If you've missed my last blog you can find it here- E3 2014- Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2014- SONY Press Conference this is my third E3 blog which is based on Nintendo. We know that it wasn't going to be doing a press conference this year at E3 but instead they did their own E3 Direct Presentation live on various sites Nintendo, Youtube and GameSpot which only lasted for 47 minutes but there was a ton of more new information after the presentation but like Microsoft and Sony's it was all about games for the Wii U and yes there were a lot of surprises.
Starting off with the Press Conference all being animated based on the TV Comedy Robot Chicken including most of its Nintendo characters were all animated too reminding everyone that it's not an episode of the series. The first game to pop up was Super Smash Brothers for both Wii U and 3DS introducing a new character in the game which is Mii fighter, loved how it started off with Reggie fighting Iwata in a Smash Brothers match and explaining that the Mii fighter likely you can use your own Mii in battle unless Nintendo offers DCL or a QR Code to play as Iwata or Reggie if gamers want to play them in Smash Brothers. This will also be one of the first games to be compatible with new toys called amiibos - that contain NFC (Near Field Communication) chips. These can be used to store data about the player's progress and send the information to and from a Wii U through its controller. The firm said this will allow players to carry their customised settings and achievements to friend’s homes or even StreetPass meets if they can find somewhere to hook up a Wii U somewhere. Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity Nintendo plans to release the amiibos just in time before the Christmas Holidays and help Nintendo on the sales for both the 3DS and Wii U, Mario Kart 8 has already helped the sales for the Wii U from the last few weeks now.
I know that the Year of the Luigi ended not long ago but when people reacted when seeing a trailer on a new Yoshi game which was in fact Yoshi's Woolly World playing as Yoshi through a world made out of wool, like Kirby Epic Yarn this takes this to a whole new world for Nintendo. Some gamers have already claimed that this could well be the Year of the Yoshi; this will also have 2 player co-op by teaming up and various puzzles along the way. The art alone and the gameplay is one of the many reasons why you should pick up a Wii U just to play this game. However it might not be the Year of the Yoshi it could well be the Year of the Toad; Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker follows Toad who sets out on his own adventure, with it being a success and having the same ideas it had in Super Mario 3D World had it's fair to say a lot of gamers enjoyed the Toad levels and Nintendo have made the right move on making a game based on that idea.
Legend of Zelda was the star of the show for Nintendo at E3 this year and promising that the new open-world fantasy-themed Zelda game will mark a "clean break with the past" by letting players travel in the game wherever they want rather than forcing them to follow a set path and complete scenarios in a pre-determined order. Hyrule Warriors which is a battlefield-set title that unites the swordsman with characters from the Dynasty Warriors series but playing as your favourite Hyrule characters from Link, Zelda and Midna set to release on 26 September for US, 19th September for UK/Europe and 14th August for Japan.
Other games and news were announced for the Wii U including-
- Mario Maker
- Pokémon Alpha and Omega
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Bayonetta 2 including the first Bayonetta added as well
- Two more characters added to Super Smash Brothers- Palutena and Pac-Man
Splatoon does feel more like a kid's version of Call of Duty or even a good First-Person Shooter like Timesplitters or Goldeneye. Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer title in which gamers compete to cover as much of an arena in their colour of paint as possible this will also have online multiplayer meaning that playing games online on the Wii U will even be more fun for gamers out there. It does remind me of a mix of Super Mario Sunshine and de Blob when you are thinking about paint being used in games.
Last but not least Shigeru Miyamoto announces a new Star Fox for Wii U no gameplay footage was shown but Miyamoto did explain how the gameplay will work on the Wii U and a release date set for 2015 which is at least a year away from now likely more information will be mentioned later within the months. More announcements are on the way from Nintendo later by this week including some new titles and release dates on 3DS games, most sites and gamers have already claimed that Nintendo have pretty much won E3 this year.
What caught your eye from Nintendo at E3? Has this reason made you want to buy a Wii U now after the new announcements on games?
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