Nintendo had what I would call an excellent conference last week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014. It’s taken nearly 2 years for them to make the Wii U desirable to many consumers, but it looks as if the rest of 2014 and 2015 will be Nintendo’s years to make the Wii U shine and the 3DS ratchet up the awesome in mobile gaming.
Here’s a look at some of the most compelling offerings from Nintendo’s E3 conference.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Perhaps my favorite announcement from Nintendo’s press event, Yoshi’s Woolly World is an adorable platformer with puzzle elements similar to what we’ve seen in previous Yoshi and Mario Brothers titles. Yoshi uses balls of yarn to find new ways around obstacles. Swallow your enemies and use them as yarn to create platforms and wrap up incoming baddies. You can even grab a thread of yarn and unravel the world to access new areas! Genius.
A first and third person multiplayer game, the main focus of Splatoon is covering each level with ink. Whichever team covers the level with the most of their color by the end of the match wins. The twist? You can transform into a squid and bound through the level to other areas, surprising your foes with an unexpected barrage of ink that could clinch the game in your team’s favor. It looks like a fun multiplayer experience for everyone.
The Legend of Zelda
One of the most exciting announcements from Nintendo was that of The Legend of Zelda Wii U. Traditionally, Zelda titles have featured linear gameplay despite their large game environments. For the first time, this Zelda title will be totally open-world!
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Another interesting puzzle platformer, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker looks like a fantastic romp starring fan favorite Toad in his first ever solo game.
Super Smash Bros
Fans of Super Smash Brothers received further information about the upcoming title during E3. Announced was the addition of using a Mii fighter as well as a final release date for the Nintendo 3DS version and a promise for release this holiday season for the Wii U version. To date, 33 characters have been confirmed for the long-awaited reincarnation of Super Smash Bros.
Amiibo looks to be Nintendo’s in-house answer to the Skylanders figurine series. Characters like Pikachu, Link, and Villager from Animal Crossing are going to be part of Nintendo’s Amiibo figurine series. The Amiibo aim to be so much more that mere miniature statues, though. Games like Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and others will all have different game changing elements when an Amiibo is applied to the Wii U gamepad.
Hyrule Warriors will be a melding of Dynasty Warriors and Zelda, an epic hack and slash that has Link, Zelda, Midna, and Impa fighting off wave after wave of enemies in large-scale battles that span multiple battlefields.
Finally, you can create your very own Mario levels! Once you’ve crafted the level of your dreams, play through it, switching between retro and New Super Mario Bros. U art styles on the fly.
The sequel to one of the craziest, most action-packed hack and slash games ever created is coming to the Wii U! Included with every copy of Bayonetta 2 is a copy of the original Bayonetta game. Double the hack and slash for the price of one!
Thanks for reading Part 2 of our E3 2014 in Review series! Be sure to check out Part 1: Microsoft and stay tuned for the release of Part 3: Sony on Friday, June 20th. You can also see what the Techaeris staff thought of this year’s spectacular E3 event!
Want more information on Nintendo’s E3 announcements? Head over to the official Nintendo E3 2014 website and watch the full Nintendo E3 Digital Event below!