 10, 201410:24 am

Oh it’s the remakes. Those are happening too.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:24 am

Has the X and Y aesthetic, looks as good as you’d want/expect. Mega evolutions included, obviously.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:25 am

Omg the legendaries’ mega evolutions are awesome.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:25 am

We are zipping through games here. Already onto the next one. Bayonetta!

Antony June 10, 201410:25 am

Bayonetta?

Antony June 10, 201410:25 am

I think Shaxster is a little ahead of me. Good for him.

Antony June 10, 201410:26 am

But this is Bayonetta indeed. And it looks magnificent.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:26 am

This looks nice. And Antony, I’m always ahead of you. In all walks of life. Don’t try and catch up xox

Fisherman June 10, 201410:26 am

This overstylized character action game just isn’t my jam. I get the appeal, it’s just not for me.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:27 am

Another super-short teaser. Oh, and Metroid/Link costumes are in it too. How cool.

Antony June 10, 201410:27 am

The entire Bayonetta universe coming to the Wii U in one boxset. Nice.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:27 am

Hyrule Warriors now, the Dynasty Warriors/Zelda crossover.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:27 am

Re: Bayonetta – I think the first game is included with the second. Which is a nice touch.

Antony June 10, 201410:27 am

This looks fantastic.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:28 am

Fellas, I’m pretty sure fans of the Dynasty Warriors series and fans of the Zelda series may intersect more than you expect.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:28 am

As a big Dynasty Warriors fan, I’m looking forward to this.

Antony June 10, 201410:29 am

I get the feeling that with them talking about “the entire Bayonetta universe”, they’ll be including the film in that boxset as well. There was a film.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:29 am

Who knew.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:29 am

“all the essences”

Shaxster June 10, 201410:30 am

Kirby for Wii U!

Antony June 10, 201410:30 am

They’re acting like the Zelda and Dynasty Warriors fans don’t intersect at all. How bizarre. And now we’re back to Kirby!

Antony June 10, 201410:30 am

i love you kirby you are round and adorable and i want to hug you a lot

Shaxster June 10, 201410:30 am

This looks like a downloadable title.

Antony June 10, 201410:31 am

So yeah, Fish. About what would tempt me more on getting a Wii U? Kirby. Kirby would.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:31 am

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, coming 2015. Now…Metroid?

Antony June 10, 201410:31 am

Metroid?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:31 am

Nope, another new Japanese game. From Monolith, I think they said?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:32 am

Oh, this is the previously announced X.

Antony June 10, 201410:33 am

Xenoblade Chronicles. That is another series I recognise by name but have never played.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:33 am

Xenoblade Chronicles X: 2015 release. This is shaping up to be E3: The Things that You Can Buy Next Year Edition.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:33 am

Mario maker.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:33 am

And it looks like it will definitely work well with the Wii U pad.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:33 am

On Wii U! Niceeee.

Antony June 10, 201410:33 am

So much for no Mario announcements

Fisherman June 10, 201410:33 am

Looking forward to seeing what people come up with here.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:34 am

So up for this. Oh god it’s beautiful HD as well as retro.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:34 am

Oh neat, with transition to ‘New’ Mario mode, too.

Antony June 10, 201410:34 am

Switching between classic and modern graphics at the touch of a button. Sweet.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:34 am

This game should be free if Nintendo are smart. 2015.

Antony June 10, 201410:34 am

“This is shaping up to be E3: The Things that You Can Buy Next Year Edition.” – Me. I said this.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:35 am

What is this octopus

Antony June 10, 201410:35 am

Octodaaaad, nobody suspects a thi-oh it’s paintballs.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:35 am

Splatoon. Whatever that is.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:35 am

8 player 4v4 online multiplayer action game. Looks like Gotham City Imposters.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:36 am

Oh and they’re squids, not octopodes. Just because. Why not, I guess?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:36 am

Oh, you can switch between being a person and a squid. This is really weird.

Antony June 10, 201410:36 am

This reminds me of splattering paint everywhere in Portal 2.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:36 am

You have to paint the level in your colour. Can only shoot paint as a human, can swim really quickly through the ink as a squid.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:37 am

“Make use of your squid abilities”. All those crazy squid abilities, am I right?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:37 am

Do *not* like moving the gamepad to aim. Doesn’t work. Ever.

Antony June 10, 201410:37 am

The gamepad’s gyroscopic sensor (I think that’s what it’s called?) is being used to aim. Fancy.

Antony June 10, 201410:38 am

I’ve never had trouble spotting bullets in a shooter.

Antony June 10, 201410:39 am

These games are going to be permanent stalemates.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:39 am

Fancy, but potentially annoying. Ever tried a game like that on mobile?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:39 am

This looks pretty fun. Again though: not a $60 retail title. Can’t be.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:40 am

Getting a lot of footage of this, which suggests 2014 release.

Antony June 10, 201410:40 am

In an E3 full of incredible music choices, this song has missed the boat a little.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:40 am

Also, all the “I’ll never buy Titanfall because it’s multiplayer only” people have suddenly gone very quiet.

Antony June 10, 201410:41 am

Seems like you can call in special attacks. Sounds like a pretty fun. And… that’s it? Are we done?

Antony June 10, 201410:41 am

I thought this was going to be an hour-long event.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:41 am

Anddd that’s it! Some more news will come later in the post show briefing, which I guess we’ll cover because why not?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:42 am

I’m wondering where Star Fox U is. Considering it leaked just before the show.

