E3 2012: Nintendo 3DS coverage

The Nintendo 3DS turned one this year. Games released for the handheld are making increased use of its StreetPass and SpotPass systems, making the 3DS one of the better consoles for player connectivity. Polygon will be providing coverage for each console in streams. Follow this stream for everything and anything 3DS 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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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate: a step sideways

As a big fan of Konami's 2010 Castlevania reboot, Lords of Shadow, I went into my first look at the new 3DS spin-off, Mirror of Fate, full of hope. Developed by MercurySteam, the same team behind the console Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate embraces more traditional 2D Castlevania gameplay and will lead in to the in-development Lords of Shadow 2.

I left my brief demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate more concerned than excited. Although Mirror of Fate is played on a sidescrolling, 2D plane, it retains the cinematic camera work and God of War-esque fighting system. Those...

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'New Super Mario Bros. 2' trailer stays golden

A new trailer for New Super Marios Bros. 2 was shown at today's Nintendo E3 press conference. Details were slim, but we do know the game will focus on gold. You know what that means: headline game time!

Mario Goes for the Gold!

Mario Enters His Golden Years

Mario Is Good as Gold

It May Be Number 2, but This Mario Gets the Gold

Enough? Never enough.

Old Super Mario Bros. Is Silver, New Super Mario Bros. Is Gold

There's Gold in This Here Game

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Trailer Isn't Fools Gold

Okay, one more.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Trailer Has the Midas Touch

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'Heroes of Ruin' trailer reveals multiplayer hacking-and-slashing

A new Heroes of Ruin trailer reveals the multiplayer aspects of the Nintendo 3DS dungeon crawler.

Developed by n-Space and published by Square Enix, Heroes of Ruin emphasizes co-operation, taking advantage of the 3DS's tech. In multiplayer, up to four players may work together to slay dragons and ghouls in the game's fantasy world. The 3DS's StreetPass and SpotPass tech also allows players to trade items with fellow players and complete updated daily challenges.

Heroes of Ruin is scheduled to release on July 17, 2012.

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'Just Dance 4' unveils Puppet Master mode, features dance customisation on Wii U

Just Dance 4 will offer dance customisation in the Wii U exclusive Puppet Master mode, Ubisoft announced today at the Nintendo E3 press conference.

For the first time, the Wii U allows up to 5-player gameplay in which four dancers are directed by a fifth player.

As shown during the presentation, the "puppet master" can use the Wii U tablet to choose between Jazzy, Funky, Crazy and Happy dance moves and choreograph dances on the fly. Dancers are challenged to hold certain poses for a short period of time as part of the routine.

Just Dance 4 will be release October 9 in North America.

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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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'Paper Mario: Sticker Star' for 3DS coming Holiday 2012

Paper Mario: Sticker Star will bring Nintendo's super-flat action RPG to the Nintendo 3DS this holiday season, the publisher just announced during its E3 2012 press conference.

As the name implies, Mario will need to wield a multitude of stickers to defeat his foes and traverse his world. The game looked very similar to Paper Mario games past, with the cut-out feel of a shoebox diorama. You'll be able to grab it on the 3DS' digital store or retail outlets this holiday season.

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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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Spy Hunter returns in WB's reboot for Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita

Warner Bros. is dipping into its catalog of former Midway franchises for a revival of the classic top-down driving game Spy Hunter, the company announced today. The reboot of the 1983 arcade game is bound for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita this fall.

In development at TT Fusion, the studio responsible for portable versions of LEGO Batman and LEGO Star Wars, Spy Hunter will give players control of the "Agent," the man behind the wheel of the G-6155 Interceptor supercar. The Interceptor comes "armed extensively with advanced weaponry" – presumably machine guns, oil slicks, and even...

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