Nintendo Scene – A Month In Review – June 2012

Hello all, Amaris here with another monthly dose of the goings on at Nintendo Scene. This month was a big and busy month for Nintendo, so let’s kick this article off.

June brought with it the highly anticipated Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3. Now, if any of you readers follow my articles, you already know my feelings on Nintendo’s press conference for this year, so I won’t go into great detail. But for those who don’t, Nintendo’s presentation was lackluster at best for me. But I’ll leave the harping at that. For those of you that didn’t catch it, I’ve provided a link above.

On a slightly more positive note, Nintendo did bring out some good titles, such as Pikmin 3 and Luigi’s Mansion 2, as well as a new Super Mario Bros game for the Wii U. Nintendo also went into more depth about the Wii U and its functions. While we didn’t exactly get a price date, we did get a ballpark for the release date, and that will be sometime close to this holiday season. We also got a list of specs that I are too lengthy to go into detail on here, but feel free to check out Katy’s article.

As the month carried on, Nintendo elaborated more on their presentations at E3. Some games that weren’t announced in Nintendo’s press conference were announced later on in the month. Some of the titles included Game & Wario and Project P-100, both of which are still working titles. For a more in-depth description on these two games, click the link to read Katy’s article.

Another little bit announced was Nintendo Land, which is a compilation of themed mini-games. Each of its attractions are based around a different game series. I think the concept is kind of cool.

And Nintendo didn’t forget about their handheld. A coinfest of a game called New Super Mario Bros 2 was announced, as well as Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which uses a sticker system for every move. Need to build a bridge? There’s an app– I mean, a sticker– for that, haha. Luigi’s Mansion 2 was also shown some love. In the game, there will be several mansions and several new ghosts. Being a big fan of Luigi’s Mansion, I am personally looking forward to this. Also, Steve wrote a detailed article on Nintend’s 3DS conference, so definitely check that out here. On a different note, Nintendo revealed that Fire Emblem: Awakening and Animal Crossing will not be released this year. Both of the release dates have been pushed back until 2013.

As the month progressed on, Katy and Stealth got a lucky hands-on chance with the Wii U and some of its games. They summarized 3 of their top picks from their hands-on experiences. Give each of their reviews a good solid read, it’s very worth it. You can find StealthBuda’s here and  Katy’s here.

As a nice little tidbit, Stuart provided all of us with a nice run down of the trailers and EVERYTHING from this year’s E3. It is a link to Nintendo’s press site. It may take a while to load, but it is a lot of information. Here is a link to the press site, and here is a link to Stuart’s comprehensive and impressive article. Katy also wrote up a handy list of all of the Wii U titles that have been announced. Quite useful and informative, check it out to see if anything you wanted is there.

One of the titles that Nintendo announced, which was also the only real thing that held my attention during the whole press conference, was ZombiU. From what I saw, it looked like a cool take on the already heavily explored realm of zombie games. I thought  being able to zombify yourself through the camera was pretty neat, as well as a few of the other interfaces with the Wii U gamepad. Steve also wrote about his feelings about the game, and his pretty much matched mine. You can read his article here.

Super Smash Bros. Oh. My. Goodness. Some of my favorite memories of gaming come from this series, and I cannot wait to see the next installment. Personally, I thought Brawl was going to be the last in the series, and hearing that made me quite upset. But after hearing the announcement of another one, I am thoroughly excited. It will be interesting to see what Namco does with it, and I definitely look forward to hearing more about it.

Also, following its usual pattern, Nintendo unveiled the 3DS XL at Nintendo Direct. Overall, it’s a bigger and better handheld. I think I may invest in buying one of these instead of the regular. I like the idea of being able to hold a bigger handheld in my hands, seeing as I have big hands. (That didn’t sound weird, did it?)

The Wii U made to late night television! Jimmy Fallon held the Wii U in his hands and sighed “Oh, I want this.” A good sign, perhaps? Although he seemed a little confused, he seemed to like the Wii U an awful lot. Check out the Wii U’s fifteen minutes of fame right here.

Pixel Nation’s very first issue came out this year. What is Pixel Nation, you might ask? Why it’s an independent publishing company that has produced one of the coolest gaming magazines I’ve seen in a while. I’m a sucker for a good gaming magazine; I’ve got several subscriptions to various ones. Pixel Nation’s mag is a very cool and beautifully done 100-page work of art. Check out Katy’s article on it and pick up your copy today!

More Pokemon news, my faithful readers! Black and White 2 have finally gotten their release dates for both Europe and the US. Black and White 2 are set for release on the 12th of October in Europe, and the 7th of October in the US. In other Pokemon news, Pokemon Conquest is set for release in Europe on the 27th of July. It has already been released in the US and Japan. If you don’t already know, Pokemon Conquest is a crossover game of both Pokemon and Nobunga’s Ambition. It is a very cool concept. Head on over and read Orla’s article to find out more. Are you guys excited? Because I know I am. I love me a new Pokemon adventure any day of the week. So watch out for those games, guys, they’re coming in hot.

Well that’s it from me on this month’s cumulative. Been a busy month, eh? While it left me a bit disappointed, I can’t help but be amazed at how much Nintendo has accomplished this past month. Keep checking back with Nintendo Scene in the following months to keep up on and see what Nintendo’s up to. And if you don’t have enough time to read a whole article, subscribe to our twitter at @NintendoScene.

Thanks for reading guys, see you next month!

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