Nintendo won E3, now that’s a pretty big statement for a company that weren’t there. However instead of opting for the expensive press conferences pulled out by the folks at MS, EA, Sony and Ubisoft, Nintendy gave us a fantastic presentation that really played on the themes we’ve come to expect from clamouring gamers, after all they set fire to the guy asking for Mother 3.
From there it only got better, with Reggie Fils-Aime taking on Satoru Iwata in combat. It was at this point I triumphantly declared in my notes that Nintendo had won E3. Without even seeing any games, though the reality is that their line up as also one of the best (not) at E3.
Super Smash Bros
What Reggie fighting Iwata had shown us is that Mii’s are joining the fight. They look a little out of place, featuring 36 different abilities spread across 3 classes: Brawlers, Sword Fighters and Gunners.
We then had a montage of the 3DS version, which showed off tons of mini-games and assorted footage alongside an October 3rd release date. Those looking to play on the Wii U will be waiting until this years holiday season.
Nintendo’s entry to the toy market had been rumoured for a while now, working across numerous titles it certainly added value for money to a market that’s predisposed to milking parents wallets dry and one of the interesting things we heard during this E3 presentation is that your figure will change and evolve as you play.
Super Smash Bros will be the first game to support it, allowing you to bring amiibo characters to life in-game. Though I’m pretty sure they should be banned in competitive play!
Yoshi’s Woolly World
There’s a lot of yarn, like a lot. It doesn’t really cordon on until I see Yoshi that we’re looking an action game with a real emphasis on exploration.
There’s even a two player mode where Yoshi’s can help or hinder one another and the visuals really mesh to create something that looks pretty fun to play.
Yoshi’s Woolly World will be released in 2015.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Next up was the announcement of Captain Toad, a 3D exploration game set for release on the Wii U. There was a brief moment where they used the GamePad to fight off enemies, though I’m not sure how much appeal our mushroom headed friend has in the wider gaming omnibus.
Bowser and Peach’s Shattered Relationship
A short interjection where Bowser and Peach are discussing the breakdown of their relationship.
“I’m sorry for kidnapping you 80+ times, but is it cool if I have the last dohnut?”
Legend of Zelda
This one was pure amazeballs, literally we had a discussion about the scope and scale of the Zelda series and how changes in hardware have actually made things more linear.
However finally for the first time, we can have an open world Zelda title with a stunning vista as the backdrop. Link and Epona are on screen as we’re told that if we wished we could explore all the way up to the mountains in the distance and beyond.
We’re told that puzzle solving begins the moment a player decides where they want to go and that powerful enemies will appear in this peaceful world. On cue the image starts to move, as a large creature starts tearing into the environment.
Our hero tries to escape but when cornered he throws off his hood to reveal his cartoon stylized face and engage the creature in battle.
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Pokemon’s mention started in the form of a real life trailer that could have been anything, until you spotted the Pokeball in the bag.
There’s also going to be mega-evolutions, even though it wasn’t in the originals, it seemed like a good idea to add it. The trailer spent a large portion of its in-game footage showcasing some of these.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are set for release on November 21st.
I expected a lot of style from the trailer for Bayonetta 2 and Platinum games did not disappoint. We got a look at various abilities from the exclusive and even got a look at some alternate costumes – including Princess Peach, Link and Samus.
Dynasty Warriors reskinned to look like a Legend of Zelda title, it’s not the first crossover I’d imagine, but it’s far from the last.
Link, Zelda, Midna and a number of other characters will be playable on these battlefields with numerous abilities. They’ll also be a two player mode that makes separate use of both the TV and GamePad ensuring that players make the most of their screen space.
Hyrule Warriors will be released on the 26th September 2014.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
And the award for the most conflicting words goes to Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, a platformer that is affected by drawing onto the GamePad.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
My notes for this one say “JRPG JRPG JRPG JRPG, SCI FI SCI FI SCI FI SCI FI, Mechs…”
I guess this is how I felt when looking at the trailer to the popular Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles, however one for fans to get excited about.
This one was certainly interesting, allowing users to create their own Mario levels. In the vein of either the retro Super Mario Bro’s or the current Super Mario Bro’s (take your pick).
Set for release in 2015, the final scene in this trailer is so BM that I’m asking you all to report Nintendo for this one.
Now this is interesting, imagine a game where your character can switch between being a squid or a person. Now as a person you can shoot out paint, however as a squid you unlock a whole host of new abilities, including the ability to slink into and quickly traverse across this paint.
Enemies are shooting ink as well, making it a both offensive and defensive tool whilst painting the world in colour. It looks like an absolute blast, with a ton of different weapons and a vague 2015 release date.
Palutena – Smash Bros Character
We got one more teaser to bring the video to a close, showing off an animated cutscene in which Link is fighting Pit, but we’ve already seen Smash Bro’s.
Partway through the fighting, Palutena joins the battle taking Pit’s place and showcasing some of her abilities. Towards the end of the trailer, Dark Pit descends onto the screen, hinting at his appearance in the title.
Miyamoto brings it to a close talking about making games that make use of both the screen and the GamePad, before telling us we’ll find out more later.