20 minutes to go until the magic, the wonder and battiness of Nintendo's E3 digital event.
Nintendo's increasingly distanced itself from E3, and never more so than at this year's show, where it worked through a slim line-up of the games we'll be playing over the next nine months. There were some gems there - StarFox looks interesting, Fire Emblem is bound to amaze and Mario Maker could be this year's most creative hit - but it was hard not to walk away a little disappointed after all the flare of yesterday. Catch it all as it happened here.Watch live video from Nintendo on www.twitch.tv
What are we expecting? StarFox? Animal Crossing? SHENMUE 3?!?!?!?
Oh wait, scratch that last one.
Nintendo's got an awful lot to do if it wants to eclipse last night's offerings - let's not forget that Microsoft had a good showing before all the Sony drama.
And hey, if they've actually got a game or two coming out this year they'll already have Sony beat on that front.
Expect plenty of these guys.
God, that's giving me flashbacks to the time we shared a hotel with a furry convention at Rezzed a few years back.
The torn fur in the lifts in the morning, the smell of sweaty latex. Such sadness.
I completely forgot about Animal Crossing. There have been a few noises about a potential Wii U version of that one.
Now I play it on 3DS daily I feel it's a handheld game through and through - would feel odd going back to a home console. Still, I'd take it.
A new Mario, a new F-Zero or a new Doshin the Giant? Anything's possible in the next hour or so.
And of course Pele Stories. CALLING IT.
Bring him to Smash Bros., stat. He just sits on a stool, pummelling the opposition with his amazing anecdotes.
How's about a new Metroid, while we're at it.
Outside bet (and not counting the 3DS port), Hyrule Warriors 2? Or more dlc for it and MK8 or Splatoon?
The 3DS version leaked not long ago, so it's a good shout.
I'd actually be happy if they just spent an hour detailing Splatoon updates.
I'd actually be happiest just playing Splatoon for an hour or so. That game!
Surely they'll throw us something for Splatoon as an "available now".
New weapons coming tomorrow morning, and we're due a new map so I don't see why not. Aaaarrggggh why is my Wii U so far away from me right now...
I've only just tuned in, and my oh my that is Galaxy music. What could it mean?
I'd take just listening to the Galaxy soundtrack for an hour.
Bring the hype.
Are there going to be territory specific conferences? The look of the video preview seems like the NoA one, is that the only one?
That's the only one, I believe.
Listening to this music and I'm all like:
I predict a new Mario
Iwata puppet action!
I don't buy the Reggie as hench thing. He's always just struck me as slightly terrifying more than anything else.
What goes on at this company?
I don't know, but I'd love a couple of drops in my tea.
We're heading deep, deep into StarFox territory.
And I'm getting horrible flashbacks to that furry convention again. But now Reggie's inserted in them, and it's all so much worse.
Here's our first look at StarFox.
It looks quite traditional, following on from the original and 64 with elements from both.
The GamePad's used for a first-person viewpoint, and there's a bipedal walker there for what I think is the first time.
And it's called StarFox Zero.
Miyamoto is now talking about the Fushimi Inari shrine and his relationship with it, and how that pertains to StarFox. Of course he is.
The arches in StarFox are inspired by the arches at the shrine. I did not know that!
There were demoes of StarFox last year, but this looks very different.
The Wii U has the cockpit view, and you can aim using it.
It looks quite counter-intuitive - interested to see how it plays out.
The Arwing transforming into a Walker is a cut mechanic from StarFox 2.
Which, of course, was never released. Also the Landmaster is in, as is the Gyrowing.
Stop with all this madness about a redesigned pad!
Reggie the fillet is up. He just looks like he could break you in two.
We'll be hearing about NX next year, which we knew already. And transformation is the theme for this year.
Mario's 30 this year, which - if my experience is anything to go about - will mean he's asking some serious questions about what he's done with his life.
All of which will make it into Mario Maker, I'm sure.
Straight into Amiibo. Or Skylanders. We're straight into the toys, basically.
I'm keen on Nintendo, but not this keen.
Anyway, another third party Wii U game confirmed! That's something. A small, quite underwhelming something.
