Nintendo E3 Direct 2015 Recap

Nintendo knew how to have fun in their E3 edition of Nintendo Direct. The event began with puppet versions of Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Reggie Fils-Aime playfully preparing for the show. As the camera was ready to role, all three of them gradually transformed into Star Fox characters, Falco, Fox, and Peppy.  This segued into the premier of Star Fox: Zero for the Wii U.  Described as a re-imagining of Star Fox 64, it’s not entirely a remake due to loads of new features.

  • Can pilot multiple vehicles including, R-Wing, Landmaster, Gyrowing, and walker.
  • These vehicles automatically transform with a single button press.
  • Game pad contains the cockpit view.
  • Certain areas of a level can enter “all-range mode” which lets players fly in all directions.
  • Due out around the holidays of this year.

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Briefly mentioned was Nintendo’s new secret project codenamed “NX”, but no info will be discussed until 2016. There’s a high likelihood that this is Nintendo’s new console.

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Mario, and Nintendo wanted to celebrate this milestone by releasing Mario Maker in September. Mario Make is a game that lets players build their own levels, creating many insane combinations that have never been seen in a Mario game.  Nintendo also revealed the games compatibility with Amiibos.  Scan an Amiibo, and Mario will turn into a version of that character; in this presentation, the Wii Fit Trainers was featured.  Nintendo will also be releasing a special 8-bit Mario Amiibo, when activated, will transform Mario into an 8-bit giant.

Staying on the topic of Amiibos, Skylanders announced a special partnership with Nintendo for their next game, Skylanders: SuperChargers.  Exclusive versions of Bowser and Donkey Kong will be compatible for both SuperChargers and Amiibo supported games. With a simple twist of the base of the figure, compatibility between brands will be switched.  Both characters also have a special vehicle: Donkey Kong’s Barrel Blaster and Bowser’s Clown Cruiser. The game will release September 20, 2015 in North America, September 24 in Australia/New Zealand, and September 25 in Europe.

With even more Amiibo news, Yoshi’s Woolly World will have Amiibo support. When scanned, any Amiibo character will turn Yoshi into a yarn version of that character.  Such versions displayed were Mario and Samus. Yoshi’s Woolly World comes out October 16, 2015.

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes debuted for the 3DS.  Similar to Four Swords, Triforce Heroes can be played cooperatively with two other versions of Link.  When played solo, Link will partner with two doll-like characters. One feature to take advantage of multiple players is the “Totem” mechanic, an ability to stack characters on their shoulders to reach new heights. Additionally, players can purchase many different costumes that grant Link specific powers.

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A 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors is set to release during the first quarter of 2016.  Hyrule Warriors: Legends will include all dlc characters from the Wii version plus introduce two new characters from Wind Waker, Tetra and The King of Red Lions.

Another returning franchise to the 3Ds is Metroid Prime: Federation Forces.  Oddly enough, Samus was not tagged in the game.  As described, the game is set in the Metroid Prime universe; Federation soldiers were seen in action. The game will come in with two modes, four-player co-op missions and  Metroid Prime Blastball.  It is due out sometime in 2016.

A trailer for Fire Emblem: Fates made an appearance. The game hits the 3DS sometime in 2016.

A brand new game by Atlus made a surprise entrance with the working title, Genei Ibun Roku #FE. Looking somewhat similar to Fire Emblem, it is scheduled for a 2016 release on the Wii U.

Xenoblade Chronicles X featured another trailer.  It will be released in North America on December 14, 2015.

A pair of new Animal Crossing games were showcased named Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. The latter appears to feature a gameplay style similar to Mario Party, with a Holiday 2015 release. Home Designer is exactly as the name describes, except it will also be the first game to utilize card-based Amiibo support.  Happy Home Designer releases September 25th in North America and October 2nd in Europe.

Yo-Kai Watch released a trailer with yet another Holiday 2015 launch for the 3DS.

A new Mario Tennis for the Wii U debuted.  Titled, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, it is due out Holiday 2015.

Lastly, we have Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam for the 3Ds.  Combining the world of Paper Mario with the Mario and Luigi series, this surely will be anticipated for anyone who is a fan of both series.

Nintendo did not shy away from showing games.  Lots of 3DS titles in development which isn’t a surprise due to Nintendo’s strong handheld presence.  A large focus was placed on games that are coming out in 2015 and early 2016. I have to admit I’m really disappointed about no new Wii U Zelda and Metroid news, but I fully expect to here more in the months to come.

 

 

 

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