What's the skinny?
--New Super Mario Bros. 2 will boast co-op support, allowing players to team up for the duration of the game. And when the title arrives on August 19, it will be available at physical retail and as a download.
--Available today on the 3DS video service is an all-new show called Threediots. It looks like a wacky hodgepodge of comedy.
--Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will support the 3DS Circle Pad Pro.
--The 3DS eShop is now 1 year old. Happy birthday!
--In North America alone, 70 percent of owners have connected their 3DS's to the Internet.
The full blow-by-blow
LOS ANGELES--Nintendo's 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing yesterday revealed several new 3DS titles--including Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and Paper Mario: Sticker Star--but the company has even more to debut this evening.
Nintendo is holding a 3DS-dedicated software briefing tonight, and numerous new third-party games are expected to be announced. The Mario factory is streaming the event through its official E3 channel, and GameSpot will be in attendance to liveblog the presentation. Check back here at 6 p.m. PDT to get the news.
[6:04] The event page for this presentation is locked behind an age gate! Does this mean we can expect some Mature-rated content? Maybe!
[6:05] Scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., the presentation is now officially late, as it is now 6:03 p.m.
[6:05] And the voice from the sky says we're nearly under way!
[6:06] Double-check your cell phones to make sure they're off, he says.
[6:06] Did you turn your phone off? Did you?! Did you?!!?
[6:09] And the 3DS logo appears onscreen. We are starting!
[6:09] Nintendo of America COO and president Reggie Fils-Aime comes onstage
[6:09] He thanks the crowd for attending the 3DS software showcase
[6:09] "Wow is that a mouthful," he says.
[6:10] Reggie explains that the presentation yesterday did not reveal all the 3DS news Nintendo has to offer.
[6:10] Reggie welcomes Scott Moffitt to the stage, VP of sales and marketing at Nintendo.
[6:11] Moffit says there is a special guest who is coming onstage later tonight.
[6:11] Moffit now welcomes the nonspecific action figure to the stage.
[6:12] Moffitt is now talking the Mii Plaza.
[6:13] Moffitt says thousands of people at E3 have already had a chance to play Nintendo's 3DS games.
[6:13] Expect some new announcements tonight, he says.
[6:14] Super Mario 3D Land has sold 2M copies, Moffitt reveals.
[6:14] He's not talking about the third-party content coming to the 3DS.
[6:14] One name is Castlevania!
[6:15] A trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is now playing.
[6:15] Belmont is speaking, talking about growing up. Man, his life seems tough!
[6:16] The trailer is somber and dark.
[6:16] And that's a wrap on the trailer. It was short. Almost no gameplay.
[6:17] It's coming fall 2012, the trailer reveals.
[6:17] Wait, no, the trailer continues. A hulking, nasty creature is shown wielding a massive sword.
[6:18] Konami producer Dave Cox is now onstage talking about the Mirror of Fate demo.
[6:18] Currently in development in Spain at Mercury Steam.
[6:18] In the game you play as Trevor Belmont and must vanquish numerous enemy types, like skeletons.
[6:19] Bigger, more-formidable foes are in the game, too. No, really!
[6:19] Supporting combat skills, players also have "dark magic."
[6:19] The R button on the 3DS grabs enemies.
[6:19] By pressing the L button, you block enemy attacks, leaving open counterattacks.
[6:20] The game also has secondary weapons, like a boomerang.
[6:20] It sticks to enemies and causes damage over time.
[6:20] Oh, and it can be charged up for even greater effect.
[6:20] Platforming is also a part of Mirror of Fate.
[6:20] "Trevor is no slouch," Cox says.
[6:21] Cox is basically reading the game manual here.
[6:21] Four playable characters will be in the game.
[6:21] It's a 2.5D game on a 3D system? Yes.
[6:22] Dark dungeons, gothic cathedrals, and many enemies will stand in your way in Mirror of Fate. Are you up to it?
[6:22] What is the secret of the Mirror of Fate? You'll have to play the game to find out. Of course.
[6:22] Again, he reminds us the game is out this fall.
