Nintendo Talks Super Smash Bros., Zelda and More in E3 Presser
As the only developer holding a press conference on Tuesday, Nintendo had the eyes of everyone at E3 for this morning’s digital event.
The Wii U has been underperforming, and Nintendo is setting out to change that with this year’s show. If you couldn’t tune in, here’s what you missed.
Super Smash Bros.
- The show started out with a virtual take on a fight between Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata in Super Smash Bros, showing off the addition of Mii Fighters, which will allow you to create your own characters to fight against Nintendo’s famous combatants.
- Nintendo also showed off the near-field communication figures as part of the game, using a new tech called Amiibo, which will appear first in Super Smash Bros for WiiU.
- A new character was shown off, Lady Palutena from Kid Icarus.
- Super Smash Bros. will launch on 3DS on October 3, 2014. THe Wii U version retains its “Holiday 2014″ release window.
Yoshi’s Wooly World
- A follow-up to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Wooly WOrld will again employ yarn as the primary gameplay device, and will ad multiplayer.
- It will launch on Wii U in the first half of 2015.
- While there really wasn’t a lot of news about the new Zelda, there was a look at one screenshot (above), a vague “2015″ release date, and implied references to an “open world.” I wouldn’t get my hopes up for a free-roaming Zelda just yet, though.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Not a scrap of information was given about this one, other than the trailer above.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
- Pokemon was also mostly a trailer, but a release date was also announced. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will hit stores on November 21, 2014
- The Dynasty Warriors-like Hyrule Warriors will feature familiar Zelda characters, including Zelda herself, Link, Midna, and others.
- Hyrule Warriors will release on Wii U on September 26, 2014.
- Bayonetta 2 opened with a trailer that showed her visiting hell and fighting a dragon.
- Bayonetta 2 will include the first game in the same box for Wii U, it looks like she’ll get iconic Nintendo costumes as well.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
- Mario Maker is a design game for the Wii U that lets you make your own Mario courses using the stylus and gamepad. No word on the size of the levels you can make, but it appears you can toggle seamlessly between classic Mario and the new Mario styles.
- Splatoon is a third-person shooter where you shoot paint instead of bullets. Whichever team has painted the most territory at the end of the round wins.
- Characters can switch from human form to squid form, allowing them to swim through their team’s paint. Getting into enemy paint will slow you dramatically.
- Splatoon will be coming to Wii U in 2015
With that, Nintendo closed the show. While this was certainly the shortest of the pre- E3 conferences, there were still a lot of games shown off. Which one was your favorite, and would any of them sell you a Wii U?