Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nintendo E3 Conference 2010 Live Impressions

It's E3 once again and seeing as I kind of enjoyed doing it last year, I pulled up Notepad and jotted down some impressions as Nintendo's conference unfolded. If you want to follow along at home, you can watch again here or here. So, without further ado let's witness some megatons being dropped. Or not.
  • 08:48 Just tapped into the GameSpot live feed a few minutes ago. I'm rocking a cup of Twinings green tea with pineapple and grapefruit and I just got some hastily-ordered Microsoft points in the post to take advantage of the XBLA sales this week. Nothing you do can bring me down now, Cammie.
  • 08:52 People are still trickling in, taking their seats. It looks like they're cycling through trivia questions on the three big screens in front of the audience.
  • 08:55 That looks like a Mario Kart 64 question. Definitely Nintendo trivia then.
  • 08:57 Yay for generic indie music!
  • 08:59 Nintendo logos on the screens. Shit's about to get real!
  • 09:01 Countdown!
  • 09:01 Reggie!
  • 09:03 Zelda!! Cel-shaded adult link. Otherwise, it looks a lot like Twilight Princess in terms of style.
  • 09:06 Miyamoto sporting the old master sword and shield combo. The game's sounding worryingly on-rails at the moment.
  • 09:07 Miyamoto bursts out of the backstage like a boss.
  • 09:08 Sword control doesn't exactly seem 1:1, Shiggy.
  • 09:10 Shiggy's not doing too well with those octoroks.
  • 09:11 Okay, so it looks like he's moving Link with the analogue stick. Phew!
  • 09:12 Item selection looks pointer-based, less fumbling through menus is always welcomed.
  • 09:13 No pointer controls for the bow and arrow. Too bad, I thought they worked really well in TP. Plus, Miyamoto's making some really weird noises.
  • 09:14 He seems like he's really having fun though. Nice to see.
  • 09:15 The Motion Plus based aiming looks kind of janky here. Shiggy and Bill Trinen are claiming wireless interference.
  • 09:16 Shiggy's flying a beetle. Hopefully it's easier to control than that damn pointer-controlled bird section in TP.
  • 09:17 A whip! Eat that Igarashi! Looks cool.
  • 09:18 Looks like Bill and Shiggy are abandoning the demo.
  • 09:19 Next year for Zelda. Boo.
  • 09:20 A pretty cool gameplay trailer. Is that some skydiving I see? Transporting a bomb with the beetle item brings back memories of PD's CamSpy. I approve.
  • 09:21 Reggie's going on about sports games.
  • 09:22 A new Mario sports game. Looks like volleyball.
  • 09:22 Nope. Basketball and hockey too.
  • 09:23 Mario sports mix. Looks neat. A multi sports Mario game just seems more appealing than a single one to me for some reason.
  • 09:24 Sales talk. Using that Wii lifestyle shot to refer to casual Wii players makes me laugh for some reason.
  • 09:25 Oh, those lifestyle shots are are as hilariously lame as ever.
  • 09:25 A new "bridge" title. Hmm.
  • 09:26 So much fun! So this is Wii Party I guess.
  • 09:27 Yep. How is this in any way a "bridge" game, Reggie?
  • 09:27 Another Just Dance? I'd rather not.
  • 09:28 Dance crew face-offs! Finally.
  • 09:28 That guy wooing needs a slap.
More live blogging and a little analysis after the jump.