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Nintendo confirms E3 plans, including digital presentation and more Best Buy demos

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Last year Nintendo changed up the game in terms of how it presents itself at E3. This year the company will be continuing some of the trends started, as detailed in a new press release. Four new details about Nintendo’s upcoming presence at E3 have been released, letting us get a glimpse of how Nintendo plans on making sure the gaming world at large knows about its offerings. Reggie Fils-Aime commented on this new direction for Nintendo, stating that the company is never afraid of breaking new ground:

We demonstrated last year that we are never afraid to reinvent a proven tactic or to break completely new ground if we believe it will provide the best experience for our fans, followers and partners. So, whether you’re attending E3 in person or joining online, there’s an amazing lineup of games, experiences and events coming your way.”

There will be four events under the banner “Play Nintendo”, designed to give fans what they want. The first of those is the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, which will see 16 skilled Super Smash Bros. players heading to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to compete in a Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament. The tournament will be streamed live for all to see.

Nintendo will also be airing another event similar to last year’s Nintendo Direct. This year they’re calling it a Nintendo Digital Event and plan to outline their plans for all Nintendo platforms live. It will air at 9am PST on June 10. As for actual presence at E3, this year Nintendo is bringing the Treehouse directly to E3. The Treehouse is the colloquial name given to Nintendo of America’s Product Development Department and we’ve seen numerous videos from the team surrounding important releases like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The Treehouse group will be on hand in Nintendo’s booth at E3, giving demos of Nintendo’s newest games. This event will be available to watch as a stream as well.

Finally, Nintendo is continuing their partnership with Best Buy in order to bring demos of Super Smash Bros. to the public at large. Last year Nintendo announced the partnership that would let fans from across the country attend special Best Buy locations in order to play the same demos that E3 attendees were playing. Right now the only game announced as playable is Super Smash Bros., but there may be more as we get closer to the big event.

What do you think of Nintendo’s plans?

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  • Parker Parker

    by “amazing lineup of games” he means only super smash bros ? i hope NOT.

    • PrincessKairi

      Nope! they’ll have Wii Party U 2, Nintendoland 2, and Newer Super Mario Bros U!

  • jjbredesen

    No live show? I understand why, buy it makes no sense! If you have a live show you create more hype, this is Nintendo’s last chance when it comes to Wii U!

    • Zuxs13

      Well the Digital Event could be showcased live or in front of a live audience but it might just be per-recorded. We still dont know all the details on the Event.

      • jjbredesen

        That would be smart, but it says: As for actual presence at E3, this year Nintendo is bringing the Treehouse directly to E3, while the rest is going to be streamed, but one can hope :/

        • Zuxs13

          Well the Digital Event is on the first day of E3 so my guess is it will be broadcast the same time a live event would have taken place. I think it would behoove them to at least show it on video screen to a live audience so the press that is there can watch it live and tweet about it etc. But either way it will happen the same time for us as a Live event.

    • darkcreap

      Well, at the end of the day, the masses are out of E3. I hope they will try that, whether they broadcast a live presentation or they broadcast a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct they will try that it reaches the most people nonetheless. Indeed, Nintendo should start creating hype for E3. I think that Mario Kart advertising will help create some hype indirectly, though.

      I also hope they have more games. Man, the year is being rather dull. There are a lot of games we haven’t heard for a while. I hope the absence of news about those games in NDs means they are focusing on finishing those games.

      • jjbredesen

        Yeah, we really need some new games! I also noticed that the video was really star fox themed, it had Fatchina (spelled wrong) theme etc. so perhaps there is hope xD

        • darkcreap

          Which video? The Regginator one? Are you sure it was Star Fox themed? The music was from Zelda Skyward if we are talking about the same video.

          Oh, high hopes for a Starfox…

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah the reggienator one.

    • Kenshin0011

      It doesn’t matter if it’s live, it’s being streamed live. E3 is an online only thing now, it has almost zero presence on TV now

      • linkzero65

        Nintendo doing something online? cool story bro. XD

    • thedeciderU

      this gif is amazing! hahahah

    • linkzero65

      ZELDAAAAAAAAAAAAA UUUUUUUUUUU.
      btw this fanart is amazing!

      • Rinslowe

        That’s awesome work…

    • Wooopigsooie

      So…. Girahim’s theme, Starfox music, and more LoZ music? (Gerudo Valley) Is it safe to confirm reveals for new Zelda, Starfox, and Girahim in Smash?

    • Rinslowe

      Hahaha…. The guy with the Wii-mote and nunchuck….
      :)

      • jjbredesen

        Its from the Wii Music reveal :D

        • Rinslowe

          I’m kinda glad I can’t remember that…
          But it’s hilarious.
          :)

  • Aliaric Seido

    Maybe they’ll show new Yoshi game. Or something about Zelda, or Metroid lol…
    Dreams, dreams…

    • jjbredesen

      Zelda U is confirmed for E3 and i think Yoshi’s Yarn has a good chance of being shown, but would not get my hopes up for Metroid..

      • darkcreap

        Confirmed that they would show something, not necessarily the announcement of the release, but I hope they will… oh, how I hope it… :'(

  • Noah

    Smash Bros will be cool and I’m really ready for Zelda, which has been confirmed for E3 earlier. If they surprise us with something else (Fox, Metroid), that’d be awesome but I don’t think it will happen.

  • Zuxs13

    This sounds pretty cool. Lets hope the Digital Event is broadcast in front of a live audience too. And tree house events all through out E3 sounds awesome.

    Dont forget to watch the video announcement and the Regginator.

    • jjbredesen

      This is why NOA should have more power just look what you get when you let them make promotions :D

      • Yen

        To be fair, most Japanese commercials are hilarious.

        • Rinslowe

          True.

