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Nintendo (like last year) did something a little different at E3 with their “Digital Event”, as they’re billing it. The pre-recorded press conference — presented by CEO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime — highlighted a number of new projects for the Wii U and the 3DS, along with several new games that are sure to be of interest to Nintendo fans.

Opening up with a Robot Chicken-inspired puppet sequence and then choreographed live-action fight between Reggie and Satoru Iwata (You know, just Nintendo’s president and CEO. In any other business, frowns all round, but not in video games. Because video games are awesome.), the video got right into the meat of Nintendo’s projects and reveals. I’ve listed these below with a basic summary of the points as they transpired during the course of the presentation; I’ve included each announcement’s handy HD trailer where available.

A lot of this is only appearing in 2015, which is unfortunate considering the beleaguered nature of the Wii U. Regardless, hit the jump for all the details.

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“Oh no he squidn’t,” you were probably ‘inking when you read that headline. But I ain’t fin-ished yet, because this here is a kraken-looking game an—

Okay, enough of that, but Splatoon — announced during Nintendo’s Digital Event for launch on the Wii U in 2015 — looks like an amazingly vibrant multiplayer experience that isn’t gritty soldier men shooting other gritty soldier men. Splatoon is a four-on-four team game in which you and your squidron (Okay, really, sorry, last one. I promise.) attempt to cover the various maps with your colour of ink: the victor being whoever has covered the most of the walkable surface area, although you can coat walls and such as well. This is where things get tricky, however: the ink itself has a secondary function as an alternative means of travel for your secondary form as a squid.

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What does the sound of millions of potential dollars being vacuumed up sound like? It probably sounds like Nintendo’s announced amiibo system: their own implementation of the toys-to-games model popularised by Skylanders. Launching with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in October of this year, the amiibo system utilises miniature figurines of well-known Nintendo characters with embedded tech to interface directly with the Wii U. By placing it on the appropriate position of the Wii U gamepad, players can transfer information between the Wii U system and the figurine.

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If you caught last night’s special E3 Nintendo Direct briefing, then you were probably spoilt for choice on what to get super excited about. Nintendo has pretty much smashed it out of the park for Wii U owners this year. One of the nicest surprises, however, was news that all copies of Bayonetta 2 will come with a copy of the original Bayonetta at absolutely no extra cost. You’re getting two games for the price of one. It makes a lot of sense considering Nintendo faithful never got to play the original Bayonetta. It also obviates any hesitation on behalf of newcomers to the series. Nintendo also announced that Bayonetta 2 will be out this October. Finally!

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After years of insisting that the popular third-generation Pokémon games Ruby and Sapphire would not be remade (in the same vein as Fire Red / Leaf Green and Heart Gold / Soul Silver), Nintendo has finally announced restyled versions of the games. Titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the games are scheduled for release for the Nintendo 3DS in November 2014. Needless to say the Internet has erupted in waves of overflowing Poké-joy as many gamers have been clamouring for these remakes since the Heart Gold / Soul Silver releases in 2010.

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It looks like Nintendo is getting into the lucrative collectible figurine business. Just like Activision’s Skylanders and Disney’s Disney Infinity series, Nintendo is poised to release a line of games and collectible figurines that have been codenamed Nintendo Figurine Platform. Nintendo actually alluded to this prior to the release of the Wii U, when they revealed that the Game Pad would feature NFC technology that would allow physical figurines to be transported into games.

Speaking during an earnings briefing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that the new line of figurines will be usable across multiple games that will be designed to accommodate the figurines. Consequently, you might buy a Mario figurine, which will then level-up as you play through various game titles, bringing stats and skill points from title to title.

The collectible gaming figurine market is a new but lucrative one. The Skylanders franchise had already accumulated $1.5 billion in total sales towards the end of 2013, and Disney Infinity, which has been out for little less than a year, has already raked in $500 million. Nintendo already has the technology to tap into this market built-in to every single Wii U on the planet, so creating a new line of toys and games seems like a no-brainer.

Via: Polygon
Header: Chris Kohler on Twitter

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I guess that there’s no doubting Nintendo of America’s sense of humour after this one: the company released this E3 video primer late yesterday afternoon. It’s pretty out-there, so to speak.

Joining up with the Mega64 crew, this video features Nintendo of America’s bossman Reggie Fils-Aime as a “lazer death eyes” wielding robot. It’s pretty funny at times, and pretty cringe-worthy at others, but on the whole it’s nice to see them not taking themselves so seriously. As we approach E3 (in six weeks!), we’ll see all sorts of companies revving their PR engines, and invariably those engines billow super-serious-business fumes out their exhausts.

Nintendo’s wonderfully offbeat E3 video is after the jump. The jist of their E3 announcement is this: there will be no E3 press conference, much like last year. Instead, the company will broadcast a “Nintendo Digital Event” at 09:00 on Tuesday, 10 June, which equates to 18:00 our local time. They’re also hosting a Super Smash Bros. Invitational in L.A. during E3, and the game will be playable at Best Buy stores across the US. That obviously has very little meaning to the rest of the world, but there you go. Luckily most of Nintendo’s E3 happenings will be live-streamed by the Nintendo Treehouse team.

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Nintendo’s gaming might has waxed and waned over its 31 years in the gaming industry — but there’s one category of gaming that it can say, with absolute confidence, that it has owned completely and utterly, and that’s the handheld gaming market.

That dominance would be born under the glare of an olive-green sunrise, with the arrival of the Game Boy on the 21st April, 1989 in Japan. It was, for many gamers, the dream personified — gaming was now possible anywhere. Admittedly, this was if you liked stomping on Goombas or piecing together falling blocks of various geometries, but it was a start.

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Nintendo recently announced Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition, which bundles together a copy of the game with a blue spiny shell collector’s item, and it will be available in South Africa. The release of the game itself is big news (especially for the struggling Wii U console), but for those who pre-order the title there will be an additional bonus in the form of themed key rings based on the game. For more info and a special Limited Edition trailer, hit the jump.

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Ever since the Wii introduced the Balance Board and Wii Fit, Nintendo has exhibited somewhat of a fascination with promoting a healthy lifestyle. While the fitness-based games have been part of their stable of franchises since 2007, Nintendo has always positioned them on the periphery of the more predominant gaming experiences available on the Wii and Wii U. From the sounds of things, that’s about to change as company president Satoru Iwata has announced a renewed focus on healthy living and promoting a “quality of life” – which they’ve buzz-termed “QOL”. You know it’s serious when there’s a new buzz-term.

Nintendo is maintaining that their console gaming hardware and software will remain a core principal, but it’s now going to share a space with a new suite of fitness themed offerings. While it’s not confirmed in Iwata’s letter to shareholders, it sounds like Nintendo is going to offer a completely separate, health-themed piece of hardware apart from the usual Wii and DS gaming systems.

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