Nintendo held an E3-centric Nintendo Direct presentation today where the firm announced the new Smash Bros, showed off the new 3D Mario, and revealed a new look for Bayonetta.
You can watch the presentation again below.
Nintendo E3 at a glance
During the presentation, which was pre-recorded in Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters, president Satoru Iwata provided updates regarding upcomg Wii U games such as the aforementioned,along with the Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and the new Monolith Soft game, “X”.
Nintendo has opened up a website for its E3 coverage, where the feed will show games trailers, interviews, and more E3 festivities from the show floor.
Games, games, games
The E3 presentation kicked off with Pokemon X&Y, with a new Poké being shown. It is a fairy-type and works well against dragons and called Sylveon. It is the first new Pokémon type to be introduced in a Pokémon video game in over a decade. The game is set to launch on October 12 worldwide. on 3DS.
Super Mario 3D World was also detailed, and along with new power-ups , such as the ability to turn into a cat which can climb walls.
The game, developed by the same team that created Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS and the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii, lets up to four players play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Each character has his or her own unique characteristics, and people can play cooperatively or competitively.
The new cat transformation allows players to scratch enemies and even scamper up the flagpole. Clear warp pipes add some new puzzle elements to gameplay. The game is scheduled to launch this December on Wii U.
Mario Kart 8 for Wii U has anti gravity mechanics, according to another video shown. You can fly through the sky, race under water, or ride motorcycles. Iwata said the game will have the “best collection” of online multiplayer modes. Elements from previous Mario Kart games have made their return, these include gliders and and the aforementioned motorbikes. The game will support online multiplayer and will have deep integration with Miiverse. The game is scheduled to launch in spring of 2014.
The new 3DS The Legend of Zelda game now has a name: it’s called The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. A trailer is below. This game takes place after the events of and in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Link can now become a drawing to move along walls. This opens up ways to explore and puzzle elements that give Link access to locations he could not otherwise reach. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
Wii Party U was also shown along with its various mini games. Iwata said the game was originally slated for summer, but the development team needs more time with it. It will now be released in October.
Wii Fit U has also been delayed into December, after being slated for summer. The team needs more time to develop and polish the game, said Iwata.
Art Academy for Wii U will be out this summer. This was announced last month, but the reminder was nice.
Two montage videos were shown: one was for third-party titles coming to Wii U and 3DS, and the other for indie games releasing on the eShop.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker runs 1030p, according to Iwata, and he said shaders were added to “help with visual expression.” The game was shown in a lovely video, and Iwata said it runs in 1080p. Some game adjustments have been made, which he said would be detailed later, but in the original game, Tingle Tuner was included and is back for Wii U – but is different this time out.
Instead of using the device in conjunction with Game Boy Advance and GameCube via a Link Cable as in the original, this time, the in-game device will link the game with MiiVerse. This time out it is a Tingle Bottle, which uses the Wii U GamePad controller to post comments about the game to Miiverse.
Comments from players wash up on the shores of beaches in the game. Players also have the option to sail faster than they did in the original version. The game is scheduled to launch this October.
Platinum’s The Wonderful 101 was shown, and Iwata explained its game mechanics a bit. Players can use the GamePad touch screen to drag your troops around on the map to various locations. Players take on the role of Wonder-Red, leader of a group of superheroes which are overpowered by invaders from space. Combined, the superheros can become a fist or blade and unleash attacks on their enemy.
It will launch August 23 in Europe and September 15 in the US. More information on the game will be coming through a Nintendo Direct dedicated to the game, after E3.
With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the camera angles have been changed to show players dynamic scenes providing more gamplay experiences. The first Wii U installment in the franchise is in the works at Retro Studios and Dixie Kong joins the adventure. Simultaneous two player co-op was confirmed, and players can choose between Donkey Kong or Dixie Kong. The game will be released on Wii U in November.
Two videos were shown of Bayonetta 2. One was a typical trailer, and the other showed in-game footage. Our favorite witch has a new outfit and her hair has been cut – each having to do with her new abilities. Bayonetta 2 will launch in 2014 and more information on the game will be coming out of E3, according to Iwata.
“X“, the seamless open-world game in the works at Monolith Soft. The game was teased a while back for Wii U and while a trailer was shown giving yo a glimpse of the world and fight mechanics; there still isn’t much known about it. Players can ride human-shaped robots at certain points in the game, or use the robots to battle enemies in the sky. The game is scheduled to launch in 2014. We hope to hear more on it soon.
Finally, the new Super Smash Bros. game was shown off. Characters shown in the trailer ranged from Harvest Moon to Nintendogs, and there were familiar faces in there such as Link, Mario, and the announcement of Mega Man, which excited plenty of people. Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS in 2014.