Recap: Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event

Nintendo was the last big game developer to show their plans for next year. I was so exited! I was hoping for Majora’s Mask 3D, A new Star Fox or a new Metroid and Mario Sunshine 2. But as it turned out, I expected too much, as always.

The stream started with Reggie in Robot Chicken style giving a press conference. Nintendo gets the first prize for humor, that’s for sure. After that, we got to see the actual Reggie and Iwata in a ridiculous fight, which got my hopes up for really seeing Reggie in Smash Bros. I was almost right…

Mii’s in Super Smash Bros U and 3DS

Nintendo showed us that you will be able to play as your Mii in the upcoming Smash games. You can pick between 3 types: Brawler, Sword Fighter and Gunner. You can customize the attacks of you Mii, choosing between 12 options per type. Super Smash Bros 3DS will be available on October 3.

Amiibo

Amiibo are figurines which you can place on your gamepad, just like Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures. Ten Amiibo were shown: Link, Mario, Peach, Donkey Kong, Wii Fit Trainer, Animal Crossing Villager, Yoshi, Pikachu, and Kirby. Nintendo gave more information about Amiibo in a movie following the actual E3 stream. They explained that Smash Bros will be the first game to support Amiibo, but in the near future, more games will (they casually mentioned Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World). In Smash Bros, you can place your Amiibo on your gamepad to import the character in the game. You will not be able to play as that character, but it can fight for and against you. You can train your character and customize its moves. That data can be transferred back to your Amiibo so you can take your personalized Amiibo to friends. It is unclear how Amiibo will work in other games. Amiibo will also be compatible with 3DS in the future. The Amiibo figures looked awesome! Bye money.

Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)

This game was announces, I think it was 3 years ago, and was not mentioned ever since. Not they showed gameplay of this sequel to Kirby’s Epic Yarn. There will also be a co-op option. It looked adorable and I’m exited! Coming 2015.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

Toad finally gets his own game! We got to see some gameplay footage. Available in winter 2014.

Zelda U

YAAAAAAAAY. As you might know, I’m a *small* Zelda fan girl. Aonuma explained that Zelda U will feature a massive open world (YAY) and showed us a trailer of a young looking Link riding Epona, fighting a laser-shooting-spider-monster while riding the open world and shooting an awesome arrow-thing. Coming 2015.

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Saphire (3DS)

They showed us a teaser trailer and some game footage. Nothing new here.

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

They showed an awesome trailer and announced that Bayonetta 2 will come with Bayonetta 1 on the same disc, featuring new content such as a Link, Peach and Samus outfit.

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

They showed gameplay and told us that Midna and Zelda will be playable characters. There will be a 2 player mode. Release date is September 19.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

A new Kirby game! The world in this platformer looked like it was made of clay and footage looked stop-motion-y. Awesome! You will be able to draw the platformes on the pad, much like in Kirby Power Paintbrush.

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

They showed us a trailer

Mario Maker (Wii U)

Mario Maker was already leaked earlier this week, so the surprise effect was gone. This game allows you to make your own Mario levels, in Super Mario Bros. Style or Super Mario Bros 3D style. Coming in 2015

Splatoon

This will be a 4 vs 4 online multiplayer 3rd person shooter. No conventional shooter though. You will be able to shoot paint, to paint the world around you in the color of your team. You will be able to turn into a squid to swim in areas that you painted. Looks very promising. Coming in 2015.

Palutena joints Smash

They showed us an anime styled trailer where they introduced Palutena into SSB.

Star Fox U

They ended they show with Miyamoto telling he will be at the E3, while he was playing STAR FOX U at the background.

Youtube trailers

After the show ended, Nintendo threw a whole bunch of new trailers on youtube. some we already saw during the stream, but also a lot of big titles they didn’t mention! Here is a list of those:

  • Mario Party 10 (Wii U)
  • Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright (3DS)
  • Fantasy Life (3DS)
  • Mario vs Donkey Kong (Wii U)
  • Pokémon Art Academy (Wii U)
  • Art Academy (Wii U)
  • Affordable Space (Nintendo E-shop)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 (Wii U)
  • Guacamelee Super Championship edition (Nintendo E-shop)
  • LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (Wii U)
  • Swords and Soldiers II for Wii U (Nintendo E-shop)
  • Shovel Knight Nintendo (Nintendo E-shop)
  • Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (Wii U)
  • Just Dance 2015 (Wii U)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)
  • Shantae & the Pirate’s Curse for 3DS and Wii U (E-shop)
  • Siesta Fiesta for 3DS (E-shop)
  • Sonic Boom (Wii U)
  • Sonic Boom (3DS)
  • Final Fantasy Theatrythm Curtain Call (3DS)
  • Devil’s Third (Wii U)

My thoughts

Nintendo’s Digital Event started epic, but ended disappointing. You can’t keep hyping over Smash Bros, Nintendo. We know it’s cool and all, but you’ve been announcing multiple new characters each month for the past year. Don’t act like Mii’s and Palutena are such a big deal. They didn’t even mention the word ‘3DS’ during the event, and revealed some really awesome trailers and new games on youtube AFTER the event. Like Mario Party 10, Mario vs Donkey Kong, and Monster Hunter aren’t really important… And also, why didn’t you hype Star Fox U a little more? It’s the highlight of the whole stream, and you don’t even pay any attention to it! They could’ve made it epic but they didn’t.

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About Tekira

24 year old psychologist, on the quest of finding a job, loves anime and games.

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