Nate aka Aniero takes you through the latest in gaming headlines. On this show: layoffs at EA, no Nintendo at E3 2013, new expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ratchet & Clank get a movie, countdown to the next Xbox, and get scared with The Evil Within. This is our first episode, so make sure to check back at GamerEscape.com for new episodes.
Nintendo subtly announced the launch of another new console recently, the Wii-Mini. The console, which will be available in Canada starting December 7th for $100, specializes in supporting Nintendo Wii titles; however, lacks an array of the important features included in the original Nintendo Wii. Backwards compatibility for GameCube titles, and the ability to connect in any way, shape, or form to the Internet just to name a few.
The console features a smaller design for the cheaper cost, and is targeted towards users who simply want to get their motion gaming on. An obvious choice for the new gamer who has no desire to connect with the nostalgic titles of the past.
Not something you see yourself being interested in?
The Wii-Mini is only going to be sold in the Canadian market for now. Nintendo has yet to announce whether or not it plans to market the Wii-Mini in U.S. or U.K. markets.
In just two days, Nintendo’s Wii U will be available for the gaming masses (or gaming few depending on availability).
I can still remember waiting outside of a local Walmart at 5:00am the day the Wii came out. Lucky for me, it decided to snow for the first time that year. The management came outside, hoping to help clear the line of anybody that wouldn’t be acquiring one of these new game machines. “We have twenty of them, we’re going to go down the line, if you want one let us know, only one per person.” Oddly enough, there were exactly that many people in line that were looking to purchase the system.
The manager came back out a few minutes later to give us tickets to exchange for the console at the register. When he got to the last woman in line, he found himself without a ticket to give her.
Last year, Nintendo’s big E3 “thing” was the unveiling of the Wii U. And while that’s definitely a big thing for them this year, their main attraction was Nintendoland. A theme park of various Nintendo properties such as The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong and more! You enter Nintendoland and are able to play one of twelve minigame attractions. Out of the twelve set to be in the final product, five were on the show floor: The Legend of Zelda Battle Quest, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, Animal Crossing Sweet Day, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, and Takamaru’s Ninja Castle.
Read on to hear about the five attractions that were playable on the show floor!
The first day of this year’s E3 has come and gone. We attended our first Nintendo press conference this year, and we got to see some cool titles later in the day once the show floor opened. We still have much more to see over the next two days, but read on and check out our thoughts on what we saw for the first day of E3 2012!
Nintendo’s Pre E3 Wii U video via Nintendo Direct has just ended and with it, we got a look at the revised Wii U Gamepad and Wii U’s Xbox 360 controller Wii U Pro Controller, along with some new features for the tablet like controller including TV remote functionality.
A peak of the Wii U’s start screen was also shown which adds what appears to be a type of social media functionality to the main screen. But it doesn’t stop there! In the Miiverse, a new, largely expanded upon Mii plaza, you can communicate with others across the world either from your Wii U, PC, and eventually your phone and talk about the games you play. The scenario shown in the video shows a man having trouble beating a troublesome zombie boss and the methods he uses to find out how to overcome it. He looks at a type of message board to find hints or clues and a friend of his sees this via his mobile device and calls him, offering his ego increasing gaming expertise. Just then however, the man finds someone that posted a message and starts up a video call with “Grandpa” in order to figure the game out.
This type of interaction doesn’t stop there though. A small clip of what looked to be a New Super Mario Brothers title also showed this social functionality, showing messages on loading screens, and on the level select map of the game.
Overall, I’m personally more excited for the Wii U after watching the video (which can be found here) and I can’t wait to see what kind of games will be released for the platform.
We’ll be on the ground at the Nintendo E3 Press Conference Tuesday morning. Make sure to follow us on twitter as we tweet not only Nintendo, but the event overall!
A spin-off title to the Fatal Frame series, Spirit Photography: The Possessed Notebook is going to take advantage of the 3DS’ 3D camera and feature gameplay elements involving augmented reality. Finally, you can walk around the mall like Frank West and take pictures of zombies. Well, ghosts. Spirits? Well, it’s an AR spinoff of Fatal Frame, that should be enough of a description!