Nintendo today re-confirmed that it plans to show attendees of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. franchises. This year’s E3 show floor opens on June 11th and ends on the 13th. Nintendo previously announced that it will not be hosting a major press conference at the expo, but the publisher will definitely be in attendance.
Although Nintendo will not be hosting a major press conference at this year’s E3, the company will still be at the expo. Before E3 2013′s show floor opens, on the morning of June 11th, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and The Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto will speak at a Wii U Software Showcase. If you remember correctly, at E3 2012, Nintendo held a software showcase that focused solely on Nintendo 3DS games.
“This year, Nintendo is taking a different approach to E3. We’re giving you the chance to get closer to the games through a unique hands-on experience at our booth before the show opens.”
Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed, via Twitter, that both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the next Super Smash Bros. title will be at this year’s E3. Yesterday, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said ‘screens’ from the new Super Smash Bros. game will be shown at the expo, but according to IGN, Sakurai makes it seem like we may be seeing actual footage this E3. Because production of the game was announced so far in advance, Sakurai apologizes to fans of the series; however, the video game designer says there’ll be more Super Smash Bros. news coming.
Nintendo UK’s James Honewell told Official Nintendo Magazine that there will be plenty of fantastic Wii U titles released in 2013. Honewell also said he’s certain that this year’s E3 will be a great show.
“As well as a strong launch line up, we’ve also got a really strong Q1. We’ve got a lot of fantastic titles – Monster Hunter, Ninja Gaiden, Sing Party, fantastic titles for everyone. And beyond – I’m sure E3 will be another great show and there will be lots of fantastic titles to come.”
A couple Wii U details were shared during today’s GT.TV interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Fils-Aime confirmed Nintendo is publishing Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 worldwide. Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo EAD and Retro Studios are apparently working on ‘fantastic projects’ for the new console. Depending on their progress, Nintendo may reveal Wii U’s new projects before, during or after E3 2013.
The Entertainment Software Association has announced via a press release that the Electronic Entertainment Expo will remain in Los Angeles for the next three years. It was also confirmed that E3 2013 would take place June 11-13, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE and a plethora of venues throughout downtown Los Angeles and the City.
“We are proud to partner with Los Angeles for another three years. The City serves as a strong backdrop for the video game industry’s biggest announcements and we look forward to remaining in LA. Video games are a dominant force in the global entertainment marketplace and there is no better place to display that than Los Angeles. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the City and AEG.”
- Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. video game industry.
Shigeru Miyamoto has told Joystiq that the new and original game that he’s been working on may not be shown until next years E3 event. Miyamoto revealed that he was working on something fresh earlier this year, but he wouldn’t disclose what it involved.
“People like to ask me if I want to do a small project with a small team. I do like working with a small team, and I’m working with a number of small teams on a lot of different ideas, but the problem is because of all these different roles that I have to fulfill, it takes me a long time to write the design document.”
He added: “maybe this time next year I’ll have something ready to show you that perhaps will illustrate that idea.”