Shigeru Miyamoto and other executives took to the stage to kick off the Nintendo E3 2012 presentation, showing the new Wii U GamePad and explaining that, just like old-school Nintendo consoles, the GamePad will support two separate controller functions. Plus, there's a new take on a familiar face: Super Mario Bros. U designed for the Wii U experience. Take a look at scenes from the event in the gallery.
To those anxiously waiting for a jaw-dropping console announcement, sorry, but E3's big three — Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony — are all about games and console-turned-TV experiences this year. Still, there's plenty of new characters and media options to get gamers excited for the coming months. With Xbox looking to take over your home media center, Nintendo staying true to last year's Wii U tease, and Sony's wizardly gaming alternative, 2012's E3 releases have a little something for everyone.
One of the perks of being a geek girl at CES is getting to hang out with the boys. A lot of them! As such, techy events may be some of the few places that the lines for the men's room outlast those for the women's. Here, a list of five awesome bathroom line experiences we've seen in the recent past.
- CES After running around the corner for a quick bathroom break at this year's CES, I was greeted with a huge line. . . for the men's room. The ladies' was smooth sailing the whole way through.
- WWDC Apple's developer conference, held in San Francisco each year; again, it's a welcome sight to see lines out the door for the gents and manageable or even empty for the ladies.
- Apple's campus On an average non-event day, there are plenty of women on Apple's Cupertino, CA campus. . . but there are more guys. During one visit around lunchtime, I noticed some wait time for the guys but hardly any for the women.
- MacWorld Since it's sort of like a mini-CES, MacWorld experiences a similar bathroom situation. Except once, I saw some women's restrooms being changed to accommodate men — talk about a funny role reversal!
- E3 There are very few girls at this gaming conference in Los Angeles. . . that means easier access to all of the bathrooms, mirrors, sinks, and hand dryers.
We got a look at the new touchscreen controller for Nintendo's new Wii U system, and I finally caught a glimpse of the actual console during the post-media-brief programming. It looks very sleek with the rounded edges and possibly smaller than the current Wii console. What do you guys think of the Wii U?
The next Wii console is officially called the Wii U and comes with the predicted 6.2-inch touchscreen controller that we reported earlier this week. Designed to get the entire family in on the gaming action, or just yourself, the Wii U can be used with your TV or by itself as a handheld controller. Not only that, the controller can also be used in conjunction with the games you're playing on your set, as a video chatting device, or as an extension of the web. You can even wirelessly move video from your controller to your TV set with a swipe of your finger. Coming in 2012, learn about some other features you can look forward to with the Wii U below, and see more photos here!
- The Wii U can automatically switch from the TV set to the controller without the need for switching inputs.
- It comes with two circle pads, control pads, gyroscope, two speakers, microphone, touchscreen, a camera, and trigger buttons.
- Games are wirelessly transmitted without lag.
- You can use the Wii U on the TV, on the controller, or both.
- Use the Wii U to share photos and videos, and browse the web.
- You can play the new Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U against a 3DS opponent.
- There will be a New Super Mario Bros. Mii that allows your Mii to play along with Mario.
- LEGO City Stories, an open world game, will come to the Wii U and 3DS.
The 3DS games are coming! The 3DS games are coming! Though Saturu Iwata teased the next Wii console early on in today's E3 press briefing, we first got a look at the next games to hit the 3DS. Check out all the titles below!
- Mario Kart — Due out holiday 2011
- Starfox — Out this September.
- Super Mario 3D — The Tanuki Suit is back in 2011!
- Kid Icarus Uprising — Hits shelves (with special AR cards) this year.
- Luigi's Mansion 2 — Luigi gets his vacuum back (in an entirely new game) this year.
Yesterday's Microsoft E3 press briefing gave us a look at what's to come in the next year for Xbox, and I gotta say — it's looking pretty good, folks. Though the presentation brought a ton of new titles (but very little launch dates), there were some standout games that I can't wait to see more of. Check out which ones below, then tell me your favorites in the comments!
- Tomb Raider — This new look at the series takes us back to Lara Croft's origin — when she was just 21 years old, fighting her way through a mysterious island. The demo looked really intense and sometimes even a little bit frightening.
- Kinect Star Wars — I perked up when I heard the Star Wars theme music playing during the presentation for this new title. I'm hoping LucasFilm does what it does best to help Kinect Star Wars take off — produce some awesome accessories to go along with it. Hello, light saber!
See the rest of my list after the jump.
Microsoft also introduced the next Star Wars installment to hit the Xbox — Kinect Star Wars. Now you can really fight the good fight using your body to swing your light saber, kick, punch, block, and deflect your enemy fire. No release date yet.
At today's E3 press briefing, Microsoft kicked things off with a dramatic look at the new Tomb Raider adventure, hitting the Xbox in Fall of 2012. This installment finds a 21-year-old Lara Croft shipwrecked on a lost island and fighting for her life to escape an unknown tomb. The game looks incredibly intense and dark and left me wanting more!