Nintendo Post E3 Event

TAU gets hands on with all of Nintendo’s exciting new titles from E3 2014”

Nintendo hosted a post E3 event in London, allowing press to come down and play on everything they had to offer at this years E3 on Wii U and 3DS; below are our thoughts and experiences playing all the exciting new titles set for release in the next 12 months.

 

Amiibo Figures

Amiibo was a fairly vague reveal at this years E3, with Nintendo basically showing off a few of the figures and that they will work on such games as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros Wii U. While we still don’t know the full extent of what they will do, we did get to see a few of the figures in a display case and they look stunning. We saw Amiibo characters for Mario (holding a fireball), Samus (Armoured), Kirby, Donkey Kong and Fox McCloud, amongst others; they are incredibly detailed, and much better than the similar products seen in Skylanders and Disney Infinity. 

Release Date: Holiday 2014

 

Bayonetta 2

This really showed off the capabilities of Wii U, graphically speaking, and was as fast, frenetic and fun as its predecessor. The colours were much more vibrant and inviting than the first game - that was also shown off on the Wii U, as it will be included with Bayonetta 2. The first game is an upgraded port that includes 4 different cosplay outfits for you to play through the game with including a Link costume that allows you to wield the Master Sword.

Release Date: October 2014

 

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

The basic premise of this is to collect treasure from a variety of 3D puzzles that make great use of the Wii U GamePad and platforming in a 3D environment. It’s pretty simple but incredibly fun.

Release Date: Q4 2014

 

Hyrule Warriors


Deedsy making use of Zelda’s Tri-Force attack in Hyrule Warriors”

This was one of the most exciting titles to see at todays event: Hyrule Warriors is a fantastic new look at the Zelda franchise in the style of Dynasty Warriors. We got a chance to play as Link and Zelda, with both having multiple weapon variations to choose from. The gameplay was fast paced, looked amazing and was thoroughly enjoyable. Zelda was great to play as and may even be more enjoyable than Link; weilding a bow and arrow and the power of the Tri-Force, she can seamlessly tear through hordes of enemies. Although it’s more of a spin-off to the franchise, it was fantastic to finally get to play as the titular princess. The game looks amazing and it will be great to see which other characters will be available to play when the title gets released later this year.

Release Date: 26th September 2014

 

Kirby


One of the many titles utilising the Wii U GamePad”

This is essentially just a Wii U version of Kirby Power Paintbrush - that is by no means a negative thing as the gameplay was fun and it's another title that makes good use of the GamePad.

Release Date: 2015

 

Mario Maker

Basically it's exactly what it says on the tin: you can create your own Mario levels using the graphical styles of Super Mario Bros and New Super Mario Bros. It's extremely easy to use and you can quickly switch between playing and editing your levels, allowing you to create your perfect Mario game.

Release Date: Q1/2 2015

 

Mario Party 10

The friendship ruining party game returns with a host of simple but highly competitive mini games that are sure to keep you and your friends/family locked in heated battles for many hours! Not much else can be said about this other than it being on the Wii U, with most of the mini games making use of Wii Remotes over the GamePad.

Release Date: 2015

 

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong

Another simple but enjoyable title that was on show at todays event, this is a puzzle game that uses the Wii U GamePad’s touch screen to control the obstacles in the levels and successfully navigate multiple wind-up clockwork Marios to the finish, avoiding enemies and gathering coins along the way. The controls were simple and easy to use and it looks to be another great addition to the host of simple puzzle games that Nintendo has to offer in the next 12 months.

Release Date: 2015

 

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

A personal favourite of ours, having sank hundreds of hours into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate between us and thankfully it did not disappoint! In usual MH style the demo that was on show was extremely hard but did show off the massive improvements to the maps that are now much larger than those seen in the predecessors. The map now has different levels to the terrain, rather than being a totally flat map, each area has many different ledges allowing you to use higher ground to gain an advantage against the monsters but also more ways for them to flee. The game also includes 2 new weapons: the Insect Glaive and the Charge Blade. The Insect Glaive is a 2 handed staff blade with an insect that lives in the end that can be shot at monsters to steal an essence from them depending on the body part the insect hits. The essences that can be obtained are differentiated by colour: Red gives you a damage boost, White gives you a speed boost, Orange gives you a defence boost and Green recovers a small amount of health. The weapon also allows hunters to jump at any time in a pole vaulting fashion, which can be used as a dodge or to land on the back of the monster and damage its back while riding it. The Charge Blade is similar to the Switch Axe in that you can swap between using it as a sword or an axe but also has an added phial in the hilt that will fill up with every hit you land on a monster, when the phial glows yellow you can use a charge attack to deal more damage. The phial can also fill up and turn red which will unleash a much more powerful attack but also has a chance of overheating and missing the attack altogether. Overall Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has everything that made MH3U great, but also has some great additions that have made the game even better – it will definitely be a day one purchase for us!

