Monster Hunter 4 headlines Nintendo TGS conference

Mario maker kicks off Tokyo Game Show week with its own event; Monster Hunter Tri, Animal Crossing, and more shown for 3DS; Kid Icarus delayed to next year; Miyamoto talks Skyward Sword for the Wii.

Last month, Nintendo stock spiked when it was discovered that the company was planning a pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. Buoyed by speculation that the company would be introducing new games for the 3DS, or perhaps even a new model of the hardware itself, investors pushed Nintendo stock up 9 percent in a single day of trading.

The 3DS has been the subject of much speculation.

It was a welcome breath of optimism for Nintendo, which has endured a difficult stretch of late. The handheld failed to live up to initial sales expectations and was deeply discounted within half a year of its launch. Meanwhile, the Wii U unveiling at the Electronic Entertainment Expo received a lukewarm reaction from investors. The slashing of the 3DS's price was rivaled only by the slashing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's paycheck, as the executive took a voluntary 50 percent salary trim in the wake of the company's troubles.

However, things have improved for Nintendo since the 3DS price cut, with the handheld now regularly topping hardware sales in Japan, and showing notable improvement at US retailers as well. The system also raised eyebrows with a recent Famitsu report that Capcom would be bringing Monster Hunter Tri to the handheld later this year. And that's not even mentioning the new cradle accessory for the system, which adds a right analog stick to the 3DS.

[8:01] The Nintendo conference is kicking off. Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono has tweeted that he's in attendance.

[8:02] We start with a trailer for Skyward Sword, and then Shigeru Miyamoto takes to the stage with Link's shield and sword.

[8:02] He thanks the crowd for coming.

[8:03] And then admits that he's a little embarrassed to be seen with a shield. It has been 25 years since Zelda was released, Miyamoto notes.

[8:04] He takes a trip down memory lane with some clips of older Zelda games. Then he says there was a competition to make artwork for Zelda's anniversary and Nintendo received lots of entries.

[8:04] Now he's moving on to talk about Skyward Sword.

[8:05] Miyamoto is now demonstrating the gameplay with the prop sword and shield.

[8:05] He says players can gather power in the game by pointing the sword skyward.

[8:06] Now Miyamoto has a Wii Remote and Nunchuk. He demonstrates the gameplay by swinging the controllers to the side and vertically, saying the game will have a big story. More than 100 people were involved in making it.

[8:07] Moving on to look at some gameplay footage of Skyward Sword, Miyamoto demonstrates the rope swing showing Link swinging, balancing, and swimming.

[8:07] Players can swing vertically or horizontally.

[8:07] Now Miyamoto shows off a new boss, who is very strong with the sword.

[8:08] He demonstrates some of the puzzle-solving elements in the game and new items such as a flamethrower-like item that melts snow.

[8:09] Players can even catch butterflies.

[8:10] Miyamoto says it's the culmination of 25 years of ideas in development.

[8:10] Miyamoto says there will be 50 to 100 hours of gameplay in Skyward Sword.

[8:11] The gameplay demo is over, and Miyamoto leaves the stage to applause.

[8:12] We've reached the 3DS portion of the show, as Nintendo is showing a montage of 3DS games, including Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus, Luigi's Mansion, Tekken, and Resident Evil.

[8:13] Animal Crossing, Monster Hunter, and Mario Kart 3D were also featured in the montage.

[8:13] Satoru Iwata walks onto the stage and thanks people for coming and for those watching at home. He says he would like to talk about the future of the 3DS.

[8:14] Now he moves on to talk about Square Enix titles coming out for the Wii. The next Dragon Quest game hits September 15, with Just Dance Wii following on October 13.

[8:15] Kirby is coming Oct. 27, with Taiko Drum Master on Nov. 23 and Skyward Sword Nov. 23.

[8:16] He quickly details the special 25th anniversary Zelda pack with gold controller and disc and then mentions that the Sonic and Mario London Olympics game for the Wii hits December 8, with another Pokepark Pokemon spin-off by the end of December.

[8:16] He says that people no longer need to worry about software for the Wii with all these titles coming out. Now he's going to move to talk about the 3DS.

[8:17] The Wii has a 50/50 male/female audience, but the DS is more female, Iwata says. Then he announces the misty pink 3DS and notes that the 3DS skews more male.

[8:18] The misty pink 3DS comes out October 20. To go along with this new color, the Mii Plaza will be made better.

