We’ll be covering the press conference as it happens (hopefully), so look here for everything happening from 9am PST and later from Nintendo. We’ll make bigger news articles later with more detailed information about specific releases and merchandice the Big N is dishing out – but for general Nintendo E3 coverage, check this page.

UPDATE: Nintendo’s Press Conference has come and gone, and with neither word of a new Zelda title nor a revamped DS. Us lonely consumers here in the Zelda world are saddened, but casual gamers will love what the Big N is going to be serving up all the way till next Spring. Read our coverage and find out what Nintendo released if you didn’t follow the action as it happened. WARNING: Image intensive!

Since we’re not amazing enough to be invited to E3 (yet), we’re gonna use the commoner’s tool: IGN’s live stream of the Nintendo press conference. Feel free to watch along, or simply refresh this page.

The latest stuff is at the top. Older stuff is at the bottom. We’ll try and include pictures where we can.

10:14 – That’s a wrap, then. Thanks for reading, everyone! We’ll keep scouring the media and internet for any hint of another Zelda. You never know what’s going to happen!

10:12 – Reggie and Smiley lady are concluding. Reggie dismisses any possibility that the Wii is a “fad” as the media has touted for so long. So, no new Zelda stuff, not much for hardcore gamers from Nintendo itself. No new DS either. Call of Duty and Pokemon fans will be happy, but those of us over here in the Zelda realm weep.

10:08 – Miyamoto and a group of others are playing the Mario theme rather out of tempo. It sounds interesting, but nothing incredible. Looks like everyone is kind of just smashing their Wiimotes around hoping that sound will come out, and it shows as the lead melody is quite garbled. It’s Mario, though!

This’ll appeal to casual gamers for sure, and people who want family time.

10:06 – Miyamoto: “Anybody, even you, can learn to play the drums in a few weeks.” About as close to playing the drums as Guitar Hero is to playing the guitar, eh?

10:04 – The instruments don’t sound too good; this is incredibly underwhelming. And it doesn’t use the MotionPlus, so you’re basically just swinging the Wiimote around and creating instant music. You can’t play out of key either, so even a baby could play “correctly.” Reminds of the features on Yamaha’s Portable Grand keyboards.

10:01 – Miyamoto and a partner of his explain the purpose of Wii Music, but it seems to just be a bunch of babble about casual gaming. Nintendo’s pledge to deliver to its veteran gamers so far seems to be an empty promise, filled with a bunch of Wii-branded games for casual gamers and the elderly.

9:59 – A new title called Wii Music, which was designed along with Wii Play. A crazy guy does a demo. Miyamoto comes on stage and plays the sax with his Wiimote.

9:58 – What? Not coming until next spring. Disappointment. At least release the MotionPlus accessory early, Nintendo, if a developer can come out with a game worthy enough.

9:54 – Looks neat, and it registers the motion very well. Sword fighting action would be cooler than throwing a Frisbee. EDIT: Looks like we got our wish. Kendo matches!

9:50 – Smiley lady’s gone, Reggie discusses the MotionPlus. There will be a new game called Wii Sports: Resort, which is a revamped Wii Sports made to take advantage of the MotionPlus. Every Wii Sports: Resort copy comes with a new Wiimote jacket and a MotionPlus. Sweet!

Smiley lady does suck at video games, but we can forgive her because she complains so much about how bad she is.

9:48 – Smiley lady is back, talking about the DS and its portability. Seems like it’s about to segway into the DS update we’ve been hearing about. Sounds like a firmware upgrade; something to match the iPhone’s PDA features.

9:43Spore DS (yes!) and a new Guitar Hero: On Tour. In addition, a new Pokemon game and a custom version of Grand Theft Auto for DS.

9:39 – Finally! Three new games. Star Wars: Clone Wars, Rayman Raving Rabbits: TV Party, and Call of Duty: World at War.

9:38 – We love how popular the Wii is, Reggie, but enough with the sales. We know you care about veteran and casual gamers, and that WIi is trying to target both, but talking interface and sales isn’t getting us interested in the console.

