Nintendo @ E3 2014 Round Up

“All the news and announcements from Nintendo’s E3 2014 conference!”

Nintendo had a pretty strong showing at E3 this year despite - as has become usual for the company - not having a proper conference on the show floor. But, to save time, I’ll jump straight into the summary of announcements:

Miis are going to be playable in Super Smash Bros. and will be customisable with weapons and moves. They’re split into three types: brawlers (fists), swordfighter (using swords) and gunners (think Samus’ arm cannon)

Super Smash Bros. 3DS release date: October 3rd

Amiibo – small figures that communicate with certain games. Same idea as Skylanders and Disney Infinity. Will be used in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and will be used in other games – Mario Kart 8 confirmed as one such game

Yoshi’s Woolly World shown off for Wii U. Looks like a wool version of Yoshi’s Island, which is enough to sell me on it. Coming out in 2015

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker shown off in trailer. Play as Captain Toad of Super Mario Galaxy fame to find treasure across many different levels. Coming out this year for Wii U

Zelda Wii U shown off. It looks amazing – kinda cell-shaded but more like a souped up (and better looking) Skyward Sword. A full open world, too. It comes out in 2015

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire shown off with a trailer. Looks like X/Y, graphics-wise. Will include Mega-Evolutions of the starters, Legendary Pokemon Groudon and Kyogre, as well as others.

Bayonetta 2 shown off. Looks like the typical frantic gameplay you’d expect from Bayonetta/Platinum games. Quite pretty too. Will include Bayonetta 1 in the retail version, alongside Nintendo specific outfits for Bayonetta herself.

Hyrule Warriors for Wii U displayed. It’s basically Zelda meets Dynasty Warriors. A few playable characters included Link, Midna, Impa and Zelda, among others. Looks pretty great. Coming out September this year

A new Kirby game shown off for Wii U, obviously taking inspiration from Power Paintbrush on DS. Titled: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Coming out in 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles X (previously known as X) shown off in CGI trailer. Coming to Wii U in 2015

Mario Maker announced: create your own Mario levels. Play them in the original graphics or the graphics of New Super Mario Bros. Coming to Wii U in 2015

New game shown off: Splatoon. 8 player, 4v4 online game. Paint guns used to cover the environment – whoever has the most territory in their colour at the end wins. Play as both a person – to shoot ink – and a squid – to move about more easily. (I can’t make it sound good in text… trust me when I say it does actually look pretty good!). Coming to Wii U in 2015

Palutena from the Kid Icarus series joins the brawl in Super Smash Bros.

Other Nintendo news:

Mario vs. Donkey Kong announced for Wii U

Art Academy announced for Wii U

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is coming out in America on August 29

Mario Party 10 announced for Wii U

Developer Level 5’s RPG Fantasy Life is coming to America on October 24

Star Fox has been announced for Wii U, alongside two other games that will heavily use the GamePad. The GamePad is used as a first-person cockpit view of the Arwing in Star Fox

Nintendo also unveiled pricing for the Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller Adapter. It will support up to four GC controllers, including WaveBirds, and will be available in three bundles: alone for $19.99, Smash Bros. branded controller for $29.99, or with both a controller and the game for $99.99 (non-American pricing not confirmed

Devil’s Third – the new game from Ninja Gaiden director Itagaki – is coming exclusively to Wii U. The game involves melee combat; cover- and first-person shooting along with objective based and attack/defend competitive multiplayer modes. It also has a level editor and character customisation.

Overall, I’d say this is a good time to be a Nintendo fan.

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