Quicklink to E3 portal:http://e3.nintendo.com/
The 2012 E3 Expo is right around the corner, and fans from all over the world can look forward to accessing the latest Nintendo news right from the comfort of their homes. Nintendo will be using a mix of online, broadcast and social platforms to provide a steady stream of breaking news and announcements during the video game industry's biggest annual trade show, taking place June 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Featured content will include the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, which viewers can access online athttp://e3.nintendo.com, watch commercial-free on Viacom's Spike TV and MTV2 television networks or stream via Facebook on June 5 at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Fans also will enjoy easy access to news and updates from Nintendo on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook throughout the E3 Expo, including information about the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system and the upcoming Wii U console.
"We don't want anyone to miss the energy and excitement of this year's E3 Expo," said Cindy Gordon, Nintendo of America's vice president of Corporate Affairs. "By offering different ways to tune in and follow all the Nintendo news, we aim to make fans all over the world feel like they're right there with us at the show."
Consumers can choose from the following convenient ways to experience Nintendo content during the E3 Expo:
Web: Starting today, fans can go online to visit the Nintendo All-Access @ E3 2012 website athttp://e3.nintendo.comfor the latest information about new and upcoming games and hardware from Nintendo. The site will be optimized for smartphones, so people can keep up-to-date while on the go. Visitors to the site also can watch a live stream of the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 5.
Television: Nintendo is partnering with Viacom as the exclusive television broadcaster for the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012. Viewers with access to the Spike TV or MTV2 networks can watch the presentation live with no commercial interruptions.
Facebook: Facebook users can visit and Like the Nintendo page athttp://www.facebook.com/nintendoto get regular updates from the E3 Expo and connect with other Nintendo fans. A special E3 Expo tab will make it simple to access E3 Expo content, including video clips and a Nintendo Instagram gallery. The Nintendo @ E3 Expo app will also allow users to stream the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 and other events on Facebook.
YouTube: Nintendo will be posting video updates from the show on its YouTube Channels athttp://www.youtube.com/nintendo. The lineup of videos will include sneak peeks at upcoming hardware and software as well as interviews with game developers.
Twitter: Twitter users can follow Nintendo (@NintendoAmerica) to receive tweets from the show. Nintendo representatives will also be live-tweeting events such as the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 on June 5.
Presented annually by the Entertainment Software Association, the E3 Expo attracts video game professionals, journalists, analysts and business partners from around the globe. Additional information is available athttp://www.e3expo.com.
Nintendo E3 Presentation
Tuesday, June 5 @ 9 a.m. PDT
3DS Software Showcase
Wednesday, June 6 @ 6 p.m. PDT
Presentations will also be available live on our Facebook page.
Also coming to this site
Developer discussion with Wii U hardware producer Katsuya Eguchi
Tuesday, June 5 @ 11:30 p.m. PDT
Gamespot Live Feed and Liveblog
IGN Live Feed and Liveblog
- 2001: Gamecube final launch details clarified- launch lineup, pricing, colors, specs, accessories, everything. The anticipation for the Gamecube kept all Nintendo faithfuls hooked, although the general media and press tended to overlook the visually stunning console from Nintendo
- 2002: Games, games, and more games. Nintendo announced and/or elaborated on Super Mario Sunshine, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Star Fox Adventures, Animal Crossing, Eternal Darkness, Metroid Fusion, Wario World. After the Gamecube's disappointing launch, Nintendo knew it was all about the games, and it delivered.
- 2003: Infamously bad. With little to no announcements, Nintendo spent a bulk of its conference focusing on Pacman VS. and its GBA/GCN connectivity, while rivals Sony and Microsoft demoed increasingly impressive online games. E3 2003 made Nintendo look like a relic of the 90s, a company that was increasingly out of touch with the market.
- 2004: The Empire Strikes Back. After the disappointing E3 2003, Nintendo returned with a bang. E3 2004 was where Reggie Fils-Aime famously made his first public appearance (kicking ass and taking names), and showed off a host of new games- Resident Evil 4, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, a new Star Fox game, and the debut of the Nintendo DS, which in spite of all skepticism wowed a lot of people. But the famous debut trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess stole the show. The game returned Zelda to its roots, and was met with the most thunderous reception to any title in E3 history. In 2004Nintendo won E3 and it won so definitively.
- 2005: One of Nintendo's weirder E3 appearances- a large portion of the conference was devoted to eclectic games like Electroplankton and Nintendogs; some information was given about the then new Nintendo Wi Fi Connection, which was supposed to launch later that year; Twilight Princess was demoed on stage; Revolution was shown on stage for the first time ever, but no information was given.
- 2006: Full on blowout of the Wii. Launch lineup, release date, third party support, first party support, confirmation of Twilight Princess for both Wii and Gamecube, as well as the first look ever at Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In hindsight, E3 2006 looks a bit tame, but it was honestly Nintendo's most conclusive victory at E3 ever, because so many people were riding the Wii hype train.
