Nintendo is almost always the last of the big 3 to take a swing at E3, and this year was no different. Nintendo chose not to hold a full press conference at E3 this year, but rather released another Direct that focused almost exclusively on the Wii U. The Wii U is slowing down for sales right now, and Nintendo hopes to change that by building some major excitement with their classic franchises. Below is the full Direct, but if you wanna read instead of watch I wrote up a full recap below it.
The first titles shown were Pokemon X & Y, their first full 3D titles in the Pokemon universe (for handhelds, their have been 3D games on consoles since Pokemon stadium on N64). You starters in this new region, the Kalos Region, are Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie, who are grass, fire and water types respectively. Nintendo also announced a new type of pokemon: The Fairy Type. Classic pokemon like Jigglypuff and Marrill are Fairy type, as well as a new pokemon called Sylveon, who looks a bit like a medium sized cat. Fairy type is super effective against Dragon Pokemon, who have previously been a very tough Pokemon type to fight (especially back in Red and Blue).
Nintendo showed off Pokemon-amie as well, which can be best described as Nintendogs in your Pokemon games (except obviously subtract dogs and add your Pokemon). The two titles will both be launching worldwide on October 12th. The trailer can be seen below.
Mr. Iwata then showed off Mario’s latest foray onto the Wii U with Super Mario 3D World. The latest title seems to be a Wii U sequel of the well reviewed Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS series, with 4 player co-op and all kinda of wacky suits for the characters to wear. The newest costume is a cat costume, which allows players to climb up the environment and actually finally get more up the Pole at the end of the level! For players like me who always suck at those final jumps this is awesome. Nintendo said the game is as “Co-operative or competitive as you want” with the ability to help friends, or turn around and throw them. It’s four playable characters, Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach, all have their own special strengths and personalities. It will be available this December.
Mario Kart 8 is coming next Spring to the Wii U, and will offer more of the same amazing karting gameplay the series is known for. The track design looks insane, and should bring some of the best in the series. The gliding ability from Mario Kart 7 makes it’s first console debut, and looks to break up some of the normal karting gameplay. No surprise characters as of now, but I would expect 1 or two surprises. It will also feature online multiplayer.
The latest game in the Wii Party series, Wii Party U, was shown next. It will offer 80 new mini games, and offer new table top party games using just the Wii U gamepad. The title was delayed from it’s original Summer release, and will release in October instead. Wii Fitt U will launch in December. No additional details were given on this title.
A new drawing tool will be coming to the Mii-verse, using tech from the upcoming game, the academy, will be coming to the E-shop this Summer. It will feature all forms of art tools for artists on the Mii-verse. Launch date and price coming in the future.
Mr. Iwata spoke on the 3rd party relations with publishers on both Wii U and 3Ds. Obviously their lineup was not as large as Sony or Microsoft’s but it was highlighted by titles like Assassin’s Creed IV, Watch Dogs, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Disney Infinity. The full video can be seen below, as can their offerings for the E-shop, which are highlighted with DuckTales remastered, A World of Kefflings, and BallPoint Universe.
Wind Waker became a cult favorite on the Gamecube and is now being ported in full HD to the Wii U. It is an impressive game, and looks fantastic in full HD. Tingle’s Bottle will replace the previous Tingle Tuner, that was used on Gamecube to connect with a Gameboy Advanced player for help, and allow answers to wash ashore from others on any questions the player posts to the Mii-verse. It will release in October.
Viewtiful Joe developer, Hideki Kamiya, is working with Platinum games on The Wonderful 101. You play as 101 heroes fighting against an alien invasion. The team works together in “Unite mode”, allowing the team to use stronger attacks. The players create these Unite-mode attacks by drawing on the gamepad. The bigger the drawing, the more heroes required, and the more powerful the attack. Co-op multiplayer will also be in the game as well, featuring 4 players each controlling their own heroes. The Wonderful 101 will arrive September 15th.
Retro Studios, makers of the Metroid Prime games, are creating an all new Donkey Kong Country game for the Wii U. The game features semi-3D worlds, and shows Donkey Kong’s land invaded by Vikings. A more wintery world was shown, and DK must adventure to 5 other Islands to take back his land. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze will be launching on Wii U this November.
Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the 2010 cult hit, was shown and will be a Wii U exclusive. Bayonetta was given an all new look for this title, and will feature more of the great gameplay series fans love. Check out the trailer below, and expect the title in 2014 from Sega and Platinum Games.
Monolith Software’s latest game was teased, and my god does it look impressive. It will be an open world game featuring Mechs that turn into Tanks, Dinosaurs and too many other insane things to name. It seems the title will feature Co-op as well, but that’s just a guess from the HUD at one point. No name or date was given, but expect the title only on the Wii U in 2014.
Nintendo’s biggest and best was saved for last with Super Smash Brothers for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Many of the series’ classic characters are returning like Mario, Link, Fox, Icarus, Pikachu, Bowser, Donkey Kong, and Samus. The title will also feature two major newcomers Villager from Animal Crossing and Megaman. No word on other major characters like Sonic or Ness but expect much more leading up to it’s 2014 release.
Well, did Nintendo impress you with it’s E3 offerings? It seems to have four big titles showing up for the Fall with Pikmin, The Wonderful 101, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and The Wind Waker HD remake coming from September to November. No new Zelda or Metroid were shown though, which must be a disappointment to fans. Were you impressed? Did Nintendo make you want to buy a Wii U? Let us know in the comments!
by, Bobby Marquardt