9:33 – DS sales are doubling each year. The DS is the fastest selling console in the world. Looks like Pokemon was the reason for that last year.

9:30 – The official title is Animal Crossing: City Folk. Reggie comes out to speak. Animal Crossing will be out by end of the year. He speaks more numbers and sales figures. But despite absolutely massive sales, Nintendo isn’t satisfied because it hasn’t reached the entire world yet, and because it hasn’t appropriately fed its veteran games.

9:26Animal Crossing creation speaks in a video. Looks like Animal Crossing Wii is coming! Lots of features, all tied into the Wii’s features.

A new microphone option will be available, a “community microphone” called WiiSpeak – it allows an ENTIRE ROOM of people to speak to another room of people, presumably through Animal Crossing Wii.

9:24 – The Wii is growing gimmicky, he admits. it’s “revolution” is growing tired now that others are trying to imitate it. Therefore, the WIi and Nintendo must change and form a new paradigms, “fresh surprises.” We’ll see these today.

9:20 – Iwata admits that we want pretty games. We do. ZELDA UPDATE: He’s just stated that the developers of Mario and Zelda are hard at work bringing new titles to Wii! That’s a confirmation of SOMETHING, if anything.

He’s just talking about demographics now, though. Stats, numbers, how the Wii is for old people and families. Not much interesting.

9:18 – The game will be out by year’s end. Iwata comes onto the stage. He’s going to discuss the paradigm shift, how Nintendo rose beyond people’s pessimistic view of Nintendo’s future before the Wii’s release.

9:13 – A snowboard game for the Wii Fit Balance Board. Shaun White seems to be getting his own game, aptly titled “Shaun White Snowboarding.” I’m glad they’re using the Balance Board in games other than Wii Fit – something I was hoping they’d do today.

9:10 – Seems like it’s starting. “We promise to keep the world smiling,” a promotional video for Nintendo. Speaker walks onto the stage. She’s talking about being a mother and bringing home free video games to her kids – that’s all nice. Her perpetual smile is kind of creepy.

9:08 – People still seem to be filing into the room. Giant screen looks nice – how about playing Wii on that thing?

  • Billy

    not very impressed.

  • ℓєяσ¥

    Hehehe, i’ll be watching via gamespot.com =D

  • Breana

    i wish they’d get to that zelda hunt they snuck in earlier

    and now their talking about that wii remote add on (motion plus)

    i hope that wii speak will work with brawl wiifi

  • hov

    gay. not a single game that appeals to me

  • Breana

    what?!?!?! that’s it. it’s over. nintendo you disappoint.

    well at least they said they ARE working on a zelda game for wii (not that we didn’t already know that)

    and that wii music game isn’t really a game so much as someone pushing random buttons with a soundtrack playing in the background

  • What a bunch of morons. I hate them a lot.

  • Ferilink

    Kinda slightly a bit disappointed… ^^;;; Not bause there was’t a Zelda game or Mario game but just.. in general… none of the games sound really THAT appealing, but the MotionPlus demo ROCKED.

    hoping nintendo does more exciting announcements later ’cause these weren’t that impressive…

    We all saw the pokemon one coming, it was obvious. xD

  • Andeh

    People ought to stop criticising wii games for being gimmicky.

    I’ll quote Yahtzee; “Criticising a wii game for being gimmicky feels like criticising a midget for being short.”

  • vawn08

    …Okay…I love the Wii…but it seems to me that nobody is even capable of taking it SERIOUSLY- not even it’s own company….go figure..-

    C’mon Nintendo, give us serious gamers something to oggle over…because I haven’t had an honest oggle-ing over anything from them since Twilight Princess….and even that could have used some work.

  • twilight09

    It isnt over yet, I missed the hint about Zelda, whatever was said. They said that there would be more to come over the next few days, so we will have to see what happens.

