While Nintendo did indeed skip out on having an “official” press conference this year, I think it was a smart move. Why spend all the money to reserve a time slot to advertise a struggling console that would most likely get lost in all the noise at E3 day one, anyhow? They did however live stream an event online this morning that unveiled a bunch of cool new games for both the 3DS and the Wii U, but many of them aren’t coming out until 2014!
Here’s the rundown of what happened:
Super Smash Bros.: Nintendo officially took the curtain off of Super Smash Bros. and announced that the game will be coming to both the Wii U and 3DS sometime in 2014. They also announced a handful of characters that will be featured in the game including Mega Man, Mario, Samus Aran, Fox McCloud, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Pit, Bowser and Princess Peach. The game will retain its 2D mechanics as well.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD: The HD remake of one of the best Zelda games made to date will be coming out for the Wii U this October. While the only notable changes to the game are some graphical updates and gameplay adjustments to better suit the Wii U gamepad, why wouldn’t you want to re-immerse yourself into this Gamecube classic?
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Under development by Retro Studios, the next iteration of Donkey Kong will be coming to the Wii U in 2D-side-scrolling format and feature a slew of new enemies such as vikings, walruses, owls, and penguins armed with crossbows! What’s better than that?
Bayonetta 2: A new trailer was shown off for the game depicting Bayonetta with a bit of a makeover with a shorter hairstyle this time around. Much of the game appears to be the same as its predecessor though with it over-the-top battle scenes against massive enemies and the suggestive slow motion shots of Bayonetta as she goes about mopping up here enemies. Fans of the series should feel right at home with the sequel.
Mario Kart 8: I guess numbered sequels are the way to go now with the Mario Kart franchise as Nintendo unveiled Mario Kart 8, which is due out next Spring. the game will introduce a host of new mechanics such as a new hover kart feature that works similar to the glider from MK7 and 8 will also see the return of bikes to the game. The confirmed characters so far are Mario, Toadette, Daisy, Koopa Troopa, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Waluigi and Peach.
Super Mario World 3D: Nintendo has finally given a name to their upcoming 3D Mario game, calling Super Mario World 3D, which will once again allow for up to four players to play with each other at once and see the return of Toad, Luigi and Princess Peach with the same unique traits as before. Peach with her float in mid-air, Toad being able to run slightly faster, and Luigi having his longer, higher jump.
Pokemon X and Y: While very little details were given concerning the game, Nintendo did give the game a global release date, saying the game will launch this October. They also revealed a few of the new and returning Pokemon, such as the new fairy type Pokemon Sylveon, Jigglypuff, Gardevoir, and Marill.
14 new third party games are coming to the Wii U & 3DS: Though not as many games are coming to the system as we may have hoped for from third party developers, Nintendo did confirm that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Deux Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Disney Infinity, Just Dance 2014, Rayman Legends, Scribblenauts: Unmasked, Disney Planes, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Skylanders Swap Force, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Sonic: Lost World, and Watch Dogs will all becoming to the Wii U and 3DS.