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Nintendo Direct - Pre-E3 presentation stream

by rawmeatcowboy
03 June 2012
GN Version 4.0
Rewatch the entire presentation here!

I'll update this post as the show airs, jotting down important points and sharing any interesting clips that pop up.

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- Nintendo's E3 presentation will focus almost entirely on Wii U games
- Nintendo began discussing what they should do with Wii U back in 2008
- Nintendo wants to unite people with Wii U rather than separate them
- controller is called the Wii U GamePad

- control sticks can be pushed down, button layout has been changed to maximize comfort - mystery square is the NFC reader/writer

- controller can act as a TV remote
- controller features motion and gyro sensors
- Wii U supports Wiimote, Nunchuk, Balance Board

- Wii U menu system called Mii Wara Wara, a plaza full of Miis saying all sorts of things
- view your Mii, Miis on your system, your friend's Miis and Miis in the same country having similar experiences
- The Miiverse lets you see what friends are doing, even if you don't have the same games as them
- bring up the Miiverse during gameplay as well
- communication between Miis can happen via text messages, but can also be viewed/used via the Wii U GamePad
- hand-write notes or make doodles on the GamePad for the Miiverse
- Miiverse allows you to add facial expressions for your Mii
- post screenshots from gameplay, or content that you've created yourself
- Miiverse can be accessed by all games via home button

- Miiverse can be used with games that don't feature online interactions
- these interactions are browser-based. After launch, you can access Miiverse on your PC, 3DS or any web-enabled mobile device
- Miiverse keeps future Nintendo devices in mind, whatever they may be
- Wii U internet browser lets you share what's on the Game Pad via your TV
- close a virtual curtain over a TV screen to keep what you're browsing on the Game Pad a secret, reveal when you want to
- plenty of 3DS news coming during 'other upcoming opportunities'