I’m really glad I got that Wii U.
It’s hard not to love a show that starts with executives fighting each other like Street Fighter characters. Iwata’s flying headbutt, E. Honda style, was a better way to wake up than Folger’s shot directly into my eyeballs. It didn’t hurt following that up with some Smash Bros. footage showing off new Mii characters. It was a strong start for a strong show from Nintendo.
Highlights include the Kirby’s Epic Yarn spiritual successor Yoshi’s Woolly World, a new Kirby’s Canvas Curse game Kirby’s Rainbow Curse, and Mario Maker, a game where you make Mario levels and share them. But it’s easy to say the real winner was the new Legend of Zelda game. I don’t want to oversell it, but it looks to be Zelda meets Skyrim. Don’t believe me? Check out the video from the briefing.
The other big story out of this digital event was Amiibo. This initiative is Nintendo’s answer to Skylanders, where real world figures can be transferred into game content. The big highlight showed Smash Bros. themed figures where you can create and level up fighters and store them in your figure for use during fights or training. These figures will also be used in other games like Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, and more. It’ll be interesting to see if they allow Mario to be playable in the next Skylanders game, because if they do, it’s game over.
There were other trailers you can check out on Nintendo’s YouTube page for Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and
Super Toad 67 Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker. The downside here is, like the other conferences, most of these games are set for a 2015 release. The future is there, but we’ve got a little bit more of a drought to get us through. Fortunately, Bayonetta 2 is coming, and will include the original game, allowing you to also dress Bayonetta up as Samus, Peach, and others!
At the end of the conference was another Smash Bros. character announcement as Palutena leaps in from the Kid Icarus franchise. She looks great!
What did you think of Nintendo’s Digital Event? How do you like the format? Stay tuned for more E3 coverage throughout the week!