      • Zuxs13

        They did an awesome job here. Maybe this is showing a new direction for their advertising campaigns.

        • jjbredesen

          Yeah just look at Tomadachi life and this, they are relying more on humor etc. i think this is what Iwata was talking about when he said Nintendo was to become more western.

          • lonewolf

            So going by your comment japanese arent funny and going more west means to learn howto laugh and how make people laugh because japan and other countries dont know how to do that and only n. America knows sspecifically usa. Yeah right

          • jjbredesen

            I think you misunderstood, i have nothing against the japanese they are the actually the people that i respect the most. I was talking about how corporate NOJ does stuff compared to NOA and that NOA generally does more funny stuff, not that Japanese people are not funny, i was just talking about Nintendo.

          • Rinslowe

            You were talking about Nintendo tailoring their marketing in a way which each region individually can understand and appreciate, right…
            :)

          • jjbredesen

            Yes, thank you!

          • Rinslowe

            Going “western” in the “west” is a goood idea!

          • Shota

            tomodachi was also on ds.

          • jjbredesen

            I was talking about the direct.

          • Shota

            ahh i see. that’s what you meant.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Yeah this is actually really funny. Nintendo of America should be marketing things this way!

    • Saul Rivera

      I was about to post the video too haha..but first checked in the comments in case someone already did!

      • Skelterz

        Lol for some reason Wii u daily didn’t put up the vid my guess is they haven’t even seen it there just rushing the news out because everyone else always gets there first.

        • Zuxs13

          Well to be fair it is pretty early in the morning for Wii U daily workers. They get to the news when they wake up not when it happens..

          • Skelterz

            Well maybe they should get people from different time zones to fill the void no excuse imo

          • Zuxs13

            That would mean working.. They just do this for fun… BTW im being sarcastic.

          • Skelterz

            lol

          • Rey Armstrong

            ….

          • Doug

            Hey asshole how about you don’t post NSFW on here. Fucking idiot.

    • Jack5221

      This video seriously just made my day! Reggie is hilarious!

    • darkcreap

      What is the music of the video? I know I know it, but cannot remember from which game. I am sure I have played the game in which this music appears, but do not remember which game it was… It starts a bit later 0:30. Does any one remember?

      EDIT: Just remembered. Zelda Skyward, right?

      • Thomas Vienna

        It’s the Girahim fight theme!

      • Adam Porter

        yea all the music is nearly all zelda, you think maybe it’s hinting at a possible reveal………i don’t wan to sound like i’m getting carried away but THE NEW LEGEND OF ZELDA IS FINALLY HERE EVERYBODY!!! T_T i’m just so happy

        • Zuxs13

          They did say a while a go it would be at E3 but i do think this was a bit of a hint.

    • darkcreap

      Man, that was real good :D, hehehehehe.

    • Stephen Davis

      Gotta admit that was pretty good. They should televise that. lol Thats kind of stuff like to see. I think Nintendo just got its balls back. Im so happy now =D

      • DragonSilths

        Don’t jump the gun yet. 1 good silly video and you think it means Nintendo is now back in the drivers seat? lol no.

    • Mario

      THAT WAS HILARIOUS!! :)

      • Gabe Hoffman

        Mega64

    • companyoflosers

      is it one big tournament across ALL best buy locations or is each best buy its own separate tournament. i wanna wreck more people then just whos in my area!

    • MetroidZero

      ROFL! HAHAHAHA! Cancel lunch with Obama for Smash. HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111one

      • DragonSilths

        What I don’t get is I highly doubt Obama cares about Reggie and Nintendo lol.

        • Brian Lockett

          >_> Don’t serious-ize the funny moment.

    • iamserious

      That was pretty damn funny!

    • bistricky

      Cool Video ….. cheers :D

    • gmanextreme9

      This is the best. Thing. EVAR.

    • TheWichi

      Evangelion!!

  • http://Nintendo.com Nintendo of America

    We hope your bodies are ready for E3 ! Here is a little something to help you get hyped.

    Regginator

    • Andrew

      is this the official nintendo account

      • jjbredesen

        100% legit

      • http://Thissitethesitethatexiststhisisarealsitedontclickthis.com Shane Michaels

        Hmm, course not.

      • http://Nintendo.com Nintendo of America

        Hi Andrew, yes this is Nintendo of America’s official Disqus profile.

        //Nintendo

        • nin-10-doughfan

          yeah right!

      • Dark-Link73

        Think about it dude. “Nintendo of AMERICA” on a predominantly EUROPEAN Nintendo site. ;-)

        • jjbredesen

          I think about 70% of all visitors are from the US.

          • makkan

            then i must be one of the 30% because im from sweden

          • jjbredesen

            Kult eg er fra Norge :D

          • makkan

            heja skandinavien hehe :D

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBTTOfficial?feature=watch FrallaN

            sweden :D

          • Dark-Link73

            I think is the other way around. Even if that was the case, people complains that Nintendo doesn’t communicate via twitter, which is world renown, what makes you think that NoA would make a profile in a minor volunteer-run website?

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            Pretty much also from the 30% here I suppose, Netherlands here and there’s 5 or 6 more dutchies I know of, bunch of Scandinavians like yourself also lot’s of people from UK I believe.

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah there are atleast 4 Scandinavians and perhaps 6-7 from the UK that i know of, but there a probably more, there are also a bunch from east europe, but i can’t spell the countries xD, also a bit from south america. Then there is 2-4 from china and asia. Rinslowe lives there, but is not chinese.

            Apart from that most are from the US.

        • Geoffrey Tasker

          Unless you make up 70% of Europe’s population I don’t know about that lol

    • Dampf

      WTF OK NOW…. since when is Nintendo posting on sites like these?! Do you guys now want communication with us? Thats awesome!! MM 3D CONFIRMED YEEEESSSSSSSSSSS Hope it looks better than the fake shot though, its too bright!

