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Nintendo had a large press conference on the day before E3 officially opened. First they served some excellent snacks and then they brought all of us into a large room and showed off all of their upcoming titles. They also showed off some titles from some third party developers like Capcom's Resident Evil 4 and Konami's Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes, which will be covered in their own respective sections.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for Nintendo Gamecube/GBA
The gameplay for this title looked fantastic, allowing up to four players to simultaneous play on screen on the Gamecube. Then when going into dungeons or buildings, gameplay would switch to the GBA screen. The gameplay seemed to be a competitive rush to see who could grab the most loot. The game is played cooperatively against monsters (especially the boss monsters) but with that competitive edge of being the first to explore areas and get the most goodies. This title brings a whole new level of interaction between the cube and the GBA. Also you do not need to have a Game Pak for the GBAs that are connected to the GameCube.
In early development by n-Space, this game is a third person shooter style game with an important twist. The player takes on the role of a Spectral Operative, or a ghost of sorts. This allows you to move from body to body in search of your own body that is being kept hidden somewhere inside a massive scientific complex. You will also encounter other spirits in the game, some of which may be friendly and helpful, while others are definitely not friendly. You can possess more than a dozen unique character types, using their weapons, skills, equipment, and even memories to complete your goals. You see the world in different ways depending on what creature you are possessing. You can use your abilities as a spirit to slip through cracks, interfere with electronics, and move objects. The multiplayer portion of the game offers a unique gameplay mix with body possession and spirit combat.
Mario Golf Toadstool Tour
A golfing game staring your favorite Nintendo franchise characters, this game allows up to four players to T-off in both normal golf courses and golf courses designed in the mushroom kingdom, filled with their own Mario hazards like Piranha plants and warp pipes, chain chomps and thwomps. The game offers a novice mode for a partially automated swing or an advanced mode for full control.
There was an untitled Starfox adventure shown that had Starfox fighting on foot, in a tank, and also by air. The game looked like a fairly typical third person action shooter with the famous starfox characters. One innovation is the concept of a "wingman" who rides on the wing of the Arwing or tank to help fight.