Don't miss the action. Find out what went down at the Nintendo Media Briefing in our Play-by-Play!
The Nintendo booth was literally packed the whole time. There were long lines of people waiting to get their hands on titles like New Super Mario Bros. Wii and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. One more time, if it wasn't for our appointment, we wouldn't have been able to check out all those games!
Before the rendezvous with Nintendo's PR Manager Kit Ellis, I went ahead and checked out all the games they were showing. Looks like the Wii and DS have a solid line-up of upcoming games! Nintendo wasn't just showing their first-party titles but also games like The Conduit, Dead Space: Extraction, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, and many more. What's best is they were all playable, so we got to try out some of them.
As I walked by the DS section I saw a multitude of titles like the recently announced C.O.P.: The Recruit and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky. I stopped and played Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, which seems to be very similar to the Curious Village, but of course with new puzzles and a new storyline about the Professor and Luke trying to unravel the mystery of an ancient deadly box that has made their friend Dr. Andrew Schrader disappear.
We also played The Legendary Starfy, the latest Mario & Luigi RPG, Bowser's Inside Story, and obviously, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, which looks just as awesome as the first one, with solid dungeon-crawling action and a new traveling mechanic that involves, of course, the train. You'll be able to read more about all these titles in the upcoming weeks, as we'll make sure to post hands-on previews so you know what to expect from them.
As a Mario fan, I couldn't help it but spend most of my time at Nintendo's booth trying out the game that surprised me the most at this year's E3: New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Similar to the DS game, it's a reinvention of the classic Super Mario Bros., full of traditional Mario platforming elements, enemies, and co-op gameplay for up to four players. This game is just a blast, and if you'd like to find out more, you better read my hands-on preview HERE!
Nintendo's booth was one of the most crowded, and all because of those cool titles they have in store for the Wii and the DS. Despite some people's complaints about Nintendo not appealing to hardcore gamers, no one seems to realize that the gamers at heart are those who started with Super Mario Bros. and still play it to this day.
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