E3 2012: Day One
Written by: Ryan Brunty || 2012-06-05
Well well well dudes and duderinos, the big day has finally arrived and boy did we make the most of it. Day one of E3 can be summarized in one word: tiring. The Insert Coin(s) crew came, saw and completely conquered the showroom floor. Peter and I started the day with Nintendo Wii U and their other amazing offerings while Chris, Adrianne and DJ88 took to the South Hall for some Konami action. What started as a quiet morning, quickly turned into an all out assault on anyone within shouting distance to learn the mantra of Insert Coin(s).
Nintendo’s booth is by far the most illustrious of the show and probably more surprising than anything, the most telling of their future. As you have probably heard, the Wii U was finally showcased and fully playable with a plethora of launch titles on display and ready to be enjoyed. NintendoLand, the U’s version of Wii Sports, offers five multiplayer mini games that showcase the console’s brand new controller and its interactibility with Wii Plus remotes. Included in the NintendoLand packaging is The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Animal Crossing: Sweet Days, Takamaru’s Ninja Castle, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion. Among these games, Zelda and Luigi’s Ghost Manions really stuck out as being superior to the rest for their use of the remotes and replayability. Zelda pits you as a paper doll version of Link with two swordsmen that take the front lines against attacking enemies and an archer. Luigi’s Ghost Manion has one player controlling the ghost while the other three control Luigis roaming mansion halls hiding from a puppet Slimer. I know this write up doesn’t exactly do the demos justice, but trust me when I say this, you’ll be impressed upon seeing your favorite Nintendo characters in HD.
Nintendo really impressed me with their booth, so much so that I spent most of the day there playing Wii U and talking to employees about functionality. Highlights of the floor outside of the Nintendo booth: playable versions of Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
After browsing Nintendo’s wares, Peter and I met up with the rest of the Insert Coin(s) crew at the South Hall to pass out media kits and business cards. I can’t get into too many specifics here, but rest assured, everyone knows we’re here at this point. Stay tuned for some very big news very, very soon.