Antony June 10, 201410:42 am

Binge heaven already exists as far as Britain is concerned. It’s called Birmingham.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:42 am

Ah, one more teaser.

Antony June 10, 201410:43 am

One more teaser.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:43 am

Smash Bros character teaser though…

Shaxster June 10, 201410:43 am

I don’t know what’s going on.

Antony June 10, 201410:44 am

Link vs. Kid Icarus?

Shaxster June 10, 201410:44 am

Palutena is joining Smash as a playable character. Ok then.

Antony June 10, 201410:44 am

Palutena is the new SSB character.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:44 am

Is it Jesus? It’s Jesus. Jesus in Smash Bros confirmed. (I have no idea who this is)

Shaxster June 10, 201410:45 am

I think it’s a Kid Icarus character. Eh.

Antony June 10, 201410:45 am

This is the best conferece-ending surprise of them all. Crackdown and Rainbow Six have nothing on this.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:46 am

Ok, time for the post show. We’ll stick around for this, I think.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:46 am

It’s Miyamotooo.

Antony June 10, 201410:46 am

Miyamoto, yay! I see those Pikmin on your 3DS, you tease.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:46 am

More will be revealed at 12.40PT. Which is…in two hours?

Antony June 10, 201410:47 am

And that’s it. Okay then.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:47 am

Explaining amiibo. Has a lot of potential, this.

Antony June 10, 201410:48 am

The door is being left open for Amiibo inclusion in future games. Which is good.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:48 am

So.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:48 am

Awkward technical difficulties.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:48 am

There we go.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:48 am

Right, so this video is Bill Trinen acting like a 5 year old.

Antony June 10, 201410:49 am

“You caught me playing with my toys” for the creepiest-sounding line out of context this year.

Antony June 10, 201410:49 am

Samus and Mario are the first Amiibos announced. Wonder how many there’ll be. 20? More?

Fisherman June 10, 201410:50 am

Why in the fuck would anyone have a Wii Fit Trainer figure.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:50 am

Link and Wii Fit Trainer confirmed as well. Eclectic selection.

Antony June 10, 201410:50 am

Looks like all the Super Smash Bros characters are going to be in this.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:50 am

If you bring your figures to a friend’s house, your character travels with you. Also, I second Fish: why would you buy that.

Antony June 10, 201410:51 am

Gonna guess we’ll be seeing a collector’s edition of SSB, with a few Amiibos bundled in.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:51 am

MOM! MOM MOM MOM. Get me the Wii Fit Trainer one. It’s my favorite.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:51 am
Fisherman June 10, 201410:52 am

Okay, so that’s why, I guess. Gross.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:52 am

So, countdown to Pokemon game that features amiibo support….

Shaxster June 10, 201410:52 am

Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Captain Toad and Yoshi’s Wooly World will have amiibo support too.

Antony June 10, 201410:53 am

Dammit Shax.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:53 am

Also, Mario Party 10???? And a 3DS peripheral for amiibo support comes soon too.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:53 am

Maybe Amiibo is the thing that will be the savior of the Wii U, financially.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:54 am

That was a stealth announcement of Mario Party 10! Why didn’t they talk about that more! I love Mario Party!

Antony June 10, 201410:54 am

I like the idea of games starting to ship with the Amiibos of their main characters included.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:54 am

On the stream now they’re pretending that Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney doesn’t already exist.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:55 am

Oh, it’s not out in the States yet. Weird.

Antony June 10, 201410:55 am

Mario Party 10 was apparently announced in April. Missed that memo.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:55 am

Oh god these tech difficulties are SO AWKWARD. They just hold those weird facial expressions.

Antony June 10, 201410:55 am

It is taking a long time for them to get these clips going.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:56 am

Eshop titles! Indie indie supercool indie indie indie.

Fisherman June 10, 201410:57 am

This is all looking very cool indeed.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:58 am

Yu Gi Oh. Apparently that’s still a thing. Also I didn’t realise Nintendo had such huge indie support. Guacamelee and stuff!

Antony June 10, 201410:58 am

Teslagrad! Guacamelee! Yay!

Shaxster June 10, 201410:59 am

30% of top franchises on the EShop for the next week. So get on that.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:59 am

Mario Party 10 time! Yayyyy.

Shaxster June 10, 201410:59 am

Bowser is the star. “Bowser Party hahaha kill me”

Antony June 10, 201410:59 am

Or, Bowser Party. The person on the gamepad gets to be Bowser and mess with other people. Brilliant.

Shaxster June 10, 201411:00 am

Ok, they’re not actually talking about Mario Party 10? They’re analysing the conference. What’s going on.

Antony June 10, 201411:00 am

That’s why you play party games. You don’t play it just to be a happy laughing stock photo-ready bunch of gamers, you play them to be dicks to each other.

Antony June 10, 201411:01 am

But that’s enough about Mario Party 10, here’s some Splatoon tactics!

Antony June 10, 201411:01 am

This is the biggest bait and switch since Battlefront into Need for Speed at EA’s conference last year.

Shaxster June 10, 201411:02 am

Right, I think we’re finished with new stuff here. Thanks for joining us for all of our E3 live blogs, and stay tuned to our E3 hub for continued summary articles, opinion pieces and analysis.

E3 2014 Hub: All the News, Live Blogs and Opinion Pieces

Antony June 10, 201411:03 am

Shaxster’s kicking us out. Fair enough. This was a blast, same time next year?

Shaxster June 10, 201411:03 am

Yes indeedy. See y’all!