Nintendo Digest: Day 2 of E3 2013 – Nintendo Direct
Nintendo Digest: Day 2 of E3 2013 – Nintendo Direct
Nintendo aired its E3 2013 Nintendo Direct video earlier today bringing with it a ton of great Wii U reveals, and a few surprises. Nintendo made good on several promises to showcase the new Super Mario Wii U game (Super Mario 3D World), the new Mario Kart Wii U game (Mario Kart 8), and debuting a trailer showcasing gameplay for both the Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS versions of the new Super Smash Bros. game.
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- Nintendo Reveals the Catty Super Mario 3D World for Wii U
- Mega Man and Animal Crossing Villager Join the Fray in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Mario and Friends Defy Gravity in Mario Kart 8 for Wii U
- Retro Studios Reveals Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U
- Miiverse Artists Inspire Nintendo to Release an Art Academy Game on Wii U
- Nintendo Reveals Fairy Type Pokémon and Pokémon-Amie
- Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Delayed
- Reggie Fils-Aime Reveals the Four Wii U Demos you can Play at Best Buy
- E3 2013 Trailer Roundup
As promised, Nintendo showcased its new 3D Super Mario game during today’s Nintendo Direct video. This new Super Mario game is called Super Mario 3D World and will be borrowing heavily from the Nintendo 3DS game, Super Mario 3D Land. Super Mario 3D World levels are similar to those found in Super Mario 3D Land, but it looks like they will be further developed, and be larger in scale.
Super Mario 3D World introduces – for the first time ever in a 3D Super Mario game – four player co-op featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach. This is an obvious throwback to Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES, but most certainly a welcome one.
Super Mario 3D World also introduces a new bell power-up that will transform you into Cat Mario. Cat Mario runs on all fours, attacks with awesome looking claw combos – including a diving slash – and can run up walls. In my opinion, Cat Mario is one of the most intriguing Super Mario power-ups to date.
Also, just by observing the new trailer, it looks like you can uncover hidden coins and blocks using the touchscreen on the Wii U GamePad.
Super Mario 3D World will be released for the Wii U during December 2013.
Nintendo followed through with their promise to air the debut trailer for the new Super Smash Bros. game. The first big reveal for the new Super Smash Bros. game is a newcomer from the Animal Crossing series simply known as Villager. Villager seems to incorporate many elements from the Animal Crossing games into his move set, which includes chopping down trees, digging holes, and using a bug catching net.
While the Villager is a great addition to the roster, the reveal of Mega Man that will go down in Super Smash Bros. history. This marks the third, third-party character to be introduced to the Super Smash Bros. series, and the only one announced thus far for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the new Super Smash Bros. game. Mega Man will be bringing his trusty Mega Buster and loyal robot dog, Rush, to the battle against Nintendo’s own gaming superstars. Also, it appears that Mega Man’s move set will include weapons he previously stole from classic Mega Man Robot Masters including the Metal Blade, Crash Bomber, Leaf Shield, Hard Knuckle, Flame Sword, Slash Claw, Spark Shock, Super Arm, and the Flame Blast. Lastly, it looks like the Yellow Devil will also be making an appearance.
Confirmed characters for the new Super Smash Bros. game:
- Donkey Kong
- Mega Man
- Wii Fit Trainer (Female)
Nintendo also showcased gameplay for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the new Super Smash Bros. game. Both retain the action we expect from a Super Smash Bros. game, but both will feature different art styles. Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 3DS will feature a cel-shaded look, and presumably stereoscopic 3D, while the Wii U version will focus on creating breath taking HD visuals. Of course, a new Super Smash Bros. game also means new stages. We caught a glimpse of Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time, Skyloft from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a train from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, and an inviting stadium featuring the first ever wrestling ring for the series.
Super Smash Bros. is currently scheduled for a 2014 release on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Also, as promised, Nintendo revealed the new Mario Kart game for Wii U earlier today. The next entry in the popular Mario Kart series will be called Mario Kart 8 and will combine new elements with fan favourites from the series.
For the first time in a Mario Kart game, Mario Kart 8 will challenge gamers to defy gravity and race on inverted tracks. Returning to the series are the motorcycles from Mario Kart Wii, coins – though their role hasn’t been detailed – and the gliders and propellers from Mario Kart 7.
