E3 2012: Nintendo Press Conference

Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference this morning was all about the games.

Shigeru Miyamoto opened the event with a look at the upcoming “Pikmin 3,” which is being developed for the company’s upcoming Wii U console. The game itself looks cute and colorful just likes a Pikmin game should. The big feature touted was the ability for players to take control of four leaders (none of which are Captain Olimar) and use them all simultaneously to change up the normal gameplay strategy.

A black model of the Wii U console could be seen on stage and the image popped up sporadically onscreen throughout the presentation.

Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage after Miyamoto and proceeded to show off a ton of games, all of which make use of the Wii U gamepads’s touchscreen. Games shown included “Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition” and “Mass Effect 3” as well as “New Super Mario Bros. U.”

A game called “Sing” was shown and appeared to bring all the awkwardness of karaoke to your living room. The promo video featured a few friends gathered around one girl who was facing toward the group and singing lyrics read from the gamepad.

The 3DS had a small showcase of games including “New Super Mario Bros. 2” and “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.” 3DS games were sparse during the press conference because Nintendo is hosting another event specifically aimed at showcasing game for their handheld tomorrow night.

“NintendoLand” will showcase the possibilities of the Wii U gamepad.

“Lego City Undercover” was shown to be a sort of open-world crime solving game. The game will feature voice acting and looks to feature the clever parodies Lego games have come to be known for.

The showcase was closed with a look at “NintendoLand,” which seems to be a sort of Playstation Home for the Wii U in which players congregate in a central hub area and can play mini games together that are designed specifically to show off the versatility and usefulness of the gamepad.

Nintendo fans are likely to be pleased with the official announcement of a new installment in the Pikmin franchise, but there was no hardware information or a price and release date for the Wii U.

All the E3 announcements from Nintendo throughout the week can be found at e3.nintendo.com.