Day 2 at E3 2014 and Nintendo have, by far, produced the most impressive looking lineup. I myself own the original Nintendo Wii and have recently purchased a 3DS, but have had no incentive to buy a Wii U. Until now.
First on the list was the highly anticipated Super Smash Bro’s, and they did not disappoint. Kicking off their press conference with an epic battle between their two executives; Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime. Iwata coming out victorious obviously. During this fight Iwata gave us insight in to a new feature of Smash Bros. The integration of amiibo’s. Similar to figures used in both Skylanders and Disney Infinity, amiibo’s are small plastic character figures. The amiibo’s use an integrated chip that allows you to transport your character straight in to the game by placing the figure on to your GamePad. I can imagine that these pieces of kit are going to be quite expensive and may even be purchased by most people simply as a collectible.
Two of my favourite Super Mario characters are finally being rewarded with their own standalone gameplay. Next on the agenda Nintendo announced Yoshi’s Wooly World, gaining insight from two of the company’s developers on the game. Rather than the traditional walkthrough platform, the game allows you to journey through at your own pace, enjoying the whimsical feel of the land. This was then followed by a short teaser for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, a puzzle based similar to that of Super Mario Land 3D.
Then came the announcement everyone had been waiting for. Eiji Aonuma, director of the Legend of Zelda series talked us through the development the games have gone through, leading to the open world of the new game. The teaser for the new game opens with the character on horseback in the vast green lands of the Zelda universe. The graphics looking out of the world for something on the Wii. The figure suddenly gets attacked by a large robot-like creature (excuse my lack of Zelda knowledge!) and reveals themselves. Now, it’s not just me, but that was a girl right?! A lot of speculation is going about the web as to whether it is in fact the future offspring of Link and Zelda. If this were true it would be an interesting concept, we’ll just have to wait and find out as the game isn’t released until 2015. Boo.
Following swiftly on they moved on to a short teaser for the new Pokemon features on 3DS; Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The games are a re-imagination of the Third series, based in the Hoenn region. I haven’t actually played much Pokemon since Pokemon Silver and Gold back in 2001 (how old am I?!) and so I was greatly impressed by the development that the games have taken in both graphics and controllability. Being a huge fan of Pokemon since I was a wee child, this seriously whet my appetite for a new purchase in November. Although I’m already debating who my starter Pokemon should be. Serious decisions.
Bayonetta 2 was the next feature to be announced. For me this is something that I had never heard of, but looks rather intriguing! The nice thing is that the new game seems to be accompanied by the first Bayonetta in a multi-feature edition. “Flock off featherface!” The best dialogue of the whole 45 minutes! Nintendo reaching out to their older audience!
Hyrule Warriors further continues the Legend of Zelda story, introduced by developers from Tecmo. The game is a collaboration with the Dynasty Warriors series, seeing Link, Zelda and friends taking on mass armies of Zelda’s well-known enemies. As Hayashi rightly tells us, this game allows you to play as your favourite character, allowing the player a lot more choice in the way they want to play. This is one of the first games that you don’t have to wait all too long for, with it having a release date of September 26th of this year.
Personally I’m not a big fan of playing games that use subtitles. The sneak peek at Xenoblade Chronicles X however had me on edge. The successor to Xenoblades, X shows the survivors of an intergalactic war fighting for their survival, I’m assuming a situation they’re facing after the result of the plot of it’s predecessor. After doing some quick research it turns out this game is one of great length. Maybe if I start it now I might just finish before X is released in 2015.
One thing we as game players like to have is control. With Mario Maker, Nintendo is giving us the control that we so greatly crave. Allowing users to create their own courses using the original Mario game. From the teaser that was shown it seems that you can also tweak the graphics of the level between the original 8-bit or the Super Mario Bros 3D style. To me this seems like a game that may run it’s course swiftly. Ideal for family use to encourage a creative attitude, however a teenager or older (like myself) could find this monotonous after a few plays.
Splatoon seems like a rather amusing idea. Players take control of a human character that shoots ink as a mark of territory. This character can then transform into a squid to slide through ink that has been shot. The idea of the game is a 4-4 ‘battle’ of who can capture the most land by shooting it with their colour. This game can appeal to both the young and the old, keeping it child-friendly with the use of whimsical characters and bright colours, whilst still imposing the idea of tactics and strategy that a normal third-person shooter has which captures it’s older audience. This is definitely one that I could see myself and my friends playing. But that will have to wait until 2015.
The press conference was concluded by Reggie detailing more events that they were holding and also giving us a sneaky preview at ‘one more little teaser’ that they hadn’t already covered. We see Link and Pit fighting each other on a platform in the clouds. Why they’re fighting I don’t know…have I missed something? Wait…I get it! Palutena’s joining Super Smash Bros! That game seriously needed some more feminine representation, and what better way to do it than a kick-ass ‘Goddess of Light’?
The stream finally ends with Miyamoto holding a Wii U GamePad at what we assume to be his desk. But who’s on that blurry screen? Could it possibly be the evidently missing, but never forgotten Starfox? Nintendo, you tease.