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Nintendo Direct - Wii U news from Iwata
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June 02, 2012, 23:35
I've corrected the time below. Nintendo tweeted it incorrectly, it's 22:00 GMT (which is 11pm in the UK). The US times were correct already. 3pm PT.


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Satoru Iwata will present ‪#WiiU‬ news in ‪#NintendoDirect‬ Pre ‪#E3‬, Sunday June 3rd at 22:00 GMT / 24:00 CET

The #NintendoDirect focuses on the concept behind #WiiU. Streaming Sun 6/3 at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET & follow #NintendoDirect on.fb.me/KYtWD2

To learn about the #WiiU games, follow our live tweets on Tuesday 6/5 at 9 am PT/ noon ET. on.fb.me/KYtWD2

The three amigos have landed in Los Angeles.

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06/02/12, 23:35   Edited:  06/04/12, 01:32
Why not sign up for a (free) account?
Can't wait for 6, gotta try and get my work done!

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 17:40   Edited:  06/03/12, 17:41
Reggie looks like he needs to lay off the sodium. Guy looks waterlogged.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 17:55
bah...work 5-9 and the thing airs at 6

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:06
@Wellsy529 i managed to be off work until wednesday! Its a four day game fest and a four day "get made fun of by my bother" fest....

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:12
Sounds super fun, I wanted to do that but I just got back from vacation so I couldn't get that many days off, I still took Tuesday off though, haha.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:19
Pumped! But I have to wait until 5 PM, Central, arggghh!!

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:22
What kind of news could they possibly give today before E3? Is this even going to be a big deal?

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:27

Price and release date? They did say they won't announce it AT E3

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:31
That's what I was thinking. Hardware features (including any secret stuff), and maybe price and release date.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:37
I would think they show what the Wii U can do and maybe Nintendo Network PreE3. Maybe a hint of whats to come on Tuesday. Tuesday showcases software and hardware / Nintendo Network details.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:42
I have Wed off so I get to see the games.... tuesday get out 5pm est so I'll catch up from the conference. I might be able to watch it on my phone

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 18:47
We certainly won't get specs, although I wish they would, it doesn't really serve any purpose to keep them secret it just frustrates people and everyone finds out eventually. I suppose they'll detail the controller and show off some of the dual-screen functionality, plus talk about the GUI, the online, and other features like NFR, probably a few surprises too. I really doubt we'll get release date and price unless it's coming very soon, like August or September, which I could see them doing just to get out in front for the Holidays.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 19:36   Edited:  06/03/12, 19:38
I dunno. I don't really want the E3 discussion to focus on a bunch of technical spec wars.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 19:41
The trouble with the specs is that they could lay everything out there and it would still cause confusion and misunderstandings if they're using custom versions of familiar chips. What difference do the customisations make in actual games? How do you compare this system and it's bottlenecks, or hopefully its lack of them, to existing and future hardware?

What's the advantage of talking specs? All we really want to hear is something along the lines of "The Wii U is X times faster than any current console", and have someone smarter than us look at the tech, run a host of benchmarks, and give us a thumbs up. And even then people will say "X is too small!" or "The PS4 will be 10 times X!". And then we're all talking algebra instead of GAMES.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 19:46
I don't see why it will be a war, gamers will argue about specs either way, if they announce the specs I'd imagine that would nip a lot of the arguing in the bud, if they don't people will be arguing about how powerful it will be until IGN or someone finally leaks the actual numbers.

The kinds of gamers who care about specs are pretty tech-savvy, they realize that the numbers just give you a ballpark of what the machine is capable of and is not 100% indicative of real world performance. I agree saying "X is 10X more powerful than Y" is silly, but giving actual numbers means a lot.

But the point is pretty moot, they're never going to release the numbers it's not their style, and there is still a lot of hardware stuff to discuss.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 20:07   Edited:  06/03/12, 20:54
The date and price of the Wii weren't revealed until like 2 months before it launched, so I don't expect that stuff any time soon. I'm hoping for more details about the online features, and maybe something on storage.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 21:48
Nintendo said:
Today’s the day! We’re bringing you a video about how the Wii U changes how you play, during our Nintendo Direct live-stream at 3pm PT/6 pm ET. No Wii U game info until Tuesday’s presentation.

From their Facebook. So we know there will be a video

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 22:01

Not when you still live with Mommy and Daddy and they'll be badgering me to come down

Must win lottery and move out.

Posted by 
 on: 06/03/12, 22:05
Are we going to open up a chat room while viewing this?

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 on: 06/03/12, 23:46



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 on: 06/03/12, 23:50
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