    • asdfg

      No thank you

    • The Clockwork Being

      Ghirahim music in the trailer! GHIRAHIM CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!!!

      • AkaLink77

        I think Nin’s digital e3 will be completely ignored again by mass media and the internet again.
        (ugh… last year, it felt like Nintendo didnt even exist, even after sowing off their epic games. ) ;{

        • Brian Lockett

          A-flippin’-men!

    • David Horowitz

      That’s for the best. I’ve seen men all over the place get their panties in a bunch over a Majora’s Mask remake! My panties have been getting kinda bunched up, too, I admit. My only question is: “Nintendo of America”, why did you choose to reveal this information for the first time in a Disqus forum?

      • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

        This is a simple teaser please stay tuned for something more official, we will be launching a Mario Kart 8 direct later today.

    • Kevin Wickham

      is that what i think it is?

    • Anon

      This has to be a fake account.

      • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

        Hi Anon this is Nintendo of America’s official Disqus profile.

        //Nintendo

  • Skelterz

    The video was really bizarre to be honest i don’t care if its a live event or not i’ll still be watching after its streamed most likely so it don’t bother me they could do it in mcdonalds for all i care its about content and games if there’s substance being revealed im game for anything.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghEhI4CJjAM

  • Coopdawg

    Bored of hearing about super smash bros and mario kart, give us something new to look forward to. I’m not expecting to see much off them anymore, 4 big titles a year of the same characters and sequels of sorts just doesn’t cut it. I love the wii u but lack of original ip’s and third party support is making me lose interest in the system and nintendo in general. Another poor showing at E3 for nintendo yet again then.

    • Zuxs13

      Nintendo had almost as many first party Wii U games last year as Sony had first party PS3 games. they put out games. You will hear about more games at E3 that is the point of the event, they are not going to tell you about them in advance at least n0ot 6 weeks in advance.

      • Coopdawg

        Yes, but we are now in the wii u’s second year and we have about as much coming out as we did in year one, that’s not acceptable. I didn’t get a wii u for gba games and indie games, they are secondary for me. I want plenty of choice in its second year not updated versions with some new features to mario kart and smash bros.
        E3 should be getting me excited but I’m not because most of the games on show we already know about and I don’t expect them to give away details of anything new 6 weeks before but they’ve not put rumours out or hints, teases of anything. It’s going to be a wash out but I hope I’m wrong

        • Zuxs13

          We know of many games coming to the Wii U this year (or at least announced) that are first party games. The problem is the lack of third party. If you compare these two lists there are nearly as many First party Nintendo games on Wii U as there will be PS4.
          http://www.ign.com/games/upcoming/wii-u

          http://www.ign.com/games/upcoming/ps4

          If you only think Mario kart are just some “updates” then you shouldn’t be playing video games at all. This is how video games have been for over 30 years, they make sequels to games they make some changes, sometimes more sometimes not as much, and people buy them because that’s what they want.

          If you want “new IP’s” Nintendo has them, X and Bayonetta are both new IP’s for Nintendo. They have put out many new IP’s over the last few years too, some AAA and some small games. Could the offer more? Sure they could and we might see them come E3.

          Did you watch the Video, it was loaded with hints, they used songs from several Zelda games within the video.

  • ActivesiN

    smash invotational tournament, and Smash bros at Best buy During E3. That is just awesome

  • Suraj Alexander

    They might reveal some details on S.T.E.A.M: Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace.

    • Assassinated23

      Steam on WiiU would be nice (Valve)

      • Suraj Alexander

        That is not the STEAM i am talking about. nintendo recently filed for a trademark called S.T.E.A.M: Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace.

        • Assassinated23

          I know, it was a joke
          But I would prefer Steam on WiiU to S.T.E.A.M. on WiiU.
          Actually, it’d probably hit two birds with one stone.

  • Brandon Gardner

    Regardless of how we feel about Nintendo right now…. That video was awesome lol it got me hype!

  • gamesplayswill

    Waiting for Reggie to burst on the stage as flames engulf the crowd whilst he simply shouts somewhat passionately “My body IS ready!” Then he’ll snap his fingers and their sales pick up faster and faster until they’ve sold more than the PS2.in its lifetime.

  • Yen

    So they’re handing out Regginators at E3 and Best Buy right? That’s what I got from the video.

    • Skelterz

      Yen is gobblygoop for nob.

      • Yen

        Sounds like you gobblygooped one nob too many.

        • Skelterz

          MY SECRET IS REVEALED NOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • BettyHSmith

    I also hope they have more games. Man, the year is being rather dull. There are a lot of games we haven’t heard for a while. I hope the absence of news about those games in NDs means they are focusing on finishing those games. http://sn.im/28uztf9

  • RedChu

    So much for hearing cheers of E3 attendees as the new Zelda game is announced.

    • thedeciderU

      seriously, what the fuck?

      • Rinslowe

        Crowds are a great way of perpetuating the hype. And having an E3 Zelda reveal would have had the media creaming their shorts before even 1 second of footage was shown.
        Zelda may not be a universal fan favourite, but what it does have is the ability to build hype.
        I’m sure whatever is shown will still be exciting stuff in a digital event. But will it have the same viral effect? Have to wait and see…
        That’s assuming of course there is a Zelda reveal.

        • thedeciderU

          i meant that as a message to nintendo :)

          • Rinslowe

            Oh yeah, I knew that!

