E3 2014: The 5 Biggest Reveals From The Nintendo Digital Event
While Sony and Microsoft duke out with flashy conferences trying to out-do each other, Nintendo have for the past two years gone for a more low key affair. Instead of a traditional presentation, they opted to present a pre-recorded show broadcast live online- which is how the majority of people would see it anyway. Their show took itself a lot less seriously than the others, with segments made by the creators of Robot Chicken. With Mario Kart 8 finally out, and Smash Bros out soon, what else did Ninty have up their sleeve? We're here to bring you only the tastiest nuggets of info from the show. So without further ado, here's the 5 biggest reveals from the broadcast- in no particular order.
Smash Bros Details Confirmed
A good chunk of the conference was dedicated to spilling the beans about the forthcoming Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. We learnt that for the first time that specially customised Miis can join in the battle. Which means that the world over Hitler and Jesus will be featuring in brawls alongside the Nintendo icons. Kid Icarus cohort Palutena will be joining the roster too. It was also confirmed that the game would be the first to be compatible with the Nintendo NFC figurines "Amiibos". Finally, the 3DS version got a release date of October, while the Wii U remains a more fuzzy "Holiday 2014".
Make your own Mario levels with Mario Maker
Outed by a leak a few days ago, but fortunately this one turned out to be genuine. It's a brilliant idea, allowing you to create custom Mario levels using the Wii U Gamepad. It looks like you'll be able to choose between 'retro style' or more up-to date looking Mario levels. This look exactly like the kind of thing Wii U needs, but like so many games it's not out until next year.
Yoshi, Toad and Kirby Return On Wii U
A while back it was confirmed a "Kirby's Epic Yarn" spiritual successor was in the works, only this time, starring Yoshi. That game is Yoshi's Wooly World, a gorgeous looking Wii U platformer due out in 2015. Not to be left out, Kirby is also starring in a new 2D platformer, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, which has it's own unique claymation art-style. Before that though, longtime Mario sidekick Toad will be cropping up in his own game. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a 3D platformer that will be available for Wii U before the end of 2014.
Splatoon- Surprise Of the Show?
Now, this looks like a blast. An online team-based multi-player shooter, but rather than featuring heavily armed military grunts, the combatants are squid-people spraying each other and territory with ink. It makes good use of the Gamepad too. This innovative and fun-looking game will arrive in (you've guessed it) 2015.
Zelda Goes Open World
The tech demo version of Zelda Wii U we saw years ago was undoubtedly bad-ass, but the new (untitled) Legend Of Zelda we're getting for Wii U looks much closer to Link's most recent home console outing Skyward Sword. Only considerably more beautiful thanks to the jump to HD. But it's not the graphics that are interesting, it's the mechanics- this is going to be Zelda goes open-world. This is a truly exciting prospect, so the wait until 2015 is going to be a tough one.