So, I watched the entirety of the Nintendo E3 Press Conference, and sent out many tweets in real-time as I watched it, just as I did last year. You guys remember the Note on Facebook that I wrote up after E3 last year? (Hint: It’s right here: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150225673125425 (you may need to be logged into Facebook to read it.)) Well, expect another one! Only this time, I won’t be putting it in a Facebook Note, but rather right here on my website, http://HealyHQ.com for all to see!
So without further adieu, I bring you my 2011 rendition of “E3, as told in Tweets + More!” For those of you who don’t follow me at @HealyHQ on http://Twitter.com/HealyHQ , here they are, in all their 140 character goodness (and don’t worry, this whole post isn’t in Tweets):
#NintE3ndo kicks off with a LIVE ORCHESTRA playing music as a Skyward Sword trailer plays. “The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary” on screen.
Shigeru Miyamoto speaks about music being an important aspect of Zelda; orchestra plays tunes from the franchise, such as “Getting an Item.”
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is going to be a FREE DOWNLOAD on DSiWare. The multiplayer co-op awesomeness is back, baby! #NintE3ndo
Expect Four Swords in DSiWare/3DS eShop for free in September of this year. #NintE3ndo
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo global president, takes the stage, speaking about the Wii being played mostly by casual players. #NintE3ndo
He’s talking about the new home console and why it will capture an even greater appeal, to “ALL GAMERS” & seeing games in “a different way.”
President of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime takes the stage. “You want what you’ve always wanted, but also something new.” #NintE3ndo
Reggie talking about many first party franchises coming to 3DS and how they’re both the same, yet different, than what we’ve played before.
Mario Kart 3DS slated for Holiday Season release date. #NintE3ndo
Star Fox 3D slated for release in September of this year. Will show the faces of your opponents using inner camera of 3DS in real-time.
Super Mario for 3DS trailer just played. When will we get to play it? “Before the year is over,” says Reggie. #NintE3ndo
Kid Icarus: Uprising for 3DS, trailer now playing. Man, it looks even better than I thought it would! Great voice acting too! #NintE3ndo
Kid Icarus: Uprising comes out later this year.
*GASP!* ZOMG, guys! Luigi’s Mansion 2 is officially confirmed, and it’s coming to Nintendo 3DS! #NintE3ndo
Reggie now showing video with various third party games being made for 3DS. Take it from me, we have a lot to look forward to. #NintE3ndo
“Game Demos will be available on Nintendo eShop later this year.” Awesome. We can try out both download & retail games before we buy!
They’re about to reveal the successor to the Wii! Woohoo! :D
“So today, welcome to the world of Wii U.” The successor of the Wii is officially called the Wii U (pronounced “We, you.”) Interesting name!
A trailer for Wii U just played. “Coming to your living room in 2012.” It teased HD Zelda and it was BEAUTIFUL! #NintE3ndo
RT NintendoAmerica: Wii U controller has touch screen, dual analog circle pads, motion controls, speakers, a microphone and camera. #NintE3ndo
@StubbsiBoy They’re only showing off the controller but yes, there will be a new console with it. Didn’t you see that HD Zelda teaser? :O
Super Smash Bros. is coming to BOTH, the Nintendo 3DS AND the Wii U! Holy crap, most awesome news EVAR! :O #NintE3ndo
They’re showing off the HD graphics for the new system with a trailer. Looks gorgeous! #NintE3ndo
They’re now talking about various ‘gimmicks’ that could go along with the new controller, how it works for different games and such. #E3
They’re now showing developer reactions and impressions to the Wii U from third party developers. They seem excited for the potential! #E3
Trailer plays: Tekken, Assassin’s Creed, Batman Arkham City, DiRT, Ghost Recon Online, Metro: Last Night, & Darksiders II & more coming to Wii U!
Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference is officially over. That’s a wrap, folks! Looks like great things coming. Can’t wait for next year’s E3! LOL!
Okay, so that’s it for my Tweets during “NintE3ndo,” let’s move on to showing things off in a little more detail! :)
I’d like to go through this in chronological order, so let’s start with first the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer being played with live music from an orchestra sitted at the front of the conference room.
