Like previous years, Nintendo has opted to forgo the usual epic press conference stage show that Sony and Microsoft do at E3. Instead, Nintendo ran a pre-recorded digital showcase of what’s to come for the Wii U and 3DS. I actually have no problem with this being that I’ve been following along this years E3 at home but I’d imagine the people attending E3 don’t get the same vibe from just a video running in front of them compared to people giving a live demonstration. Though I will say that Sony flexing their hubris in front of thousands of people is about as welcome as Nintendos “amiibo” figures… Nintendo’s digital event was also run by Robot Chicken skits between games. I’m not entirely sure if it’s because I’m not 12 anymore or if it’s just that it wasn’t funny but well… it was about as awkward as Reggie fils-Aime.
Nintendo focused a large portion of this years digital event on their skylander-esque toy-line called “amiibo”. The amiibo’s allow you to inject various characters, like Mario, into supporting games. So far, Super Smash Bros. Wii U is the only game that will support amiibo’s this fall but Nintendo says plenty more are coming.
I was moderately disappointed with Nintendo’s digital event mostly because the focus wasn’t on games I care about. The lack of real Zelda Wii U news, other than a small video, and missing new Mario game, excluding Mario maker, Nintendo’s event didn’t knock my socks off like Microsoft’s and Sony’s event did. Nintendo needs to do a much better job in 2015 in order to copete with the likes of Halo 5, Sunset Overdrive, Uncharted 4, and even smaller games like No Man’s Sky. There are two types of games that are big right now, Indies and AAA games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Nintendo doesn’t seem to have either of these weapons in their modest arsonal.
Check out my impressions of the games Nintendo revealed at their digital event:
Yoshi Wooly World
Looks like Little Big Planet but with Yoshi.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Toad is getting his own Wii U game. Looks like the isometric mini game from previous Mario games.
The Legend of Zelda (tentative)
Here we go, new Zelda! Rolling plains, vast open world, very colorful and alive – yup it’s Zelda. What struck me right away from the backdrop was the trees and grass swaying in the wind and the rolling fog on the ground. There is no doubt that this new Zelda is going to be beautiful. I was a little shocked to see that Link is very cell shaded. I was expecting him to look like the Link from the original E3 Link footage from a few years back. The look didn’t bother me but I was just surprised. Enough of me babbling, check out the video for yourself:
Pokemon Omega Ruby
Looks like Pokemon…
Bayonetta 2 (comes with Bayonetta 1 too!)
Looks crazy and action packed. I never played the first one but I’ve seen plenty of videos about it and the video ran for Bayonetta 2 looked like more of the same.
Dynasty Warriors meets Zelda – that’s the best way to describe Hyrule Warriors. I was never a fan of the Dynasty Warrior games so this didn’t do anything for me. Games like this really show the hardware gap between the Wii U and the current gen consoles
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
This game looks like your typical Kirby game except that you use the stylus to manipulate kirby around the screen. It had a very “claymation” look to it. I liked kirby on my original Gameboy back in like 92′
Space drama with Mechs!
Mario Maker looks like a level editor. The game is setup on grid paper that you can move and snap objects to. This definitely didn’t hit the spot for a new Mario game.
Splatoon looked super interesting to me. It’s an 8 player, 4 on 4 online, action game where you use ink to control territories. You have to paint areas in order to both capture and control these territories. The look is super colorful and interesting. The characters are squids-people that can transform into a squids to move around in your ink. The whole thing reminded me of the different color oozes from Portal 2. This might be the most interesting game Nintendo has shown at this years E3. Take a look at the video below: