Nintendo’s press conference at E3 2012 has been scheduled for June 5th at 9:00 am PT. This puts Nintendo’s showing a day after Microsoft and Sony’s. This placement seems appropriate, as Nintendo are set to bring on the next generation and unveil the Wii U in its final form. Pressure’s on, Nintendo.
It’s been difficult to predict what to expect from Nintendo with so many rumors floating around. Nintendo wants to surprise us, but maybe we know more than we think we do.
Recent footage of the sequel to Rayman: Origins shows the Wii U functioning similar to the Portal of Power peripheral device from Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. The inclusion of this technology in the Wii U was mentioned before, but the new footage shows Rayman figures (and an Assassin’s Creed figure!) being used exactly like Skylanders - drop them in and watch them appear on-screen.
Digital download games have also been announced as a major feature for Wii U and 3DS as mentioned here on Platform Nation, cementing Nintendo’s position that it’s not afraid to adopt a modern online system like Xbox Live and PSN. Mario and Pikmin games have also been announced for E3 2012, which could possibly be sold as downloads as well as physical copies.
All questions (well, mostly) about Wii U will be answered on June 5th at 9:00 am PT. I’m ready.