[8:18] The Nintendo E-Shop will also have lots of added functions.

[8:19] He says there will be more content for Street Pass, and he reveals a November 3 release date for Super Mario 3D.

[8:20] The game will feature added camera controls, giving players more freedom to move the view. Iwata shows gameplay footage for the game and then moves on to talk about Mario Kart 7. It will feature underwater levels, flying through the air, and car customization.

[8:21] The game will also feature international networking, so players can race with people around the world. Mario Kart 7 will be released December 1.

[8:21] Now Iwata moves on to talk about Mario Tennis, due out 2012.

[8:21] Paper Mario is also coming out in 2012. The game will include lots of new gimmicks that players haven't seen before in previous Paper Mario games.

[8:22] Luigi's Mansion 2 is also coming out in 2012. Luigi will use a special strobe light to stop the ghosts.

[8:22] Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics is coming out for the 3DS in 2012.

[8:23] Animal Crossing is also coming out in 2012 for the 3DS. Iwata says it's going to be better than ever before on the 3DS.

[8:24] Players can arrange their entire environment in the game, from the garden and house to their surroundings. It will use Street Pass functionality to add people's houses to other players' games.

[8:25] Now Iwata is showing a short video for Tomodachi Collection, a Japanese-exclusive game.

[8:26] Nintendo is adding "Girls Mode" to the game, where players can choose fashion, etc.

[8:26] This game was first released in 2009 for the DS. It was a life simulation game.

[8:28] Next Iwata shows off a new soccer game for the 3DS, set for release in 2012.

[8:29] Iwata moves on to show off the Magic: The Gathering-meets-Monopoly Culdcept game, then a new Fire Emblem, coming out in spring 2012.

[8:30] These were all Nintendo first-party titles. Now Iwata is talking about third-party titles and shows off a short video for Dynasty Warriors Vs.

[8:30] Dynasty Warriors Vs. is coming out in 2012.

[8:31] Now he's showing a trailer for a Square Enix title.

[8:32] The RPG specialist is making Bravery Default: Flying Fairy, a new RPG coming in 2012.

[8:32] On to the next video. It's Gundam!

[8:33] SD Gundam G Generation 3D will be out December 22, 2011.

[8:34] Now it's a trailer for Project Mirai, a Project Diva title for the 3DS. Vocaloid girls!

[8:34] It's a rhythm game.

[8:35] Correction: It's not a Project Diva title. It's called Project Mirai. But it's the Vocaloid girls.

[8:35] That's coming out March 2012.

[8:36] Biohazard Revelations is planned for release on the 3DS in 2012, Iwata says.

[8:36] Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble is planned for release "this Northern winter."

[8:36] Tekken 3D: Prime Edition is also coming out this winter.

[8:38] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is also coming out this winter. It's a Final Fantasy rhythm game, if you couldn't guess from the title.

[8:38] Slime MoriMori is coming out November 2, and Cinderlife (a new title) is coming out before the end of 2011.

[8:39] A new Loveplus game is coming out December 8, 2011 (featuring lots of new ways to communicate with girls).

[8:39] And Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater is coming "this winter."

[8:39] Now Iwata is talking about Kid Icarus.

[8:40] He apologizes that it's taking longer than expected to make and says it will be released in the first half of 2012.

[8:41] Studio 4C, Shaft, and Production IG have been added to Nintendo's list of software developers.

[8:41] Iwata says he's talked a lot about software so far…

[8:42] And adds that Nintendo is planning to double the number of titles in the Nintendo eShop.

[8:43] He leaves the stage and the lights go dark to show a mysterious clip. It looks like Monster Hunter 3DS!

[8:43] The trailer shows a lot of underwater gameplay, bringing to mind Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii.

[8:45] The logo looks like Monster Hunter 3G Tri.

[8:45] Or perhaps that's Monster Hunter Tri 3G.

[8:47] Iwata introduces one of the developers who worked on Monster Hunter. He started working on the game two years ago and says he wanted to make it available to people on a handheld.

[8:48] The developer, Sugimoto-san, talks about adding new regions to the game.

[8:48] The game is coming out December 10 for 5,800 yen.

[8:49] He says the 3D aspect will bring a lot of people back to Monster Hunter.

[8:50] He says there is lots of hype about the underwater sequences, and shows one final video.

[8:51] It's a trailer for the game that shows a lone hunter on the run from a very angry dragonlike monster.

