What’s Ninty got for us?
It’s time to see what the Big N has for us this upcoming year! As you know, they opted to do a digital show instead of doing a live E3 show. And it was awesome. It was also shorter than the other shows, meaning that they didn’t mess around and brought out the heavy hitters.
Smash and… Amii-who?
Masahiro Sakurai, head of Sora Ltd., talked about Super Smash Bros. The newest feature added are Mii Fighters which we can use instead of the regular cast. There are three different classes: Brawlers, Swordfighters, and Gunners. Their Movesets are customizable, allowing you to equip 4 out of a possible 12.
But besides the game, there was talk about Nintendo’s partnership with Amiibo.
Amiibo figures have data in them, and when you touch them to the Wii U Gamepad, the data they contain gets transferred into the game, and you can fight with that figure in game. As they fight, they gain some experience. Eventually, they level up, their attributes increase, and you can customize their skills, too. Even if you and your friend both have a Link Amiibo, they won’t be the same.
This technology isn’t limited to Super Smash Bros., as more games will incorporate Amiibo. Can you imagine a Pokemon game for Wii U that uses Amiibo? Yes, Nintendo. Yes.
More Adorable Mascots Are NOT a Bad Thing
Yoshi’s Woolly World is an adorable game starring everyone’s favourite baby dinosaur. Do y’all remember Kirby Epic Yarn? It has that kind of visual vibe and looks absolutely fabulous in motion.
There’s a lot of exploration, so you can pull on a piece of straggly yarn in the background and open up a whole new section of the level. Because Yoshi’s made out of wool, he can transform into many different things. There’s a two player mode, where you can play with another Yoshi and help each other out. You can even eat the other Yoshi and turn him into an egg, which can help you get to previously inaccessible areas. The game’s coming out in 2015.
Speaking of Kirby, he’s getting a Wii U game, too! Called Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, it looks adorable. Moving onto other creative mediums, Kirby is now dealing with a world made of clay.
Then there’s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. The loyal Mushroom Retainer for Princess Peach is finally busting out and getting his own game? I can’t do anything but approve of this. Looks fun, too. You’ll be able to get it during the Holiday season.
More Zelda Makes Minee Happy
Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma talked about the beloved franchise. He showed the newest Zelda for Wii U and how the world is much more open than in previous Zelda games. This falls in line with his desire to change some of the typical Zelda conventions. It looks so beautiful, as you can see here:
So good. So, so, good.
But wait! There’s more!
Hyrule Warriors is still looking good. As was we found out a few weeks ago, the game will have a two-player mode, where one player will use the Wii U gamepad, while the other focuses on the TV. In addition to Link and Impa, it was revealed that Princess Zelda will also be playable, as well as Midna, your companion in Twilight Princess.
September 26th is when you can get your Musou on. Yes!
Gotta Catch All Them Remakes
Older Pokemon games getting remakes are all the rage nowadays, and we can now add two more to the list. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, remakes of the 2003 Game Boy Advanced titles Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, are heading to a 3DS near you this November.
These Boots Were Made for Walking
Bayonetta 2 looks fabulous… but the surprise here is that the original Bayonetta is also coming to Wii U! The games will be bundled together to give first-time players the chance to discover the complete Bayonetta story. You can nab the games this October.
Ya Know What We Need? More Mechs
Monolith Soft’s X came along with its giant Mechs. The game has been rechristened Xenoblade Chronicles X, and is coming 2015. We got a new trailer, too. Check it out!
Paint the Town Red… or Purple… or Yellow
Splatoon is a brand new IP in which 8 players (four on each team) play online and splatter as much paint as you can all over the place. The team with the most ink in the area wins. Sounds like a simple concept, yes?
What’s neat is that you can only paint as a human, but you can transform as a squid and swim through the ink to access more areas. Swimming through your own colours make you move fast, while you move slow through enemy paint.
I guess while I’m on the subject of redecorating, let’s talk about a fun-looking game for Wii U, Mario Maker. It’s essentially a level edit toolset that you can use to make your own Mario Bros. levels. You can switch the visual styles, choosing to design in old-school NES Super Mario Bros. graphics, or the snazzy New Super Mario Bros. U. I certainly hope that you can share these levels with other players (I mean, that would make the most sense, after all).
One More Thing… ‘Cause There’s Always One More Thing
Lady Palutena in Smash Bros. WEEEEEE~!
The first five minutes of the Digital Event alone made Nintendo’s presentation my favourite, hands down. I was DYING of laughter over here, it was great!
In terms of the actual games themselves, they did great! They brought out the Zelda Gold Enveloppe they were saving for a rainy day, gave us more Xenoblade Chronicles X, brought more Smash Bros. hype… all this while announcing some new games for their loveable characters (YOSHIIIII! <3). And I can see some interesting possibilities with this Amiibo partnership. All in all, I think they hit the right notes.
You can catch the Event below, and let me know what you think in the Comments Section!