Live Blog: E3 2009 Nintendo Conference
17:04: The conference is go. Cammie Dunaway takes to the stage.
17:08: "Sometimes surprise breaks down the door...To places where you thought there wouldn't be any left." It's unsure what she is talking about, exactly, but Nintendo are known for innovating.
17:09: Now a montage of Mario is on-screen. She explains that Nintendo has yet to figure out how to move him into the fourth demension, but now they have an answer - a new Wii game.
17:10: The high sales of New Super Mario Bros. for DS is being discussed.
17:12: Three others come on stage with remotes - it's em>New Super Mario Bros. for Wii. It's very similar to the DS version, 2D, bright visuals, with four player co-op.
17:13: Now on to the Balance Board. 15 million sold, ranking along side home systems for install base, with Wii Fit Plus announced.
17:16: A Locker Room enables you to become your own personal trainer, and there will be six new exercise types and 15 new mini-games, including skateboarding and perfect ten, where hips will be moved to add numbers to ten. There will also be a platform game, jumping over timber and ducking cannon balls.
17:17: It will be available by the end of the year, packaged with the Balance Board or stand-alone.
17:18: Reggie Fils-Amie takes the stage. He says interface was the driving point for Nintendo's games, mentioning the Wii remote, then the nunchuk, and the Balance Board. There's one more - Wii MotionPlus. He says most won't feel the difference until the on-button is pressed.
17:20: A trailer for the device plays, showing actors playing table tennis and slicing bamboo. Golf, Basketball, Archery, Frisbee, and Kyacking. It's Wii Sports Resort.
17:23: Now for a demonstration. He reminds everyone that the game has come a long way since last year. The first activity is skydiving! The Wii remote becomes the Mii, where you twist in real time, dive and flatten out, and clash into others to create a falling chain. Two dozen Mii's surround him as he falls before the parachute opens. This is the very opening of the game, and looks to be a great introduction.
17:26: Next up is Archery. Played with the nunchuk, zooming back the bow string focuses the view on the target, with faster shots giving you better sight. Both distance and wind factor into firing.
17:27: The final sport sees Reggie comes back on the stage to play Basketball. To play you reach down a row of balls, pick it up and throw it up in the air toward the hoop. Starting from the side, you work your way around each row until the time is up. Reggie wins by two balls.
17:30: Wii Sports Resort launches July 26 in the US. Other games using it are now mentioned, such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, Grand Slam Tennis and Virtua Tennis 2009. "This means every little mistake you make in the real world will be faithfully reflected in the game."
17:32: Red Steel 2 will only use Wii Motion Plus. More third party games were sold for Wii and DS than any other platform, and now attention turns to role playing games. Square Enix has been making an open-world game, and a trailer plays.
17:34: It's called Final Fantasy The Crystal Bearers, and it's for the Wii. Kingdom Hearts 368/2 is now shown, which has some excellent looking cutscenes for a DS game. It's due September 29.
17:35: Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, the third in the DS RPG series, shows Mario, Luigi and Peach sucked inside the time old enemy. Bowser goes about his daily business on the top screen, and Mario and Luigi have to contend with the outcome - drinking water douses the screen, for example. It'll be out in the US and Europe by the end of the year.
17:36: "A legendary RPG name is coming back to Nintendo portables." Golden Sun DS will be returning after six years, now in full 3D. A short trailer was shown, but no details were given.
17:39: Dunaway is back on taking about Women's Murder Club: Games Of Passion by James Patterson. It's a graphic novel with mini-games thrown in along the way.
17:39: Cop: The Recruit is an anime presented action game, with third person shooting in warehouses and driving sections through busy New York streets. Also from Ubisoft is a fashion game called Style Savvy, targetted at girls, with over 10,000 fashion items, catwalks and the ability to visit other player's shops.
17:43: The DSi was set to "natually complement" the existing DS Lite. It has sold over one million units, with the Lite doing 400,000 units in the same period. Personalisation is key: "Your portable will feel like no one elses."
17:43: Flip Note Studio, a simple movie maker, will be available this summer.
17:45: Mario & Donkey Kong: Mini's March Again!, the third in the series, will allow players to share levels over WiFi. It will be download only June 8 - that's this Monday.
17:46: WarioWare: DIY will allow the player to create their own microgames. "As close to essential game design as any has come."
17:46: This summer, DSi photos can be uploaded to Facebook.
17:47: Dunaway has played The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. It's also playable on the show floor He suggests that the game is coming along nicely. No date given.
17:48: Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata takes the stage. "Big things have come to be expected, and the industry expects this." He says Nintendo has been doing research - 295 million games across Japan, US and Europe currently, with another 149 million potential gamers. "For every two people, there is one more willing to jump into the game."
17:54: He says they have been trying to create a game that will satisfy every player, even though the experience will widely differ. Something to satisfy both hardcore and casual - Mario Kart Wii was such a game that combined traditional gaming with a more casual interface. Each of these could be considered "everyone's game."
17:58: The Wii Vitality Sensor will recognise your pulse when you insert your finger into it. It plugs into the base of the controller, coming off a lead. He doesn't say what exactly it'll be used for, and leaves the stage.
18:01: Cammie returns. Now here comes a new Mario! The second 3D adventure on one console. The trailer shows that it is very similar to Galaxy, with the ability to ride on Yoshi, star pieces, spherical worlds to explore, the return of the bee suit, shadow Mario's, giant Goombas...it's called Super Mario Galaxy 2.
18:04: Reggie comes back on stage. He says that he has been reading the blogs and knows that people want more. The answer is a series of third party exclusive Wii titles that'll all be out by the end of the year. A trailer of The Conduit, Sega's first-person shooter is shown, complete with a Metroid Prime visual style.
18:06: Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles, announced by Capcom last month, has a new trailer, showing events from both Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica. Dead Space Extraction will also be a on-rails light-gun shooter with a horror theme - exclusive to Wii.
18:09: Reggie now shows a "new, edgier game from us." It's a Team Ninja collaboration set in space, with a blonde haired lady in a city...who transforms into Samus. Metroid: Other M is a 2D/3D hybrid adventure packed with action and plenty of glossy cutscenes, expected 2010. The crowd seem to like it.
18:12: This "historic collaboration" will take you deeper into the story of Samus and the Metroid universe, and will be for the Wii. Reggie summarises the announcements, saying that Nintendo is bringing old and new franchises and ideas together.
18:14: That's it - three new Mario games, Metroid and a host of WiiWare announcements. Be sure to return for Sony's conference at 7pm!