Iwata arrested for dropping bombs: Nintendo E3

iMnUXruNHjHexIn what has been a steady day of console hardware and software announcements, each big wig company has taken to the floor with their respective pressers. Sony, Microsoft, even EA and Ubisoft have all showed off their latest and greatest in video gaming products. However, one company have decided to deviate from the usual formula and march to the beat of their own drum. That company is none other than Nintendo who at the time of writing just wrapped up their Nintendo Direct concerning E3 announcements. Read on for the juicy details!

Right from the get go we were graced with the presence of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. No Reggie, no Miyamoto, no readying of bodies and no depictions of upper class families enjoying Wii video games in their oversized living rooms either. Just down to brass tacks, serious business time for the Nintendo flock.

3DS software quickly took first priority, as additional information for Pokemon X and Y was revealed. Nothing too specific, lest for a few mini games where you can interact with fellow Pokemon on the bottom screen of the 3DS and improve relationships with monsters that you own. It was short lived as the release date for the titles were slated for October 12th 2013 worldwide.

At this point in time, I hope you have a WiiU handy because there’s plenty of that from here on out. Plenty of previously announced titles had been name dropped to remain relevant as well as new ones. Here are just some of the games mentioned in previous Nintendo Direct broadcasts:

  • Wii Fit U – slightly delayed development, scheduled to release this summer.
  • Wind Waker HD – quick teaser trailer shown, message in bottle mechanic allows users to communicate with each other in-game and through the Miiverse. No release date has yet to be announced.
  • The Wonderful 101 – trailer footage and a quick multiplayer mode reveal. Releasing August 23rd.

On the first party front, several staples were introduced, such as the Super Mario Bros. 2 inspired Super Mario 3D World for WiiU releasing this December. Super Mario 3D World will feature co-operative gameplay up to four people, who can choose from Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach each with their own unique physical abilities and dexterity. Mario Kart 8 had also stepped up to the plate, featuring gravity defying tracks that allow you to stick from floor to floor on-the-fly during racing. It is currently due for a 2014 release date.

Not taking the risk of alienating the casual crowd, Nintendo has also disclosed more information on Wii Party U, which features a board game structure, and mini games that can be played from Wii Remotes to multiple players on the one WiiU gamepad. Another title included Art Academy for the WiiU, which is currently in development. Heavily inspired by the wonderfully detailed drawings found within the Miiverse, Iwata felt strongly about finding a better outlet for such budding artists to let their creativity flow, and what better place to do it than on the WiiU gamepad? Donkey Kong will also make his way to the WiiU for the first time in the form of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, an all new Country style adventure for Nintendo’s brand spankin’ new console, set to release by the end of 2013.

Nintendo took some time aside for a breather to remind consumers that there is still plenty of third party support for their 3DS and Wii U systems, which the latter has admittedly been under performing. Several retail and eShop games currently released and coming soon were shown, such as Deus Ex Human Revolution, Scribblenauts, Batman Arkham Origins and Shin Megami Tensei IV were all briefly showcased. Other titles from Ubisoft, Warner Brothers,  Square Enix, Disney, Atlus, Activision and SEGA served a stern reminder that the WiiU is far from just being a first party game player.

Speaking of external support, Bayonetta 2 had also received considerable screen time, with a new teaser, quick gameplay footage and showcasing a bitchin’ new hair style that suits the “no fear” attitude of the titular character. Bayonetta 2 is currently set for a 2014 release.

The mysterious title X, which had been teased much earlier this year had been shown off once more. Developed by Monolith Soft, X is keen on providing an immaculate mech/fantasy RPG experience to a console that currently lacks such hardcore offerings. There is still more that requires clarification, but as the release date of 2014 suggests, there will be plenty more revealed about X later down the track.

Finally, Iwata closed with the announcement everybody had been waiting for… Super Smash Bros! A quick trailer had been shown, strongly suggesting cross platform play (both games going completely seperate ways in terms of art direction!) and the human villager from the Animal Crossing series confirmed as a playable character, along with the regulars of the Smash franchise. Once the dust had cleared, the inevitable had happened. NEW CHALLENGER:


Megaman is quickly seen zipping about each stage trying out several powerups he inherits from fallen enemies. His move set must be a diverse one if this is any indication but that’s as far as the trailer went. Shortly after, Iwata had confirmed that the Smash Dojo is open once again for regular updates and from there, the stream concluded. Looks like most of us here at New Game Plus have a new home page!

And that was that. In reflection, a lot of games already revealed and name dropped but enough new announcements to keep it from being too underwhelming. A few missed opportunities such as an update on Pikmin 3 shortly before its release, or even Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, though keep in mind that it is a Nintendo Direct and not a fully fledged E3 scale press conference. Nintendo can announce another broadcast at any given time, so if it was lacking in any way and if they please, Iwata will most definitely drop a few more bombs later on.

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