E3 2012: Wii U coverage

Nintendo will debut the final model of the Wii U at this year's E3. We've already caught a glimpse of what's in store for the company's latest home console, which was first unveiled at E3 2011. Polygon will be providing coverage for each console in streams. Follow this stream for everything and anything Wii U at E3.

Video: Nintendo Besties Booth Tour

Nintendo's booth was filled with surprises, surprises that perhaps would have been better revealed during the company's uneventful press conference, but surprises nonetheless. Project P-100, a collaboration between Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) and Nintendo, not even shown at the presser, was charm incarnate. ZombiU proved to be more than a pretty CG trailer, making better use of Nintendo's novel touch screen controller than any first-party game. (Zombie scanning: just what zombie shooters were missing!) Even New Super Mario Bros. U, which looked like an annual...

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'Wii Fit U' cleverly integrates GamePad into workouts, blasts quads

While Nintendo is attempting to bring in a more hardcore audience for the Wii U with games like Pikmin 3, the company hasn't forgotten that the Wii was built on the backs of casual gamers.

Wii Fit was one of the biggest casual draws on the console, so it makes sense Nintendo would introduce a new installment for the Wii U. But can someone really work out and use the somewhat bulky GamePad at the same time?

During E3 we had a chance to play through two of the new fitness games in Wii Fit U, both of which use the GamePad in clever ways. The first was centered around a lunging exercise,...

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'New Super Mario Bros. U' producer talks flying squirrel controls, Miyamoto

Takashi Tezuka is a classic example of the guy behind the guy. He started at Nintendo in 1984, shortly after Nintendo superman Shigeru Miyamoto. He worked on the original Super Mario Bros., almost every mainline Mario release, all early Zelda games, the Pikmin series, Animal Crossing, etc. In recent years, he's overseen the New Super Mario Bros. franchise, currently producing both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Mario Bros. 2.

His fingerprints cover Nintendo's legacy. In a quick chat at this year's E3, he tells me that he came up with the name "Paper Mario" and he thought up the...

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Nintendo will moderate all Miiverse comments by hand

User-to-user interactions on the Wii U's Miiverse social platform will go through three layers of moderation before arriving on the platform, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Hero Complex today.

Nintendo boasted that the system would finally provide the strong social experience of the Xbox 360 and PSN during its E3 press conference. However, the company's methods for keeping public postings clean are a little extreme: Any message posted must pass through an automatic language filter, a human moderator review from Nintendo "human resources" and, finally, a peer review from the recipient.

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'TANK! TANK! TANK!' is a solid party game for the Wii U

Namco Bandai's TANK! TANK! TANK! is a great fit for Nintendo's Wii U. Solid, responsive controls and fast gameplay make for a frantic but fun experience, a retooled version of the classic arcade title spun into a living room party game.

Up to five players can play the game at a time, one playing on the Wii U's GamePad while as many as four play on remotes. Players using the GamePad can use the touch screen to select levels and take photos of players' faces for the avatars situated above each tank. Namco Bandai's booth demo featured a level in which the tank commanders must destroy one...

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Project P-100 for Wii U saves E3 with a pint-sized team of avengers

Easily the most pleasant surprise for the Wii U at E3 2012 was Project P-100, the newest action game from some of the developers behind Bayonetta, Okami and Viewtiful Joe.

Project P-100 is the latest from Platinum Games, which is also hard at work on Anarchy Reigns and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It's directed by Hideki Kamiya, whose credits include Resident Evil 2 and the Viewtiful Joe series, and published by Nintendo.

From a distance, the action game looks vaguely like Nintendo's Pikmin series, giving the player control of more than a dozen heroes at once, sending them into battle...

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Game & Wario brings hints of Pokémon Snap, WarioWare to Wii U

Nintendo fans longing for a return of the engrossing photography adventure Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo 64 will be delighted to learn that some of that game lives in a new Wii U game, Game & Wario.

Game & Wario is a collection of mini-games coming to Nintendo's new console sometime around launch. The game experiences are not the seconds-long "micro-games" of past WarioWare titles, but rather a collection of bite-sized randomness that can be enjoyed in minutes. Each mini-game sports a simple title: Ski, Fruit, Arrow and Shutter; short and to the point, like the liquid crystal Game & Watch...

