All of the big announcements in one place
Very few people would argue that this E3 was one of the best that Nintendo has had in recent memory. Starting with the Digital Event and the amiibos, new games, and the announcement of Mii Fighters being included in Super Smash Bros.
Then, Nintendo stole the night with the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, as 16 of the best Smash Bros. players from around the world duked it out for Smash supremacy. For the rest of the week, Nintendo gave unprecedented coverage and live gameplay of its games through the Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 2014. All of these made E3 2014 an event that no Nintendo fan will forget any time soon.
One of the biggest announcements of E3 was that Nintendo will soon be releasing figurines for the Wii U which use the NFC capabilities of the GamePad to interact with at least 5 games: Super Smash Bros. 4, Mario Kart 8, Yoshi's Wooly World, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, and Mario Party 10. While we do not have release dates for most of these games, we do know that they should be released this Holiday season.
The main competition for amiibo will be Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but the fact that amiibo are usable across multiple games, combined with a similar price point, will make them a much better value than their competition.
The beginning of the Nintendo Digital Event set the tone for the entirety of E3 with Reggie and Mr. Iwata brawling it out. The announcement of the Mii Fighter in three different styles (brawler, swordsman, and gunner) is a very welcome addition to the Super Smash Bros. line-up. The customizable move set will add even more hours of replay value. These characters will not be available in online multiplayer, which is definitely a good idea to help avoid the cyber bullying that runs rampant in many online gaming communities.
Along with the Mii Fighters, Nintendo revealed two more characters: Palutena, from Kid Icarus, and Namco Bandai's Pac-Man. Palutena's introduction trailer also hints at an appearance by Dark Pit in the game. Pac-Man was introduced during the Media Roundtable led by Mr. Sakurai to an uproar of applause. Pac-Man's trailer also announced that Mr. Game and Watch will be returning.
In a genre dominated by blood, gore, and graphics, Nintendo has found a way to get people excited about a family-friendly third-person shooter: Splatoon. The game plays similarly to paintball, but with the purpose of covering a majority of the arena in your team's color of ink before the time limit is reached. The strangest, and most interesting, aspect of the game is the ability for players to switch between squids and people. When playing as a squid, one can move quickly through your team's ink, while refilling your ink reservoir. Then, the ink collected is used while you are a person to cover the arena or send your opponent's back to their home base.
Only a few different weapon types were on display at E3, but multiple strategies have already been developed. Some teams kept a player in the back whose job it was to cover everything behind the front line in ink, thereby increasing the team's overall coverage. Other teams liked to leave a player or two lying in wait, submerged beneath the ink as a squid, waiting to spring a trap on any opposing player who wandered into their territory. It will be amazing to see all the strategies people will come up with after the game is released.
Nintendo had many exciting release announcements, including an entirely new IP: Code Name S.T.E.A.M.. Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is a Real Time Strategy game that is new to the 3DS. The game will be based in a steampunk fantasy version of London and will star an elite unit of steam-powered soldiers assembled by Abraham Lincoln. The game also incorporates elements of a third-person shooter, as seen in the video above.
Other exciting games that were announced by Nintendo were Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Yoshi's Wooly World. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is based off of the minigames in Super Mario 3D World, where the player controlled Captain Toad through maze-like levels while attempting to find items. The game will again utilize the GamePad's gyroscopic abilities to allow the player to look around. Yoshi's Wooly World looks to be similar to recent Yoshi games with a new, wooly design. There are still a ton of secrets to be found in each level, and while the levels are relatively straight forward, players will still have a hard time finding everything there is to find.
One of the biggest questions from Nintendo fans about the long-teased release of Bayonetta 2 on Wii U has been will Bayonetta be released on Wii U as well to allow players who never had the chance to play it before to catch up on the series. Nintendo answered during the Digital Event and announced that Bayonetta will come free with a copy of Bayonetta 2. This announcement is another excellent example of Nintendo listening to their fan base and trying to provide value to the customer.
The most anticipated Nintendo game, or, arguably, most anticipated game, period, of E3 was The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Fans have been waiting a long time for a Zelda game in HD, and the recent success of the open world model in A Link Between Worlds has left many people very excited for what might be coming - a Wii U release using a similar model. There was only a cut scene and no release date (or year). This lack of a release year may be disconcerting to some, but Zelda games are always worth the wait.
In a truly landmark event, Nintendo hosted a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament the night after its Digital Event. This tournament included 16 of the best Super Smash Bros. players from around the world, along with 4 media and 4 celebrity guests. Viewers at E3 and at home were treated to an excellent demonstration of what the new Super Smash Bros. games will be capable. Hopefully the success of this event will inspire Nintendo to host more tournaments and maybe even give the initial spark needed to start the process of creating truly competitive online play.
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