Nintendo’s Line-Up at E3 2014
Unfortunately Nintendo stopped doing media conferences a few years ago, but that didn’t stop them from showing off a great line up. Nintendo had a lot to offer, and some would say they needed to, with the Wii U having lack-lusted sales since it’s launch, and certainly disappointing in comparison to the Sony and Microsoft’s sales of the PS4 and Xbox One.
Here is a line up of what Nintendo had to offer at E3 2014.
Thoughts: Super Smash Bros. has to be the game for Nintendo this year. There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said about Nintendo’s fighting franchise, all that can be said is this incarnation of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is certainly worth the wait.The 3DS version also looks great, but takes a little getting used to with the different style of controls that you’d be used to for your typical fighting game, only a 2-player battle system was available at E3.
Several announcements were made throughout the day by Nintendo, including the use of NFC (Near Field Communication) on the Wii U gamepad, calling their system ‘Amiibo’. Nintendo are now making NFC enabled toys with their franchised characters that can be used in multiple games, including both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 to name a few.
Other announcements made were several new characters available in Super Smash Bros., including Mr. Game & Watch, Pac-Man, Palutena and the use of Mii’s, which will have 3 different types of fighting styles, although, unfortunately, were not playable at this years E3.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be available on the 3rd of October, 2014, with the Wii U version doesn’t yet have a exact release date, Nintendo are aiming for a holiday 2014 release.
Thoughts: Surprisingly, out of all the platformers Nintendo have available, there isn’t a Mario game in sight. However, Yoshi does return, in woolly form.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is the same sort of gameplay you’d expect from a Yoshi dedicated game, thankfully, unlike the Yoshi’s Island titles, there is no baby Mario to cater for.
Gameplay is also familiar to previous Yoshi titles, but you can’t help but feel that it’s inspired by a previous Nintendo title, Kirby’s Epic Yarn. You’ll find yarn balls to collect, enemies to defeat, and even loose threads to pull to reveal secret areas or alternative routes.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is set to be released sometime in 2015.
Preview: Hands-On – Just new mini games
Thoughts: The game you play with your friends that ruins friendships is back! Mario Party 10 for Wii U is not only the first Mario Party game in the series to be in HD, but also introduces Bowser mini-games, where someone in your group can play as Bowser, using with Wii U gamepad, and face-off against four other players. In one example, the player controlling Bowser is able to shoot fireballs in set directions, where every other player attempts not to get hit.
Mario Party 10 is also set to be released sometime in 2015.
Thoughts: Pair up two beloved franchises, The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors and what do you get? Nintendo’ and Tecmo’s latest offering, Hyrule Warriors.With an all-star cast from The Legend of Zelda series, featuring Link, Zelda and Midna, as well as other characters to be revealed at a later date.Those familiar to the Dynasty Warrior series will feel right at home playing this game, as the game style is very similar.
In Hyrule Warriors, and can protect and reclaim landmarks seen in previous Legend of Zelda games, defeat classic enemies as well as some new ones, collect rupees and other items from chests (in classic Legend of Zelda fashion) and even team up with a friend, with local co-op mode.
The game looks, feels and plays great. and will be available September 26, 2014.
Thoughts: A bit of a wildcard of all the Nintendo announcements, rather than relying on an existing franchise, Splatoon is Nintendo’s third-person shooter. You join in on a four-on-four watch, which involves you to not only to defeat your enemy, but to claim as much ground in your own team colours as possible.When I first saw this, I admittedly didn’t think much of it, and thought it was a strange release for Nintendo. However, playing it on the showroom floor, I had epiphany, I really enjoyed it.In a world full of violet shooters, like the Call of Duty and Battlefield series, Splatoon is a breath of fresh air into the genre.Your character basically has two modes, your standard shooter mode, and squid mode, which allows you to move a lot faster (in your own paint colours), hide from enemies and refill your ink tanks.Splatoon is set for release in the first half of 2015.
Thoughts: Despite being such a simple title, I was really looking forward to Mario Maker when I first heard about it. In the E3 version, it had it’s limitations, as it still seems as if it’s in it’s early stages, but still has a lot of potential. Whether you want to make a infinite 1-Up machine, recreate well known Mario levels, or you’re just a glutton for punishment and want to make ridiculously difficult levels. You can even view them in either classic NES Mario Bros. style, or in the style of New Super Mario Bros. U.Mario Maker (working title) is set for release in the first half of 2015.
Thoughts: Originally a mini-game in Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad gets a full fledged game on the Wii U. In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, you lead Captain Toad on his own adventure through a variety of maze-like stages to find all the hidden treasures and gold stars. Vastly different to your typical Mario game, Captain Toad doesn’t really have any abilities, he’s slow, he can’t jump and he has no powers, so you have to use use the Wii U Gamepad which gives you a closer perspective of the the dangers and hidden items. Although Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was originally a mini-game in Super Mario 3D World, it will be interesting to see how this plays out as it’s own featured game. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will be available in the later half of 2014.
Thoughts: The Witch is back. Bayonetta 2, being developed PlatinumGames Inc, published by Nintendo, and with Sega acting as an advisor, due to being owners of the franchise.Although on a Nintendo console, Bayonetta 2 certainly hasn’t been toned down to cater for a younger audience. Bayonetta 2, much like it’s prequel, still features the same style of gameplay, over-the-top weapons and Bayonetta’s climax techniques.Featuring a new two-player online co-op mode called ‘Tag Climax’, as well as online quick matches, where you can wager ‘halos’, the in game currency and prove yourself against your online partner. Bayonetta 2 is set to be released in October 2014, and as mentioned before, is a Wii U exclusive.
Also bundled with Bayonetta 2 is the original Bayonetta, which was never released on a Nintendo console. As an added bonus, Bayonetta will have additional Nintendo themed costumes based on Link, Samus and even Princess Peach.
What wasn’t on show?
Both The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) and Star Fox (Wii U) were only shown via Nintendo Direct, and only offered a small glimpse of what may be the final product.
Both games have no set release date, but may be released sometime in 2015.
©2013 Yvan Zivkovic