After this, Reggie returns and reminds us of the big and pink puffy ball that hasn't seen a Nintendo home console for seven years - Kirby! The hero comes back in an innovative new title called Kirby's Epic Yarn. While it's still a platformer, the game has transformed Kirby into a cute character made out of strings. Featuring environments made out of fabric, yarn, zippers, and other craft-related elements and textures, the gameplay seems to be very innovative and loads of fun. Look for it this fall!
Dragon Quest released in Japan last year, offering over 900 items, 300 characters, and allowing for interaction between friends - up to three friends can play at once online. There's also Tag Mode which allows offline characters to progress as well. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies will release in the US on July 11th - just 26 days away!
Now it's Metroid's turn. Come August 31st, gamers will be able to enjoy Metroid: Other M. The trailer shows fast-paced, action-oriented gameplay, as well as lots of exploration. Samus will travel through corridors she's never traveled through before.
Time for a new surprise! A new Donkey Kong is on the way, with more action than ever and a very appropriate title - Donkey Kong Country Returns. In a way, this frenzied new platformer feels almost like Sonic! Release date? Holiday 2010, of course.
Last but not least, Nintendo wants to show us the Nintendo 3DS, which represents a step towards 3D gaming… without glasses. Wow! Satoru Iwata, the President of Nintendo, walks on stage to show it to us. This new dual-screen handheld features a 3.5 inch 3D display on top, while the lower screen, the touch screen, is like the one on the DSi. A slider on the side allows you to select the level of 3D you want to see, and you can even turn it off completely. According to Satoru Iwata, the graphics and processing capabilities are greatly improved from previous handhelds. Also, it includes a motion sensor and a gyro sensor, making it a very complete package and allowing for innovative gaming. In addition, there are two camera lenses on the outside, which will allow gamers to take 3D photos. It'll also feature a player, so you can watch 3D, feature-length movies on it. Most importantly, the new handheld has a swivel pad (analog stick) for smoother controls and great online features with stats and DLC that require less of players, as it does a lot of it automatically.
Next up, he reveals Project Sora, one of the 1st titles in 3D. The actual name is… Kid Icarus: Uprising. Yet another thing people were waiting for! The graphics, if you can believe it, are on par the GameCube, which is great for a Nintendo handheld, especially considering it features 3D.
Other titles they're working on for the 3DS is Nintendogs + Cats. Lots of third party companies, and I mean LOTS, are making games such as DJ Hero 3D, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, Kingdom Hearts, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Ninja Gaiden, Saints Row, Resident Evil, Batman, Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Ridge Racer, etc. This means the new handheld will have lots of quality software, which will probably translate into tremendous sales!
Luckily, the audience gets to experience the 3DS first hand, as Nintendo has brought a truckload full of handhelds, and to top it off, they have demos of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword right in front of our eyes. Look for our hands-on impressions with the 3DS and Zelda later this week! This was definitely a quality press conference with lots of surprises, so congrats, Nintendo!
CCC Site Director
NOTE: Our recent press releases mention several more games for the Nintendo 3DS such as Mario Kart 3D, Animal Crossing 3D, Dead or Alive 3D, Star Forx 64 3D, Paper Mario, The Sims 3, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, and even Splinter Cell! The new Wii line-up also includes PokePark: Pikachu's Adventure, Samurai Warriors 3, and more, and the new DS/DSi line-up includes Super Scribblenauts, Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem, and even Rock Band 3!