E3 2014 Nintendo Direct: New Games with Familiar Faces

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Nintendo is doing their own style again when presenting new games on E3 by skipping the press conference and made a video presentation.

The presentation kicks off with a trailer for Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U where your Mii avatar can be imported and used as a playable character, your Mii avatar can choose from 3 different styles and offers over 30 different attack moves. Aside from importing your Miis, Nintendo is adding a new feature where they will be using the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology through miniature figures, the same gimmick used for Disney Infinity and Skylanders. These figurines will be called Amiibo. The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will be available on October 3 while the Wii U will be available on the holidays.

Next was a new Yoshi game where the world was made out of yarns, Yoshi’s Wooly World, it will also feature 2-player co-op where you can eat your partner and use them as an ammunition to reach tighter areas. A new game with a unexpected character was also announced, Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker is a puzzle-type game where you solve puzzles on small environment levels, it will be available on the holiday season.

If you think Hyrule Warriors was only Zelda game to be featured on the presentation, well guess what, a new Zelda game has been revealed. Though there is still no final title for the game, it will feature an open world, non-linear game. Expect to see this on 2015. Now going back to Hyrule Warriors, which is a collaboration with Tecmo Koei, revealed new characters in the roster; Impa from Skyward Sword, Midna from Twilight Princess and Princess Zelda herself. You can get to hack and slash on hordes of enemies on September 26 on the Wii U.

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for the 3DS finally has a gameplay video, it is similar from the X/Y series and will offer more Mega Evolution. You can grab your copy on November 21. A new trailer for Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U was also included, it will be available on October. But that’s not all, the first Bayonetta game is also included on the game along with some additional costumes and levels.

Next was Kirby’s Rainbow Curse, where you draw lines to guide Kirby on different level with the use of the gamepad, it will be available on 2015. A new IP was also announced, Splatoon is an eight-player third person shooter where you control schoolgirls with tentacles (no, not those tentacles) where you shoot colored inks in the area to gain control of it, then your character can transform into a squid to swim on inked covered areas. The game was developed under the supervision of Shigeru Miyamoto.

A new Mario game was also announced, Mario Maker for the Wii U will let you design your own levels and will include templates from Super Mario Bros. And finally the sequel to the Xenoblade Chronicles will be brought to the Wii U in 2015, Xenoblade Chronicles X will feature giant robots.

It’s still nice to see some new IPs being announced on Nintendo’s side, and the fact that more new games are releasing for the Wii U, this would give the console a fighting chance to survive the console war.

 

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