          • thedeciderU

            my brain is slow today…

          • Rinslowe

            no comment…

  • Kenshin0011

    Mandatory things Nintendo needs to address at E3 2014:

    – Bayonetta 2 release date for USA/EUR
    – Monolith’s X release date and some decent developer commentary (how it plays, story, mechanics, etc.)
    – Yarn Yoshi information
    – Shingami cross Fire Emblem information
    – Zelda U trailer, minimum
    – Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U release date
    – Hyrule Warriors information

    These things are MANDATORY! There’s absolutely no excuse to not do at least what I mentioned above. Of course I hope and expect we see some surprises of new games previously unannounced, though we have to leave that up to Nintendo.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      We definitely wont be getting a Smash Bros Wii U release date until the end of summer/early fall, as it’s got a Winter release window.

      The rest is all possible.

      • Kenshin0011

        I know that’s usually the case, but releasing the 3DS date and not wii u is gonna feel horrible

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          Yeah.
          Although, Smash Bros for 3DS will be out literally a month or two after E3, so I’m cool with that for now. Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros for 3DS (maybe along with other announced soon coming games) will gladly tide me over and keep me busy until the Wii U version is released.

          Painful? Definitely. Smash Bros is my favourite games series of all time, so I know the pain. I can only take one hype at a time LOL. For now, I’m still in depression over how long Mario Kart 8 is taking. This is going to be the longest month of my life.

        • uPadWatcher

          Where’s your Holiday spirit? Sora and Bandai-Namco are planning to add a few exclusives not in the Nintendo 3DS version. They don’t want to rush the game and tarnish the quality.

    • Assassinated23

      If that’s all we get, Nintendo will have failed E3 utterly. What is needed is new game announcements. Dozens of them. Ones that actually utilize the gamepad. They pull that off, they might just right this sinking ship, otherwise it’ll be dead within a year.

      • Kenshin0011

        I agree, I just wanted to point out the bare minimum of what Nintendo must address.

        These are things that we’ve been getting glimpses of for YEARS and it’s about time they come into full fruition.

        However you’re absolutely right, if that’s ALL that Nintendo does, wrap up things that we’ve known about for YEARS, then they have failed us and themselves. Where are some BRAND NEW games that make us “oooo” and “aweee” and see the Wii U as a truly unique system that has games like we’ve never seen before? That’s the feeling we got when we saw Super Mario Galaxy for the first time on Wii. We need that again and more. Where are the fan favorites like Star Fox and Metroid?

      • http://valid.at val berger

        There won’t be more than that. At least considering how these E3 presentations usually work. There seems to be a limited amount of products that shall be showed, maybe because of some marketing-peoples 101 bullshit. But this list pretty much covers that amount. sure, apart from their presentation might be some room left for other announcements, but I wouldn’t really expect this E3 to be THE ONE E3 TO SAVE US ALL. It will deliver, as usually, the absolute minimum for Nintendo to pass another year like the last one, some new games, a few huge titles and sooner or later, they’re gonna drop the WiiU’s price tag another time and then I guess people will finally buy the system, as they just wanna play smash bros and mk8.

        • Mario

          …I NEED TO GET THOSE GAAAAMEEEEEESSS!!!!!

        • Assassinated23

          The absolute minimum of this year is far above the absolute minimum of last year. Nintendo’s fan base is finally fed up with their handling of the WiiU, and won’t support them through another barren year. They are already off to a far worse start, given their utterly lackluster single Nintendo Direct. They had one game two months ago, one game next month, and one game 7 or 8 months from now that we know of. Even if they knock it out of the park at E3, it will be difficult to keep WiiU alive. Doing anything less, it will doom it.

    • bistricky

      I happen to agree with you completely …. especially the first two items on your list.

    • Zuxs13

      Nintendo raely gives release dates at E3, they do give release windows, but don’t expect any dates unless they are a month or two after E3.

    • Rob Bean

      Sorry to be Debbie Downer, but I don’t think we’re going to get your minimum. My guess: the last Nintendo Direct will be a preview of Nintendo’s E3. 80% SSB and 20% new software for 3DS. Please shut me up Nintendo. Show me you care about the WiiU!!

    • Michael Hancock

      “- Monolith’s X release date and some decent developer commentary (how it plays, story, mechanics, etc.)”
      Indeed. Why this has not been at the vanguard of Nintendo’s agenda is beyond me. The game looks significantly better than anything else, ever. And it’s a Wii U exclusive. Nintendo should be blasting this shit all over the place. Nintendo knows nothing of corporate war games.

      • Kenshin0011

        After playing Xenoblade, I’m more excited for X than I’ve ever been for any other game

        • Michael Hancock

          Me too. Xenoblade is insanely immersive, takes non-linear to a new level, and perfects every aspect of all RPG’s before it. X is supposed to improve upon everything from Xenoblade, and it looks as though it does. Which is beyond belief…

          • matthew garcia

            The reason for that is cuz it was highly iinfluence by Western rpgs. Big open world’s with action rpg style combat. The only complaint I have on xenoblade is that the world seemed kinda empty

          • lonewolf

            Not really.

        • Michael Hancock

          I remember falling off of a cliff in Xenoblade only to be transported to an underground cave. Or in the Dino area-jumping into that huge hole and trying to land in that little cave area that you could barely see? This game has brought back wonder to video games, which has been missing since the N64 days. I remember swimming out to the waterfall only for the swim, I came back with some sea cucumbers. This was one of the most memorable experiences of the game for me, and it involved no bosses, no grinding (grinding is not necessary in this game). I could go on and on, you know, talk about how brilliant the gem crafting system is, or how it is possible to be extremely successful in this game with ANY party you choose to assemble. Did you ever just wonder around the beautiful scenery, only to collect the blue orbs? Or just staring at the night sky watching the shooting stars?

