E3 2012: Nintendo (3DS) Live Coverage

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Nintendo’s final E3 conference for the year has ended. You can see our coverage of the event as it happened below.

Ready for E3’s last press conference from the big three? In case you’re not, we’ll be keeping tabs on what occurs during the event right as it happens.

Nintendo already held its E3 conference and the pre-E3 Nintendo Direct, but tonight’s show will be focused on the handheld side of things. Whether or not we’ll see any new reveals is unknown, but at least we should get footage of some already-announced upcoming games.

Updates will be posted in reverse chronological order (meaning the latest news will be on the top). You’ll also need to refresh the page to see new updates:

  • The conference ended with an approval from Reggie
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 challenges you to collect 1,000,000 coins. The golden fire flower allows you to monetize everything you hit. A new mode called coin rush uses Street Pass to enable you to earn more coins (but you only get one life and have to complete three levels in a row). The entire game can be played in co-op with two players. 
  • The ability to download retail games on the eShop was plugged
  • Lego Batman features non-Batman characters such as Lex Luthor and has a demo available right now
  • Two new Pokemon apps will be available this fall. They allow you to transfer captured Pokemon to Black and White 2 on DS. Pokedex 3D Pro features every Pokemon ever made.
  • “Threediots” is available for Nintendo Video now
  • eShop has its 1 year anniversary today. The average eShop user buys 4.7 games. More than 58 million Swap Note messages have been sent since December. 
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 for DS takes place 2 years after the original game.   
  • A montage featuring Lego Batman, the Rabbids, Heroes of Ruin, and a couple of others aired
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited was shown briefly. It’s got some Street Pass functionality and takes place in a singular world rather than in levels.
  • Some gameplay and cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance got shown. It comes out July 31st and has an eShop demo coming soon.
  • Paper Mario Sticker Star was shown. Nate Bihldorff put over how effective the the 3D is, since it allows you to see hidden objects and such. It features the same turn-based premise as the games before Super Paper Mario. No partners appeared to be following Mario, who only used stickers to fight. Battles don’t reward you with experience points, instead focusing on solving puzzles and side quests to improve your attacks. Luck also plays into the battle system. The game launches this holiday and has an eShop trailer up now. 
  • Warren Spector and Peter Wong came to discuss Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. It draws from forgotten Disney video game history. A trailer aired featuring classic 2D side-scrolling and the ability to draw and erase objects using Mickey’s magic paintbrush. 
  • A trailer for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was shown. It features multiple mansions, new ghosts, snowy scenery, a finicky elevator, and Toad. The game launches digitally and in retail later this year. The trailer is available in the 3DS eShop right now. 
  • Dave Cox from Konami appeared on stage and revealed that Mirror of Fate will be coming this fall exclusively for 3DS. 
  • A trailer for Castlevania Lords of Darkness: Mirror of Truth was shown, mostly non-gameplay footage. It’s an open-world 2.5D side-scroller with a more brutal edge to it. 
  • The man speaking boasted about the sales figures of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, and Mario Kart 7 (all surpassed 1 million)
  • Some new announcements for Mario and Dracula were teased
  • Non-specific action figure (!!!) appears on stage briefly 
  • The show has begun…after a around 10 minutes of what appears to be technical difficulty

You can also watch the conference over here.

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