From hilarious Robot Chicken styled skits, to a glorious fight scene between Nintendo reps Reggie and Satoru, Nintendo’s press conference definitely hooked in watchers from the beginning and showed that they’ve got much more than a new Mario game in the works. This being the 10th E3 that Reggie has presented for, he still proves that he’s got what it takes to give a stellar conference.
Super Smash Bros.
Naturally, the new Super Smash Bros. is what started off the conference. With the fight scene between Reggie and Satoru transitioning into Mii version’s of themselves fighting, thus introducing one of the newest additions to the latest installment: Mii Fighter’s. Mii fighter’s have been introduced into the game as having 3 different types: Swordfighter, Brawler, and Gunners, with each type having it’s own abilities. “We’ve done some serious work, take a look! They’re almost not even Mii’s anymore!” says Masahiro Sakurai from Sora LTD. With Mii Fighter’s mean’t to be just as competitive as the rest of the characters, there is definitely a lot to see. With the ability to create a Mii character replication of anyone you choose and a decided total of 36 special moves, there’s a lot of content to keep Super Smash Bros. fans busy and satisfied with the new Mii addition. On top of all of this, Nintendo gave us a sneak peek of all the new mini games and tweaks they added such as being able to adjust the thickness of the outline of your character. Towards the end of the conference, we were shown what appeared to be some sort of Super Smash Bros. anime like video, this led into the introduction of a new character, Lady Palutena from the Kid Icarus series. With a wide array of awesome looking attacks, Lady Palutena looks as if she is shaping up to be a great addition to the game. Nintendo sure has big ambitions for this new installment and it’s looking very promising for long time and new fans alike.
At the beginning of the press conference, we saw Satoru place what appeared to be a Mario figurine on top of a Wii U game pad. This caused a digital Mario to be inserted into the Super Smash Bros. game. In fact, as Reggie said, this Mario figurine is indeed no ordinary toy. Nintendo unveiled their new “toys to life” project, Amiibo. These figurines have chips embedded in them that the Wii U game pad recognizes and brings the character to life in the game that you are playing. In addition to this, the game pad sends data back to the figurines, changing them every time you play, therefore giving you all new gaming opportunities.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Nintendo’s new project with Good Feel Co. is Yoshi’s Woolly World, a game with a wondrous vibe to it. In this new installment of the Yoshi series, players do not have a time limit in which to complete levels, therefore giving players free reign to explore the levels to the fullest extent. In this game, Yoshi’s abilities are now used for exploration rather than attacks. And that’s exactly what Yoshi’s Woolly World is based around, exploration. With a two player mode being included, the feeling of exploration can reach even further heights, with players being able to eat up and spit out one another wherever they choose, whether to help or attack the other player. The game seems to be running smoothly and will hopefully be released soon.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
We were shown a short preview of a wacky new adventure starring none other than the iconic Toad. While we have yet to get specific details on the game, one can assume that you will be hunting for some kind of precious item or items. It’s not often that Toad takes the spotlight, and so it will definitely be interesting to see how the final product turns out. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, is set for a Holiday 2014 release.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
“Last year, I said that revisiting the conventions of the Zelda series would be our theme for the new Zelda game for Wii U” says Eiji Aonuma of Nintendo. In the new Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U, Nintendo has brought back the early Zelda feel of being able to freely explore a vast world. “We couldn’t create such a wide world like this in the past” says Aonuma, “As far as what you can do with such a vast field to explore, as soon as those boundaries are removed, it means you can enter any area from any direction. So the puzzle solving in this game begins the moment the player starts to think about where they want to go, how they will get there, and what they will do when they arrive.”. This new take on Zelda will prove to be something fresh for players to enjoy, with much to explore and much to do. With powerful enemies spawning in even the most peaceful of areas, the player will have to constantly think on their toes. In addition to this, Link also has a pretty awesome new look. Complete with ponytail and all. The new installment is set for a 2015 release.
Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Nintendo definitely outdid themselves with the flashy trailer we were shown for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Showcasing awesome new perks such as the Mega Evolution’s of all 3 starter Pokemon. Nothing was really said about the games, but then again, do they really have to say anything? Announcing these games was enough to get Pokemon fans fired up with joy, and this trailer only fed the excitement. The official release date is set for November 21, 2014.
A trailer for the new Bayonetta game was shown, and boy does it look cool! Showing off multiple combo attacks and crazy new monsters to fight, Bayonetta 2 is showing a lot of promise. Link and Samus costumes were also shown towards the end, so that’s a pretty cool as well. It was also shown that the first Bayonetta game accompanies the second, giving you the entire Bayonetta universe to experience. Release date is set for October of this year.
More action oriented than the traditional Zelda game, Hyrule Warriors looks like a ton of fun. With multiple battles occurring on the field at once, Hyrule Warriors pits you against an entire army. Naturally, you can play as Link, but there are plenty of other playable characters to choose from. Such as Princess Zelda, Impa, and even Midna makes an appearance. Each with their own special set of moves, players will be able to play as pretty much all of their favorite Legend of Zelda characters. Hyrule Warriors does feature a two player option, with each player playing on separate screen of the TV and Wii U game pad. This gives players the freedom of being immersed in their own screen. Release date is set for September 26, 2014.
Kirby And The Rainbow Curse
A brief trailer of a new clay Kirby game for the Wii U was shown, looking like classic Kirby fun with some new ideas put it to make it shine. While a specific release date was not announced, the trailer gave us 2015 at least.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Fans of the Xenoblade series will be happy to see a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles is in the works.
A new creation was shown that allows players to create their own custom Mario courses and play them in different Mario games that they can choose from. Mario Maker looks to be a really fun idea to play around with and is coming to us in 2015.
Splatoon is a game for the Wii U that is an 8 player, 4 on 4 online multiplayer game. Teams battle over territory which they mark by spewing ink all over areas with water gun looking blasters, and the team with the most territory when time runs out, wins. Players can switch between being a squid or human type person(technically still squids I guess?), which gives players different abilities with which to use. Players use the Wii U game pad to look around in order to aim, and an overhead map is shown on the game pad showing you what areas are marked with what color ink. Splatoon looks to be good fun for everyone and is set for a 2015 release.