It appears as though Nintendo hasn’t run out of announcements just yet. While the company unfurled several new bits of information during E3 2012 – ranging from early details on the finalized Wii U design, a bevy of Wii U launch titles, and the reveal of Miiverse – the temporal dissonance of of the piecemeal unveiling, while head-scratching, kept us on our toes before and after the show.
Now, just two weeks after E3, Nintendo looks primed to roll out more reveals for the 3DS, DS, and Wii systems through their periodic broadcast, “Nintendo Direct.” Streaming live from the piny heart of their Kyoto, Japan, headquarters tonight at 12am EST, the program will be presented by Nintendo Of Europe President Satoru Shibata.
One of Nintendo’s pitches at E3 – joyfully expressed by Reggie Fils-Aime at their main June 5th press conference – was that they just couldn’t contain every announcement to one setting: one conference, one day, or the event itself. And while we could debate ceaselessly the presence of any significant bombshell news worthy of scarfing up the spotlight, Nintendo did, in a number of days, manage to lay the framework for the Wii U and their quixotic vision of the future.
But where does that leave the present? What’s ahead for the trio of the Wii, DS, and 3DS that continues to basque the Big N in big sales? A late E3 press conference provided us with trailers for the 3DS titles New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Paper Mario: Sticker Star. There was even word that Fire Emblem: Awakening would be landing on the North American 3DS. The Wii and DS saw little light, however, and by the end of the week a wide gulf existed between Nintendo’s four platform agendas.
Nintendo Direct – formerly the first source on New Super Mario Bros. 2’s 3DS reveal and the Wii’s 20th anniversary Kirby Collection – is another chance for Nintendo to expand the narrative. Judging by an Official Nintendo Magazine UK report, the 3DS will receive the primary focus with “trailers and other news.” Yet according to the official Nintendo Direct teaser blurb straight from the company, gamers can still expect a video segment regarding “Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Nintendo DS products.”
Forecasting Nintendo is often harder than next month’s weather, but we wouldn’t be stunned if we see how both newly announced and existing 3DS titles plan to integrate Mii Plaza – the handheld’s online interface – with the Wii U. The DS and Wii, systems entering their twilight years, may see another “anniversary” or “special” edition game announcement, although we doubt their relative shyness at E3 was for an overflow of future hot surprises.
As always, if you don’t feel like staying up – or, for our international readers, waking up – we’ll be breaking down any news as it happens and will have it to read at your leisure. Let us know what you want to see Nintendo cover and how they might bolster their Wii, DS, and 3DS platforms going forward.
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