It was Nintendo's kick at the press conference can Tuesday morning as E3 2010 officially opened its doors in Los Angeles.
The Japanese company's hour-and-a-half event began with the unveiling of a new Legend of Zelda game for Wii dubbed The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, set to hit stores sometime next year.
The conference's middle minutes were filled with announcements and recaps of titles exclusive to Nintendo's current platforms, such as Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Retro Studios' Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Wii Party.
The event was capped off with a lengthy look at Nintendo's widely reported but previously unseen stereoscopic handheld, the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo didn't really get into specs, other than to mention screen size and the fact that there are a couple of cameras that enable 3-D photography, but they allowed attendees to briefly try units tethered to models.
I chatted with Nintendo of Canada's Matt Ryan shortly after the conference.
Let's get straight to the main event: Nintendo 3DS. What can you tell me about it?
Nintendo 3DS is the next level in portable gaming. It's all about changing the way that you play games, not just the way that you use buttons. The fact that you don't need glasses to see [the stereoscopic effect]is key. Once you get a chance to see it in action yourself, you will believe in this technology.
The other thing worth noting is that, Nintendo being as innovative as it is with its systems, we get support from third party partners. The support we are getting for the 3DS is tremendous. At launch there will be more than just a handful of games available.
The software lineup looked huge. The major announcement was Kid Icarus: Uprising, but there's also DJ Hero 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and Nintendogs + Cats, as well as 3-D entries in franchises like Saints Row, Madden NFL, Street Fighter, Metal Gear Solid, Dead or Alive, Professor Layton, Ninja Gaiden, Madden NFL, Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Resident Evil…I'm sure I'm missing some. What are some of the titles you're most excited about?
Actually, Nintendogs has been one of my favourite franchises ever since I've been into portable games. Nintendogs + Cats is definitely on my list.
But from a core perspective, Metal Gear Solid in 3-D is something that we got a tremendous response from the crowd about. What they're doing with that game seems very experimental at this point; what they can do with the density of a jungle environment. There are some amazing things to see.
I'm also a zombie fan, so Resident Evil: Revelations is going to be on the top of my list.
Nintendo also talked about how the system's two front facing cameras will allow for 3-D photography and suggested that the larger, apparently higher resolution 3.5-inch top screen could be used for watching Hollywood movies filmed in 3-D.
Not needing glasses to view something in true 3-D is amazing. So Nintendo's innovation is to have a dual camera on the outside of the system. That's on top of the player-facing camera. It enables people to take 3-D pictures. That's all we're sharing at this point. Some people at E3 will get a chance to play around with that functionality a bit, but you can only imagine the potential a technology like that has to offer.
We also teased three movies-or rather clips from movies. That's all we're saying about [watching 3-D films on the 3DS]at this point.
There's still a lot of development going on with this product, so there are a lot of things that we need to figure out, and there will be more feedback after E3 as more people have a chance to play with Nintendo 3DS. There are a lot of things we're keeping under wraps as well.
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