          • Kenshin0011

            I loved the game’s world! The most memorable things about the game was the fact that it was on the body of giant gods and the music was amazing. Loved the characters and stories too. Everything was awesome, really

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            Owh yes, I did that also for many hours, standing still and looking at all the small details, weather effects, shooting stars, the change from day to night and visa versa. Enjoyed many non playable hours just standing in Satori Marsh at night, the effects and music gave me goosebumbps.

            Or just solving thousands of quests, build frienships with every single team member just to unlock heart-to-hearts. Hell I even ran around in areas just listening to the Music while tracking unique creatures. Explored every nook and cranny I could, swam for hours in a row (Yes, I talk real life hours, and not only in elryth sea) just getting the whole Elryth sea map completed and being surprised by pop-ups secret area discovered looting every item in these areas.

            If perfect exists I would almost say Xenobade was perfect for a greatly underpowered console so to say. I said before and say again: If X is only half as good as Xenoblade I’m more then satisfied. Please don’t let us wait to long, if there is any game I’m hyped for and there is, it would be X even more then Zelda U tbh. <3 Monolithsoft!

          • Michael Hancock

            Satori Marsh, Satori Marsh! How could I forget?! Remember the first time you got there? How hazy and swamp like it felt-frogs croaking, giant turtles, lizard-men gangs…the change from day to night was breathtaking-especially for an “underpowered” console. If perfect exists indeed, it is Xenoblade. Even moreso than Zelda U could ever aspire.

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            Yes, how could you forget Satori Marsh?! Shame yourself hehe. The first time I went beyond Colony 6 and came across the Misty Path, I got a little bit scared and very excited after the conversation between the players in my team, then I set foot ahead as you mentioned “how hazy and swamp like it felt-frogs croaking, giant turtles, lizard-men gangs…the change from day to night was breathtaking”

            I just copy pasted that part but yeah that was indeed breathtaking, I just stood there for so long that I lost track of time and forgot I had a very VERY long way to go ahead still. Similair way I felt after falling down from Sword Valley, then the moment to be reunited with Fiora, I knew that this game must have been the best jrpg-game I ever played. And I was barely halfway I later learned. Pls Nintendo let X be released in August ehen I have my holidays, I want to sink in the game again and being absorbed by it’s majestic world. (Yes, I have high hopes for X and hope it can furfill my hopes, which probably it can)

        • Brian Lockett

          I’ll have to wait and see more about the game first before I celebrate. I hope the game impresses me, but I’ve learned the hard way not to celebrate too soon. It hurts less if you perhaps get let down if ya’ don’t raise expectations so high up.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Lets not forget FREAKING SMT X FE which we have heard nothing about for a long time.
      Retro is also working on a Wii U title, Miyamoto’s new IP should also be addressed

      Edit: Oh thats what you meant by Shingami

    • GmailIsDown

      gimme fatal frame wii u release date

    • Brian Lockett

      They also need to address all these on-stage. They’ve got reasonably enough to provide at least an on-stage presentation, which get far more publicized news mileage than mere digital presentations, which targets a more esoteric audience of people already in the know.

      How is it that even my non-gaming relatives know about PS4, but Wii U is still pretty obscure to them? The PS4 got far more publicized attention, that’s why. Attention which stemmed from on-stage E3 presentations.

      Whenever Good Morning America or CNN briefly covers game news (esp. in time for suggesting holiday gifts), they go with what got high coverage. Wii saw most of its success this way. So why not do the same for Wii U, NIntendo?

      I hope Nintendo would make an on-stage presence with such the lineup you’ve pointed out, as well as continue to provide the Nintendo Digital Event. Because let’s face it–last year’s “digital event” was a technical disaster that didn’t gain notice much beyond those who already follow Nintendo news.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    The Digital Event has me intrigued. It could be much bigger than a direct and The idea of a Smash Bros Tournament plus demos is genius

  • Nostalgic_Chaos

    Guys, things are slowly getting better. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s getting there.

    May – Mario Kart, and one month later E3! Then a month or two later, Smash Bros for 3DS! Of course, Nintendo will hopefully announce some games that will be with us sooner than we think.

    Is it all uphill from here? Looks like it.

  • thedeciderU

    okay, now i’ve seen the fils-a-mech video and i have to say it’s the best thing from nintendo i’ve seen in a long time. NOA needs some more leeway. this video was FUNNY. this video and others like it can help create and maintain HYPE. it was quirky as all hell and that’s why i liked it. i’m actually excited now for E3, but they really better be ready to show all the cards in their hand or they are setting themselves up for disaster.

    as someone below said, this is their last chance with the wiiu. sales and hype-wise, it’s been a comparably awful start to last gen and the one before it. i hope they will continue to let us know that there are great things on the horizon, and these kinds of videos will ease the pain of early wiiu adopters such as myself. the nintendo directs are so stale and cold. i hope they reinvent themselves for E3, although i can’t believe they won’t do a live presentation. they at least better play it for a live audience. those reactions/cheers may be paramount to people considering a wiiu purchase, and for those who own the console and have experienced the droughts, it would give us some more hope. let’s just say if i could afford a ps4 right now, i’d be playing it.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Good words.
      You know what? When watching the video, I actually felt like Nintendo had been listening to all of our complaints (even though the video may not have been a direct hype response for fans, it felt like one). It was like Nintendo was saying “we know it’s been difficult, but we’ve got your backs”.

      Nintendo can still redeem themselves. If E3 doesn’t redeem them, then I don’t know what will. Jumping ahead a little, but if E3 doesn’t save them, then they can only rely on the sales of Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros Wii U to pull them up again, because if those two games can’t do it for them, then what can?
      This is why this years E3 needs to be insane. There is no other way.

      • thedeciderU

        100% agree with you. Hopefully this video is not a fluke and there will be more soon.

        “…E3 needs to be insane. There is no other way.”