[8:52] It's a trailer for Monster Hunter 4!

[8:52] It's an entirely new project for the 3DS.

[8:53] Iwata says Nintendo didn't quite meet the expectations of the audience with the 3DS.

[8:53] But now, with all these new titles, Iwata hopes Nintendo will make up for that.

[8:54] And Iwata says he hopes the audience will stay with Nintendo. Iwata leaves the stage, and it's back to a montage.

[8:56] And that looked like it might have been it, but now they're playing a Battle of the Planets/Gatchman video that ties in to Monster Hunter 3G.

[8:57] And another one.

[8:58] Let's make it three straight.

[9:02] It's starting to look less like this is an intermission and more like the show might be over. They did thank the crowd for watching before cutting to the ads, so the conference appears to have concluded.

[9:03] Those holding out hope for an announcement of the 3DS right analog stick accessory will have to wait for another day, as there was no mention of it during the conference.

[9:05] As the stream continues to rotate through 3DS commercials, that will bring the blog to a close.

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Discussion

214 comments
prismtech
prismtech

i should not be watching this when i am broke as a joke....

Troublesume
Troublesume

now its finally worth purchasing a 3ds with out it collecting dust!!!

King-gamer
King-gamer

Looks like Monster Hunter 4: Skyrim

Los907
Los907

Damn so this means I'm going to have to purchase a 3DS for the english release of MH4. But honestly we might not get MH4 for 2-4 years since Capcom still has not released portable 3rd in the states and has not said any plans to do so also they are coming with a Tri 3g. EDIT: MHTri 3G = How the game was suppose to be done in the first place. How they "forgot" to put in dual swords, gunlance, and HH is beyond me.

otanikun
otanikun

Monster Hunter? I'm in :3

Darthkaiser
Darthkaiser moderator moderator

Monster hunter 4?? K now I have a reason to start saving for a 3ds

chyng85
chyng85

What a huge monster~!

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Games I plan on getting for the 3DS: - Mario 3D Land - Mario Kart 7 - Luigi's Mansion 2 - Star Fox 64 3D - Kid Icarus - Smash Bros. 3D - Maybe Monster Hunter, if it has online play. I hated not knowing anyone that had MH for the PSP, so I could only play solo. I hope the same thing is fixed with the 3DS version :(

Metroidfire
Metroidfire

@sacatash thats super awesome but we shouldn't get to excited reggie my be an idiot and not let us have the game

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

How about a Metroid Prime on 3ds? Wouldn't that a be a good fit?

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

If Nintendo had made a great system instead of the Wii we would've been playing Zelda HD for years now.

Raykuza
Raykuza

*continues to wait patiently for PSV MH US announcements*

MegaZero16
MegaZero16

I already can see that half of those game won't get released to Europe, which means that I bought a 3DS for nothing because awesome Jap RPG game don't reach here often. just like Devil Servitor Overclocked

moviequest14
moviequest14

@Gurzociurlo : Couldn't agree more...when I first saw it I was thinking about waiting until it was used to get it but now I have already pre-ordered the $70 collector's edition :P

Gurzociurlo
Gurzociurlo

God... That Skyward Sword is like wine... I hated it at first, then trailer after trailer I started to appreciate it, and now I'm 100% sure I'll buy it as soon as it comes out! There isn't a single thing that I don't like in this game... Oh wait yes, link's face when he finds an item haha. Seriously, two hookshots, large worlds, the city in the sky looks fabulous, hyrule is an explosions of life, the desert, that flying pirate ship. Good job Nintendo, if you wanted to prove that you're still alive, you couldn't have done any better than this.

blackace
blackace

Lots of games. Monster Hunter 4, Mario Tennis, Kirby, Luigi's Mansion 2 and new SquareEnix rpg is good enough for me. Still waiting for Xenoblade. Come on Nintendo, bring it already.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Yet the ravings still go on of ''how weak'' the line-up is....the 3ds is seeing a LOT more change (for the good) than the ds did whether it be in firmware updates,hardware additions,or steadily reaching 100 future titles.

wahyudil
wahyudil

THATS IT! I'm sold. There are more than enough reasons to buy a 3DS ... in Japan ... but I can't understand Japanese ... I haven't seen any reasons to buy any US 3DS yet ...

Hail23
Hail23

*heart shaped eyes* all I read was GAMES!

