So, How Did Nintendo Do At E3?
So, we already discussed the big two announcements everyone was waiting for, namely the Playstation 4 console and price, as well as the Xbox One price. Naturally, there are a lot more players in the big game of E3. We might have more on the other 2 conferences, but for now we want to tell you about the one you might’ve missed: Nintendo.
We wish we could tell you that this year was so different; that the big N tore down their walls and gave us some announcements out of left field. Sadly, this event was the same as before, minus the spotlights. A release date for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y is set on October 12, 2013 for Nintendo 3DS. Last year’s 3DS Mario formula comes to Wii U with Super Mari 3D World, which features cat suits. Following the same trend, Mario Kart 8 is the Wii U upgrade from the 3DS model, which also features water and air races. Don’t think we’re bringing these down: All those titles will probably follow the same line of success as their predecessor, but it’s stale in such an extent that we just can’t get excited about it. We’ve seen these games, in smaller versions, show up already.
A slight glimmer of hope came from Wii Party U (We party you!), who showed off a ton of mini-games in tabletop style. Additionally, this title will make creative use of the GamePad, by providing multiplayer games that work on the pad alone, huddling people around the tablet. More of the same sees Wii Fit U and Art Academy U come to the new console as well, with the latter being connected with Miiverse.
Not unsurprising, Nintendo tried to win back the next gen crowd by pointing out that big names are still coming to Wii U. Names like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Watch_Dogs are all set for release on Wii U. More so, Batman will have a special title come to Nintendo 3DS called Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate. There is also a dedicated Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure inbound, from the comic book stable. Activision will release Skylanders: Swap Force on both 3DS and Wii U, while Disney’s Planes, a spinoff from their Cars franchise, is even tied to Nintendo consoles. Lastly, Sonic Lost World is also a Nintendo exclusive. This center part of the conference is certainly the meaty section. While the company doesn’t provide any sizable next gen titles, it does still have a lot of exclusivity up its sleeve that isn’t directly tied to their core franchises. We’re always up for that.
In a rather disappointing quick wrap-up, Nintendo continued the tradition of pressing all other third party titles into 5 second snippets. We saw interesting things from randomly generated platform game Cloudberry Kingdom and Coaster Crazy Deluxe, where you can make rollercoasters with just hand movements on the GamePad. That Oddworld game that was featured at the Sony conference is headed for Wii U as well. Keeping things weird, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails showed off a few seconds of something that looks like a shmup, but also a platform game? Then, there’s Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party. We’re not making up these names. Just wait until you see that game. It’s all simple pastel shapes of weird little people. Oh, Nintendo; you’re such an oddball.
Moving back to their own titles, the company focused on the Wind Waker remake a while, where it revealed that Miiverse will be a part of the new features. Players will be able to take screenshots and throw these in the ocean, where they can show up on other people’s shores. We remember when Animal Crossing did a similar thing. However, our pick for this conference is without a doubt the interesting title called The Wonderful 101, where players are in charge of a large team of little fighters and control them Pikmin-style by swiping over the GamePad.
Wii U owners can also look forward to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze; the latest iteration in the bunch, which adds 3D camera angles and space use and includes Dixie Kong. There was a bit of time left to remind us that Bayonetta 2 is still alive and well and that the flashy game now has some gameplay footage, as well as a new haircut for the beloved heroin. Hopefully, the DmC drama doesn’t repeat with that.
Big guns were kept for last with a new Xenoblade installment from Monolith coming to Wii U, which features mech suits and a slight Monster Hunter vibe. Shots of an open environment and mech fights were shown. We’re already impressed, though this one stays a bit cryptic for now.
Finally, Nintendo finished with the promised footage for a new Super Smash Bros, which will come both to Wii U and 3DS. Moreover, the trailer blasted expectations by revealing new characters, such as Animal Crossing’s Villager and none other than Mega Man. It’s not even that horrifying Mega Man from Street Fighter X Tekken, it’s the real blue guy and with boss powers too. One version will be a more cel-shaded edition. Also, we spotted a brief instance of a trippy Nintendogs stage, where puppies frolic in the background. There is certainly enough about that title to stay tuned.
It’s not the most original line-up, but we especially look forward to those little titles that were thrown in there, in between the big shots. Also, the Villager in Smash Bros is hilarious and already sweeping the internet. We look forward to that as well.