E3 2014 Review and Recap Part III – Nintendo
By Dan Maurer
Finally, we bring you to the Nintendo E3 2014 video conference. I say video conference because Nintendo once again this year has opted to skip the live E3 conference format and do it all online via video recording. Nothing wrong with that but it does show that Nintendo is more comfortable doing a controlled conference as opposed to the live format that Sony and Microsoft have been doing for years.
After a short intro video, we are thrown right into Super Smash Bros news. It was revealed you will be able to use your own Mii’s (digital avatars used in Nintendo’s Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) as characters in the game. Pretty interesting to say the least. There will also be three different variants of Mii fighting styles you can choose from. Also, it was revealed that Super Smash Bros for the 3DS has been delayed until October 3rd.
Nintendo Skylanders Infinity will use the gamepad to bonus things other systems can’t. Your figure’s data changes as you play, it “evolves” as a fighter on Super Smash Bros and these will also becoming to Mario Kart 8 in the near future.
Yoshi’s Wooly World is revealed and is not a sequel to Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Though it appears to be just as charming. The yarn graphics look really, really good. The Wii U is made for games like this.
The new Zelda game was revealed to be coming in 2015 and is open world. The game looks amazing and it reminds me a lot of Skyrim in terms of how open world it appears to be. This looks like the system selling game that the Wii U desperately needs.
There was a discussion of how Hyrule Warriors is different than Dynasty Warriors with more engaging boss fights. Multiplayer is between the TV and the gamepad, no split screen here beyond that. Midna is a playable character, which is awesome news. September 26th, 2014 is the current launch date.
Lots of new Bayonetta 2 footage was also shown. Still strange that this somehow became a Wii U exclusive. This is where the graphical disparity compared to the other consoles starts to be noticeable. Bayonetta has Link, Metroid and Peach skins included in the game.
Bayonetta 2 – E3 2014 Trailer
We now get our first look at Splatoon, a 4v4 online paintball shooter. This actually has a little bit of a Portal feel to it. Now we get to see what Mario Maker is all about. Design your own levels, both in 8 bit and new school format. Now you can do what modders have been doing for twenty plus years.
Finally a game that was revealed at this conference, was a new Starfox game currently being developed by Miyamoto. Most of the screen he was playing on was blurred out, but I assume that’s because it will be more revealed at a later time frame. One interesting tidbit that did come out regarding the new Starfox game was that it does have co-op. One person can be the pilot and the other person is the gunner. Interesting to say the least.
With that, the Nintendo E3 video conference drew to a close. I was kind of disappointed not to see more games revealed to be coming to the Wii U. It was a par for the course conference for the Nintendo brand but it also kind of shows they need to do a little more to get 3rd party support back to the system, as big name companies like EA have pretty much abandoned the system.
PunchDrunkGamer.com’s Nintendo E3 2014 Conference Grade: C+
Mario Party 10 – E3 2014 Trailer
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