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NY1 Tech Reporter Adam Balkin and blogger Develon Douglas of NY1 sister station YNN Austin cover the 2013 E3 video game convention in Los Angeles.

Nintendo Opts For "Software Showcase" Rather Than Usual Presser

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When Nintendo took its turn to strut its stuff out at the E3 video game convention in Los Angeles, it took a slightly unconventional approach. NY1's Technology reporter Adam Balkin filed the following report.

The first bit of news regarding Nintendo's E3 press conference is probably how it wasn't a traditional big press conference like Sony's or Microsoft's, or even like Nintendo had in the past. Instead, it gathered a chunk of journalists and had what it called a "software showcase."

"What's it like to play the game? It was our decision to minimize the time from the time we said 'Good Morning' and you getting to play the game," says Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo.

The new titles it showed off are names just about any gamer and even most non-gamers will likely recognize. A new "Donkey Kong," "Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze," "The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between New Worlds," and those little Pikmin are also back in "Pikmin 3."

But the most recognizable face of all, Mario, is now a part of a handful of new games. The first is "Super Mario 3D World."

"For the first time you're going to have four player multiplayer in a 3-D world. Also, you have four different characters, you have Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad and each character has unique abilities," says David Young of Nintendo. "We haven't revealed the story line but one can assume it's going to be a little different. Since Princess Peach is a playable character, she can't be kidnapped, can she?"

But perhaps the most highly anticipated Nintendo game on the floor this year is "MarioKart 8."

"High-definition MarioKart is great and it features an anti-gravity affect so you'll be able to go completely upside down and up walls. You can be able to play 12-player, multiplayer online," says Young.

In "Super Smash Bros. WiiU," in development, users can play as a whole host of Nintendo characters, from Mario through to even the Wii Fit trainer.

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