Jun 16, 2015

E3: Nintendo Conference Overview

Nintendo's conferences lately have been showing less of their major surprises, saving those instead for Nintendo's Treehouse where they can have more time to discuss things. Nonetheless, there is still plenty of news to take away.

The video conference began with a gameplay trailer for Star Fox Zero, coming out for the Wii U. Players will be able to use the Wii U Gamepad as a cockpit mode and to aim more precisely. Both the Arwing and Landmaster will be able to transform into ground and aerial modes, and the new Gyrowing can drop a probe to explore hard to reach areas.

Super Mario Maker has been given a release date. It comes on September 11 along with a new 8-bit Mario Amiibo, Amiibos used with Mario Maker will change Mario's appearance to the Amiibo used. Players will be able to stack enemies and place them in areas they normally wouldn't spawn, such as Goombas underwater.

A new Skylanders expansion, Skylanders Superchargers, was unveiled. It will feature Donkey Kong and Bowser as characters. The figures will also function as Amiibos.

Coming to the 3DS is Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes. It is a 3 player coop game that focues on the Totem Mechanic, which stacks players in order to reach higher areas. Abilities and items change depending on a worn outfit, and the game is playable in singleplayer.

Also coming to the 3DS is Hyrule Warriors. The game will feature all the DLC from the Wii U as well as two new Windwaker characters. Players will be able to change between different leaders during missions.

Another 3DS title announced was Metroid Prime Federation Force. The game will allow players to engage in 4 player coop as well as 3v3 multiplayer matches.

A trailer was shown for Fire Emblem Fates. The newest strategy game on the 3DS was given a release window of 2016.

Atlus, the creators of Shin Megami Tensei and Persona, revealed a trailer for their crossover game with Fire Emblem. Characters in the game will be able to summon Fire Emblem characters to gain their powers in battle. The game appears to be called Revelation of the Illusion FE.

A trailer was shown for Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U, but no details were given.

Animal Crossing is getting a spinoff game. Happy House Designers for the 3DS focuses on the house design part of Animal Crossing and features the player as a real estate agent. It releases on September 25 of this year.

Another Animal Crossing game is coming to the Wii U. Amiibo Festival is a virtual boardgame being released in the 2015 holidays. 4 new Animal Crossing Amiibos were shown.

Afterwards a new trailer for Yoshi's Wooly World was revealed. The platformer for the Wii U comes out on October 15 of this year and features 2 player coop.

A new 3DS game called Yokai Watch was unveiled. The game features collecting different yokai, or ghosts, and using them to fight against evil yokai. It is coming out in the holidays of 2015.

Mario and Luigi are making a crossover game with Paper Mario. Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam comes out in the spring of 2016 and continues the rpg battle system.

Finally, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was shown. It releases in the 2015 holiday and characters will be able to use mushrooms to grow in size on the court.

Conference Ranking: B
Nintendo showed off a large amount of soon to be coming games with a couple high interest titles, but a few of their trailers were in complete Japanese with no subtitles and some key titles were still missing. They're expected to show up in Nintendo Treehouse, but Nintendo Treehouse isn't their conference.

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