  • Mario

    DEMO!? “BOOM!!!” Mind blown!!

    • Rinslowe

      Do you own a Furby by any chance?
      My son’s toy pet thing says the same thing…
      :)

      • Mario

        Whaa…?

  • Archiq09

    I dont know if we will see new miyamoto ip. If its the mature fps to he wants make…

  • Jackson five

    I seriously hope a metroid for Wii u is announced.

  • Assassinated23

    Last year had one of the most lackluster E3s ever for Nintendo, without the press conference, and now they’re doing it again. I have no faith anymore that they can save WiiU from utter failure. Next year they need to announce a new console, because this one is on its last legs. Even Zelda can’t resuscitate it now.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      Last years E3 for Nintendo wasn’t terrible.

      They wont announce a new console. That would be even worse. They’ll announce a new console in the correct time frame, in several years when Microsoft and Sony announce their next one too.
      Announcing a new console would be Nintendo admitting that they have failed. The console has not failed yet. Nintendo just made stupid decisions, big mistakes such as naming the console “Wii U” and confusing half of it’s audience and the casual gamers. But that’s a conversation for another time.

      With even Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros on the horizon, Nintendo will pull through. They’re at a point now where they can turn around their mistakes. They just need to get those bundles out and advertise, advertise, advertise… MK8 and Smash Bros will bring in millions of more units.

      I thought that this video was a step in the right direction for them, so why not try to be more positive? It’s not all downhill yet. Give them the benefit of the doubt at least until after MK8 is released and E3 is done. For now, we can only wait and see what happens.

      We can judge again properly where Nintendo stands after Smash Bros Wii U has been released in Winter, because by then, two of Nintendo’s giants (the other being MK8) would have been released. We all knew the Wii U would take time to get up the ladder again.

      • Assassinated23

        It is too late. I remember in it’s early days they kept failing to capitalize on big events, and people would say, it’s smart not to do something big here, this next event is when they’ll really blow us away. Next event passes, if they had done something big here it would have been swallowed up by all the other big news, it’s good that they’re holding off at E3 they’ll have a huge conference, and knock it out of the park. No, no, it’s good that they aren’t doing a conference this year, with 2 more consoles coming out, they wouldn’t get much press anyway. Next year is the year they’re going to fix everything, the drought will be over, they’ll have a huge conference, and the WiiU will come back strong, while the other two have nothing to play. (Crickets)
        I’m done. This ship is sinking fast, and Nintendo just popped the life raft.

        • Rinslowe

          Last year it actually made sense. This year they have Zelda (hopefully). So… Not so much sense…

          • Assassinated23

            I used to believe that all they needed to do was release Zelda, and it would single-handedly save the system. I no longer believe that to be the case. It is too far gone for one game to save it. And the worse the game droughts get, the deeper it digs itself into a hole.

          • Rinslowe

            No that was never the case…

  • Alexizzle

    I don´t understand why everybody is so excited? I mean, I love SSB and I will buy it when it comes out. But really, we have seen enough screenshots and videos about it. We even had a Nintendo Direct fully dedicated to SSB… So if they focus on SSB again during E3 it will just be really repetetive (“Oh yay! A new character has been announced!”). Nintendo should just hurry the f— up and come up with some new shit, instead of just going on and on and on and on and on about SSB en MK8.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      The Smash tournaments they announced are just a side thing, though. It’s not necessarily canon to their E3 presentation. It’s like a bonus, so I kinda appreciate it. They’re doing their best to please us and gain our respect again.

      Come on… You can never get too much of Smash Bros.

      Anyway, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more than just Smash Bros at their E3 presentation.

      • Rinslowe

        Here’s hoping.

    • Fierce-Deity Link

      well, maybe you aren’t excited for ssb, but the fact is that the last direct cause ssb to be trending on fb and twitter… so yeah.. revealing just one character can cause a lot of hype *cough* megaman *cough* and the thing is that they focused on super smash bros.. because, well, it’s a favorite among the vg community even to non-nintendo fans.. plus, of all demos to have playable this one was the most important to have.. it creates hype.. maybe you don’t like it, but for the most part people do.. mk8 is the same.. i personally am not hyped but the majority are.. *shrugs* … any who, i am sure we will be surprised this time around.. maybe even a new f-zero game : D

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    It’s good to see them getting more aggressive at least

  • companyoflosers

    they better be officially announcing zelda wii u this tie. cant tell you how frustrated i was wen it didnt happen last year even though its not very secret that theyve been working on it since a little before the wii u was released. they need a year of link or zelda next!

  • John Andalora

    If I may be so bold;
    Nintendo, I think that your idea to have people go to Best Buy and play the games at E3 was one of the most brilliant concepts to have been put into motion. With E3 having all these regulations about only allowing journalists to go in (and even if it didn’t the expenses to go would be massive for many), bringing the games to the average consumers across the nation gave more people a chance to try out the future of games right then and there. It’s a remarkable idea that I hope more people will consider in the future.

    I think the Treehouse idea is also good. Make your section really pop out with something creative.

    As for your Nintendo Digital Event, however, I feel that it is not a substitute for having a press conference at E3. It’s not a bad idea. I mean, I think that you can tell people very frankly and honestly what to expect in the near future through the Nintendo Directs. However, I think that not being on the stage at E3 last year only left more opportunity for Sony and Microsoft to show off their latest advancements.

    While you might not consider yourself to be in competition with these other consoles, you are in the eye of the consumer. And you need all the publicity you can get to ensure that people know about your console and its power.

    If you want people to see what your console can do, it needs to be center stage. Please hold a press conference this year.

    • Rinslowe

      Did I wake up in a different reality this morning John?
      Agree 100%.
      Also yeah, Nintendo Directs are a great tool, but as a compliment to their presence at E3 not as a substitute – in this case..

