E3: Nintendo Media Briefing
Welcome to the Nintendo Media Briefing at E3 2013. Nintendo decided that it was not worth it to go all in this year with a big stage at E3 – but they did broadcast a Nintendo Direct to tell their fans about their upcoming games. Join in for our opinion on their media briefing – note that some stuff is not mentioned as I focused on what I found interesting.
Note that you can watch the show at its entirety at the bottom of this article, so if you prefer to do that instead of reading, be my guest.
Satoru Iwata welcomed everyone to Nintendo’s E3 presentation, being held not on stage but in a seventh-floor conference room at Nintendo’s HQ. He wasted no time in telling us to take a look at the new trailer for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Noivern and Vivillon were the latest Pokemon to be revealed and we were introduced to the new Fairy type of Pokémon. Both will launch worldwide on October 12th.
The announcement of Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U showcased the new four-player co-op mode. Mario and his friends racing through the world while encountering a new power-up: Cat-Mario. He behaves just like a cat as he climbs walls and scratches enemies with his claws.
Mario Kart 8 was next to be announced and showed the gang up to their usual high-speed mischief. In this instalment, anti-gravity allows players to race along walls and the ceiling as well as the floor, adding a whole new dimension to the races.
More details for Wii Party U followed. Including standard board games and party games, the game promises to utilise the unique control scheme offered by the combination of gamepad and wiimotes. The title includes 80 new mini-games and the new table-top games, which are played solely using the gamepad.
Wii Party U is now missing its summer 2013 release window so that Nintendo can take a bit more time with it. The game is due to be released in October. Wii Fit U was also delayed from its spring/summer release window and will now launch in December.
Nintendo were incredibly impressed with the quality of artwork that has been created in Miiverse. As a result, a new instalment of the Art Academy series is heading to the Wii U. Before the software is released, some of these features are being made available for Miiverse artists to use. The app will be available to download from the Nintendo eShop in the summer.
Third party releases heading to Nintendo hardware were given a quick preview. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut, Disney Infinity, Just Dance 2014, Rayman Legends, Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, Disney’s Planes, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Skylanders SWAP Force, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Sonic Lost World and Watch_Dogs all made appearances.
Next up were the forthcoming Wii U Nintendo eShop releases. Ballpoint Universe, Cloudberry Kingdom, Coaster Crazy Deluxe, DuckTales: Remastered, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty, Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails, Shovel Knight, Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party and A World of Keflings all got their turn in the limelight.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD got a new trailer. As well as the upgraded 1080p graphics, there have been some adjustments to the game to improve the tempo of the game’s island exploration. Also, the Tingle Tuner has been replaced with the Tingle Bottle. This allows players to post notes and screenshots on Miiverse and leave other players messages in a bottle that will be washed up on beaches in-game.
A group of heroes and their leader, Wonder Red, have to face a species of alien that has started to attack Earth in The Wonderful 101 for Wii U. The gameplay showed the heroes using the Unite Morph ability to transform into giant weapons as drawn on the gamepad. Additional Unite powers will be unlocked throughout the game.
The newly announced Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is an adventure that sees Donkey Kong and his friend, Diddy Kong, try to stop the Vikings from over-running Donkey Kong Island. Different camera angles take the title away from its side-scrolling platforming history. Dixie Kong also returns.
Bayonetta got a new trailer, new abilities, a new haircut and a new costume for her upcoming title Bayonetta 2.
Monolithsoft are developing a new project for the Wii U, currently codenamed X. The large scale open world can be explored seamlessly. If players don’t wish to walk, they can hitch a ride on giant robot mechs that also have the ability to fly and take on enemies.
Characters from many of Nintendo’s fan-favourite franchises will be appearing in the new Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. Mega Man and Animal Crossing’s The Villager will be joining the fray.
If you feel like taking a tour of Nintendo’s E3 booth, or just watching the conference in its entirety, here’s the complete Nintendo Direct experience.