before, Nintendo didn’t have a traditional E3 Conference this year, instead
opting for a Nintendo Direct to showcase their upcoming software. They figured
they would be overshadowed by two competitors selling their next generation
consoles, so why bother spending a pile of money to put on a big show on a
grand stage when they can reach the same audience with a smaller scale
presentation? A lot of people who think they won’t reach the wider audience
like this, but we’ll have to see what happens in the coming days.
But it didn’t
take long for us to realize the main problem with having a small scale Nintendo
Direct: Nintendo had serious problems with their stream via Ustream. The
European version fortunately went mostly OK, but having this happen was
of us were looking forward to seeing how they’d fix the Wii U’s current
situation, they started off with a 3DS game: Pokemon X and Y. It makes sense though; it will undoubtedly be
their biggest game this fall, and it’s coming to a system that’s actually doing
well. While going over the features the game will have, Nintendo president
Satoru Iwata introduced the first fairy Pokemon: Sylveon. There will also be a
feature called Pokemon-Amie, to help the player further connect with their
Pokemon. The friendlier they are with you, the better they’ll perform in
battle. I’m sure it’s body will be ready for communication. The game releases
worldwide on October 12th.
time to show Wii U games. Nintendo promised that a new 3D Mario game was on its
way, and they weren’t kidding. It’s Super
Mario 3D World, and it’s releasing this December. As the name implies, it
looks very similar to Super
Mario 3D Land on 3DS, but this installment has multiplayer for up to
four players. And in a twist, it doesn’t have two toads as playable characters:
Princess Peach is finally back as a playable character. Though the trailer was
focused on the multiplayer, the game will have a single-player mode as well. It
looks like fun, but it disappointed anyone who was looking for the next great
generational leap in the 3D Mario universe a la Super Mario Galaxy.
promised a new Mario Kart game for
Wii U, and here’s that. It’s called, predictably, Mario Kart 8. In addition to welcoming back a bunch of features from
previous installments (hang gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, etc.), this
is the first installment that will allow for racing upside down. You’ll also be
able to share your replays with friends online. But there’s an unfortunate part
for this too; anyone who was hoping Nintendo would clean up this holiday season
will be disappointed to hear that it’s not coming until spring 2014. But stay
tuned, they had something to make up for this.
But not just
yet. Then came the “Please Understand” part of the show, as Iwata had to
explain the delays for Wii Party U
and Wii Fit U. Though they were
originally planned to release soon, the games have been delayed to “the end of the
year” and “this winter,” respectively. To make up for this, they’re hoping to
enhance the features in both titles by adding new gameplay otpions. A new Art Academy is also making its way to
Wii U this year, where you can share your artwork with others on MiiVerse.
There aren’t many details on it besides that, though.
this was a montage of third-party games on Wii U, including the likes of Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics
Adventure. If you were hoping for some surprises, well, I’m sorry. The same
could almost be said for the eShop montage, outside of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, which was part of Sony’s Conference last
night. Nintendo is still having problems with third-party support, and they
need to work on that, if it’s not too late.
fret too much, Nintendo still has
some good first-party games coming. The
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD was announced in January, and it’s
coming soon. In motion, it doesn’t look like as much of a change from the
original Gamecube game as some thought; and it looks much better in HD. It will
look even better on your TV, because the game will run in 1080p, though the
framerate wasn’t discussed. This version will also have new features, including
writing messages and throwing them out to sea in a bottle. The messages will
show up for other players to read in their version of the game. It releases in
October 2013 worldwide.
I sure hope
you remembered The Wonderful 101
from Platinum Games, because it’s coming late this summer. It needs all the
promotion it can get, which is why it got a spot in this direct while other
games (like Pikmin 3) didn’t. It’s directed
by Hideki Kamiya, a game where you unite heroes to form powerful weapons to
stop a powerful alien invasion. In addition to weapons like giant swords and
various guns, they can also become helpful items like bridges and chains to
help people in need. You can spend O Parts in the shop for more helpful items.
The game releases in August in Japan and Europe, while us Americans have to
wait until mid-September.
Mario Kart 8 isn’t going to make it out this fall, but the title they have to
make up for that is Donkey Kong Country:
Tropical Freeze. As the title implies, it’s a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns, which
released on Wii in 2010. This time around, Donkey Kong and friends have to contend
with a Viking invasion in their homeland of Donkey Kong Island. And yes, that’s
“friends.” While Diddy Kong will join him again, he’ll have more help in the
form of Dixie Kong. Though it wasn’t announced on the Direct, Nintendo later
said in a press conference that David Wise, who composed music for the original
SNES Donkey Kong Country games, is
back as this game’s composer. The game releases in November.
plenty of people disappointed that Retro Studios is working on this instead of
a Metroid game or a new IP, but you
have to understand that Returns sold more than every Metroid Prime game combined. While Nintendo does need some new IPs
on Wii U, they also need guaranteed hits right now, and this happens to be one
of them. It’s also guaranteed to be a great game for the system.
Some of us
were hoping to finally see Bayonetta 2
since it was confirmed only for Wii U last September, and we got our wish. The gameplay
looks similar to the original, but there are some notable changes. For one,
Bayonetta and Jeanne have switched hairstyles, with the former sporting a
shorter hairdo and the latter getting a much longer style. I can’t help but
wonder what brought that on. There are
small glimpses at some new moves, like the Umbra Climax, and Bayonetta and
Jeanne can team up for some attacks. It wasn’t mentioned during the direct, but
the game will also have a separate multiplayer mode. The game releases sometime
Nintendo had another game that you
were waiting to see: Monolith Soft’s X.
The first trailer focused primarily on the action, but this one focused on the
exploration aspects. It did a good job showing that you’ll be wandering through
a living world. And yes, there are mechs. The first trailer hinted at some multiplayer
aspects, this one has a small glimpse of that. But the majority of it makes the
game look like a full single-player experience. That should make some people
happy, though many of us were happy to see the game during E3 at all. It still
doesn’t have a final name yet, and like a lot of games in Nintendo’s upcoming
lineup, it’s coming sometime in 2014.
game Nintendo had to present was the one nearly everyone was waiting for: Super Smash Bros. And that’s pretty
much the name: Super Smash Bros. for Wii
U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.
The footage was primarily from the Wii U version, and showed a bunch of
familiar characters, including Mario, Samus, Link, and Donkey Kong. But with a
new version comes new characters, including The Villager from Animal Crossing, and…Mega Man. Hey, at
least someone cares about him! Though
it wasn’t on the Direct, the Wii Fit Trainer is also going to be a character.
The game releases on both systems in 2014. All of the currently confirmed
characters are on the official website.
it! It was short, and it started out not so great -- especially with the stream
issues -- but it wasn’t too bad overall. It was much better than their E3 2011
and 2012 conferences, for instance. Nintendo has some great first-party content
coming, but hopefully they can convince some
third-party developers to jump on board Wii U. Also, there was barely any 3DS
content, though they had some things to show; expect a post on that later. We’ll
see if this new format works out for Nintendo in the near future.
If you want to check out everything they showed, be sure to visit Nintendo's E3 2013 website. Or their Youtube Channel.