Tomorrow’s the big day, folks, and we’ll be here to cover it all – Nintendo’s not going to get away with announcing anything huge without Zelda Universe catching it in its giant news net.
That said, we’ll also be liveblogging the entire keynote on top of posting news, just like last year’s E3. Bookmark this post, because this is where you’ll be seeing the liveblog happening – and make sure to check back at this post tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9am PST, 12pm EST to catch the keynote!
UPDATE: The liveblog is go! We’re reporting on Nintendo’s keynote right now, so read on.
UPDATE 2: The press conference is over – Nintendo clearly took the hint from last year’s E3 that this one needed to be awesome, and despite there being no Zelda Wii, this press conference was packed with a million Mario titles, Golden Sun DS, and a new Metroid entitled “Other M.” It certainly didn’t disappoint, so if you missed it read on to see what you missed!
Please note that new events are ordered top to bottom. For the latest info, check the top of the post.
10:17am PST: Thanks for reading, everyone! The pictures that we weren’t able to get up will be up shortly.
10:15am PST: “Thank you for your attention this morning, and we look forward to seeing you on the show floor.” That’s a wrap, then!
10:13am PST: New Metroid title, titled “Other M”! This trailer looks incredible. Release date for 2010 – I hope the title is tentative. Was that Samus talking in the video? The game is in both 3rd and 1st person – this’ll be a real treat to play firsthand.
10:12am PST: “Could a new, edgier game be coming from Nintendo? The answer is: Absolutely.” A trailer is running – Team Ninja + Nintendo presents…
10:11am PST: Dead Space: Extraction trailer is running. Will be playable on the show floor.
10:07am PST: Reggie is back out talking about 3rd party hardcore titles. Right now the focus is on The Conduit. This game has really shaped up!
10:06am PST: Super Mario Galaxy 2 – not even a subtitle, but looks like a must-get! The music isn’t as impressive as the first title – yet, anyway.
10:05am PST: Another Mario Galaxy?! Certainly looks like it! The Mario Galaxy theme music is playing in the background of the trailer. This game will have either a subtitle or a number.
10:04am PST: Cammy’s back. “If you think that’s all the Mario news you can handle, think again.”
10:01am PST: “I want to show you a new way of thinking about games.” The Wii Vitality Sensor – it measures your heartbeat and other vitals. It, apparently, can also tell if you’re nervous. It fits over your index finger; looks like something you’d find in a hospital.
10:00am PST: C’mon, Iwata… stats and gamer demographics are great, but let’s get to something interesting.
9:56am PST: “For every two people playing, there’s one more just waiting to jump into the game.”
9:55am PST: Mr. Iwata is out – clearly not the end! “The global population of gaming has greatly expanded. We have been continually conducting our own research around the world to find out what’s happening.”
9:54am PST: “In our world, Everyone’s Game.”
9:53am PST: Spirit Tracks is going to be playable on the show floor of E3. This sounds like the end of the keynote…
9:52am PST: The DSi now supports uploading photos straight to Facebook. Not sure if it will ever adequately replace cell phones for this purpose – Nintendo might be asking too much.
9:50am PST: A flip-book style game, and a Mario vs. Donkey Kong game for DS. Available this coming Monday.
9:48am PST: Cammy is talking unit sales. 1 million DS units total, 400,000 DS Lites… this year.
9:46am PST: Sorry for the loading trouble – we’re getting swamped. A gaggle of casual games for the younger kiddos have been unveiled, and Cammy is now running a trailer about “Everyone’s Game,” focused on the DSi.
9:40am PST: HOLY CRAP! Golden Sun DS! Half the RPG world just shat itself.
9:39am PST: Reggie is talking about another new RPG for DS, “a franchise that’s been gone for quite a while.”
9:38am PST: A new Mario & Luigi game, “Bowser’s Inside Story”, will be released this fall in the US and Europe. Looks quite good – a trailer was shown, some screens shortly!
9:37am PST: Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, as well as “an exlcusive version of Kingdom Hearts.”
9:35am PST: Reggie’s talking about how the MotionPlus will affect the RPG genre. It’ll be interesting to see how Square-Enix handles this in their Final Fantasy franchise. A video is playing that looks like another Crystal Chronicles.
9:35am PST: Red Steel 2 as an example of third-party development… playable ONLY with the MotionPlus accessory. Nintendo’s going to make a bucket of cash from this thing.
9:33am PST: Launches July 26th!
9:30am PST: Reggie and Trinen are playing basketball together. It’s definitely, eh, more accurate than the normal Wii Remote!
9:28am PST: Demoing archery – another game in Wii Sports Resort. It’s fairly straightforward.
9:26am PST: Bill Trinen is out to demo the Wii MotionPlus on Wii Sports Resort. The first demo is Skydiving – you tilt and twist the MotionPlus to make your Mii skydive properly down to Wii Sports Resort Island.
9:23am PST: There’s a video playing about the MotionPlus. Lots of slow-motion effects going on.
9:22am PST: Reggie’s talking about the “next advance in game control.” It’s the MotionPlus! It makes the Wii Remote look gigantic.
9:21am PST: “Ladies and gentlemen, Reggie Fils-Aime.”
9:19am PST: Arriving this fall as a bundle with the Wii Balance Board. Will be cheaper for those who already own a balance board!
9:19am PST: “This can’t be entirely about fitness…” Fifteen new balance games, such as juggling, skateboard, and something called “perfect ten”.
9:18am PST: Wii Fit is the new topic – Wii Fit Plus has been quickly announced.
9:16am PST: Launching Holiday 2009!
9:15am PST: New items like the propeller suit. Players further to the back can get pushed off-screen if they don’t keep up with the rest of the group. At the end of the level, everybody is ranked.
9:13am PST: Cammy and three others are demoing the gameplay. It looks just like New Super Mario Bros. for DS, but it’s multiplayer.
9:11am PST: Mario… in the fourth dimension? “Mario like never before… New Super Mario Bros. for Wii.”
9:10am PST: “If there’s an icon for video games, it’s the guy who’s appeared in over two hundred video game titles…” Guess who?
9:07am PST: Cammy Dunaway is out, talking about the status of the gaming industry. “Maybe you’ve noticed a woman on a Nintendo DS system…”
9:05am PST: It’s begun! They’re playing a nice intro video about connecting and such.
8:58am PST: “Ladies and gentlemen, please turn off your cell phones…”
8:55am PST: Hey everyone! Jason here – looks like the keynote is about to begin. Hold on to your helmets, folks.