E3 2009: Nintendo Press Conference

Here we are again to bring you all the breaking announcements from Nintendo’s Press Conference at this years E3! And here we go!

New Super Mario Bros. Wii announced. The game is done in a classic, 2D Mario style, but with 3D character sprites. It also features four player multi-player with Mario, Luigi, and two Toads. You can play the main storyline with other players co-op, jumping in and out at any time.

Wii Fit Plus announced. This iteration is designed to help find an exercise routine right for you. Six new strength and yoga training activity. You can now set up playlists of exercises, it sounds like — continuous strings of exercises. Wii Fit Plus will keep track of total calories burned.

In addition, fifteen new balance games: skateboarding, juggling, a math game in which you bump numbers with your hips to add up to ten. There’s even a sort of Mario-esque platformer, though it scrolls toward you and not from left to right. Wii Fit Plus will be available in Fall 2009 packaged with the balance board, and also sold stand alone.

Wii Sports Resort is used to illustrate Wii Motion Plus, the new and improved motion technology for the Wii. There is skydiving, archery, and more. Wii Sports Resort is slated for a July 26th 2009 release date.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 is shown.

Red Steel 2 is shown, and is Wii Motion Plus exclusive. “These new titles begin to suggest how third party development is flowing to Nintendo.” More third party games were sold for Wii and DS than any other platforms, Reggie Fils Amie says.

Trailers are shown for Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, the new name for Mario & Luigi RPG 3. “Bowser really does suck … and I mean that in a good way.” Side-scrolling platforming combined with turn-based RPG mechanics. All inside a giant dinomonster’s digestive system. Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story is launching this fall in North America and Europe.

Golden Sun DS hits in 2010. 2D Sprites on 3D backgrounds.

Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion, based on James Patterson’s work, for DS. “Why join a book club when you can join the Women’s Murder Club?”

Cop: The Recruit from Ubisoft. “More urban, open-world gaming,” says Cammie. And now a trailer, which looks like Flash animation. This appears to be a RE4-style shooter. On DS.

Nintendo’s fashion game “Girl Mode” is making it’s release stateside under the name Style Savvy. It features wireless connectivity and the ability to shop at other people’s boutiques.

Moving Memo is coming out, now called Flipnotes Studio, this summer! This is the DSi app that lets people draw animation and upload it.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again. It looks just like Mario vs. Donkey Kong, but now it has a full level editor with online level sharing! It’s going to be DSiWare, available June 8. “That’s right, this coming Monday.”

WarioWare: DIY. This is the game released in Japan as “Made in Ore.” It’s a complete suite of tools to create your own WarioWare games — draw the graphics, make the music, create the game logic, everything. For a five-second-long game. You can share your microgames as well.

This summer, you can automatically upload photos from DSi to Facebook.

What’s next for games after Wii Fit and Brain Age? The Wii Vitality Sensor. It’s one of those biorhythm doodads you stick your finger in. Except it connects to the Wiimote. “For example, how nervous am I?”

Super Mario Galaxy 2 announced. Mario is riding Yoshi around spherical planets. Yoshi can pick up power-ups that allow him to bloat up like a balloon. (We hope Wii Vitality can’t sense our heart swelling three sizes when we see Mario riding Yoshi.) A big button will freeze large bodies of water so Mario can run on them. And now there’s a little world that blooms with flowers whenever Mario runs over an area. 2D side-scrolling levels were showcased with the return of Bee Mario.

Trailers for The Conduit, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, and Dead Space: Extraction shown.

Team Ninja and Nintendo are collaboration in Metroid! Metroid: Other M is a 2D sidescroller with 3D graphics, but it also features first person missions.

And that’s it!

I have to say I’m remarkably underwhelmed by this. My love of Mario waned after Super Mario Sunshine, and the only titles at this presser that got me interested is the new Metroid game and Golden Sun for the DS.

This conference was definitely loads better than last years conference, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve outgrown Nintendo.

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