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'Pikmin 3' is a return to, well, 'Pikmin'

After Nintendo's official debut of PIkmin 3 at its E3 2012 press conference, we took some time at their booth to make sure it wasn't just a figment of our imagination.

The core ideals of Pikmin remain 100% unchanged in this latest installment. It's still about controlling a crowd of tiny, colorful, ant-looking creatures, commanding them to battle larger beings and break down walls in a variety of garden environments.

The basic control scheme uses the Wii MotionPlus controller and the nunchuk, guiding pikmin with your cursor or throwing them into enemies and obstacles with the A button. The...

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'ZombiU' is proof Wii U's controls can be more than a gimmick

ZombiU is the exclusive zombie-killing simulator for Wii U shown briefly at the Ubisoft and Nintendo press conferences. It is also one of the show's best surprises and one of the most promising games announced for the upcoming console.

Polygon had a chance to go hands-on with the first-person shooter at the Nintendo booth, and found it took full advantage of the Wii U GamePad without falling into the trap of novel, but cumbersome controls.

The GamePad is represented in-game by a tablet your character uses to scan the world, a dilapidated London. Scan bodies to see if they're infected or...

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'Trine 2: Director's Cut' adds new modes and expansion content for Wii U

Trine 2: Director's Cut was hidden in a big group of surprise Wii U games at Nintendo's E3 press conference, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. This well-received action platformer from developer Frozenbyte was released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC late last year, but the upcoming Wii U version has some major additions.

In addition to tons of minor fixes and tweaks, Trine 2: Director's Cut will have an all-new unlockable level and revised controls taking advantage of the Wii U GamePad. A Wii-exclusive mode called "Magic Mayhem" will allow up to four players to join in for...

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'TANK! TANK! TANK!' Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!

Following Nintendo's E3 press conference this morning, the company released a trailer for TANK! TANK! TANK!, a battle action party game developed by Namco Bandai.

TANK! TANK! TANK! set players in a story-driven mission, battling their way through levels in tanks. New tanks can be unlocked and levelled up in battles against giant monsters. Players can choose from both co-op and competitive modes, teaming up for boss battles or engage in four-on-four battle royales.

The player using the GamePad can become the enemy, sticking their photo on the face of Kong and challenging their friends in...

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Wii U: the full games list

Following Nintendo's E3 press briefing this morning, the company released a list of all announced Wii U games to date, which website Nintendo Everything got its hands on. Here's the full list:

  • NBA 2K13 - 2K Sports - Holiday
  • Ben 10: Omniverse - D3 Publisher - Holiday
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games (working title) - D3 Publisher - Holiday
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game - D3 Publisher - Holiday
  • Mass Effect 3 - Electronic Arts - Holiday
  • Jett Tailfin - Maximum Games - Holiday
  • TANK! TANK! TANK! - Namco Bandai - Holiday
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (working title) - Holiday
  • LEGO City:...

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Project P-100 for Wii U coming from Platinum Games and Nintendo

After Nintendo's press conference this morning Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime went on Spike TV to tease Project P-100, a title currently in development by Platinum Games and being published by Nintendo. The game is listed as a launch window title for the Wii U.

The trailer opens with a giant fireball falling out of the sky and crashing into a small city. Upon impact it transforms into a robot and prepares to attack. The rest of the gameplay is strongly reminiscent of Pikmin, with players saving the town's citizens and collecting them into groups. A large group of citizens...

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Wii U pedometer announced after Nintendo's E3 press conference

Nintendo will release a pedometer like device to work with their upcoming title, WiiFit U. According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, players will attach the device to their body and it will record steps taken, track calories burned and monitor altitude. It will also record the player's exercising habits when they are not playing WiiFit U.

The pedometer will communicate with the Wii U via infrared, merging its data with that from the game. No official name or release date were announced.

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Panorama View announced for Wii U

At the end of Nintendo's E3 press briefing today, Nintendo head Satoru Iwata revealed a piece of software called <i>Wii U Panorama View</i> that makes the Wii U controller into a virtual reality headset, sort of. Nintendo filmed video footage of real world locations, and stitched it together so Wii U owners can move the screen controller around to watch from whatever angle they desire. It's a way of looking at video footage as if you're in the video while it's playing, basically, similar to Google Maps but with video instead of stills.

The demonstration didn't show any interactive elements...

