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Nintendo Digital Event E3 2014 summary

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Nintendo (like last year) did something a little different at E3 with their “Digital Event”, as they’re billing it. The pre-recorded press conference — presented by CEO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime — highlighted a number of new projects for the Wii U and the 3DS, along with several new games that are sure to be of interest to Nintendo fans.

Opening up with a Robot Chicken-inspired puppet sequence and then choreographed live-action fight between Reggie and Satoru Iwata (You know, just Nintendo’s president and CEO. In any other business, frowns all round, but not in video games. Because video games are awesome.), the video got right into the meat of Nintendo’s projects and reveals. I’ve listed these below with a basic summary of the points as they transpired during the course of the presentation; I’ve included each announcement’s handy HD trailer where available.

A lot of this is only appearing in 2015, which is unfortunate considering the beleaguered nature of the Wii U. Regardless, hit the jump for all the details.

You can watch the full 46-minutes of the event here, but if you’re interested in the abridged version, welcome. Firstly, the battle. Just look at these smug bastards. Look at them, then look in a mirror and ask what you’re doing with your life.

It leads into a video of Reggie and Iwata battling in Super Smash Bros for Wii U using their Mii’s, one of the first reveals of Nintendo’s conference. Players will be able to create Mii’s for battle within Super Smash Bros. using a combination of three character types and several mix-and-match abilities.

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Moving along, Reggie announced the amiibo system; a toy line that interfaces with the Wii U and 3DS in a manner similar to Skylanders. I wrote a more detailed post here for your perusal.

Next up, Yoshi’s Wooly World was revealed: a 2D platformer in the style of Kirby’s Epic Yarn where the world and its inhabitants are made of yarnDeveloped by the Good-Feel Company, Yoshi’s Woolly World is being billed as an exploratory platformer that “allows you to freely explore the vast game world”. It’ll be out in 2015.

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A trailer for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was shown, which seems to feature Toad in a puzzle-based 3D platformer of sorts. Toad’s voice, unfortunately, has not seen a next-gen upgrade. [Ugh, it still gives me nightmares after my Mario Galaxy binge. -ED]

The Legend of Zelda made its obligatory appearance, introduced by Eiji Aonuma. He stated that “revisiting the conventions of the Zelda series would be the theme for the Wii U,” citing the wide area of the original The Legend of Zelda. The move to modern systems, he stated, made it very hard to create a Zelda game where everything “felt connected”. It’s implied that the video is using the in-game engine and is not a cut-scene; make your own judgement in the trailer below; I’ll believe it when I see it. What’s interesting is that there seems to be some conjecture as to the protagonist, with some speculating it might be Zelda herself.

Some Bayonetta 2 gameplay was shown; Bayonetta will now also be able to don various costumes, with Peach’s, Samus’s and Zelda’s costumes on display. You can get some more info on the game from Miklós’s giblet post here.

Hyrule Warriors made an appearance as well; Midna is now a playable character in the game, along with Impa. Bosses, such as Metroid‘s Ridley, were also revealed. The game is coming out on September 26, 2014.

A new Kirby game, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, was revealed as well for a 2015 release.

An exciting new JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles X, looks set to carry on the legacy of Xenoblade, one of the best RPGs of last generation that was cruelly underrated due to its exclusive nature on the Wii. As two alien forces clash over Earth’s skies, humanity is being devastated by the fallout. Xenoblade Chronicles X follows our protagonists as they flee the planet in two Ark ships ala Homeworld.

Mario Maker is one of the new Mario titles, which will allow players to make and share their own Mario levels. It appears to be playable both in the new-fangled HD malarkey and in the traditional style of the original Super Mario Bros.. It’s coming out 2015.

And then, one of the most exciting reveals: Splatoon is an eight-player, four-on-four arena-based shooter in which the objective is to cover the map in ink; you can read my full news post over here for more details and the trailer, but suffice it to say I think this one has serious potential.

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The conference concluded with a reveal of Palutena of Icarus fame as a playable character in the aforementioned Super Smash Bros.. There was a dramatic animation featuring Pit from Icarus Rising and Link.

Finally, Nintendo have a live stream going throughout the conference, which you can tune into anytime here or the YouTube version if you prefer.

Source: Nintendo Digital Event

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  • Alex Rowley

    I really like the idea of Zelda actually being the character you play as. They could make her rescue Link which would be a fun twist I think.

  • http://dinosaur-signal.tumblr.com/ Miktar Dracon

    Nintendo knocked it out of the park this year. A pity they knocked it into next year, but 2015 is looking mighty fine for Wii U owners.

  • Matthew Vice

    As long as the Zelda game actually does something different this time. Hopefully they won’t keep us in suspense about whether or not we get the boomerang or hookshot first again. Being able to play as Zelda would only be a tiny toe shuffle in the right direction.

    Maybe they could make one where you play as Gannon, and instead of a boomerang, you could get a magic fish that makes enemies’ heads explode; and instead of a hookshot, you could get a massive claw that rips the whole part out of the map and brings it to you. Maybe they could also implement a flying mount mechanic that isn’t half-assed and disappointing.

    The only vaguely interesting looking thing for me here was Splatoon. I don’t think I’ll be buying a Wii-U any time soon – or replacing my stolen 3DS.

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