These Skylanders toys double up as Amiibos, for what it's worth.
I don't know why there's cynicism in my tone, I've got six Amiibo, four of them still in their boxes. I'm the problem.
Those hands have broken many, many lesser men than Reggie.
Mario Maker up for reals now.
Oh wait, maybe not - a new 3DS Zelda first.
It's co-op focussed (and I missed its name already)
There's a strong Four Swords vibe. It's called Triforce Heroes, and it's out later this year.
Shares the same visual style of A Link Between Worlds.
My stream's crapped out briefly, apologies.
Aaand I'm back pretty much where we left off - Triforce Heroes is still the focus.
Multiplayer is online.
And here's the confirmation of Hyrule Warriors. It's a 'reimagining'. I guess that means it's substantially different.
Tetra and the King of Red Lions from Wind Waker also feature.
This is the trailer that leaked last week.
I'm yet to get stuck into Hyrule Warriors, though I'm told it's the perfect hangover.
Maybe I'll get belted tonight just to give me a good excuse to play it tomorrow. It'll make tonight's PC Gaming Show fun, at least.
It's coming early next year - first quarter 2016.
Oh man, I wish that scene of Iwata punching Reggie was in real life and not just in puppet world.
And here's a new Metroid, while we're at it.
Blastball, which featured in the weekend's Nintendo World Championships, is a part of this new Metroid, as many expected.
Metroid Prime Federation Force isn't given much time - we're seeing it this week, though, so should have more details soon - and we're straight into Fire Emblem: If.
Just a cutscene trailer for that before we go to Fire Emblem vs. SMT.
This should keep the hyperfans happy, but it's not really going to win anyone else over.
Someone's just asked me if this is a Japanese game. I'm not quite sure myself. Great soundtrack!
Standard banana moment from Iwata, and onto Xenoblade. Hoping for a release date here.
It's out 12th April this year!
Still Americans, I guess that means December 4th.
Animal Crossing Home Designs Edition or whatever it's called now, which features the new card Amiibo.
I can't pretend I won't be all over this when it launches, mind.
Happy Home Designer, out the end of September
And here's an Animal Crossing on Wii U!
Here's an Animal Crossing board game on Wii U. That's not *quite* the same.
Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival, which looks somewhat underwhelming.
I can't help but feel Nintendo's trolling us right now.
The making of the yarn Amiibo now. Take that Sony.
We've been playing this for a while in the office - review's up in the near future.
The apathy's getting the better of me here though.
Anyone got any exciting plans tonight? Got any good jokes?
Martin, Give us a general vibe of how you feel about the game?
I'm not overwhelmed. Not underwhelmed either really. It's just a lukewarm whelming all over.
"Anyone got any exciting plans tonight? Got any good jokes?"This E3 presentation?
Ring up the burns department, we've got a fresh one coming in.
Yokai Watch is coming west at long last. This I can get behind.
If you didn't know, this is just *huge* in Japan.
They do branded toilet paper and everything.
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, which I'd be interested in if my brain wasn't already fried by the prospect of a new Mario Tennis.
Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, out the end of this year. They're really stringing out all the second rate Nintendo series right now.
It's like an inverse of last night's Sony conference.
At this rate the show will end with news of an Urban Champion reboot.
Onwards with some lovelier stuff. Mario Maker, which is looking ace.
Imagine a LittleBigPlanet that was actually fun to play and you've got this, basically.
I feel like the guy doing the voiceovers is trying to seduce me.
I'm not sure I like it.
Miyamoto's voiceover chap is okay. It's Tezuka's. It feels like it belongs to that of a man who's just sat next to me in the cinema and placed his hand on my knee and I definitely don't like it.
Mario Maker is out September 11th this year.
Um, I think that's it.
Come on, Urban Champion reboot - you can do it.
That was quite deflating, despite the feelgood montage at the end. Ah well, onwards! Square Enix next - see you over there in a tick.
In summary, Nintendo's still got plenty of class and charm, but really not much else to show for itself right now. Here's hoping the Treehouse stuff delivers over the next few days.