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Don’t you wish you could go back in time and not have to sit through Sony’s overly long presentation of Wonderbook to fit in more announcements? Well, for anyone that hasn’t seen all the conferences yet, we’ll do just that; so you don’t have to.
Miyamoto’s acting aspirations are presented in a short intro featuring Pikmin this year. Not unsurprisingly, this means the conference starts with the announcement for Pikmin 3 on Wii U that adds Rock Pikmin and an overall map on the gamepad. Then once again Nintendo takes a stab at games on mobile devices, before promoting the Wii U and its 23 titles that will now also support 2 gamepads. This is accompanied by the Miiverse service that acts as a social connectivity hub where gamers can leave messages about the games and such.
The second big announcement is the mandatory Mario game for Wii U, which is reminiscent of the SNES launch title Super Mario World. This is followed by Batman Arkham City Armored Edition for Wii U, which uses gamepad functions such as its touchscreen for the interface and the gyroscope to commandeer gadgets. Scribblenauts will now also receive a Wii U game for its imagination-driven gameplay. The same goes for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which can briefly be seen handing out Mario mushrooms to fighters.
Wii Fit U (we fit you) then gets a long presentation about its awkward implementation. More casual pitches come from a working title called SiNG that uses the gamepad as a lyric sheet, so gamers can face their friends instead of the screen to create a more realistic karaoke vibe.
As the 3DS also needs some time to shine, a new Super Mario Bros 2 was announced, which is all about collecting gold coins. More so, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is getting there as well and will feature the collection of these stickers in order to attack and such. Luigi’s Mansion on 3DS completed this trifecta. Just like last year, third parties received only 40 seconds of screen time to present 4 titles, amongst which Kingdom Hearts.
Back to Wii U, more details about Lego City: Undercover reveal a sort of Grand Theft Auto inspired title, which might also come to 3DS. Ubisoft returned once more to show off Just Dance 4 and do a live presentation of ZombiU. The conference concluded with the presentation of Nintendoland, which uses an attraction park theme for Nintendo rides both in singleplayer and multiplayer. These games include throwing ninja stars or chasing ghosts in a Luigi’s Mansion game.