  • Teep

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. Nintendo’s cvonference sucked Fred Durst balls.

  • It was nice to hear they are working on new stuff for the hardcore gamers, like Zelda and Mario stuff.

    But in general the only satisfying bit of news so far is Animal Crossing: Wild World. Everything else really isn’t a full fledged game.

    I’m sorry but the Wii series games (Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play, Wii Music, Wii Fit) they just aren’t really games. They are like filler to hold people over and distract them for the time being.

    I loved Wii Sports when I got it but the game gets dull quickly enough and repetitively. Much like any of the games in this series, they hold you over for a while, they are interesting to play, very innovative, and especially fun with family and friends. BUT in general these are not games I look forward to or get excited about.

    They are like demo’s to me, they demonstrate something but they lack any real impact in my life. They don’t blow me away or wow me.

    What they should be doing is taking a lot of the physics and innovative aspects of these games and incorporating them into the hardcore games.

    Anyways my rant. Either way if this is Nintendo’s only offering at E3 it’s dissapointing. I mean even last year had Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3 and Smash Bros Brawl to show off. This year you can’t even compare.

  • The Zelda hint was nice to know. Now we don’t have to confront people and try to convince them a Zelda is in development. My biggest high was Animal Crossing City Folk, because I enjoyed the other two. The wii speaker looked like it could have potential if added to other games, but if it is only for animal crossing, and you have to have friend codes of people to use it(which is a garuntee knowing Nintendo, it’s pointless.

  • Friend codes suck.

  • Adam_148

    Well, there’s the developer conference tomorrow, so something might be announced tomorrow, or on the last day, we’ll just have to wait.

  • Yeah I just realized that all though all the press conference stuff is over.

    E3 isn’t which really means a lot more could possibly be revealed. I mean the actual E3 site states it is happening basically between the 15 and the 17th, and with that in mind that leaves 2 days for new stuff to come out.

    It’s even possible that Nintendo could be holding out on what they are showing and want to wait to surprise people. Today was like a warm up and basically talk about the things they are enthusiastic about in terms of innovation.

    Cause the impression I got watching the conference was that they left so much unsaid. Like they barely even talked about the future of the DS… just about how they are selling like hot cakes (as the same as the wii). So perhaps they are just gonna make everyone wait to get excited.

  • Do you know the official E3 site? I want to find more info because I might go to it tomorrow.

    • zantdarksage

      lol don’t you know it’s invite only.. if you could just go to it there would be thousands and thousands there. you can’t just walk in and get a ticket at the door.

  • Aniday

    Oh look! Stuff we already knew about…. how lame.

    More Mii crap… and 3 games that no one cares about.

    And rehashed DS crap…

    Nintendo has failed the world. I’ll be in my corner cutting the Triforce in my arm with a razor.


  • I know it’s invite only. My dad is friends with main people who work at Sony. They might get us in. Like I said, I’m not sure.

  • The LS

    Quite a disappointment. I’ve been absurdly optimistic for the past 2 years, with some reason. Last year was pretty *OK* for Nintendo, what with Galaxy and Corruption. Early this year also had Brawl and Mario Kart.

    But they really did fail with this presser. Nothing about Kid Icarus. Or even Zelda!

    I am trying to hold on to the slim chance that they will choose to announce the games I would play later this week, like brawl last year.

    I guess I am mostly angry about the fact that we were told that the “hardcore” crowd was getting the game(s) they wanted. Animal crossing is not the answer.

  • Ferilink

    IT seems Miyamoto has said something about Zelda development in e3, according to Zentendo.

  • ℓєяσ¥

    WOOT, i just read that there is a second Nintendo Press Conference (secret)

    We might have hope!

  • Do you mean the developers conference?

  • ℓєяσ¥

    nope, a real second secret press conference, and, PIKMIN 3 is on the way! Miyamoto confirmed it!!!

    • PIKMIN 3!? YES!!! i love the pikmin games! 🙂

      its not much of a SECRET press conferance if people know about it…

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