Nintendo stole the show last year with a good digital even and great coverage of their games with their Treehouse Live segments. Of course, they had games people were excited about, like Super Smash Bros..
This year is the big question: What does Nintendo have that will keep people excited for having a Wii U or 3DS?
The Digital Event didn’t really have much in new information, but it gave an outlook as to what the next year would possibly be like.
Now Until Holiday 2015
The closer, and by far the most exciting game coming out on Wii U this year, is Super Mario Maker and it will be released Sept. 11, 2015. Honestly, this wasn’t on my radar until both the Nintendo World Championships where it featured some of the craziest level designs I didn’t think were possible. The trailer did little more than seal the deal for me.
As an unabashed fan of the Skylanders series, I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t excited for Skylanders Superchargers. That said, what I’m not excited about is the console exclusive amiibo/Skylander they announced for the game. Having console makers dictate which figures can’t be used on other systems leads a bad precedent for the series, which has thus far had some great characters to play as. The game looks good though, and will be released in Sept. 20 on nearly all systems.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer will be released Sept. 25. So, what I’m not sure of is that is this game a free to start game or do I have to pay money to play this? Because if I have to pay $40 to play the game plus get amiibo cards as well, it would seem like a game not worth the greenbacks.
Finally, Yoshi’s Wholly World will be released in October 16. The video showed one of its designers talking about the gameplay, which include amiibo support for giving Yoshi different patterns. Basically, this game is a Yoshi game with a really adorable and cute aesthetic…which I find incredibly charming. Sorry, can’t help it.
And that represents now until the end of October for Nintendo.
So here’s where things get a bit…murkier? All games on this list are slated as “Holiday 2015”.
Star Fox Zero was officially announced and shown. And I gotta tell you, it looks like they are taking all three Star Fox games and remaking them for the Wii U. A good amount of the levels that were shown looked like remakes of Star Fox 64, though admittedly the game looks good. Not great, but good. I really do hope that they make using the gyroscope an option, not a requirement though.
A new Animal Crossing game was announced…and it’s a Mario Party clone with amiibos. It’s called Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. Literally, that’s what it looks like. Ugh.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was also announced. Guess what it is? We’ll hear more about in another direct for sure.
Finally, for Wii U, a date was given for Xenoblade Chronicles X: December 4, 2015. More gameplay was shown, but honestly, you know if you want the game or not and for those who want it, it gave you more of what you’re looking for. There is some good gameplay shown, but there’s bound to be more shown of the game in other Directs coming up.
Now, for the 3DS. Zelda actually was at E3! In the form of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. This game seems to have a more cooperative take on Zelda with the use of different clothing that gives you different powers to play with. It does look interesting, but it would be disappointing if it’s only meant for multiplayer.
Finally, some localized sections of Yo-Kai Watch was unveiled and it looks very promising. Well, it looks very similar to Pokemon where you are collecting different creatures, but there seems to be something different in this game. The games are quite popular in Japan and I’m curious to see where this goes in America.
Coming in 2016
Another cinematic trailer for Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem was shown and…it took me a while to realize what it was. I’m intrigued by what this game could be, but does anyone really know what this game is? If it’s Hatsune Miko with these franchises, I will be very upset, but that’s what it looks like for right now.
The rest of the games are for 3DS, with one exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS.
The exclusive, Hyrule Warriors Legends, is basically a port of the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors for the New Nintendo 3DS. So, for exclusive games, New Nintendo 3DS has two ports of games previously released. Okay.
Fire Emblem Fates, known previously as Fire Emblem If…, was shown with localized cut scenes and some gameplay footage. As a big fan of Fire Emblem Awakening, I didn’t need selling on this game. But the news of it being two separate games has me worried…
Well, we got a new Metroid game! It’s Metroid Prime Federation Force…which is a 1st person shooter for the 3DS. Blast Ball is included with the game. It’s basically Metroid Prime Hunters…didn’t that game not work out so well?
Finally, Mario and Luigi Paper Jam was introduced with gameplay. Basically, they take the two franchises, Mario and Luigi and Paper Mario and mash them together in a different game. Looks intriguing.
So, here’s the thing. Nintendo did something similar this year that they did last year. Only, the games were either already known or just not that interesting.
That being said, The Digital Event is nothing more than just a glorified Nintendo Direct, so we’ll get more games and information throughout the next coming months.
Still, for an E3 event, it was fairly lackluster.