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I’ll be honest. The highlight of last year’s E3 for me was the Nintendo showcase video. On the back of that showcase, I purchase a Wii-U which is finally coming into its own as a console. It’s a shame it took this long, but the console is an excellent little machine. A bit slow to load, but otherwise great.
With projects like Mario Maker, Legend of Zelda and Starfox in the works, I was hoping to see some great things from old Ninty this year. It was with quite a high level of anticipation that I sat down to watch their 2015 conference. Here’s what I made of the Nintendo press conference this year.
Star Fox Zero
The conference opened with a fantastic Nintendo Muppet video which was swiftly followed by a trailer / gameplay video for StarFox Zero – due out around Christmas this year. The game certainly reminded me of the Nintendo 64 version (Lylat Wars) that I remember with such fondness, however the game seems to be less “arcade linear” than the original titles. At least in places.
The gamepad will be used as a cockpit view for the player. The world is on the Television where a third person view of your vehicle is, then the gamepad is the cockpit view. Look down and drop those bombs! Transforming Arwings are a new addition to the franchise. I am definitely on board for this!
The original toy franchise will be introducing vehicles to the Skylanders world and both Donkey Kong and Bowser will be making the transition to Skylanders Superchargers as well. Obviously this will be exclusive to the Wii-U version of the game.
Legend of Zelda Triforce Heroes
A new Zelda game on 3DS was previewed, In this game, three players team up to solve puzzles and make their way through dungeons, beating bosses and so on. For example, players can form a “totem” by standing on top of each other to reach higher items. Bombs can be thrown from player to player to get into the correct position to go boom!
The game is cartoony in style but takes a break from the normal Zelda mould by having different styles of outfits available to players. Creating outfits is key to the game. Different clothing grants different abilities. As always with Zelda games … this is on my to buy list.
Hyrule Warriors Legends
Also announced was a 3DS version of the Hyrule Warriors game that I enjoyed so much last year. This includes all the characters from the Wii-U version as well as Windwaker inspired versions. I think this should make the transition nicely to the handheld game. Another Buy, Nintendo!
More Animal Crossing Amiibos were announced, specifically for use with the very Mario Party style Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival. Using the Amiibos to register who’s turn it is, players compete in a board game on a single DS.
Yoshi’s Wooly World
Interstingly, the game is pitched at varying difficulty leels. For an easy, fun experience players can simply get through the levels, but collecting items adds to the challenge. Amiibo’s can be used to create a character Yoshi … Tap a Mario and get a Mario Themed Yoshi for example. For my point of view, this is sort of Yoshi Little Big Planet.
Super Mario Maker
The game that is also a game design tutorial will be available for purchase in September 2015. This is one of the games that intrigued me last year. I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of this one later in the year,
- Metroid Prime Foundation Forge – Four Player Co-op Metroid
- Fire Emblem Fates – Looks like a solid addition to the franchise
- Xenoblade Chronicles X – Sci-fi Monster Hunter is the best way I can describe this one. Actually looks really epic.
- Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer – Very much an Animal Crossing game!
- Mario Tennis Ultra Smash – The tennis plus gameplay returns to the Wii U!
Round Up Thoughts
No more details about the Legend of Zelda Wii U game which was a shame. But some nice surprises none the less. Two new Zelda games on 3DS is always going to catch my attention and Super Mario Maker is a game that I actually think could help future games designers.
Not as spectacular as last year’s showcase but there’s clearly plenty of stuff to come from Nintendo in the near future!
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