E3 Summary: Nintendo
For the second year running, Nintendo opted not to have a traditional press conference at E3, instead opting for an online presentation showing off their forthcoming titles.
It’s a bold move by the Japanese giant, but one which allows them to focus more on the games and less on the flashy presentation. At the end of the day, that’s all we want as gamers anyway.
Nintendo showcased a number of titles during their presentation, starting with the hotly anticipated Super Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U. They announced that the former had been delayed from it’s original Summer release date, and will now launch on October 3rd. The Wii U version wasn’t given a definitive release date, but we do know that it’s coming before the end of the year.Throughout the presentation, Nintendo confirmed three new playable characters for the game; Miis, Palutena (from Kid Icarus) and Namco’s PacMan, who we’d expected to see since they’re co-developing the games.
The Miis were perhaps the surprise announcement when it comes to characters, as they hadn’t appeared in the previous instalment (Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii) and it was assumed that they weren’t a good fit for the series as they don’t have a pre-determined fighting style. To combat this, Nintendo announced that the Miis will come in three varieties: Brawlers, Swordfighters and Gunners.
They also confirmed that the Wii U version will be the first game compatible with their new Amiibo series of toys. These collectable figures work in a similar fashion to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity games, and work simply by touching them against the Wii U GamePad. These figures are customisable and can be used to take on tough opponents for you, or act as tougher opponents than the CPU can provide. They can store data, so any upgrades or enhancements you’ve unlocked can be taken with you if you’re playing at a friend’s house. They’ll be compatible with a number of titles too, including the already released Mario Kart 8 and the newly announced Mario Party 10.
They also showed off more around games which were already knew were in development, including the forthcoming Yoshi title, which is now subtitled Wooly World, and Hyrule Warriors, the Zelda and Dynasty Warriors cross-over title, which they’ve confirmed will feature Zelda, Midna and Impa as playable characters alongside series hero Link.
A new trailer was shown for the Wii U’s exclusive Bayonetta 2, during which they also confirmed that the original game would be packaged in too, including some enhancements. The most significant are alternate costumes based on Nintendo’s most popular characters. We saw Bayonetta fighting dressed as both Link and Samus.
Where the 3DS is concerned, we also got out first real look at the forthcoming Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. As expected, these will feature a similar visual style to Pokemon X and Y and will feature a number of new Mega-Evolutions.
Nintendo also had a number of new titles up their sleeves, including Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker, which is an expansion of the Captain Toad levels first seen in last year’s Super Mario 3D World, and sees our friend navigate puzzle-filled stages in search of treasure.
There’s also Mario Maker, which allows players to use art and sprites from the classic NES Super Mario Bros. game ti build their own stages in a similar vein to Sony’s LittleBigPlanet. Imagine being able to create and share your creations with players around the world, and download their levels to play. It opens up almost limitless possibilities and allows players to flex their creative muscles.
Kirby is also making a return in a sequel to the DS’ Kirby: Canvas Curse, entitled Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. The game works in a similar fashion to the DS game, with players drawing a path for Kirby to follow on the GamePad screen. Unlike the original game though, it features a unique new visual style, with Kirby and his world rendered in a claymation style.
They also showed off a brand new IP: Splatoon, which is an online multiplayer shooter with a Nintendo twist. Rather than being a violent game with a focus on killing enemies, you play as a half human, half squid hybrid armed with a paint gun, and the objective is to cover as much of the map with your ink as possible. When you’re in squid form, you’re able to quickly traverse the environment by swimming through ink of your colour, whilst that of the other team will slow you down somewhat. It’s an interesting looking title and it’s nice to see Nintendo finally launch a new IP.
The biggest announcement was of course the new Legend of Zelda title, which is due for release in 2015. Series director Eiji Aonouma talked about the game and how they’re looking to get back to the open world style exploration of the game, something which the fans had been clamouring for. They showed some footage of the game in action, and it features a stunningly realised, cel-shaded world which sits somewhere between the look of Wind Waker and the Wii’s Skyward Sword. Aonouma also pointed out that the character shown in the trailer may not be Link, although he will of course be the hero of the piece.
And finally, the broadcast ended with legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto talking about some of the projects that he has in the works. Whilst we didn’t get to see any trailers, he was playing on a game which, on closer inspection, was a brand new StarFox title for the Wii U. No further details were confirmed, other than that the GamePad will serve as an in-cockpit view whilst the action unfolds on the television screen. Fans have been crying out for a new StarFox game for quite some time, so it’s good to see Nintendo revisiting this popular franchise.
So there we have it, Nintendo announced plenty of new games during their E3 broadcast and even brought us some more information about ones we’d already been looking forward to. Rest assured that Developer’s Accomplice will bring you all the latest about these forthcoming titles, as well as plenty more news and opinions from this year’s E3 show.