[6:23] Moffitt is back onstage, thanking Cox for the Mirror of Fate demo.
[6:23] Now Moffitt cues a trailer for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.
[6:23] We see Luigi fighting new ghost types in newer environments.
[6:24] A giant spider is shown, as is a doglike ghost.
[6:24] It looks like Luigi will have a tough task ahead of him in Dark Moon.
[6:24] Luigi now shown in an elevator, and of course…it breaks down! Spooky!
[6:25] That's how the trailer ends. Really.
[6:25] Moffitt says, "It's a great game."
[6:25] Luigi has a new multicolored beam.
[6:25] It's out this fall at retail and will be sold through the 3DS eShop.
[6:26] Moffitt now welcomes Warren Spector to the stage. Spector is the head of Junction Point, which is making the new Epic Mickey game.
[6:26] Spector is talking about Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, which is not a port, he says.
[6:27] Developer Peter Ong now talking about the process of building the new Epic Mickey game.
[6:27] He's explaining the challenges of building the portable Epic Mickey game.
[6:28] Spector says Ong and his team are big Disney fans and a perfect fit to develop the new Epic Mickey game.
[6:28] Ong says he played the first Epic Mickey game. That's a good thing!
[6:29] Ong now explaining the game's story. He says players will meet Minnie Mouse and other characters. There's also a mysterious witch, the same witch from the original game.
[6:29] The player's job will be to stop the witch and rescue other characters.
[6:30] Now a trailer for Power of Illusion. It shows Mickey and other familiar Disney characters.
[6:30] Players will paint and thin, using both the top and bottom screen of the 3DS.
[6:31] Power of Illusion is in development at Dreamrift. Ong says all developers at the studio are excited to work on the project.
[6:31] Power of Illusion is due out on the 3DS this holiday season.
[6:31] Spector now talking up the game, saying it's entirely different from the experience of the Disney Epic Mickey Wii game.
[6:32] Moffitt back onstage now. He thanks Spector and Ong.
[6:32] Moffitt now talking about Paper Mario: Sticker Star, the first franchise game to come to a portable device.
[6:33] Developer Nate Bihldorf is now onstage, demoing Sticker Star.
[6:33] He says the franchise holds a special place in his heart. He has worked on every game in the series, so he knows his stuff.
[6:34] In the demo, we're shown Mario stomping on Goombas, vanquishing them with ease.
[6:34] Stickers will be a major focus of Sticker Star. They are the "bread and butter," he says.
[6:34] You will need stickers for everything, especially battling, he says.
[6:35] He's now showing off battling in Sticker Star. We're seeing Mario taking on three Goombas.
[6:35] The developer explains that players must pay attention at all times to succeed in the battles.
[6:36] Mario whips out a green shell and lays waste to the Goombas. They never even had a chance!
[6:36] Now he's showing off a number of items players will find in the gameworld, including a fan.
[6:37] The fan item has consequences. It wiped out Toad's garden, and he's shown sobbing. How sad!
[6:37] The developer is using Flower stickers to bring new life to Toad's destroyed garden.
[6:37] And now Toad is happy! If only real life worked that way.
[6:38] He's now explaining that players will have an RPG experience, but it will be achieved in a "different way."
[6:38] Players must scour the gameworld to boost Mario's health and sticker catalog, the developer says.
[6:39] In the next part of the demo, Mario is shown throwing a collection of stickers at a wall. Including one weird cat sticker.
[6:40] Now Mario comes across a windmill. But there is no wind!
[6:40] So Mario grabs a fan sticker, which brings wind to the world and makes the windmill spin like wild.
[6:41] The developer won't go in the windmill because there are spoilers in there!
[6:41] The demo is now back to the game's battle mode.
[6:42] Mario is again laying waste to a Goomba. This time he throws a hammer and a slaphammer. Brutal!
[6:42] And that's the end of the Paper Mario: Sticker Star demo.
[6:43] Moffitt is back onstage, saying Sticker Star has a "ton of surprise."
[6:43] The game launches this holiday season, and a trailer is in the eShop RIGHT NOW.
[6:43] Moffitt now introduces Kingdom Hearts.
