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Nintendo Direct Pre E3 2012 Presentation - Reporting As It Happens

By Kevin on Jun 03 2012 12:45 PM
Fans from all stretches of the world have been waiting an entire year for the 2012 Nintendo E3 Conference, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Reporting LIVE, as we receive all the powered-up scoop, we'll lay all those year-old rumors and speculations to rest. Without any further ado, Nintendo Nerds brings you all of Nintendo's E3 coverage below, in case you missed anything.

Let's start with the Nintendo Direct Pre E3 details, which surfaces some much anticipated Wii U information.

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LEFT to RIGHT: Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime, as they arrive in Los Angeles.

Just days before Nintendo's main E3 presentation, they announced that they would air a Nintendo Direct Pre E3 broadcast. Thanks to Chris for the heads up on this, as we're able to cover the details as they happen. The only thing that is known so far about the Pre E3 cast, is that information will be revealed in regards to the Wii U; specifically hardware-related information.

Mr. Iwata starts right on time and talks about the following.
  • Talks about uniqueness
  • "Doku-so" - Japanese term meaning "creating something unique"
  • Wii U Controller (Wii U GamePad)
  • Wii U GamePad has NFC Reader/ Writer
  • Analog sticks can be pushed down, acting like buttons
  • Wii U GamePad will become a "fully independent infrared TV remote"
  • Wii U GamePad can be used to play games, even when the "Big Screen TV" is being used by someone else
  • Wii U will support Wii Remote, Wii Nunchuk and Balance Board
  • Wii U Pro Controller (black wireless controller), has two analog sticks
  • Can make "posts" to a message board, via Wii U GamePad or possibly a Mobile App
  • It looks like a mobile app is available to make posts to the message board
  • Mii Wara Wara means general "noise and commotion" (Mii Plaza)
  • Miis gather around game "tiles" on the Miiverse (Mii Universe); a place where Miis around the world can meet and connect
  • Miiverse can use simple text-messaging from the Wii U Game Pad
  • Hand-written notes, doodles and facial expressions can also be used with Miiverse
  • Miiverse can also take game screenshots and game content can be exchanged with others across the network
  • Miiverse does not require the use of the "big screen"
  • Players will be able to compete with other players online, even when the games are NOT designed for online action
  • Miiverse is Browser based, and will be able to be accessible OUTSIDE of the home
  • Miiverse will eventually become accessible via Wii U, PC and Mobile devices
  • Wii U will be able to use Video Chat
  • Wii U enable the sharing of more laughs, more smiles and more empathy
  • Together. Better.

15 Screenshots from today's Pre E3 Videocast:

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Comments: 4

I really enjoyed this presentation. It was fun and kept my attention the entire time. I am really excited for the Wii U Pro Controller (I think that was the only this missed in this post). Many hesitant hardcore fans should be satisfied with that optional gaming control!

View Postaquizero, on 04 June 2012 - 06:50 AM, said:

I really enjoyed this presentation. It was fun and kept my attention the entire time. I am really excited for the Wii U Pro Controller (I think that was the only this missed in this post). Many hesitant hardcore fans should be satisfied with that optional gaming control!

Dammit. I knew I was forgetting something. Thanks, aquizero.

Here it is, in all of its awesomeness. I must say, though, that is looks very similar to the Xbox 360 controller. Does it not?

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Umm yes and no. I can see the resemblence in the shape but other than that I am no longer convinced it is similar...

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Oh btw if you havent seen the actually video of Nintendo Direct here is a link to it on YouTube:

I should have clarified a bit more with the controller. The shape is similar, but not the button layout. I agree. Also, thanks for posting the video. I fixed the link because it wasn't working. It's nothing you did incorrectly, it was just acting goofy. I think maybe it was because the URL was using "https," instead of just "http."