Nintendo held a special E3 Direct event, with some lovely surprises.
The last of the big companies to have a presser, Nintendo opted to not do a big E3 press conference. Instead, president Satoru Iwata filmed a Nintendo Direct video that ran simultaneously in North America, Europe, and Japan. It was short n’ sweet (only 30 minutes!), but they manage to pack in some lovely bits.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
They kicked things off with Pokémon! The newest additions to the mega-series, Pokémon X and Y, will launch worldwide on October 12th. Man, October’s gonna be a busy month…
Also, we have a new Pokémon type: Fairy! Reports are coming in that Fairy types are effective against Dragon types, and many of the previous roster will have new Fairy evolution… like my favourite, Eevee!
There’s a new feature called “Pokémon-Amie” (Pokémon-Friend) allows you to have a deeper relationship with your critters, like being able to feed them, and become friends. Totally Tomagotchi-ing it up, and making it more like the TV show.
We are being blessed by not one, but TWO new Mario games! Super Mario 3D World is a throwback to Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES, where you can choose to play between Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach. Each have their personalities and styles (much like they did on SMB 2!), and you can play with up to four of your buddies.
Oh, and there’s a Cat Power-Up. No, I’m not kidding.
For those Mario Kart lovers out there (oooo! MEEEE!), there’s a new one heading for Wii U! Mario Kart 8 looks like a whole lot of crazy, with many of the features from previous entries, such as hang gliders, driving underwater, and driving motorcycles. But the most bananas thing ever… is anti-gravity. Driving on the walls or upside-down adds a level of crazy I can’t even begin to imagine.
More Mii for U
Wii Party U, a collection of party games starring your Miis, was supposed to come out this summer. However, it’s now been pushed back to later this year (confirmed for October). Also on the Delay Train is Wii Fit U; now set for “winter” from its original early 2013 release date (though we don’t know if it’s the end of 2013 or early 2014).
Speaking of Miis, the Miiverse on Wii U is full of beautiful art from talented fans. So Nintendo decided to develop a creative suite for the artistically-inclined with Art Academy.
Reeling It In Some
Sizzle reels are nice, and Nintendo showed a demo reel of upcoming games from their third-party partners:
- Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
- Batman Arkham Origins (Wii U; 3DS)
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
- Disney Infinity
- Just Dance 4 2014
- Rayman Legends
- Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Wii; 3DS)
- Disney’s Planes
- Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Skylanders Swap Force
- Splinter Cell Blacklist
- Sonic: Lost World (Wii U; 3DS)
- Watch Dogs
They’re so hot, they SIZZLE! 😮
But wait! Another sizzle reel, this time for the Wii U eShop:
- Ballpoint Universe
- DuckTales: Remastered
- Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
- Coaster Crazy Deluxe
- Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party
- A World of Keflings
- Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe
- Cloudberry Kingdom
- Shovel Knight
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD looks so pristine. It was beautiful before on the GameCube, but it looks so much crisper and fabulous. Iwata says that there are some other changes besides the graphics. For example, in the original, you received an item called the “Tingle Tuner”, which allowed a friend to help you by plugging a GameBoy Advance into the GameCube. The Tuner has been updated and is now the “Tingle Bottle”. You can now write down a note, stuff it in a bottle, and throw it into the sea (a.k.a. post the note into the Miiverse). The coolest thing is that other people’s bottles will wash up on shores in your game, and you can read others’ comments! I love that idea.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze looks lovely. Dixie Kong makes her return as DK and Diddy fight to regain Donkey Kong Island from vikings (because pirates are sooooooo done).
We got more of PlatinumGames’ The Wonderful 101. I love that you can Mighty Morph with your hoard of heroes into a weapon of mass Evil Fighting (or to create useful tools). Also, local co-op looks bananas. You and each of your buds will command an army of Wonderful people and pummel evil in the name of Justice. Yes.
And more delicious Platinum with Bayonetta 2. Still stylish.
We got a couple of surprises at the end of the Direct.
First, we got another glimpse of Monolith Soft’s X, and it still gives me happy tingles. If you’ve played Xenoblade, you probably recall its MMO feel (so much to do!). The team is taking their experience with Xenoblade to craft an open-world game that will blow our socks off.
Lastly, they gave us a trailer for not one, but two new Super Smash Bros. games. All the Smash goodness, in big screen goodness on the Wii U and in your pocket on 3DS. But there were surprises in the surprises with two new characters: The Villager from Animal Crossing (!), and…
Like someone mentioned on Twitter, it’s amazing that Mega Man can appear in Nintendo’s fighting game, but not in Capcom’s Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (except as a DLC skin for Zero which doesn’t count ’cause that’s as trolly a move as you can get).
I can honestly say that all of Nintendo’s first-party stuff has caught my attention. Actually, most of what was shown was pretty sweet. I can’t really complain (though I know lots of people were upset that they didn’t announce a brand new Zelda game).
Check out the Nintendo Direct below, and share your thoughts in the Comments Section!