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E3 2012: Nintendo Announces NintendoLand Virtual Theme Park, Super Mario Bros U

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Nintendo has unveiled a virtual theme park which it says will introduce its new gaming console to the world.

The park - 'NintendoLand' - will be the flagship title for the company's Wii U console, the successor to the popular Wii.

At its E3 keynote in Los Angeles, Nintendo said the theme park will feature 12 "experiences" or mini games which will show off the console at its best.

NintendoLand will include games based around the Legend of Zelda, Luigi's Mansion and Donkey Kong, the company said.

Nintendo also unveiled the latest Mario game which will be launched with the new console.

Super Mario Bros U will feature improved multiplayer and cooperative modes, and HD graphics. It will also utilise Nintendo's innovative "second screen" gamepad, as well as characters and levels familiar from previous games.

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Nintendo's keynote followed similar events by Microsoft and Sony where they also unveiled new games and features - but no new consoles - at the world's largest video game conference.

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Other announcements made at the press event included:

Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition: A Wii U-specific version of the popular Dark Knight game.

Pikmin 3: A new strategy game for Wii U

Wii Fit U: A new fitness peripheral based on the popular Wii Fit.

WIi U: Lego City: A 'Grand Theft Auto' for kids based in the Lego universe.

Take a look below for more details on all the announcements via our liveblog.

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@ timothydclark : Response in the room to NintendoLand feels deathly. Of all the things you might lift from Sony, Home would not be high up the list

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A new title - NintendoLand - is the Wii Sports for Wii U, Reggie says.

Katsuya Eguchi (Wii U software producer) explains that the game will feature 'attractions' from many of Nintendo's most popular IP.

You'll be a character in each world - but also your Mii - when you play each of the 12 attractions, including:

  • Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest
  • Luigi's Ghost Mansion
  • Animal Crossing
  • Donkey Kong's Crash Course
  • Takamuru's Ninja Castle

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The below is from Luigi's Mansion - a game where four players have to hunt a ghost played by a player using the Wii gamepad with a screen. Like a co-op Pac Man.

It looks interesting - but not as obvious to understand as - say - Wii Tennis.

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A cool-looking new Zombie game (ZombieU, actually shown at Ubisoft's presser yesterday) is shown off. It looks like an interesting new take on Zombie survival - and includes a level set on the London tube.

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Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft is on stage to sing the praises the "innovative" Wii U.

He mentions Rayman Legends, Rabbids Land and ZombiU - all shown during its own press conference yesterday.

Now Xavier Poix, Ubisoft MD, is on stage to show off Just Dance 4.

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You'll be able to control what the dancers have to do via the Wii U controller - be the 'puppet master', as it were.

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Lego City: Undercover for Wii U is announced - it looks a bit like GTA but in Lego. For kids, kinda.

If you're Lego fan you'll be into this. It's also heading to 3DS.

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"Where's the love?" asks Scott Moffitt, the vice president of sales and marketing from Nintendo and 3DS chief.

Fair question, given the 3DS's flagging sales.

First he introduces Super Mario Bros 2 - and says the details will be unveiled tomorrow in a separate 3DS event.

Then he intros a 'Sticker' feature for a new Paper Mario game ('Sticker Star') coming for the holidays in 2012.

Finally... Luigi's Mansion.

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He also gives a glimpse of new third party games - Kingdom hearts 3D, a new Epic Mickey game, Scribblenauts and Castlevania.

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A new game for Wii U (codenamed 'Sing') is shown, which appears to be a sort of advanced karaoke game which is all about group participation.

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Nintendo unveils a new version of the popular Wii Fit peripheral for Wii U.

Named... the Wii Fit U it looks similar - but also includes off-TV modes, an offline fitmeter and new actions and games.

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New games announced include:

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Aliens Colonial Marines

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Jerimiah Slaczka, from the Scribblenauts team, announces a new version of the game for Wii U.

It's Scribblenauts, but in HD and with some cool new features, including multiplayer. A trailer video features 20-somethings in their pristine living rooms playing it with each other. Which rarely happens in real life, as far as we can tell.

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A new and expanded version of Batman: Arkham City is heading to the Wii U.

Named 'Armoured Edition' (with or without the 'u') it will feature new controls via the Wii U second screen.

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Nintendo announces Mario Bros U for Wii U.

The game will include some creative new cooperative modes.

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Fils-Aime shows off the Wii U homescreen.

There are lots of Miis crowded around icons - including one for Mario Kart!

This is the Miiverse, he says.

The tiles are 'social' - displaying recent scores, facial expressions, graffiti and other stuff.

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Reggie Fils-Aime is giving a "guided tour" of the Wii U Gamepad.

He says games using two gamepads are coming - but not today.

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Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo's president and CEO: "It's all about the games".

We'll see 23 Wii U titles on stage today, he says.

"It stands to revolutionise your living room," he says.

It will have Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube, he adds - but says how you will enjoy the video will be different.

However that won't be shown at E3, he says - E3 is just gaming. The rest will come later.

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@ tashascomic : pikmin are so cute i wish i liked the game more.

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Miyamoto introduces the Wii U. "There will be no need to wave to turn on the Wii U".

He says it will change how living room entertainment works - and introduces Pikmin 3!

Pikmen is a long-standing strategy game by Ninendo - somewhere between Worms and Lemmings.

Miyamoto says the Wii U will change the way Pikmin is played - displaying the whole map on the controller/screen while the game is on the TV for instance.

Miyamoto seems like a lovely man, incidentally.

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We're off - Nintendo is showing a preview video of Nintendo chief Shigeru Miyamoto backstage.

He's mildly assautled by Pikmin and then walks onstage.

Then the Pikmin assault the crowd.

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Also while we're waiting - the history of Nintendo.

No - it didn't start with Mario.

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While we're waiting, enjoy this - one of our favourite-ever Mario Theme Tune renditions:

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Our liveblog of the Nintendo E3 keynote will begin at 5pm BST (or 9am in LA).

Check back then for all the latest updates to the Wii U and possibly a few other surprises.

In the meantime read up on everything Nintendo has unveiled so far.

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