  • Guest

    is it one big tournament across all best buys or is each best buy its own tournament?

  • MetroidZero

    THANK GOODNESS. :D

  • iamserious

    I swear they better have more at E3 than Smash Bros and a Wii U Zelda game trailer!!!!

  • WarioForever

    I hope Nintendo will have a press conference this year, not a direct from e3. What do you guys think (or is that in this article? cause I didn’t read it…whole)

  • WiiUPS4

    Im hoping for some new game releases..We need games and not just talk but the best buy thing from last year was awesome and will do the same again

  • Sycamore

    So I guess Nintendo has the first big event for e3 then? Let’s hope its a good one! I’m really hoping that SMTxFE is still a thing.

  • sharlo galmo

    A lot of peeps saying Nintendo had nothing to show at the E3, this looks like they got enough to show at the E3 , four things this is looking sweet!

  • Alexander Kleinwechter

    Even tho im really hyped for Zelda U and stuff, i cant help but wanting The new battlefront game on the Wii U, tho i know its not gonna happen, because its develeoped by DICE and its an EA game, so i guess i might get a ps4 at the end afterall

    • Brandon

      I cant wait for battlefront. Loved on the psp, and now its going to be 10x better.

      • CaptRodgers

        It could be ten times better, do long as they don’t make it fps only. I’m slightly afraid that might happen based on the developer and the fact the trailer was in first person. There’s enough first person games, no need to take the best tps and make it fps, just give us the option like before

        • Brandon

          Im fine with it being a fps, but having the option to change is something worth having.

  • jhell

    show me the future of wii u

  • Magnus Gonzalez

    If this doesn’t convince people that Iwata needs to be fired I don’t know what will. Making mistakes is one thing. Repeating those same mistakes and expecting different results in insanity. He really is out of touch. I haven’t read through these comments but I imagine there are his defenders out there based on things he did 5 years ago. Each year that passes and the failures mount those successes are pushed further and further into the past. The company needs new direction. We know there must be discussion and planning for a new console and handheld. Do you want this guy spearheading that?

  • X3Charlie

    The only reason I like the press conference format more is because you get to t hear the audience’s excitement, which makes you feel like you’re part of the group. Being part of the group is a good motivator.

  • wober2

    Are they presenting? I could not tell if they confirmed it or not.

  • Sdudyoy

    Well, I think I’m the only one who liked the E3 last year, I didn’t mind that is was a direct, in fact I actually kinda liked that, but it doesn’t help people outside of the people that already own a Wii U find out what a Wii U is.

  • MerryBlind .

    Wow… just doing a proper, conventional e3 presentation could turn the Wii U around if they have enough big announcements… Now, even if they DO have big announcements, only people who are already Nintendo fans and/or who already have a Wii U will know about them.

    I love my Wii U, and I don’t care if it’s not doing too well since I find it’s already a compelling experience with great games released and coming, but I’m still amazed at Nintendo marketing ignorance.

    • Zuxs13

      How will other people not know about the announcements? People knew about them last year, all the game sites and news sites still reported on them. The digital event will be broadcast just like a live event would have been so what is different? No live audience to cheer during the event (well they might show the digital event to a live audience we don’t know) ?

      • MerryBlind .

        Yeah I actually thought about this today. About how ‘standard’ e3 conference are watched online too anyway, so I guess it doesn’t make that much of a difference indeed! However, I still think that a proper conventional ‘big’ presentation still makes a bigger impact simply for the fact that it’s a more ambitious and grand event.

  • Squid

    This actually sounds really promising. As long as they give us really good things to look forward to. And maybe host a huge announcement at the TreeHouse thing?

  • CaptRodgers

    I find this could end up being a bad idea depending on what happens. For one this needs to be streamed at E3 so a) people who are just watching e3 can watch this and b)so the journalists areframedto post about it. I’m just scared they won’t get the attention they need. It also don’t help if all the major game news sites don’t post the steam for it because it’s not technically at e3. This could work, but that’s if they and the media do everything right

  • asdfg

    Excuse me I just woke up and my brain is not functioning properly, I read the article but the words don’t make sense in my head. Are they going to go back to having a live conference or it will be like that lame last year’s E3 direct? Thanks and sorry I’m dumb

    • asdfg

      If they don’t show Zelda U I’ll be really mad
      and sad… and disappointed
      Same if they DO show Zelda U but mess it up

    • Zuxs13

      It’s neither. Its “digital Event” that will be broadcast in some way to everyone during their usual live conference time slot on the first day of E3. Then they will have live “tree house events” during the 3 day show, talking about new games announcements and info about those new games.

      The Digital event will likely be a per-recorded conference, whether or not it will be shown in front of a live audience or put on TV or something is still unknown.

      • asdfg

        I can’t decide if I think that’s a good or bad thing but I got it now, thanks. :)

        • Zuxs13

          Well either way you will still see an “event” that will be on your computer to watch as it happens revealing new games and new game information. Same as every year.
          Only difference is there probably wont be a live audience and there wont be any wasted time stumbling around on stage etc.

  • Dark-Link73

    I love the idea of expanding the experience beyond e3 with the Smash Bros. tournament at the Nokia Theater and at Best Buy locations, but I wish they’d return to do a big live on stage conference. After all, 3e is the biggest gaming expo of the year. Nintendo should go all out as before.

    • Zuxs13

      But they are doing a big expo/conference. Its just in the form of “Digital Event”. They might even show it in front of the audience at E3, who knows. But either way you at home will see the exact same thing whether it was live or per-recorded (except wasteful fluff of live events)

  • J_Joestar

    I wonder if those Microsoft employees will show up again at Best Buy?

    • leo

      Hi, my name is Dann why not buy an xbox one instead of wii U :).

