In just two hours, Nintendo will kick off its pre-Tokyo Game Show press event. Speculation about what might be revealed has been running wild, and includes everything from a re-designed version of the 3DS to a new Pokemon game.
Nintendo has traditionally shied away from the Tokyo Game Show, preferring instead to stage its own events. For a number of years, the Big N hosted a concurrent show, dubbed Space World, though even that has been dormant since 2001. The last major Nintendo press conference (outside of E3) took place in January of this year, during which the Japanese launch details for the 3DS were first revealed.
While no concrete information has surfaced about what to expect at today’s event, it is widely believed that Nintendo will spend some time discussing the recently confirmed Circle Pad Attachment for the 3DS. Perhaps we might see some Monster Hunter 3G, as well.
That said, there is growing consensus that something major just might be revealed. Nintendo has taken the unusual (for them) step of broadcasting the entire conference over Ustream, so that fans around the world can watch the event as it unfolds. Be warned that the event will not be translated for foreign audiences. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM PDT, and you can watch it below.
Whatever Nintendo ultimately shows this evening, there can be no question that this is an unusually important event for the company. This year has been unexpectedly difficult for Nintendo, starting with initially unimpressive sales numbers for the 3DS that prompted Nintendo Execs — including President Satoru Iwata — to take significant salary reductions. June saw the underwhelming reveal of the Wii U at E3 2011, while the remarkably sudden 3DS price drop took place in July. Just last week, rumors that the Wii U’s tablet controllers aren’t working made the rounds, causing yet more PR headaches for Nintendo.
While 3DS sales have rebounded impressively since the price cut, the revelation of the Circle Pad Attatchment has left some wondering just how long it will be before a revised 3DS that natively features two such pads will be released. Nintendo, after all, has never been shy about releasing myriad iterations of its hardware — look no further than the Wii Slim for the latest example.
With the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Legend of Zelda in full swing, perhaps we may finally find out when the long promised free version of The Legend of Zelda: 4 Swords Adventures will make its way to 3DS owners. Could a new Zelda game announcement be on deck as well? What about Wii U news? The possibilities are endless, but one thing remains clear: tonight, all eyes will be on Nintendo.
Ranters, what do you think will be revealed at Nintendo’s pre-TGS press event? New hardware? New games? Or maybe something totally unexpected? Let us know, and get back here at 8:00 PDT to watch the live stream.
Update: Despite expectations to the contrary, tonight’s event came up notably short on hardware news (save the forthcoming pink 3DS, apparently designed to boost the system’s popularity with female gamers). The Circle Pad Attachment was entirely missing in action (despite the wealth of Monster Hunter games on display), and no mention was made of any new iteration of the 3DS itself.
Instead, Nintendo was content to let the games do the talking, both on Wii and 3DS. Keep reading for the list of titles featured at the show, and keep checking Game Rant for more news as it develops. Note that any listed dates are Japan specific, for now, and that some of these game will probably not see release outside of Japan. What do you think of the lineup?
- Dragon Quest
- Just Dance
- Go Vacation
- Kirby Return to Dreamland (2011)
- New Taiko Drum Master
- Pokepark 2
- The Legend of Zelda: 4 Swords Adventures
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Mario Kart 7
- Mario Tennis (2012)
- Paper Mario (2012)
- Luigi’s Mansion 2 (2012)
- Mario and Sonic at the London Olympic Games (2012)
- Animal Crossing (2012)
- Girls Mode
- Fatal Frame 3DS
- Fire Emblem 3DS (2012)
- New Dynasty Warriors (2012)
- Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (2012)
- SD Gundam G Generation G3D (2011)
- Hatsune Miku Project Mirai
- Biohazard (Resident Evil) Revelations (2012)
- Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble
- Tekken 3D Prime Edition
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
- Dragon Quest 3 (2011)
- New Level 5 RPG (2011)
- New Love Plus (2011)
- Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D
- Kid Icarus 3D (2012)
- Monster Hunter 3G (2011)
- Monster Hunter 4
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