E3: Nintendo Direct is Super Effective
If you read my E3 Wishlist, you might have noticed it was a bit Nintendo heavy. There's no doubt that most of the things I was most looking forward to were games from the Big N. While Nintendo opted not to take to the stage this year for a traditional press show, they are still in full attendance at the show and opted instead to unveil their upcoming slate through a Nintendo Direct.
And while the presentation may have not really held any major surprises, Nintendo fans will go away happy, as it pretty much confirms what we thought we knew was coming. So new installments in pretty much all of ninty's big current franchises are coming to Wii U and/or 3DS, many of them before the year is out . While most eyes have been on Sony and Microsoft this year, Nintendo have quietly pulled off one of their best E3s in years. And my body is ready.
- Pokemon X and Y. New footage was shown off of the first 3DS installment in Nintendo's huge critter-based RPG series. It will feature a new type of Pokemon (Fairy Type), and will feature the brand new Pokemon Amie mode- think Nintendogs with Pokemon. Worldwide launch October 12th 2013.
- Super Mario 3D World. In my Wishlist I suggested "A home-console big brother to Super Mario 3D Land could be a beautiful thing." SM3DW is exactly that- a Wii U sequel to SM3DL. The 3DS outing is a perfect blend of traditional 2D Mario elements with 3D gameplay, so this is hugely welcome. Amazingly, the new game will feature multi-player for the first time in a 3D Mario game, with up to 4 players taking part. It also boasts a new powerup- Cat Mario. Super Mario 3D World is coming out in December.
- Wii Party U. Featuring up to 80 new minigames, the family party game will also feature Gamepad only minigames for "tabletop play". ETA October.
- Wii Fit U. The next installment of the huge selling fitness game was due out this summer, but has been delayed to December.
- Mario Kart 8. The Wii U version of Mario Kart incorporates "anti-grav" racing segments for some really crazy racing action. Motorcycles make a return as seen in the Wii version. Coming in Spring 2014.
- Art Academy is coming to Wii U. Before the full version arrives, a stripped down version will bring art academy tools to Miiverse artists starting this summer.
- Legend of Zelda Winder Waker HD. The Wii U remake of the Gamecube classic arrives October 2013.
- Wonderful 101. The incredibly fun looking game from Platinum has been hyped since well before the Wii U launched. It finally arrives in North America September 15th.
- Also from Platinum, Bayonetta 2 is due in 2014. New footage was shown off, including ingame footage for the first time.
- Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. A new installment in the revived DKC series will delight fans of 2D platformers. Bringing back Dixie Kong from DKC3, the first Wii U outing arrives this November.
- X. This new game from Xenoblade makers Monolith Soft is a beautiful looking open-world RPG. It features both Dinosaurs and Giant Robots, and therefore will be amazing, probably. Due next year.
- Super Smash Bros. The first trailer for the Wii U and 3DS version reveals that Mega Man himself will be joining the roster for the first time! Release date is set as some time in 2014 (although I wouldn't hold my breath).
- A montage of third party games showed Assassin's Creed IV, Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell Black List, Rayman Legends, Batman Arkham Origins and more.