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Nintendo Land for Wii U brings mini-games based on Zelda, Donkey Kong to showcase GamePad

Nintendo will release Nintendo Land for Wii U, a game designed to showcase the Wii U's unique features, much in the way that Wii Sports for the original Wii showcased the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls.

Katsuya Eguchi, producer of Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Animal Crossing games, is directing Nintendo Land.

Nintendo Land will feature 12 theme park-like attractions based on established Nintendo franchises, including The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Animal Crossing. Titles include Donkey Kong: Crash Course, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, Luigi's Ghost Mansion, and Takamaru's Ninja...

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Wii U GamePad controller hands-on

Viewed side-by-side with its prototype predecessor, the sleeker retail version of the Wii U's GamePad may look like a device subtly changed.

But those minor tweaks to the touchscreen-sporting controller add up.

The version that will ship with the diminutive console has vastly improved thumbsticks that can also be pressed in to serve as buttons, a sleeker body, and molded grips.

Perhaps the most significant change to the Wii U's controller, though, is that gamers will be able to use two of them with the console.

Last year's unveiling of the GamePad — a video game controller that packs motion...

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'ZombiU' uses the Wii U GamePad to fight and become zombies

At Nintendo's E3 press conference today, Ubisoft showed off how upcoming title ZombiU will use the Wii U's tablet controller.

Players can hack locked doors using a pinpad on the controller to punch in numbered codes. The tablet can also be used as a radar, scanner, and shooter scope.

You can also use the tablet controller to "zombify" yourself. Players hold the tablet controller up to their face and the game will transform the image into that of a decaying zombie face.


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'LEGO City: Undercover' coming to Nintendo Wii U

LEGO City: Undercover is coming to Wii U with a number of special control features only possible on the Wii U's controller. The news came during today's Nintendo E3 press conference.

In the demo, we saw no-nonsense policeman Chase McCain solve crimes using the Wii U controller: a dispatcher appeared on the screen giving a mission; the player scanned the television screen with the controller as a sort of X-Ray device; McCain hopped around a city, flying helicopters, falling down giant pits and dismantling everything in sight.

In place of the silent film style of previous LEGO games was...

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'Sing' bringing karaoke to Wii U

The Wii U will be getting a new karaoke franchise called Sing. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the makers of DJ Hero, Sing allows friends to gather around the TV and make fools of themselves across a variety of pop songs.

Nintendo premiered the game during the company's 2012 E3 press conference. The debut trailer showed off the ability to read lyrics off the Wii U GamePad, so that singers can stand at the front of the room, facing out into their friends as they belt their hearts out. The trailer also showed off a Wii U-friendly microphone attachment.

Sing is currently a working title, so the...

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Wii Fit U shown at Nintendo's E3 press briefing

At Nintendo's E3 press briefing this morning, the company showed the latest version of its popular Wii Fit series, and the first for Wii U. <i>Wii Fit U</i> will include new events as you would expect, and takes things one step further by letting players upload data from an external device; in the presentation, a woman uploaded data from a run into the system to sync up with her in-game stats.

A video in the presentation showed the same woman moving on the Wii Fit Balance Board to jump on a trampoline in the game, a man holding the Wii U controller in front of himself to simulate using a...

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'Scribblenauts Unlimited' announced for Wii U

Scribblenauts Unlimited will bring the word-based puzzle-platformer to Nintendo's Wii U console, 5th Cell just revealed during Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference.

Scribblenauts Unlimited allows players to use the Wii U tablet to create their own objects, and then register them in the series' trademark magic notebook. A trailer showed a player (and two players!) combining objects and assets to add their own creations — like a dog that's also a car. Scribblenauts will also have multiplayer, though that mode was not detailed.

The trailer also teased a 3DS version of the game.


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Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition announced for Wii U

Warner Bros took the stage at this year's E3 Nintendo Press Conference to announce Batman: Arkham City for the Wii U this fall. This updated version of the Game of the Year edition released May 29th of this year will include additional content specifically tailored to the Wii U GamePad's screen, including the ability to select equipment on the GamePad screen, and each character has new armor with a built-in screen in their wrist gauntlet to match.

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition will release for Wii U this fall when the Wii U launches.


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Wii U supports two GamePads, Nintendo confirms

Nintendo confirmed at E3 2012 that the Wii U will support use of two GamePad controllers at once.

