E3 means lots and lots of news from all the big video game companies. However, the announcements that have flooded my social media streams are all about the latest news from Nintendo, so let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
Nintendo started off the conference with a little help from Robot Chicken, featuring Reggie Fils-aime as an action figure of himself. The introduction did well to set the tone for the announcements yet to come: fun but awesome, as Nintendo is often known for.
For Nintendo’s flagship titles, there was a fair amount of news for each. Mario has several new games coming out for all members of its family, including Mario Party 10 for the WiiU (just in case you think your friendships are strong enough to survive another Mario Party game); Yoshi’s Wooly World, which is made in a style similar to Kriby’s Epic Yarn; and even Toad, the little mushroom who tells you the Princess is in another castle, gets his own game in “Captain Toad Treasure Tracker.” Even more amazing for Mario fans is “Mario Maker,” which lets players design their own customized Super Mario levels, which they can play through themselves and challenge their friends to.
Legend of Zelda has brought plenty to the table as well, with a new WiiU game. This new game is an open world, where players can explore wherever they like, without having to follow a set path or work around seemingly-arbitrary boundaries. The creators have worked hard on making a complete and vast world for the players to explore, with stunning graphics and beautiful scenery. The game is set for a 2015 release, but before that, we have another Legend of Zelda game to look forward to: Hyrule Warriors. This is a unique addition to the series, as it is a game designed in the style of Dynasty Warriors, featuring familiar characters like Link, Zelda, and even Midna smashing through hordes of enemies. Hyrule Warriors is slated for release on September 24th for the WiiU.
And of course, we have Pokemon. The remakes for Ruby and Sapphire were announced a while ago, but we recently received new information about the games, and a new trailer from E3. Not only have the characters received redesigns to bring them to 3D, but Pokemon such as Sceptile and Swampert have received Mega Evolutions to keep up with Blaziken, and we learn a bit more about the new forms of legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon, refered to as Primal forms, which appear to be a similar transformaiton to Mega Evolutions. The release date is set for November 21st.
Nintendo also announced a new set of figurines called “Amiibo.” These toys are designed in a style similar to Skylanders or Disney Infinity figures, and can be touched to the Wii-U gamepad controller to unlock new features and activities in the games being played. The first example was shown in Super Smash Bros for WiiU, where the figures can call the figures in to their games, similar to Assist Trophies in the game, except the Amiibo figures level up and increase their stats, and can even be given customizable movesets. Games like Mario Kart 8 and the other aforementioned Mario games will also be Amiibo compatible, with more games and figures to be revealed in the future. There are also plans to create a 3DS peripheral for Amiibo toys.
On a similar note, Disney Infinity will be getting new figures for Merida and Maleficent, along with the previously announced Avengers figures.
Speaking of Super Smash Bros, of course there was news there. We have the announcement of three new fighters: first and foremost, Lady Palutena from the Kid Icarus games, who has decided to stop watching from the sidelines and throw her hat into the ring. Her introduction was done with a beautifully animated video, featuring Pit and Link locked in battle, before Palutena decides to join in. The video then switches to gameplay, while keeping the dialogue from the video going, demonstrating a variety of moves such as Heavenly Light, Jump Glide, Celestial Fireworks, Angelic Missile, Rocket Jump, and, believe it or not a black hole and mega laser. That’s right, this goddess shoots mega lasers while sucking her opponents into a black hole.
Later on, it was revealed that Pac-Man is a new third-party character, who will be appearing in his Pac-Land appearance, but can transform into his classic 8-bit “pizza” mode for certain attacks.
However, there is one more fighter announced. Well, to say “one” wouldn’t be doing it justice. It’s more like “unlimited,” as the new fighter is your Mii. These customizable characters are familiar to anyone with a WiiU or a 3DS system, and now they can be customized even further as they’re used as fighters in the Super Smash Bros games. Each Mii can be treated as a gunner, swordfighter, or brawler, with twelve attacks to pick for their movesets, providing a wide variety of customization options. This was announced and demonstrated in a video that needs to be seen to be believed.
Of course, so far this has just been news in regards to the games people have come to expect from Nintendo, but the announcements don’t stop there. Atlus fans will be excited to hear about Persona Q, a 3DS crossover between Persona 3 and Persona 4, arguably the most popular games in the series. Xenoblade Chronicles X offered a beautiful trailer to prepare us for its release in 2015, Devil’s Third lies to rest any claims that Nintendo doesn’t offer any mature games while still looking amazing, and Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS was given a shiny new trailer.
Bayonetta 2 was also made official, and will be released for the WiiU along with a copy of the first Bayonetta game at no extra cost. There are new outfits available in the game as well, allowing her to swap the skintight black suit for outfits used by other Nintendo characters, such as Samus’s armor, Link’s tunic, and Princess Peach’s dress.
While those are a few highlights from Nintendo’s E3 conference, this is just a taste of all the news coming from E3. Keep your eye on G33k-HQ for more news, and until then, you can keep yourself entertained with these videos from Nintendo.