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Game Tapes 13: The Four Balls. The Three Arrows

Jeff, Vinny and Ben take a look back at Nintendo's 2011 E3 press conference. Highs include talking heads, 25 years of Zelda, and the console announcement heard round the world.

Unearthing the forgotten magnetic media of the video game industry.

May. 30 2020

Cast: Jeff, Vinny, Ben

Posted by: Ben

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Game Tapes 11-2

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Nintendo press conferences are usually my least favorite because I don’t care about Mario or Zelda titles. Bring back Metroid please.

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Vinny on Game Tapes is everything I ever wanted.

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Game Tapes heck yes

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I will never understand people saying Skyward Sword is the worst Zelda when both Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks exist.

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Conference volume is quite low.

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If you did more of these and Demo Derby ( a schedule???) i might reconsider getting another Premium....

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Hearing Iwata discuss the Wii U as the perfect console for both casual/"hardcore" game audiences is a bit sad given that The Switch has assumed that role perfectly many years later. :( Wish he had seen that.

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The ducking when they talk on the conference audio is pretty rough. Can't really tell what they are talking about at all.

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ya love to see it

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is this the first game tapes of a post-giant bomb tape? I remember Ben as an intern in 2011

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Finally some Game Tapes! I've missed these.

Since they're doing more recent press conferences, I would love if they did an episode with the conferences from the reveal of Xbox One and PS4. It would be interesting to watch those now that the new versions are coming out soon and get the crew's opinions on what the original pitches were compared to how this generation went.

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I really liked Skyward Sword and the Wii U.

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I was watching the Sony 2006 E3 Game Tapes earlier today. They read my mind, thank you based Giant Bomb

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I really enjoyed this!!!

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I am very happy for some new Game Tapes, and for a press conference specifically! Always love rewatching these and seeing where we were at back then.

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Say what you will about the name, but watching the Wii U stuff makes it really apparent how poorly they messaged it as a new console over everything else; everything is about the "new controller" and just feels like an accessory pitch.

Also half of those tech demos became Game & Wario lol.

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This has been said to death but they (Nintendo) really screwed up in their wording. If you go back through this conference and replace every time they said "New Controller" with "New Console", it might have been different.

I mean the EA guy mentioned that this was a new console more than Nintendo themselves.

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I heard this is where the hot banging happens.

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TAPES

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Sure the Wii U sucks, but did you know you can hack it to run Gamecube games? Because you can, and it's great.

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great video

more game tapes please

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Mass Effect 3 (EA) was released for the Wii U.

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Game tapes with vinny woo!

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TAPES TAPES TAPES, HOT FRESH TAPES

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I can't hear a doggone thing. Audio ducking is way too much.

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Im so glad you guys can do this show again. Really appreciated

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Unfortunately, the audio is really bad on this one. It's almost impossible to hear anything from the press conference and the crew's voice sounds like someone pushed the volume to be louder than recorded...

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gonna miss all the great E3 content this year :(

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Hey Jeff, when you eventually try ocarina of time again, you should also check out the randomizer that's been getting attention these past few years. It makes the game feel bizarre and new.

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The thing that always symbolises the third party ports on Wii U at launch was Mass Effect 3. Which launched on Wii U at full price, months after the Trilogy Collection had launched at a discounted price on other consoles.

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I will never understand people saying Skyward Sword is the worst Zelda when both Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks exist.

Spirit Tracks made navigating the overworld the least fun I have ever had with a Zelda game. Restricting you to premade tracks, and then filling those tracks up with enemies to further restrict your options, and then putting puzzles in the overworld which meant you had to snake around and double back placed you didn't want to be to get where you needed to go to solve a puzzle to unlock an area sucked. Spirit Tracks is awful. Phantom Hourglass at least had the fun sailing from Wind Waker but Spirit Tracks is just 100% blah.

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@zeldaking2001@: Phantom Hourglass is a top 5 Zelda. Skyward Sword is super lame.

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Volume's a bit wonky on this one

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YES!

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Please help me.... is this episode 11 or episode 13?!?!

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I get that being not-the-best in a franchise that has some of the best games of all time makes a difference, but I will never understand the hyperbole around how awful Skyward Sword and Mario Sunshine are.

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@zeldaking2001@: Hey, at least the touch controls actually work they way they're supposed to. The motion controls in Skyward Sword are horrendous, it's incredibly linear and Vi sucks butts.

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I love going back to watch pressers and the like years afterwards.

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20:57

*Claps in Japanese*

Miyamoto: "Translate please!"

*Claps in English*

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John Riccitiello wants to put his hands in his pockets SO DAMN BAD! But someone at Nintendo must have told him, that that just doesn't convey the friendliness and openness they are going for. I wonder if there's someone just off the stage miming to him: " REMEMBER YOUR HANDS!!!"

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@jeff_gerstmann (practically) All that stuff in the WiiU trailer did happen. They released Wii Sports on it with those functions. You could do video calling, the web browser could work like that etc.

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Man I remember getting a Wii U and instantly thinking it should be more like what we eventually got with the Switch.

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Windwaker and Skyward Sword are the only Zelda games I've ever finished, SS was ok for someone that rarely played the series

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Oh, this was a delight to watch on a sunday.

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It's both fascinating and sad how the entire GB crew more or less just went "nah we're done with Nintendo now" - their knowledge of the Wii U is abysmal.

But the whole pitch was a trainwreck so Nintendo clearly did this to themselves.

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Skyward was the Zelda game that made me really want some sort of "chapter/dungeon select" menu option after finishing the game. It had some of the most unforgettable dungeons and highest highs in the series, but to experience them you have to suffer through some of the worst stuff in any Zelda game.