It's almost here- the last of the pre E3 press showings, Nintendo's Digital Event, where they will reveal their hand for the 3DS and Wii U for 2014 and beyond begins in a few hours. Nintendo has been going out of its way to hype its E3 presence up this year, so we know we can expect something big this time.
Q: What all can I expect at Nintendo's Digital Event?
There is a huge range of games and reveals we can expect from Nintendo this year. The following are the games that we know are definitely confirmed:
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
- Nintendo's NFC Project
- Miyamoto's New Project (presumably a new IP)
- The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
- Nintendo's remaining lineup for 2014- Pokemon OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire, Bayonetta 2, X, and Hyrule Warriors
In addition, the following have been heavily rumored, and may show up at their show:
- Pokken Fighters (a new Pokemon fighting game for the Wii U)
- Mario Maker (a LittleBigPlanet-esque game for the 3DS)
- Project S.T.E.A.M
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DS Remake
- Animal Crossing for Wii U
- Mario Kart 8 DLC
- Localizations for Japan only 3DS games (Dragon Quest 7)
In addition, Iwata has clearly stated that the Digital Event will unveil games for the Wii U and 3DS that are in all stages of development, for 2014-15 and beyond, so we will see some games that we haven't seen before.
Q: How long is this Digital Event?
The Nintendo Digital Event is longer than 30 minutes, but shorter than 45 minutes; judging by the length of other Nintendo pre-recorded webcasts, the Digital Event will be 39-42 minutes long.
Q: Is this just another Nintendo Direct?
Functionally, yes- however, Nintendo is actively shying away from using the Nintendo Direct branding for their main E3 webcast this year, and are choosing to call it a Digital Event, so there may yet be something special planned for this. There's no way to know yet.
Q: Is this all Nintendo has planned for its E3?
No. As a matter of fact, Nintendo will be constantly making new announcements over the next one week via its series of interviews and webcasts with the Treehouse Team; therefore, it is entirely possible that a game that does not show up in the webcast is revealed or discussed later at a separate Nintendo E3 event over the week.
Q: Will Nintendo be revealing new hardware?
Nope. There will be no new console or handheld revealed at the Digital Event- not only has Nintendo explicitly denied this rumor, but think about it, if they were revealing a new system, they would want to do it in front of a live audience, not on a webcast.
They may talk about their QoL initiative, or unveil a redesign for 3DS/Wii U, but there won't be a new system.
Q: Who is hosting this Digital Event?
Presumably, it will be Reggie Fils-Amie, Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Bill Trinen. Iwata is sick, and can't physically be present at E3, but since the webcast is pre-recorded, it was likely recorded when he was still healthy enough to be in it as a presenter.
Q: Is there a live chat or IRC I can join for the Nintendo Digital Event?
Yes. PUSH will be hosting a live chat for the Digital Event, like with all other E3 events. If you want to join the group chat, please send a Steam friend request to Pramath1605 (the displayed username may be different), and you will automatically be added to the Group Chat.
Q: Will Nintendo announce a new Metroid/F-Zero/Star Fox?
No. Just give it up.
SUMMARY AND RECAP
- Super Smash Bros. will have Mii as a fighter, and there are three different fighting styles you can use.
- Super Smash Bros. 3DS launches October 4; Wii U version still Holiday 2014
- Yoshi Yarn is now called Yoshi's Wooly World, looks gorgeous and imaginative as heck. Launches 2015.
- Captain Toad is now a full fledged game, based on the Super Mario 3D World engine. Launches later this year.
- The Legend of Zelda for Wii U revealed. Stunning artstyle, fully open world, inspired by Skyrim and NES Zelda. Launches 2015, no title given.
- Pokemon OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire footage shown off, launch November 28 2014.
- Hyrule Warriors demoed, looks great, Midna and Impa are playable characters, launches later this year.
- Bayonetta 2 launches October of this year, Bayonetta 1 is included in the package, remastered to 1080p.
- Nintendo launches an NFC figure initiative that is compatible across a multitude of their games, including Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8.
- Mario Maker is real, looks great, lets players make sidescrolling Mario stages of all kinds.
- Kirby Rainbow Curse, sequel to Kirby's Canvas Curse, launching on Wii U 2015.
- X is now called Xenoblade Chronicles X, launching in 2015.
- Splatoon is Nintendo's take on a competitive shooter. Online play, 4v4, releasing 2015.
- Star Fox announced for Wii U.
- Miyamoto working on two new IPs for Wii U- Project Guard and Project Giant Robot.
- Devil's Third is revived and secured by Nintendo as a Wii U exclusive.
- Mario Party 10 announced.
- Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton launches in the US August 29.
- Fantasy Life announced and confirmed for western localization.
Good luck, fellow Nintenwarriors! See you on the other side!