Certainly a new art direction has been taken with Skyward Sword, and though the story seems to be the ever-familiar “Princess gets captured, go save her,” it seems to be told in a new way. I see lot’s of new additions to the Zelda franchise from this trailer, such as various creatures we’ve never seen before, and new items to use as well. Looks to be great fun! Expect this game out for the Wii console later this year.
The orchestra proceeded to play a few other tunes from the Zelda franchise after Miyamoto took the stage.
He then spoke about what they’re doing for The Legend of Zelda franchise’s 25th anniversary this year.
He announced that The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords will be available as a free DSiWare/3DS eShop download in September of this year. Anyone who remembers the days of Four Swords Adventures on the Gameboy Advance and how fantastic a multiplayer experience it was will understand the significance of this release.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was also announced and will be available TODAY for purchase from the recently launched Nintendo eShop. This game will be available as the first tile in the Game Boy Color Virtual Console lineup.
Also, concurrent with the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a gold Wii remote will be made available for purchase.
Moving on, Reggie took the stage and shared with us all that the Nintendo 3DS will be getting a slew of first party releases in the near future, including a Super Mario title, Mario Kart, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Starfox 64 3D, and — wait for it — Luigi’s Mansion 2! Can you believe it?! Luigi’s Mansion was such a great game, and the 3DS is getting its sequel!
He also showed off a trailer of many third party games that the 3DS will be getting in the future, all of well-known franchises that look to be pretty good. Of course, all of the games won’t appeal to everybody, but I’m sure there’s something there for everyone. You will find several third party games to enjoy on the 3DS, no doubt.
He further announced that the Nintendo eShop will be getting game demos in the near future, which will allow you to try out both downloadable titles and retail-only titles before making the decision to purchase. I know for a fact that many people are going to be very thankful for this feature. It’s always good to see if you’ll actually enjoy a game mechanic before plunking down your hard-earned cash for a game. Thanks, Nintendo! :)
After all this 3DS goodness, Satoru Iwata took the stage to unveil what everyone was waiting for, the successor to the Nintendo Wii platform. Previously known as “Project Cafe,” the name of Nintendo’s next home console has been announced to be “Wii U” (pronounced “wee, you”). The logo of which shows the word “Wii” with a superscript ‘U.’
Mr. Iwata proceeded to show off several trailers showing off the capabilities of the system, how the new controller works, and what kind of gameplay mechanics they can do with it.
I already knew of many advantages this controller would have well before today, but they only further proved it. I can see this being used in all sorts of creative ways and to improve the gaming experience.
It is also obvious that the Wii U will have gorgeous graphics, as seen in the above screenshots of a Legend of Zelda teaser, as well as an even better look in following trailer.
Like I said, gorgeous.
After all of this, they wrap up the press conference by letting the fine folks at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition leave the room and play with the systems themselves, both the 3DS and the Wii U as the following image appears on screen, showing off all the many IP’s and franchises we have to look forward to in the future on Nintendo’s systems, including many not even shown off during the press conference!
Check out some of the names on that image. There’s two brand new Kirby games on there, among others! I can’t wait for more info on all the titles on that wall that weren’t shown off.
Nintendo has covered a whole lot in just a one-hour press conference. I suspect that more about the Wii U will be announced at the Tokyo Game Show in the future, with a grand release sometime in mid-2012, right around E3 next year. For now, we can bask in the glory that is Nintendo by later visiting many game news sites detailing their hands-on experiences with the games they were able to play at E3 (the lucky bastards! LOL!), as well as more YouTube videos that will be cropping up as the day goes on.
Fellow Nintendo fans, we have a lot to look forward to!
To learn more about the many fantastic things shown off at E3 2011, as well as a video recording of the entire presentation itself, check out http://e3.nintendo.com/
This has been Robert B. Healy III reporting.
Until next time, Peace, Love, Harmony, and all that Jazz. 8)
A long time ago (when I was in the 7th grade (year 2003/2004)) I went to an old cultural world store in North Carolina. I forget the exact town it was in, but you can’t really mistake it — it’s the town where there’s lots of interesting stores and people play instruments and perform various talents on the sidewalks and it’s a really happy place and a lot of fun…but I digress. The point is, it was in this town that I came across this world music store, which had many, many CD’s with music from, well, all over the world. Eclectic, oriental, tribal, you name it. It was such a fascinating place.