[6:44] A trailer for the game plays, showing Mario and Pinocchio, among other Disney characters.
[6:44] Was that Olivia Wilde we just saw? From Tron? I think so.
[6:44] Players will fight some sort of elephant creature in the game, this much is clear.
[6:45] Lots of color in this trailer. Color and fast-paced action.
[6:45] And that's a wrap on the Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance trailer.
[6:45] It will support the Circle Pad Pro accessory for the 3DS. And AR cards.
[6:46] It launches on July 31, and a demo is coming "soon" to the eShop.
[6:46] Now Moffitt is talking Scribblenauts Unlimited.
[6:47] It's the first time Scribblenauts has come to the 3DS.
[6:47] It works with StreetPass, the trailer confirms.
[6:47] "Imagine anything. Explore everything" is the game's tagline.
[6:47] There are a lot more adventures to come, Moffitt confirms.
[6:48] Now we see a sizzle reel of games. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Transformers Prime: The Game are the first two shown.
[6:48] Rabbids Rumble is next up, followed by Heroes of Ruin, from Square Enix.
[6:48] And that's a wrap on the 3DS sizzle reel.
[6:49] Moffitt is now talking Pokemon Black and White 2, the two new games coming later this year.
[6:49] He has shifted to the eShop, which is now 1 year old.
[6:50] Users have bought an average of 4.7 games, he says.
[6:50] In North America alone, 70 percent of owners have connected their 3DS's to the Internet. Have you? Have you?!!
[6:50] Five eShop titles have been downloaded over 1 million times.
[6:51] Total Nintendo Videos in North America have reached more than 60 million in less than a year.
[6:51] The original series Threediots will premiere on the 3DS, he says.
[6:51] The trailer for Threediots is indeed very wacky.
[6:52] It looks almost like an FMV game, but it's a TV show.
[6:52] It's available on Nintendo Video right now, in case you want to go watch it.
[6:52] Moffitt now explaining the new Pokedex 3D Pro, which includes the data for all Pokemon.
[6:53] Moffitt explains that more 3DS demos are coming this summer.
[6:53] He's now talking the new Lego Batman game, DC Super Heroes. Players must team up to save Gotham City.
[6:54] A demo of the game will be available for the 3DS…right now!
[6:54] The Nintendo eShop is bridging the gap between packaged and digital games, Moffitt says.
[6:55] He's now explaining that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be available for purchase at retail and via download on day one.
[6:55] Moffitt now turns it over to New Super Mario Bros. 2 developers, who are giving a live demo of the new game.
[6:55] The game is "all about coins," the developer explains.
[6:56] Tons of power-ups, "pitch-perfect platforming," and more will be found in the game.
[6:56] In the demo, Mario is shown running from left to right…
[6:56] Mario is now traversing a desert location. And he has just now picked up a golden flower, which essentially becomes King Midas.
[6:57] After players beat a level, a coin-rush mode appears.
[6:58] You have only one life in this game mode, so you need to be careful.
[6:59] He's now explaining that "it's a very simple concept" and that it's a very competitive way to play the new game.
[6:59] The entire single-player game is playable with a friend, the developer reveals.
[6:59] There was multiplayer in the original, but it was confined to a battle mode.
[7:00] Now we're seeing a live demo of co-op in the game. Mario has a tanooki suit, and he's flying all over the place.
[7:00] If players die or get left behind, they get placed into a bubble, like in past games.
[7:01] And that's a wrap on that demo. Moffitt is now back onstage. He says that game is a "ton of fun." I'm sensing a trend!
[7:01] The game will be playable in Nintendo's booth this week at E3.
[7:01] It launches August 19 as a packaged game and a digital download.
[7:02] He's now explaining that many more titles are launching in 2012. "Top quality" games, he says.
[7:02] Nintendo games, third-party games, and eShop content are all on the way.
[7:02] Reggie says he enjoyed the presentation, though it was a bit awkward.
[7:03] Moffitt thanks the audience and the third-party partners for attending.
[7:03] And that is a wrap on the presentation! Check back later for more.