E3 – live blogging the Nintendo keynote

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Blake is moving into position in Santa Monica as we speak. I’ll be attempting a liveblog of the event as it unfolds. Stay tuned! The keynote is scheduled to begin at 12PM Eastern, 9AM Pacific.

All times Eastern.

1:18PM – And they’re done .. short video montage plays.
1:17PM – Nintendo intends to steal more of our leisure time with their systems.
1:16PM – Nintendo’s turn to lead .. primary target is very wide.
1:15PM – Reggie: “We’re happy, but not satisfied.”
1:14PM – Reggie is owning Shiggy! Reggie wins! Shiggy leaves.
1:13PM – Shiggy vs Reggie: soccer header match using the Balance Board.
1:12PM – Doesn’t tell your weight, just your BMI. Reggie’s BMI was 27 .. his Mii acted a little fat (big laugh). Reggie says, “Muscle is heavier than fat!”
1:10PM – Measures your weight, center of gravity, tracks BMI over time.
1:09PM – Doing live body check of Reggie!
1:08PM – Device is called Wii Balance Board. Measures weight, balance, and shifting weight. It’s wireless.
1:07PM – Live demo of balance game, calibration not setup right.
1:06PM – Live demo of step aerobics.
1:05PM – Live demo, calibration of floor pad is off a little.
1:03PM – Miyamoto takes the stage. Is he wearing a Katamari shirt?
1:02PM – Yoga, pilates, balance, and step aerobics are shown.
1:00PM – Wii Fit announced. Uses pads that you stand on.
12:58PM – WiiSports video montage.
12:57PM – Flash Focus visual test game for DS. My Word Coach from Ubisoft for DS. My Life Coach in development.
12:55PM – Picross DS, MySims, High School Musical, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 are shown.
12:53PM – Super Mario Galaxy comes out on November 12th this year! (I think Mario has a bee costume.)
12:53PM – Brain Age 2 out on August 20th
12:52PM – Family from Texas tested Mario Galaxy, and Brain Age 2
12:51PM – “New gamers forever!”
12:50PM – Miyamoto coming out soon with new game.
12:45PM – Iwata learned to cook with DS.
12:43PM – Iwata takes the stage to discuss non-traditional gamers.
12:41PM – Video of elderly playing games, brain training, etc.
12:40PM – Wii Wheel packaged with Mario Kart Wii.
12:40PM – Mario Kart for Wii, online, Q1 2008!
12:37PM – Mentions Pokemon, Mario Chargers, Madden 08, FIFA 08, DQM:Joker, and Guitar Hero 3 all being online.
12:36PM – New channel: Check Mii Out
12:35PM – WiiWare mentioned.
12:35PM – 5.6 million Virtual Console downloads
12:34PM – another video intro
12:33PM – Back to Reggie .. Talking about ‘getting serious about online’
12:30PM – Live demo of Metroid Prime 3.
12:27PM – Live demo of Phantom Hourglass.
12:26PM – TheHylia webmasters video interview.
12:25PM – Super Smash Bros. Brawl – December 3rd in the Americas!
12:22PM – Showing Soul Caliber Legends, WWE Raw, Ninja Gaiden DS, DQ Swords, Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
12:21PM – $19.99 for Wii Zapper, available this year.
12:20PM – Medal Of Honor will be built to take advantage of Wii Zapper. 32 players in multiplayer mode!
12:20PM – Looks like it’s just a shell without additional functionality.
12:19PM – Combines remote & nunchuck
12:19PM – The Wii Zapper!!
12:17PM – Showing various fan videos and blogs (like WiiFanboy).
12:16PM – “Nintendo is not a fad. Nintendo is the future.”
12:13PM – “That’s a lot of soccer moms!”
12:11PM – Talking about female gamers.
12:10PM – More graphs ..
12:07PM – Talking about market expansion, converting non-gamers with DS or Wii.
12:05PM – “My name is Reggie .. and I am .. happy!”
12:03PM – Intro video with talking NES, Cartman, various YouTube videos, etc.
12:02PM – “..please take your seats!”
11:59AM – “My Way” by Los Lonely Boys is playing on the PA.
11:59AM – “..the show will begin in 2 minutes..”
11:58AM – “Suddenly I See” is playing on the PA.
11:49AM – Perin is running around naked. Sorta awkward.
11:41AM – Nintendo is fittingly playing “I’m a Believer” over the PA.
11:36AM – Blake eats breakfast, courtesy of Nintendo!

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