Nintendo on Tuesday charged full steam ahead at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles as the Japanese game company provided details of its latest creation, its own social networking platform, the Miiverse, and introduced a slew of titles for its new handheld gaming device, the Wii U.
Nintendo announced the launch of a total of 23 new titles for the Wii U, including Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition; Aliens: Colonial Marines; Mass Effect 3; Assassin's Creed 3, ZombiU as well as classic Nintendo games such as Mario Bros U, Pikmin 3 and Scribblenauts Unlimited.
Speaking about the Wii U, the president and CEO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, said at the conference, "It changes your gaming. It changes how you interact with your gaming friends. And it changes the way you enjoy your TV. It's not just intuitive, not just accessible to everyone, but it stands to revolutionize your living room."
Commenting on the Wii U release, Bridget Carey, senior editor at website, Cnet, said, “The criticism of the Wii U had been that it didn't address serious gamers who are looking for complex, graphics-heavy titles. So they are coming out with all these titles. Many of them are already around on other consoles, so it's not going to wow many people. But this is Nintendo saying we're there for every type of gamer, not just family fun - which is their biggest strength."
As for the launch date of the Wii U, Nintendo referred to “the holidays” (December onwards) as the most likely time.
Details about the Wii U Game Pad controller were also revealed, telling that the Wii U would be able to support two touchscreen game pads and that these pads would “revolutionize” gaming thanks to a "asymmetric game play."
NintendoLand developer Katsuya Eguchi explained, "The player with the game pad takes on a special role. It's playing the same game world as the other players, but with a different perspective, different information and a completely different role."
The game pads offer users increased functionality and access to extra content in addition to letting the users connect and communicate on the social networking platform, the Miiverse.
Of course, whether or not these new additions to Nintendo’s portfolio will change its slackening fortunes remains to be seen. Brian Blau, research director at Gartner, Inc., said, "They are really focusing on the game content, but the question is when these games and the console itself will be released. They need to come out some time in advance of Christmas to have an impact. If they come late in the buying cycle I'm slightly worried for their overall success."