At last year's E3, Nintendo would only confirm that one of the Wii U touchscreen controllers would interact with the system at a given time, with other players using Wii Remotes to play multiplayer games. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that at this year's E3, Nintendo would be focusing on single GamePad experiences, but that dual GamePad games would be shown in the future.

Nintendo also outlined much of the cosmetic and layout tweaks in the updated Wii U GamePad, including...

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Nintendo E3 2012 press conference live video

The next-generation of gaming from Nintendo will be unveiled at the company's E3 2012 media briefing, where Nintendo will showcase the Wii U in its final form.

Nintendo will have more than just hardware to tout, of course, because Nintendo is all about the games. Expect to see the latest on New Super Mario Bros. for Wii U as well as an all-new Pikmin. But what else? Only Nintendo knows.

If you're body is ready, watch live video from Nintendo's press conference below and follow along with Polygon and The Verge's liveblog coverage of the company's E3 briefing.


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'Pikmin 3' announced for Wii U

At Nintendo's E3 press conference this morning, the company announced a brand new Pikmin game for the Wii U.

Pikmin 3 utilizes the enhanced resolution of the Wii U to show Pikmin in greater details. Pikmin can find objects to build bridges, and new animations make the Pikmin appear even more like tiny, live ants.

A new rock Pikmin was introduced. Rock Pikmin can break objects. The motion technology of the Wii U allows accurate positioning and throwing of Pikmin at enemies.

The tablet controller will always display the game's map, deepening strategies in placing and controlling your...

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Rayman Legends for Wii U features GamePad controlled lightning bug

At it's E3 press conference this afternoon, Ubisoft showed off a live demo of Rayman Legends for the Wii U. The game will feature five-player co-op and support the Wii U tablet controller, newly-announced Wii U Pro controller, and classic Wii motes.

Rayman, Globox and the Teensies are back in the new game that has them traveling through a series of legendary worlds with new environments, characters and enemies. The game will include a mix of themed levels, including several musical maps and a medieval themed map. You can also play the game online with friends, working your way through a...

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'Rabbids Land' revealed during Ubisoft E3 press conference, coming to Wii U

Rabbids Land is coming to the Wii U according to an announcement during today's Ubisoft E3 press conference.

The upcoming Rabbids title, revealed in a trailer, joins the growing roster of Wii U games developed by Ubisoft, including YourShape and Sports Connection.

Rabbids Land was initially rumoured in May when a job listing for a game title Rabbids Party Land was spotted on a developer's resume online. The game has since gone through a title change.

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Ubisoft announces ZombiU exclusively for Wii U

At its E3 2012 press conference, Ubisoft has revealed a new Wii U exclusive game titled ZombiU.

An all-CG trailer for the game didn't give us a good idea of what the actual gameplay will be, but it provided some hints. As you might expect from a zombie game, ZombiU seems to be dark and gory. In one freeze-framed scene, a man surrounded by zombies had just shot himself rather than be consumed.

If the settings and music from the trailer are any indication, ZombiU takes place takes place in Britain, one region that arguably hasn't been overexposed to this style of game.

Ubisoft didn't mention...

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Just Dance 4 dancing to Wii U

Ubisoft will bring its bestselling dancing game to the Wii U this holiday. The publisher announced that the next big entry, Just Dance 4, will be released for Nintendo's Wii U - and the plain old Wii, of course - later this year.

Expect much of the same feel-good dancing to pop tunes fun, with a few new additions, including something called "Puppet Master" mode, which appears to let the person piloting the Wii U game pad control the action while others shake Wii Remotes. The Wii U version promises standalone gameplay for those dancing with themselves.

You might also expect a Flo Rida tune...

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Wii U's online gaming and 'Miiverse' outlined, including video chat and web client

One of the biggest open questions in Nintendo's Wii U strategy has been its online component. The company has wasted no time in outlining some key aspects of its connected feature set in a pre-E3 presentation. In the (painfully-over-the-top cheesy) video demonstration, after dying in a nondescript Wii U survival horror game, the player selects his mood on the Gamepad and sends out a message to a forum generally commenting and asking for advice on beat a level. His friend sees the cry for help via his smartphone, in what we're assuming is a web-based client. (If anyone saw the Super Guide...

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