Nintendo’s E3 2014 Digital Event: Information and recap

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With a hilarious opening skit in stop-motion animation, Nintendo definitely did not fail to make a statement and keep players entertained throughout the course of their E3 Digital Event this week. The company packed a variety of gaming information, first looks, previews and comedy scenes into the 46 minute stream which ended up being more than enough to redeem Nintendo after their somewhat disappointing course after the release of the Wii U console. Regardless of the past, Nintendo came back fighting (literally with the Smash Bros previews) and gave everyone something to be excited about. See below for a recap of all the goodies that Nintendo have to offer.

Super Smash Bros. – 3DS and Wii U 2014

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Smash Bros raged into the limelight as the first game to be featured and the first handheld version on the 3DS. However, in particular, the Wii U version of the game showed off its new features, firstly with Mii integration. This will allow players to use their own created Mii’s in battle with a choice of three fighting styles: Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter and Mii Gunner, all with their own unique moves. In addition to this, Nintendo introduced the new Amiibo feature. With the use of tiny Nintendo themed figures, players are able to hover the figure over the Wii U controller’s game pad which will then link data between the figure and the console itself. The figure will also transform into an on-screen playable character which players can evolve and develop through the use of stats. The function of the Amiibo features depends on the compatibility between figure and game.

Nintendo E3 Screenshot-148 (Super Smash Bros)Nintendo has confirmed that Super Smash Bros. and Skylanders will be able to support the Amiibo functions thus far. In terms of the 3DS release, Nintendo sampled the pure versatility of the game with examples of what appeared to be visual personalisation right down to being able to alter the thickness of lines on the characters used. Lastly, the end of the stream made a return to the Smash Bros. highlight of the video – another new character for the game was announced in a very dramatic, anime-styled sequence. In addition to the vast lineup of new faces, Lady Palutena of Nintendo’s Kid Icarus franchise is also set to join the game. More information can be found on Nintendo’s official website and official YouTube channel.

Yoshi’s Wooly World – Wii U 2015

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The new Yoshi game came into play boasting a colourful and cute world made almost entirely of yarn, including an ‘attractive’ stuffed yarn representation of Yoshi himself. Developer, Takashi Tezuka, also explained how the focus of the game was on the idea of time, moreso the ability to explore each unique and fun level with no time restrictions, unlike the common aesthetics of Mario games in general. It was also said that the game would feature a multiplayer function using a 2-player co-operative style of gaming.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker – Wii U 2014

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Yet another Mario-themed game next, however for the first time featuring the little character Toad as the protagonist. The game appeared to use a 3D cube like design for the levels and showed clips of Toad riding around happily in minecarts and using a pickaxe head attachment to bust through rocks and blocks.

The Legend of Zelda – Wii U 2015

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There has already been talk and hype surrounding the upcoming collaboration of Hyrule Warriors, which also received its own release date of September 26th this year towards the end of the stream, however the much anticipated standalone Legend of Zelda game finally got its new preview. After months of odd chunks of news and rumours, we were finally allowed to see an aspect of the ‘wide world’ approach that has been taken in the new game, as well as some very eye catching animation previews.

Nintendo E3 Screenshot-85 (Legend of Zelda)Spokesman Eiji Aonuma, explained how the ‘wide world’ aspect that differs from previous Zelda games set-path functions will allow players to explore the seemingly infinite, open-world landscapes of fields and mountains as they see fit. Eiji then boasted that “you can even reach those mountains in the distance, if you walk far enough” whilst looking at the vast on-screen landscape of the new game. However it is made clear that a “defining feature” of the Zelda series will remain in the form of “powerful enemies” littering the “peaceful world.”

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – 3DS November 21st 2014

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As a preview that didn’t include or necessarily need much explaining, Pokémon makes yet another return as a familiar duo release. Using the same and more realistic-yet-cartoon graphics style as seen with earlier Pokémon releases, the previews displayed everything you would expect to see from a Pokémon title. Keeping it familiar with scenes from choosing starters to capturing wild ones, there was plenty of content to please Pokémon fans anticipating the new additions.

Bayonetta 2 – Wii U October 2014

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With more Nintendo-exclusive based additions, such as the option to dress the protagonist witch as characters like Princess Peach, Link and Samus Aran, Bayonetta makes a return to the Wii U in October, along with the original 2009 Bayonetta included in the package. The scenes looked dark yet action packed in the previews shown, however accompanied with the sassy one-liners, it was another exciting part of the line-up.

Splatoon – Wii U 2015

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The last game announced from Nintendo was the introduction of the only multiplayer-focused game in the line up: Splatoon – taking online shooter games into a completely different, and vibrant, light.

It was discussed that the game would feature an 8-player online experience split into two 4 vs 4 teams. The teams would then battle it out, switching between the form of a human and that of a squid, to try and cover as much map territory in their respective team’s paint colour as possible. The function of changing forms will allow players access to various tricks and enhancements, such as the form of a squid allowing you to move through your own paint colour at a higher speed. This idea will allow players to strategise whilst playing the game , as well as adding a sense of individuality in terms of how you choose to efficiently navigate the map. But overall, the point is to win by having the most turf coloured in your own paint.

First Looks

As well as the main string of featured games, there was a short segment included within the event which showed various ‘First Looks’ at a few games. These included Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Mario Maker, all of which are scheduled to be released in 2015.

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The new Kirby Wii U game featured endless colourful, cartoony and cute fun with a preview that looked to incorporate the use of the game pad as a main feature. Players can use their own drawn rainbow lines to guide the little pink blob through various levels. Next was Xenoblade Chronicles X, which showed a rather confusing Japanese (with English subtitles) preview of the new sci-fi roleplaying game. Its most compelling feature being the ability to ride and customise your own weaponized mech. Lastly was a ‘game’ of sorts which celebrated both Mario and players creativity. Mario Maker appears almost as a sandbox game, providing you with all the tools and fun Mario-game components needed to create and play your own Mario platforms. It can be played in both old-school 8-bit or newer graphics.

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Although the previews ended there, the stream certainly didn’t. The Digital Event could not be complete without seeing the great smiling face of Shigeru Miyamoto in the last few seconds as he indulged in the now promising gameplay of the Wii U. The stream overall really seemed to sell and heighten the appeal of the console through the multitude of unique titles announced. Of course, not forgetting the few 3DS games introduced. It’s looking up for Nintendo, so all the best in the exciting coming years!

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