- 2007: Wii Fit debuted, confusing everybody in the crowd; Reggie said 'My body is ready,' thus achieving internet fame by becoming a meme unto himself; Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy got release dates; the Wii Zapper was debuted as the accessory of choice for FPS players, and the Wii Wheel for racing game players. All in all, it was a by the books E3 that, simply because of the Wii hype, had everyone excited.
- 2009: Coming off of its worst E3, Nintendo was expected to reach out to its core gamer and make ammends. And it did, to an extent. E3 2009 was the beginning of Nintendo's road to recovery; it debuted Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Metroid: Other M. That last, in particular, got a hell of a lot of people excited.
- 2010: Kirby's Epic Yarn. Donkey Kong Country Returns. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Metroid: Other M. Epic Mickey. Goldeneye 007. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Dragon Quest IX. The goddamn Nintendo 3DS, debuting to a unanimously enthusiastic reception, with promised first party support like Mario, Paper Mario, Mario Kart, Star Fox, Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and third party games like Saint's Row, Assassin's Creed, Resident Evil, Super Street Fighter IV, Metal Gear Solid 3D... yeah, this is probably the best E3 conference period in E3 history.
- 2011: Nintendo finalized The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword; it announced a new Super Smash Bros. game; it showed off 3DS games, like Super Mario 3D Land, Luigi's Mansion 2, Star Fox 64 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Kid Icarus: Uprising. It debuted the Wii U to a crowd of confused onlookers. E3 2011 was Nintendo's most controversial E3 ever, not because it was bad, but because of how divided people were on just how Nintendo should have gone about it.
- Nintendo's conference is one hour long. This gives them sixty minutes to give us important details about an entirely new console that debuts this year, and to maybe focus on some 3DS games as well, although Nintendo confirmed in their Nintendo Direct that there won't be much of the 3DS this E3... the announcement of the 3DS Software Showcase also confirms that the main conference itself is pretty much all Wii U.
Expect no Wii or DS announcements; those will probably be relegated to the Software Showcase that they are holding (and broadcasting) later that day, along with most 3DS games, and most likely, quite a lot of Wii U games as well. The actual E3 keynote itself is going to be all Wii U with a touch of 3DS here and there.
- Don't expect a Wii U release date or price. Nintendo has already said that they won't announce the price or date at E3 this year, that those will be announced later. Consequently, don't expect a launch lineup at E3 either, since we don't even know when the Wii U is launching yet.
- Expect a 3DS redesign... or not? Nikkei leaked a 3DS redesign on Monday, apparently a larger one that may or may not include two analog nubs. But should you actually expect a 3DS redesign?
Well, I don't know. Since the 3DS isn't even going to be at E3, this goes without saying. But, keep in mind that the current model 3DS is still not profitable, and it has only just now started selling properly; Nintendo will not risk more R&D money and goodwill from early adopters by introducing a better 3DS just yet. Moreover, with the Wii U launch coming up, they will likely want to focus on that entirely. A 3DS redesign is definitely coming, but likely not at this E3.
- Don't expect Wii U specs. Nintendo never give out specs for their consoles. The last console they did so for was the Gamecube. Instead, expect to see a lot of games and tech demos that show us what the Wii U really is about.
- Expect details on third party support. Nintendo are almost certainly going to dedicate the entirety of their E3 to third party Wii U games; the Wii U is Nintendo's attempt at reclaiming the core; the core market cares for third party support. So expect lots and lots of third party game announcements, maybe even a few high profile game debuts; Nintendo's own first party Wii U software might be relegated to the Software Showcase. So that Final Fantasy XV leak? We'll know for sure if it's real.
- Expect details on first party support. Regardless, they are still likely to show off some big name first party Wii U games themselves. A short CGI teaser for Super Smash Bros.? Don't count it out yet.
- Expect details on how Nintendo plans on tackling online. E3 is where Nintendo outline their plans on Nintendo Network, the online network that will unify the 3DS and Wii U. And while Sunday's, er, revelations with the Miiverse and social networking went a long way in allaying fears, the final details about this network will be revealed to us at Nintendo's E3
- Expect Mario and expect Pikmin. There are only two Wii U games that are actually confirmed to make a showing at E3 this year, and those are New Super Mario Bros. Mii and Pikmin 3. Those will definitely be showed off in some capacity, as will New Super Mario Bros. 2, the 3DS game due in August later this year. One or more of them might slip into the Software Showcase, but I'd say that all three are relatively safe bets.
- One way or the other, expect the conference to be memorable. It will either be the worst bomb in E3 history, or it will be the most resounding success. Either way, it will be something worth remembering.
Reserved for any new news or updates during E3
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