Nintendo decided not to do the big press conference thing this year, instead they chose to do yet another Nintendo Direct video. For those of you watching E3 from home, in a way, it’s more of the same (except for all of of the horrible lag from the server getting slammed, causing the feed to crap out), but for those at the conference, it means more time in the booths with some hands on demos. Either way, we’re here to recap everything that the House of Mario showed off in their latest video, so let’s get down to it!
Here’s the video, and below you can check out our recap:
Pokémon X and Y getting simultaneous worldwide release
Nintendo started off the presentation with a Pokémon X and Y trailer that showed off the nice graphical upgrades the series will be receiving in the new installment, which takes place in the Kalos region. The trailer also formally announced the addition of fairy-type pokémon to help combat against dragon-types. Along with the new Eevee-loution Sylveon, Gardevoir, Jigglypuff and Marill will all be getting fairy-type upgrades. X and Y will also add a new mode called “Pokémon-amie” where you can feed, pet and play with your pokémon to increase their happiness. The mode looks like something out of Harvest Moon with the addition of copying your pokémon’s actions using the camera. Both versions will release worldwide on October 12th for the 3DS.
Super Mario 3D Land sequel coming to Wii U, not 3DS
In an interesting decision, Nintendo has decided to put their next Super Mario 3D title on the Wii U console, rather than their 3-D capable handheld. The trailer showed off similar gameplay elements as the original title, along with addition of a cat power-up that allows Mario to climb walls, dive kick enemies and even scramble up the flagpole at the end of the level for extra bonuses. There will be a 4-person co-operative mode featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach as well. Super Mario 3D World is set to release on Wii U sometime in December.
Mario Kart 8 headed for Wii U
Keeping with the run of sequel announcements, Iwata moved on to presenting Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, which adds new gravity-defying courses to the underwater driving and gliding karts seen in Mario Kart 7. Iwata also mentioned expanded online features, but didn’t get too deep into the details. There will be plenty of chances to find out more, though, as the title won’t be releasing until Spring 2014.
Two more Wii U sequels, but both are delayed
A pair of quick-hit piece of bad news followed as both Wii Party U and Wii Fit U were delayed until October and December, respectively. However, Wii Party U will feature 80 new minigames, including “tabletop” games using the Wii U gamepad.
Nintendo acknowledges the artistic merit of Miiverse users
Apparently, the staff at Nintendo was surprised by quality and number of drawings on Miiverse. So, the Art Academy development team will be offering new drawing tools this summer. This will have to do for now, as the official release of Art Academy for WiiU is still a ways off.
Third-party game montage
You gotta have a montage (montage!), so Nintendo pulled together some gameplay footage from a number of upcoming third-party games, here’s the list, including title, publisher, release date and platform:
- Assassin’s Creed 4; Ubisoft; October 29, 2013; WiiU
- Batman: Arkham Origins; Warner Bros.; October 25, 2013; WiiU
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate; Warner Bros.; October 25, 2013; 3DS
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut; Square Enix; 2013; WiiU
- Disney Infinity; Disney Interactive; August 18, 2013; WiiU
- Just Dance 2014; Ubisoft; October 8, 2013; WiiU
- Rayman Legends; Ubisoft; September 3, 2013; WiiU
- Scribblenauts Unlimited: A DC Comics Adventure; Warner Bros.; Fall 2013; WiiU & 3DS
- Disney’s Planes; Disney Interactive; August 6, 2013; WiiU
- Shin Megami Tensei IV; Atlus; July 16, 2013; 3DS
- Skylanders SWAP Force; Activision; October 13, 2013; WiiU & 3DS
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist; Ubisoft; August 20, 2013; WiiU
- Sonic Lost World; Sega; Holiday 2013; WiiU & 3DS
- Watch Dogs; Ubisoft; November 19, 2013; WiiU
Montage: Part Deux
Next came a montage of a number of upcoming WiiU eShop titles, unfortunately without release dates, but the titles shown were
- Ballpoint Universe; Arachnid Games
- Cloudberry Kingdom; Ubisoft
- Coaster Crazy Deluxe; Frontier Development
- Ducktales Remastered; Capcom
- Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara; Capcom
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe; Renegade Kid
- Oddworld: New & Tasty; Oddworld Inhabitants
- Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails; Dakko Dakko
- Shovel Knight; Yacht Club Games
- Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party; KnapNok Games
- A World of Keflings; NinjaBee
Wind Waker update
A new gameplay trailer for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD shows off graphics upgrades as well as a (thankfully) faster boat. There are a few changes, including an update to the Tingle Tuner, which has been replaced with the Tingle Bottle. The bottle will work with Miiverse instead connecting to your GBA, but we’ll see it in action when the game hits shelves in October.
A wonderful trailer
The next trailer, for Wonderful 101, showed off how the Wii U gamepad will be used to dictate attack size and formations through the “Unite Mode” function. You’ll be able to collect points in the game which can be traded for new “Unite Mode” abilities. The game will also offer up to 5 player multiplayer available to do co-op battle. Wonderful 101 will launch September 15th, but will have a dedicated Nintendo Direct some time before then.
Monkeying around on WiiU
Another new announcement, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, came next. The latest DKC trailer showed off quite a bit of gameplay footage as Donkey Kong and friends fight back against Vikings that have overrun his island. Rather than being a straight-up side-scroller, Tropical Freeze uses more camera angles and depth than any of the previous titles. It also offers both Diddy and Dixie Kong as sidekicks for co-op play. Tropical Freeze will be launching in November.
Bayonetta 2 trailer shows Wii U not just for kids
Bayonetta’s first pose in this trailer made sure of that, even though anyone who saw the first game knew it wouldn’t be for kids, anyway. Bayonetta sports a new hairstyle and costume, but not too much else was said. Other than the fact that it will be launching sometime in 2014, that is.
X marks the spot
A short trailer from Monolith Soft’s next game X showed off only a little bit of information, as well. In the game, you’ll switch between fighting as a person and a giant robot in a large-scale, open world. But not much else was said about the next game from the Xenoblade team. X is headed for a 2014 launch on Wii U.
A smashing finale
Closing on a high note, Nintendo showed off the latest incarnations of Smash Bros. featuring characters new and old. The new additions shown in the video were a Villager from Animal Crossing, and, yes, Mega Man. At least he’s getting some work somewhere. There also looked to be a glimpse of Balloon Fighter, but it may have been the villager in a helmet, since you couldn’t see his face. The latest Super Smash Bros. will release for Wii U and 3DS (possibly with some means of interactivity, perhaps?) at some point in 2014, but the official site is already active.
Iwata ended the Direct with a sneak preview of their E3 booth, for those in attendance. If you’re not at E3, don’t forget that you can check out some of the games at Best Buy on Wednesday and Saturday.
That wraps up the last conference among the big three. I’m sure we’ll have some discussions in the days ahead contrasting and comparing their showings, but what do you guys think?