Mario Kart 8 will also feature a collection of (unannounced) multiplayer modes, and deep Miiverse integration, which includes the ability to share videos ala Mario Kart TV.
Mario Kart 8 will be released during Spring 2014.
In a surprise announcement, Nintendo revealed that Retro Studios has been working on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze brings the challenging, platforming gameplay seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns to the Wii U, but this time there’s a new enemy. Vikings from the North Sea have invaded Donkey Kong island and Donkey Kong must adventure to five other islands to reclaim his home.
New to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are underwater sections that weren’t seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns. In these sections, Donkey Kong must swim fast because he has a limited amount of oxygen; he can regain oxygen by breaking air bubbles.
Two-player co-op returns to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but in addition to Diddy Kong, another familiar character will join Donkey Kong on this new adventure. Dixie Kong – of Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 fame – will be returning to action, and of course, will be bringing back her famous ponytail helicopter spin.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will also introduce dynamic camera angles that spin around the player showcasing more of the game’s world. Of course, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will also be in glorious HD.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be coming to the Wii U sometime in November 2013.
Nintendo has noticed that gamers have are using Miiverse to display their creativity with drawings of many Nintendo characters. This has inspired them to create an Art Academy game for Wii U that will let players create art with a larger set of tools, and then let them share the art on the Miiverse.
While the Art Academy game won’t be ready soon, Nintendo will be releasing a special version – with tools from the Art Academy game – on the Nintendo eShop this summer. Tools that will be available in this version include pencils, colored pencils, and pastels.
A new gameplay trailer was revealed for Pokémon X and Y, but Nintendo also revealed some interesting tidbits about two new elements for the new Pokémon games. First, and perhaps the most intriguing, is the new Fairy type Pokémon. The Fairy type will be strong against Dragon type Pokémon, adding yet another layer of depth to the already deep world of competitive Pokémon battling. Only four Pokémon have been confirmed to be Fairy type: Jigglypuff, Gardevoir, Sylveon, and Marill.
The second new element is called Pokémon-Aime, which is basically an in-game pet simulator featuring Pokémon. Players can strengthen the bond between trainer and Pokémon by feeding, petting and taking care of their Pokémon – even the gigantic Snorlax demands some love.
Other Pokémon X and Y features will be gradually revealed until the game is released worldwide on October 12, 2013.
Wii Party U and Wii Fit U were supposed to be released during the spring and summer seasons but unfortunately, both have been delayed until until October and December respectively.
Wii Party U will use the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remotes to create a definitive party game for the Wii U. There will be board game style gameplay, as well as over 80 mini-games, including table top games that can be played directly on the Wii U GamePad.
Not much information was shared regarding Wii Fit U, but Nintendo did state that its delay will allow them to new features.
Shortly after today’s Nintendo Direct aired, Nintendo uploaded a video of Reggie Fils-Aime revealing the four Wii U demos you will be able to play at Best Buy. The four Wii U games you will be able to get your hands on are:
- Super Mario 3D World
- Mario Kart 8
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
- E3 2013 Nintendo Direct – June 11, 2013
- Super Smash Bros. – E3 2013 Debut Trailer
- Super Smash Bros. – Mega Man Trailer
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – E3 2013 Debut Trailer
- Mario Kart 8 – E3 2013 Debut Trailer
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – E3 2013 Trailer
- New Super Luigi U – E3 2013 Trailer
- Pikmin 3 – E3 2013 Trailer
- The Wonderful 101 – E3 2013 Trailer
- Bayonetta 2 – E3 2013 Trailer
- X (MonolithSoft) – E3 2013 Trailer
- Yoshi’s New Island – E3 2013 Trailer
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – E3 2013 Trailer
- Mario and Luigi: Dream Team – E3 2013 Trailer
- Shin Megami Tensei IV – E3 2013 Trailer
- Shin Megami Tensei IV – Ritual Trailer
- Sonic Lost World (3DS) – E3 2013 Trailer
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails – E3 2013 Debut Trailer
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut – E3 2013 Trailer
- Wii U Nintendo eShop 2013 Releases
- Third-party Wii U/3DS 2013 Releases