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!
The Pikman opening for this year’s Nintendo conference was great. Of course that greatness was also coupled with the announcment of Pikman 3 coming to Wii U. Batman Arkham City Armored Edition was kind of cool to see, but we knew last year that it would be coming to Nintendo’s new console. The presentation overall was good, and then they introduced Nintendoland.
Nintendoland feels like Mario Party 17 with a different name. You’re in an amusement park and you get to check out different attractions based on Nintendo properties such as Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda, and more. It’s a game of mini games- something I felt the Wii had too many of. Nintendoland will also be a launch title for the Wii U when it launches this holiday.
Ni No Kuni: Wraith of the White Witch
This Japanese RPG is being produced by Namco Bandai, developed by Level-5 and animated by Studio Ghibli. In Studio Ghibli’s classic style, the game features beautiful anime, both in up close battle sequences and in the top-down map mode as well. We only got a short time to experiment with the game, but the classic RPG elements are all there – HP, MP, special attacks, spells and even pets. When you wander around at land or at sea, you will periodically be attacked by monsters. The fight sequences are a hybrid of real time and turn-based systems. During the battles you control not only your own moves, but those of your party, and in doing so can select an individual move or a battle style (i.e. “All-out Attack”) for a less granular experience. While we only had a few minutes with the game, it looks like a lot of fun, and was certainly beautiful to look at.
Little Big Planet Karting
Sackboy (and Sackgirl) is (are) back… but this time on wheels. Little Big Planet Karting was showing off two modes of the upcoming PS3 release, a classic 3 lap race and a battle royale mode where each racer attempts to kill off the others for points. The racing was heavy with power-ups, speed boosts, mines and chasms that can only be traversed with the use of your grappling hook. Also notable, the level crater from LBP 2 is back. Players will be able to create their own race tracks and then race against players from around the world. While is is certainly reminiscent of other karting games, LBP Karting will certainly appeal to those who enjoy the LBP series.
NBA Baller Beats
Another title, and perhaps the strangest, was NBA Baller Beats. If you ever wanted to play basketball and Guitar Hero at the same time, then this game is for you. You guessed it – you dribble the ball (a real basketball!) to the beat to earn points. NBA Baller Beats will be available September 2012 exclusively on Kinect for Xbox 360. Here’s a look: