Tuesday, June 7, 2011

E3 2011: Nintendo highlights

This morning Nintendo held its highly anticipated press conference. Everyone assumed the company would be announcing a new console, however, it shocked viewers by debuting its new controller, Wii U.

The controller looks like a small tablet with controls on the ends and a small screen in the middle. It works as an accompaniment to the Wii and offers backwards compatibility to other Nintendo hardware.

As a Wii owner I'm cautiously curious about how useful and simple the device will actually be.

The company also announced the celebration of the 25th anniversary of "The Legend of Zelda" with new game "Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword."

Tim and I discussed how old we feel if "Zelda" is 25 years old. It was the first game that had saveable content and is the predecessor to modern role playing games. They had a orchestra on stage playing the soundtrack as images from the game were shown. It was a nice treat for long time fans.

And because it wouldn't be Nintendo without Mario, the company also debuted a 3-D version of "Mario Kart" for the 3DS.

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