It was in this place I came across a hand-made, clay, “pendant” style, 6-hole ocarina. Something about the instrument, not this one specifically, but ocarinas in general, have always spoke to me. Like…they called out to me. They posses a worldly timbre that no other instrument can replicate. I’ve always been a fan of woodwind instruments anyway — something about the music coming from one’s breath, as though the music was an extension of your very soul, not just plucking or hitting with one’s hands, or something like that — but the ocarina interested me more than any of them.
Unlike most kids though, I did NOT learn of the ocarina through the Nintendo game “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” (Surprise!) I was always interested in other cultures and did my own research on them using books at the library (I didn’t have Internet at home until like the 10th grade, so I did things old school. lol!) and found out about it when researching European countries. Eclectic and such musics have always been my favorite world musics.
Anyway, it was that day at that North Carolinian world music store I decided to get that ocarina I found on the shelf. I remember thinking it was a little expensive for its size, but I got it anyway. A souvenir, why not?
I was just a kid of course, so though I liked the instrument, I never did anything spectacular with it. Just played around with it for a few weeks. I’d wear it around my neck sometimes, but I wouldn’t really play it much. I just liked having it. I took it back with me to KY and showed my mother. It was a neat little thing.
But over the course of a year, I lost it.
It didn’t seem to matter to me much that it was lost, and I simply went on with life as I always had. No problem. It was just a little something to remember my time being at that place. But something happened a few weeks ago. While cleaning out some boxes from beneath my bed here at home, I came across that very ocarina. Something about it just filled me with happiness and I decided that, “Hey, I’ve got free time, as well as an Internet connection now…why not learn a little tune on this?”
And through research, I came across many interesting things, including various communities dedicated to the instrument! I was pretty amazed, really. I didn’t know the ocarina had such a following! Though the instrument isn’t “mainstream” it has its fair share of fans, and though I’ve never really “played” it myself, I’ve always been interested in it and the music that comes from it. I’ve been listening to ocarina music for years, but it wasn’t until just recently that I’ve discovered a passion that lies within me that I never really knew was there.
I wanna pursue this. I don’t just want to listen to the ocarina anymore; I wanna play it.
And low and behold! After a short week, I can now play The “Song of Time” from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (It was easy to find tablature (Yes! There’s ocarina tablature! How cool is that?!) of Zelda songs, so that’s what I did first. Besides, I’m an avid gamer, as well as an admitted Nintendo fanboy, so I couldn’t resist. )
In any case, I think I’ll be pursuing this further. The ocarina has always held a special place in my heart, and now, I can actually play a little tune on it! It won’t be long ‘till I start playing more complicated pieces. I also wouldn’t mind learning to ‘truly’ read sheet music (like I used to a little when I played the Trumpet in band class in the 6th grade) so I won’t be limited by my own improvisations and tabs I can scrounge up. But I’d like to learn to play the different “styles” of ocarina before I start getting into theory like that.
I’m now saving up for several different ocarina’s after having “lurked” various ocarina forums (my favorite is TheOcarinaNetwork.com) for the last couple weeks and gathering a bunch of data and opinions on the myriad types and styles and such. I’ve already decided on the ones I’d like to obtain in the future.
But there are also many other things I’d like to get this year! (This is a good year to be a gamer! Not so good on the wallet though…Christmas is coming up, and I expect to use monies accrued from that to get a 3DS and that’ll pretty much tap me out. I’m planning on selling some of my other systems and games though, as well as my Trumpet (the very one I played in 6th grade band class) among other little things. Rock Band 3 is also releasing…and the Pro Mode instruments would help me immensely in learning the guitar (which I’ve also been (trying) to self-teach. (Not working out too well…) …oh, jeez, I’ve lost my place in the parenthesis layers…oh, yeah! Here we go!) Ahh, that’s better.
Point is, it’s a busy year, and many things I’d like to get. I think I’ll be sticking with my unbranded clay 6-hole pendant ocarina for now (even though I’ve realized it’s incredibly ‘airy’ and a bit out of tune on the higher notes) until I get a bit better. I’ll reward myself with a new ocarina eventually after that.
Well, I think that’ll do it for this wall of text. Thank you for taking the time to read it. Hahaha!
I’m 19 years old now. Seven years with an ocarina but I wasn’t ready for it until now. Everything happens for a reason, right? I believe suddenly finding this instrument after all this time of it being ‘lost’ was fate. Let’s see where these winds of fate take me!