Tuesday, June 10, 2014

E3 2014: Nintendo Online Event

Just like last year, Nintendo is not holding an official press conference in the same manner as everyone else.  Rather, they have decided to go with a different format entirely.  Nintendo broadcasted on online event where they discuss and show some big games that are coming out in the next year.

To start off the event, they talked about Super Smash Bros.  But they started it in a way that was both amusing and entertaining involving some highly recognizable faces from the company fighting one another.  After that, Mii Fighters were revealed along with the new Amiibo, which is essentially a figurine that comes to live when placed on a Wii U gamepad.  The figuring will contain a microchip that stores that characters data.  Super Smash Bros for Wii U will be the first game to use this feature, with other games planning on adding in that functionality. 

Other titles shown were Yoshi's Wooly World and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.  Zelda fans can rejoice, as a new Zelda game was partially announced.  While it has no official name, the video gives viewers a better idea of what to expect.  This new Zelda game will have a large and expansive world where you can explore and go anywhere, including mountains out in the distance.  Nintendo plans to use this concept to build puzzles in a way where they can be approached in any way the player can think of.  As far as art style goes, the game seems very similar to Skyward Sword with a slight hint of Twilight Princess.

The remakes for Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire also made a cameo at the event, showing some brief segments of gameplay.  Bayonetta 2 showed off some footage along with some bonus costumes to use in-game.  Hyrule Warriors also made an appearance, and it sounds like there is going to be a wide variety of characters to play as.  Other games featured included Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and a Wii U version of Xenoblade Chronicles to be released in 2015.

Mario Maker was announced, which appears to be a game that allows players to create their own Mario levels.  No details were given as to if and how levels can be shared along with any limits that may exist.  Spaltoon was announced as well, which is basically paintball with humanoid squids.  It is a very interesting concept for a multiplayer shooter and I can't wait to get more details about that.

Then finally, a new character for Super Smash Brothers was announced in a nice little animated sequence.  Palutena from Kid Icarus is being added to the roster, and it seems like she has quite the arsenal of devastating attacks. 

Well if there was ever a way to get me interested in the Wii U, Nintendo has pulled it off today.  Had they provided more details about the new Zelda game, I'd say Nintendo did no wrong during their event.  But since they didn't provide much in terms of information, I'd say that is my only issue.

RBFB Rating: A

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