Nintendo's "Digital Event" event for E3 was barely 45 minutes long, with the company to highlight some new games although of the announcements likely left many wanting more.
Interactive figures called "amiibo," scheduled to arrive this year, can be used with multiple Nintendo games, bringing a touch of Nintendo’s magic to the toys-to-life category.
"Nintendo has always represented a unique source of video game entertainment for the widest range of gamers," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer. "We create timeless games with twists and turns that provide hours of enjoyment for fans of all ages, and this year with the introduction of amiibo, we’re pushing the creative envelope forward in compelling new ways."
The toys-to-life category as a whole is strong on Nintendo platforms. Not only can amiibo interact with a particular game, but a single amiibo will continue to entertain in many ways, as they can be designed to be compatible across multiple games. Additionally, the Wii U GamePad controller shines in a slate of interactive games from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
The highlight was the official reveal was the open-world Zelda game, heading to Wii U in 2015.A video showed during Nintendo's Digital Event at E3 featured a lush landscape. Nintendo promised that the new Zelda game is all about removing boundaries, recalling how the original Legend of Zelda allowed players to wander the land of Hyrule in any direction. Exploration is the game's new focus and the first puzzle the player will have to solve is figuring out what direction they want to wander.
There's also a Zelda game schedulled for 2014: Hyrule
Warriors: players will be able to team up as Link, Princess
Zelda, Midna, Impa and possibly others. The brief teaser
showed Link out of his traditional costume, assaulting a
laser-spewing monster with explosive arrows. This one comes on
September 26th, 2014.
There was also some Smash Bros. news including some new characters including Nintendo's Miis, which are customizable with different movesets and fighting styles. The 3DS version of the game has been delayed from "summer" to October 3rd, and the Wii U version is still "holiday".
Figures of Nintendo characters can interact with multiple future Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games in new ways. Fans can buy and collect amiibo, to bring them closer to the games and characters they love. Nintendo will launch amiibo with around 10 figures. More will be launched during the holiday season and throughout 2015. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to support amiibo. Other games that will support amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come. A new NFC reader/writer being designed for Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to launch in 2015. Besides the nostalgia that couldbring to some older friends, it also has a few technological tricks. It will let you bring the characters from its NFC-based toys (Amiibo) into the game by tapping them on the Wii U's gamepad. Still, you'll be able to introduce your own persona, though. Super Smash Bros. has an option to add your Mii, giving it both a character class as well as a handful of special moves.
Nintendo also showed saw more info on Hyrule Warriors, a Kirby Epic Yarn spiritual sequel in the form of Yoshi's Wooly World, Bayonetta 2, a Toad-starring platformer, Xenoblade Chronicles and two new handheld Pokemon. The most interesting game shown was "Splatoon," a new eight-player action game where players use ink guns to creatively navigate a map and take out a rival team.
Hyrule Warriors merges the world of The Legend of Zelda and the style of Dynasty Warriors into one hack-and-slash Wii U adventure. Players control hero Link or Princess Zelda, or might opt to play as Impa or Midna in their debut as playable characters. Familiar locations from The Legend of Zelda world subtly change to reflect the art styles of their original games. The game is scheduled to launch on Sept. 26.
Below you see Nintendo's fuul lineup of games announced today:
- Games from Shigeru Miyamoto: Shigeru Miyamoto provides an early look at a slate of games he has in development that use the Wii U GamePad controller in different ways designed to unlock the potential of the Wii U console. Mario Maker (working title) offers up a Super Mario Bros. dream: the ability for players to use the Wii U GamePad to design levels from scratch. Place blocks and enemies anywhere and play through the level. With the tap of an icon, users can even switch the visual style between a classic 8-bit Super Mario Bros. look and the world of New Super Mario Bros. U in the E3 version. The game is scheduled for the first half of 2015.
- Star Fox (working title) turns the Wii U GamePad into the view from the cockpit of Fox McCloud’s Arwing fighter. While the TV shows the perspective from behind the Arwing, players can also use the gyro sensors of the GamePad to target enemies. Players can instantly switch between the Arwing and Landmaster tank with the press of a button, and the game also introduces a new helicopter-type vehicle. The game is scheduled for 2015.
- Project Giant Robot lets players use the touch screen to build a giant robot. Once complete, the GamePad becomes a cockpit from which players control the robot as they try to knock opponents over. The game is scheduled for the first half of 2015.
- In Project Guard the goal is to stop a robot invasion using a security system of 12 cameras as a last line of defense. Players mount a dozen security cameras around a perimeter before the invasion, and then monitor all 12 as the robot army invades. Cameras also can blast lasers, so players must look, search and shoot quickly if they want to survive the onslaught. The game is scheduled for 2015.
- Nintendo GameCube controller for Super Smash Bros.: Many Super Smash Bros. fans grew up playing Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube system, and some will always prefer that system’s controller. The Nintendo GameCube controller also could be used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii. Nintendo is introducing an adapter that lets up to four original Nintendo GameCube or WaveBird controllers work with Wii U. The adapter will be available at a suggested retail price of $19.99. Nintendo is also launching a retro Nintendo GameCube controller with Super Smash Bros. markings at a suggested retail price of $29.99. Additionally, Nintendo is offering a special bundle that includes Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one special Nintendo GameCube controller and one adapter at a suggested retail price of $99.99. All of these items are scheduled to launch the same day as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U this holiday season.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99, while the Nintendo 3DS version will be available at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
- Yoshi’s Woolly World
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse: planned for 2015.
- Hyrule Warriors: Sept. 26.
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
- Sonic Boom (SEGA)
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom): Launching exclusively on Nintendo 3DS in early 2015
In addition to the games listed above, some of the other games for Nintendo platforms featured at E3 this week include:
- Bayonetta 2 (October 2014)
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong (working title) (2015)
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Holiday 2014)
- Mario Party 10 (2015)
- Art Academy (working title) (2014)
- Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015)
- Skylanders Trap Team (Activision): Available for the Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS systems on Oct. 5 in North America.
- Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft): Available worldwide in October 2014.
- Pokémon Art Academy (October 2014):
- Fantasy Life (October 2014)
- THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL (Square Enix, Inc.): Will come to North America on Sept. 16, 2014, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system.
- Affordable Space Adventures (KnapNok Games): The GamePad is your control panel in this 2D side-scrolling spaceship simulator that requires players to configure all the systems in order to fly around undetected on an alien planet.
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (DrinkBox Studios): The game is an action-platformer set in a magical Mexican-inspired world. The game features melee combat, a dimension-switching mechanic and cooperative same-screen multiplayer.
- Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games): For Shovelry! Run, jump and dig in this lighthearted, classic adventure platformer. Launching June 26, Shovel Knight will include Miiverse functionality for Wii U, and the Nintendo 3DS version will feature an exclusive Battle Arena mode utilizing StreetPass.
- Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games BV): This Wii U exclusive side-scrolling strategy game, the sequel to the award-winning 2009 WiiWare game Swords
Like Microsoft, Nintendo had almost nothing to say about
hardware, outside of its new figurine line that hooks into the
However, it is possible that Nintendo is saving a big game announcement or two for their "Treehouse," their live presence at E3.