  • DragonSilths

    While the video was funny and great. once again no E3 press conference which means no big Zelda HD reaction which is a fucking shame. Then the best buy thing, Canadians get screwed again, there will probably be 10 best buys in Canada that get the Smash Bros thing. Would be better to just put it on the E-Shop as a demo.

  • GariNGB

    This isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. Yes, it would of been nice to have a traditional Nintendo conference like we did up until 2012, but its not a necessity at all. By having a big conference at E3, does it make the announcements any more special? of course it doesn’t as most of the people watching (90% according to E3 stats), are doing so through a stream on a PC anyway.

    Can you imagine last year for example went like this –

    Nintendo E3 Conference – “We are happy to announce that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming to the Wii U”

    or what actually did happen;

    Nintendo Direct – “We are happy to announce that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming to the Wii U”

    The reaction would be the same regardless if it was in a huge hall in L.A or if Iwata was camped out in some part of a boardroom at Nintendo Japan.

    Nintendo had very positive feedback last year from people that visited their booth and had appointments with them with most saying that they enjoyed the direct (excuse the pun) approach. As I work in the industry, I was lucky to be there last year and what Nintendo did, was perfect for their strategy going forward. Yes, it might not have the glitz and glamour of a conference at the Nokia Theatre, but it worked for them and their strategy.

    Also, the cost of organising a conference is ridiculous. Millions of dollars in fact and although Nintendo aren’t short of money, I personally feel they made the right decision by avoiding a full-on conference like they previously did.

    • leo

      So Ninten-Cheap?

      • GariNGB

        What? it has nothing to do with money as before 2013, Nintendo always had a full-on conference at E3. They have just changed their strategy which I can totally understand why they have.

        • leo

          maybe that is what they want you to think

  • DC777

    You guys just aren’t getting it are you?

    After E3 everyone will be talking about big presentations from the other 2 and nobody will be talking about Nintendo (again) because only Nintendo fans watch Directs. Wii U needs hype, period. You will NEVER get that from a direct.

    • GariNGB

      I take it, you never read the article above then?

    • leo

      Thats why Nintendo will always be the loser unless they have a management shake up. I HOPE the investors are PISSED. I HOPE THEY DEMAND Change. I hope they fail a little so they see there way out of it. There just playing waaayyy to stupid this generation. Fire Iwata hell, the whole upper echelon if you have too.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    #fail

  • Xavier Lopez Chabelo

    BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!
    So that means that concerning Zelda U, well… the impact is not going to be the same as the one of 2004 with Twilight Princess Announcement..

  • FutureFox

    Sales are bad. So lets keep doing the exact same thing we did last year to boost sales. – Nintendo Logic.

    • leo

      The nintendo logic school

  • Someone Cool

    What the fans want to see @ E3 from Nintendo:

    – 3rd Party Support
    – Smash bros.
    – X
    – Zelda
    – Metroid
    – Star Fox
    – New IP’s
    – New online mp focus
    – SystemChat
    – Accessories

    What Nintendo will show @E3:

    – Mario game
    – Hello kitty
    – Yoshi
    – another Mario game
    – another Mario game

    • Brandon

      Well, for 3rd party support, that will happen, but only for lego, dancing, and any other game that can be played by children. Lets just hope they focus mainly on first party games.

    • leo

      they are a shadow of their former self

  • Rinslowe

    So, Reggie lives.
    E3 better be alternate universe stuff from the big N… A lot of people won’t be settling for anything less…

  • uPadWatcher

    Reggie Fils-A-Mech’s body isn’t ready until June 10th.

  • PrincessKairi

    WTF is this?! Where did the ass kicking Nintendo of old go?! They should be on stage, loud, and kicking ass. Instead we get Nintendo in the corner sucking its thumb while the big boys do the press conferences. weak.

    • J_Joestar

      Why bother with a press conference when you can just steam your content straight to the public?
      And it is a better option when 2/3s of the press will probably spin whatever you say into a negative anyways.

      • leo

        Yeah but a Conference isn’t the same as a Stream. I think showing a conference would be more bold and awesome.

  • Lusunup

    hopefully it’s not just bestbuy… I really wish it was put on the eshop

  • Kevin Wickham

    i think its an excellent idea!!!!!!!!! I’ve always knew smash bros will be at best buy as a playable demo

  • pacheco90

    Nintendo confirmed that they are NOT presenting E3, just doing a Digital Event (I guess it means a Nintendo Direct…again) and other stuff announced in a video they made… That sucks. I wanted to hear people reaction on the new Zelda and great presentations for the games :(

  • leo

    Really? Ok just let Sony and Microsoft duke it out I guess

    • J_Joestar

      They are just skipping the stage show and giving us directs and streamed content instead that probably includes all the stuff that would have been in a stage show.

  • leo

    I EXPECT to be dissapointed by Nintendo at this E3. Set the bar low because damn its Nintendo

  • gamingpalooza

    nintendo + best buy = awesomeness

  • Brian Lockett

    If Nintendo doesn’t wise up and realize that despite the extra jabbering and endless hype, that a full presentation on-stage at E3 means far more news coverage than just using Nintendo Direct, we can prepare for another weak presence from Nintendo at E3 this year. Sometimes hyping yourselves up is good.

    • Brian Lockett

      Provide the Nintendo Digital Event, but give us an on-stage presentation, too. Even a short one is better than none at all. Stage presentations get far more publicized news coverage than digital events, which tend to see an esoteric audience.

      They should also make sure that this year’s live broadcast goes well–last year’s interrupted feed Nintendo Direct was quite a disaster.

  • William Cole

    Nintendo made me like this new form of E3 presentations. It is more interactive and you don’t just sit there and watch a trailer for an unveiling in front of a huge screen.