Release Date: Fall 2014

 

Project Giant Robot

This was a simple concept: create a giant robot and then use the Wii U GamePad’s motion controls to make your giant robot fight against other giant robots. That’s pretty much it. It felt pretty cheap, very gimmicky and was probably the worst title on show at the event.

Release Date: TBC

 

Project Guard

This project was a very simple but awesome idea. It’s basically a different look at a tower defence game, with 12 camera feeds from different locations around the area you’re defending shown on the your tv screen and then using the GamePad to access each cameras feed individiually to shoot and destroy the invading enemies who are trying to reach the centre. There was only one map available on ths demo, with 3 difficulty levels but it was enough to show off this simple project that we’re sure will be a thoroughly enjoyable title for the Wii U when it’s released.

Release Date: 2015

 

Shovel Knight

This is a beautiful take on the retro style of adventure platformers that many of us will have no doubt grown up on. It provides an ample helping of nostalgia along with simple controls and some tough obstacles/enemies that I’m sure will keep even the more experienced gamers busy for a good few hours. This game actually came out today so you can pick it up on the eShop or Steam right now! Get shoveling! 

Release Date: Out now!

 

Sonic Boom

Many people have already expressed their dislike for the new look of the Sonic entourage in this game, but the gameplay is fast paced, and even has an added energy grapple hook that allows you to chain together jumps and keep your characters moving through the level. It comes across as a mash up of Sonic Heroes and Sonic Adventures. It’s by no means the saviour of the Sonic franchise but it could turn out to be one of the best offerings they’ve had in quite some time.

Release Date: November 2014

 

Splatoon


The stage for one of the best titles to come from Nintendo this year!”

This could quite possibly be our favourite title at today’s event; it was so addictive and incredibly fun to play, and it is definitely Nintendo’s answer to all the serious multiplayer shooters on the market today. Splatoon sees 2 teams of 4 square off against one another armed with paint guns and the simple goal of covering the majority of the maps floor in your teams colour of paint. Quite possibly the great feature in this game is the characters ability to turn into a squid that can swim through your teams colour of paint to quickly fast travel up walls and to otherwise unreachable locations. Swimming in the paint also reloads your paint gun which also allows the use of grenades that can easily take out enemy players. With only 4v4 games being played all day - which did not get in the slightest bit boring and we played the hell out of this game - we didn’t hear any news on whether Splatoon will have any other game modes but either way this game will be a day one purchase for us!

Release Date: Q1/2 2015

 

Super Smash Bros 3DS

Smash Bros for 3DS plays surprisingly well for a handheld fighter of this type. The controls are easy enough to get used to, though even after a few games I found myself pressing the wrong button at times. The graphics are great and it’s easy to differentiate your character from your opponents. The wireless multiplayer fights worked very well too, with only a little lag when multiple people used complicated moves at the same time. Overall, Smash 3DS is a solid game and I look forward to playing it a lot more and discovering a lot more of the content upon release.

Release Date: 3rd October 2014

 

Super Smash Bros Wii U


 

The GameCube Pad is back and it’s still just as awesome!”

This was the big one for us, and it didn’t disappoint; the graphics are near flawless and the game plays extremely well. The speed is somewhere between the lightning-quick moves of Melee and the more sluggish performance of Brawl, creating a perfect balance. The roster of characters is so far great, with each feeling very different from the last. Though I felt there were a couple of characters that were perhaps not as good to play as, this is purely down to personal preference and the fact that we didn’t have a great deal of time to play as each. We played using the GameCube controllers - the way Smash is meant to be played - and I really can’t think of a better set up. GameCube controllers really are the best way to play and the game feels responsive and fluid. Multiplayer is just as fun as you remember and will only get better. Trust me: this is truly awesome. 

Release Date: 3rd October 2014

 

Swords & Soldiers 2

The premise is simple: create workers to gather resources that can then be used to create defences and soldiers to defend your small village from the evil Blackbeard. It’s a simple 2D platformer in appearance but plays like a tower defence game that became very tough very quickly! Looking forward to playing more of it when it’s released!

Release Date: TBC

 

Yoshi’s Woolly World

It’s basically Yoshi’s Island but with everything made entirely out of wool, which sounds a bit dull but in reality it looks fantastic. Yoshi uses his tongue to unravel obstacles and collect them as balls of wool that can then be used as ammo or to build new platforms and other useful items to complete the levels. Our experence of this game mostly consisted of us fighting over the wool and then eating each other to steal the other persons balls of wool and even that was fun. This is easily the best looking Yoshi game to date and could even be the best looking style of all the games that were on show at the event. 

Release Date: Q1/2 2015

 

That’s all from us guys and I think it’s safe to say that Nintendo has really stepped up their game and it is a great time to own a Wii U or a 3DS.

This has been Deedsy and Jubby for The Awesome Update, over and out.

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