While Nintendo may not be holding a large-scale E3 conference this year, the Big N has promised that the company will be there on the show floor and delivering news through Nintendo Directs.
In it's NPD response today, Nintendo confirmed its E3 presence, and even gave fans an idea of what games they'll have to look forward to in June:
At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. franchises.
I'd imagine that the Zelda games in question are likely The Wind Waker HD, but perhaps we could be pleasantly surprised with at least another brief mention of the new Zelda for the Wii U. Mario and Mario Kart for the Wii U seem to also be confirmed as appearing, as well as Smash Bros.
Personally, I'm the most excited about Smash Bros. being in attendance; hopefully they'll announce a new character or two, and possibly show us some screenshots or a trailer. Seeing more Zelda action will also be a perk.
UPDATE: Iwata's got some news for us:
It looks like we'll be seeing some Smash info a tad earlier than we thought; looks like Nintendo's intending to engulf the entire duration of E3 with constant announcements.
What are you looking forward to seeing at E3?
Looks like everyone's favorite blue hedgehog might be making an appearance at E3!
According to reports, SEGA has been gobbling up the rights to something called Sonic: Lost World; they have recently trademarked the name and obtained the domains SonicLostWorld.com and SonicLostWorlds.com.
This taking place a few weeks can't be a coincidence; I believe we may be seeing more on this matter on the show floor. After all, wasn't 2013 hyped as a big year for Sonic?
To be honest, I've never played many of the Sonic games, but depending how this turns out, I may give the little guy a chance this go around. What do you think? What would you like to see in Sonic's next adventure?
EA making positive press lines seems like an anomaly. That being said, under slightly new leadership EA has made their first major change: They are killing off the entire online pass program.
“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to GamesBeat in an e-mail. “None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”
“Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format,” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
It is a wonder to find out if EA is truly listening to their consumers. In this case, the Online Pass situation didn't spurn more new game purchases, nor did it really gain them much from the used game market either. The idea of the online pass was to lock out online aspects of used games that you had to buy a pass for to ensure the publisher received some compensation on used game sales. Other companies do this as well, but mark EA now as the first company to try it and back down from continuing it. It's not that big of a deal for me, but it at least ensures I have no additional fees to pay if I buy future EA titles used.
Konami's 2013 Pre-E3 Show is set to air at 1 PM Eastern Time on June 6th; for those of you wishing to view it, the event will be streamed on Konami's website, GameSpot, the GameSpot app for Xbox 360; you can also check in for updates here on Gamnesia.
To promote these streaming options, special tune-in messages are set to broadcast on CBS and CW television networks in eight major markets, beginning on May 27th. This will mark the first time that online gaming news has been promoted nationwide by a major television network.
At the event, Konami will be discussing the next Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear Solid, and Castlevania games, as well as new announcements.
So, be sure to tune in to Gamnesia on June 6th for up-to-date information about Konami's announcements! What are you looking forward to seeing from the show?
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Last month there were some rumors that Japan would be getting an Eevee themed 3DS XL. A Japanese fan has taken a picture of a promotional flyer, as seen on the left. Apparently the popular Pokémon Center stores in Japan are going to kick-off a lottery for people interested in purchasing the system. The winners are given the opportunity to buy the system for 18,880 yen.
Japan always gets the good stuff. Now let's hope the system makes it to the West as well.
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Deoxys, the fabled DNA Pokemon, is set to be distributed to a DS near you!
From now until May 31, you can pick up your very own Deoxys via a WiFi distribution event; the legendary Pokemon will be level 100 and will feature the moves Nasty Plot, Dark Pulse, Recover, and its signature move Psycho Boost. Additionally, it will be holding a Life Orb, which boosts the power of every move!
This Deoxys will be available exclusively for Pokemon Black and White 2; to obtain it, open Mystery Gift from the start menu of your game and select "Get Via Nintendo WFC". For more detailed instructions, check out the official page of the distribution.
Could this allude to some kind of connection to the upcoming games, Pokemon X and Y? Deoxys is the DNA Pokemon, and X and Y have been rumored to have some connection to chromosomes and DNA.
Do you think that this is an intentional connection, or a convenient coincidence?
I'm sure most of you have already heard about the Japan-exclusive game, simlike game, Tomodachi Collection: New Life. Recently, it was revealed that the game contained a bug. Gay couples, but only male gay couples, could get married and even get pregnant. While that physically isn't possible, having gay marriage in a Nintendo game would still seem like a step in the right direction, where gay rights are concerned. Today, Nintendo released a patch, fixing a handful of technical issues including, according to Kotaku's translation, "human relations that become strange."
More about strange human relations after the jump.
In the recently released Tomodachi Collection: New Life, there have been reports of a “bug” which allows male characters to marry one another. This “bug” also provides male couples with the opportunity to have and raise children.
The Tomodachi Collection series is Japan's equivalent to The Sims; however it did not have the capability to create homosexual couples until the most recent installment of the franchise.
Some Tomodachi Collection: New Life players are ecstatic from this new “bug,” and posting photos of their male couples online. Male Mii characters have the ability to ask each other to go steady, bathe together, propose marriage, go on honeymoons, and raise children. This apparent glitch does not apply to female homosexual relations, but only to male couples. Despite many rumors that this feature is a bug that has yet to be patched by Nintendo, many users purchased the game only after hearing about the possibility of homosexual relationships.
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Nintendo isn't hosting a big E3 press conference this year, but don't fret! The company will still be at the show with booths as well as Nintendo Directs and smaller gatherings sprinkled throughout the week. The Big N has formally announced the first of these mini conferences. Before the show floor opens, Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto will showcase software to select press groups and allow them to try out the titles.
There is no news yet concerning the possibility of the presentation being live-streamed to the public.
This is a pre-E3 show, so I wouldn't expect any juggernaut announcements. Reggie is great at explaining the nooks and crannies of the company and their incoming software, and Miyamoto usually demonstrates and bungles products on stage. In my mind, the dynamic duo will be demonstrating incoming Wii U software we already know about, such as Pikmin 3, the latest 3D Mario, Mario Kart on Wii U, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. On the slight chance we get something new, a trailer or demo of Miyamoto's latest IP could be shown.
What do you think of the conference announcement? Excited? Do you think it will be live-streamed to the public?