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E3 2014: Nintendo Recap

Nintendo managed to pull out a pretty amazing show at this year’s E3 via their video presentation. Opting out again from a live show unlike Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony – but also not using their trademark Nintendo Direct videos we’ve been come accustomed to, Nintendo decided to try our something new.

With the likes of a New Legend of Zelda for the Wii U, even more Super Smash Bros. character announcements and some light being shed on their NFC project… Nintendo’s E3 2014 presentation has caused the company to be potentially a huge contender for the big two in 2015.

Following a brilliant start from Reggie Fils-Aime – with a little help from the boys over at Robot Chicken, we saw a bizarre video that involved Reggie and fellow Nintendo President Satoru Iwata partaking in a superpowered battle. After this Dragon Ball Z inspired battle drew to a close, the two then took to the Wii U (Reggie on a Pro Controller & Iwata with a Wii U Gamepad) to settle their conflict via way of Super Smash Bros. Of course the video had a motive as we’ve seen a lot of of SSB footage lately with new character announcements, this was to show off the use of Miis within the game as demonstrated by the two President’s likenesses.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros.

We then herd from the game’s Head Masahiro Sakurai, who’d said that he’d actually intended for Miis to be included in the last iteration of the game on the Wii but changed his mind due to the avatars not fitting the style of SSB. Thanks to all new tech, Sakurai confirmed that Miis will have new styles to help them fit in a little better when taking on Italian Plumbers or Princesses toe to toe. Each Mii will be able to apply a new class of either: Brawler – fistfighting rough housers, Sword Fighters – skilled swashbucklers or Gunners, crack shot firearm fighters. Each will have four special move from twelve different options that add up to forty six special moves.

Apparently the 3DS version is almost complete and is currently in the process of testing. More features and mini-games are to be announced at a later date before it’s holiday 2014 release.

At the end of Nintendo’s video presentation, Palutena from Kid Icarus was also confirmed as a new fighter to join in the fun – along with a tease that Dark Kid Icarus may be joining the roster too.

Fils-Aime then came on to discuss just how Nintendo’s NFC figurines would be included in the game and also revealed the name of these new toys. Amiibo is the name of Nintendo’s new physical DLC (much like Skylanders and Disney Infinity), and will be usable directly via the Wii U’s Gamepad rather then an external platform pelitheral.

Demonstrated during the opening video, we were shown Iwata ‘tagging out’ of his match against Reggie by placing a Mario figurine on the Gamepad. It was then explained by Fils-Amie that not only will the Super Smash Bros. versions of Amiibo be usable in this title, but also other titles in future like Mario Kart 8 – which will be patched at a later date.

Amiibo

Amiibo

Severall new titles were revealed during the video, firstly was the long rumoured Yoshi title and to much surprise did not contain the word Island in the title. Yoshi’s Wooly World is a 2.5D side-scroller exploration platform game for the Wii U.

Though the game used a similar art style to that of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, game creators Takashi Tezuka & Etsunobu Ebisu have stated that this isn’t just a clone staring Yoshi but instead a totally new title with features that are unique to Mario’s green buddy. Expect this game to turn up sometime in 2015 and contain co-op play.

A brand new title looking to be set in the same style as Super Mario Bros. 3D World and starting another of Nintendo’s cutest characters was also announced. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker was debuted, showed off some gameplay and will arrive on Wii U sometime this holiday season.

Development Head for the next Zelda adventure title, Eiji Aonuma took to the stage in order to discuss his newest installment heading to the Wii U. An impressive in-engine video was then shown off and depicted a pre-green tunic Link riding on the back of Epona, whilst indulging in a Boss fight.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U

The Legend of Zelda Wii U

Zelda Wii U – as I’ll be calling it until we get a proper title (The Legend of Zelda: Look How Shiny Now?), will be set in an open world and will allow players to adventure in any way they like without following a predetermined path. Currently Link’s newest adventure is slated for a 2015 release.

Following last year’s success, more Pokémon titles will be heading to the 3DS (unsurprisingly).  New versions of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire will both take place in the Hoenn region and will be released on November 21. Primal Groudon, which is on the cover of Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Primal Kyogre, which is on the cover of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire were also announced.

More information was presented for the upcoming Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 and among all the awesome looking gameplay footage shown, it was revealed that the titular character will be given the chance to deck herself out in costumes made famous by some of Nintendo’s biggest stars.

Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will be bundled together for an October 2014 release.

The weird mash up of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors continues with new details regarding Hyrule Warriors. Players will now be able you take control of some series familiars to join Link, in the form of Minda, Impa and of course Princess Zelda. Expect Hyrule Warriors to hit the shelves from September 26 on the Wii U.

Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors

An interesting brand new IP by the name of Splatoon is in the works as a Wii U exclusive. This is a four-on-four multiplayer action title that puts players into a battle arena and tasks each team with trying to claim it as their own. This is achieved by spraying down areas of each level using ink guns mounted on each of the character’s back, all while trying to fend off opposing team members with that same inky spray.

Each character can turn into a squid-like character and swim through his or her own team’s ink – gliding up and down walls and under floors. Using the Wii U GamePad’s gyro sensor makes it easy to look around and aim, then the on-screen map displays the entire arena at a glance. Splatoon is targeted to launch in the first half of 2015.

Announced also was Kirby and the Rainbow Curse which is also heading to Wii U. Planned for 2015, the game is set in an HD, stop-motion clay-like world where everything is made from clay. Touch-screen drawing mechanics with more variations in functions build on the controls of the Nintendo DS game Kirby’s Canvas Curse are in this new game.

A trailer revealing monolith’s long awaited title X to announce its new name – Xenoblade Chronicles X. After what seems like forever in development, this new title looks to be shaping up pretty nicely and is bound to appease any fans of the previous title.
Lastly another new style of game was shown for the Wii U, though it may seem pretty darn familiar to anybody who’s ever played a videogame in their life. Mario Maker allows players to create your very own Mario levels and displays them in either the retro Super Mario Bros. Nes/Famicom theme or the more modern New Super Mario Bros. DS/Wii/Wii U ones. No word yet if any other styles will be included, but here’s hoping for Super Mario Bros. 2. Expect Mario Maker sometime in 2015.

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Sometimes writer, wannabe animator and podcast creator that talks far too much. Coleman is a collection of atoms that formed in Gosport and relocated to London.

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