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

american ceo's need to take notes. if your company isn't doing well or going under, you don't need to be getting a ridiculously large paycheck or bonuses..too greedy.

josephl64
josephl64

and Love Plus will finally arrive in the States...in my dreams :/

lewispetty
lewispetty

monster hunter 4 is going to be awesome

LitterBoxHero
LitterBoxHero

And the North American release of Xenoblade is....?

mariobro9999
mariobro9999

wooohoo!! monster hunter 4 YEAH!!!! now I really wish they would hurry up with the portable 3rd to be brough to the US. the monster hunter games are coming like crazy and havent even played that one cmon!

Franzkill
Franzkill

That Square Enix game they showed off looked amazing! :0

Metroidfire
Metroidfire

all these game are awesome and I'm looking forward to all of them but i'm still disappointed what about metroids 25 anniversary they did something for mario and zelda what about the metroid fans nintendo. and was mario tennis and fire emblem the extremely big first party titles? those are good titles but I wouldn't say they are extremely big stuff

Noskillkill
Noskillkill

The one thing that even remotely made me desire a psvita was monster hunter, but Nintendo and Capcom came through. This game looks so epic, it is everything tri (a great great game) should have been plus more. And monster hunter 4!?!??!?!?! I have never been more excited for a video game ever. Honestly, never. psvita probably lost a lot of potential buyers

louisfoxton
louisfoxton

whats difference from Monster hunters tri on the wii and MHt on the 3DS?

Miketendo
Miketendo

When Mario Encounters Bowers at 19:10 he is wearing the Raccoon Tail! What !?

gavachotrece
gavachotrece

Always glad to see more Monster Hunter coming to the west...I LOVED Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii, but I have to admit, I'm getting tired of waiting for a truly current gen console version of the game. Don't get me wrong, it looked good on the Wii, and I know the PS3 got the HD version of MH portable 3rd, but when are we going to get a true HD Monster hunter for a console (not an upgraded PSP port)? I'd buy it in a heart beat if it comes out on the PS3, and if it came out on Wii U I would be tempted to buy the new console. In the mean time, Capcome should at the very least release MH portable 3rd with English menus for the PS3 in the west. I'm tempted to import the Japanese disc, but I'd rather have all the menus/items in my native language.

jasongm
jasongm

Only games that interest me from Nintendo is Monster Hunter for the 3DS & of course Monster Hunter 4. Everything else (besides Zelda) does not interest me.

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

Just waiting on Zelda still...zZzzZzzz

whitejackel
whitejackel

I really wish Monster Hunter would come back to sony and the ps3 so i can play it like i did on the ps2 on a big screen and 2 stick fighting system.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@HollowNinja Never going to happen. The PSP game (Project Diva) didn't even get localized.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Actually, there's a lot of good news here, but that right analog stick thing leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I hope Vocaloid 3D makes it here.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Fire Emblem footage @ 28:34! I seriously need to buy a 3DS... >_>

leeko_link
leeko_link

@ Elite_Bushido I don't get it, you want a Monster Hunter game release for a real gaming system and when it does you complain?

sacatash
sacatash

FIRE EMBLEM! FIRE EMBLEM! FIRE EMBLEM! FIRE EMBLEM! FIRE EMBLEM! FIRE EMBLEM! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! That is what I ONLY WANT TO KNOW!!!!!!!!

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I'm interested in the eShop updates on October 20th,more StreetPass stuff,and a positive HEAP of games! If they'd just market them more. Anytime I go to Gamespot or any other game website before every video there's always some annoying commercial for the latest shooter coming out.*yawn* If some of Nintendo's games were advertised there it would shake things up,and increase sales.

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

I wonder if Shigeru Miyamoto still makes games for Nintendo or if they just bring him out for events with a Zelda sword and shield? Seems that's all he's been doing for the past 10 years lol

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

waaaawo this is really amazing Wii will gonna crash them all yeah ,, love Wii games but the greatest game will be zelda the skyward waaaaawo it will be hell lolz yeah i can't wait for the improvement and these amazing games such as monster hunter 4 yaaaay am happy :)

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Glad to see the return of Mario Tennis and Bravery Default looks great. My 3DS got more happy.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

let see..... will Konami and capcom save nintendo?? cause Dammit i need my castlevania and contra 3ds although contra was confirmed :D

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

@zeldisco2009 How can you say that? For all we know MH4 will release after the Vita comes out, no release date was posted.