Nintendo Delivers on its E3 2013 Nintendo Direct Promises
The E3 2013 Nintendo Direct video has come and gone, and as promised, we received a glimpse of what Nintendo has in store for its Wii U console. Going into the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo gave us an idea of what they planned to showcase. Of those things, Nintendo promised we would see the new Super Mario Wii U game (Super Mario 3D World), the new Mario Kart Wii U game (Mario Kart 8), and a trailer for the new Super Smash Bros. game. Nintendo delivered on all of those promises as we received a trailer, and approximate release periods for all three Wii U games. Let’s take a look at all of Nintendo’s major announcements.
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.
Nintendo Reveals the Catty Super Mario 3D World for Wii U
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.
Mega Man and Animal Crossing Villager Join the Fray in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
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:
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.
Mario and Friends Defy Gravity in Mario Kart 8 for Wii U
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.
Retro Studios Reveals Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U
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.
Miiverse Artists Inspire Nintendo to Release an Art Academy game for Wii U
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.
Nintendo Reveals Fairy Type Pokémon and Pokémon-Amie
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 Delayed
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.
Reggie Fils-Aime Reveals the Four Wii U Demos you can Play at Best Buy
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:
Nintendo has just opened its E3 2013 website, which promises to bring game announcements, behind-the-scenes video tours, interviews, and more. This actually sounds a lot like the E3 hubs Nintendo has created in the last few years. The website also reveals, in a subtle manner, the run time for Nintendo Direct to be an hour long.
Earlier today, news broke concerning the 89 Best Buy locations in the US that will be holding events to showcase Nintendo’s E3 2013 Wii U Demo lineup. Now, thanks to Cohn & Wolfe and Nintendo of Canada, I have a list of the Canadian locations that will also be holding these E3 2013 events. These events will take place at the same times slotted for the US events: June 12 (4-8 P.M. local time) and June 15 (1-5 P.M. local time).
Nintendo is unleashing a campaign to get customers into Best Buy stores to play the demos they will be bringing to E3 2013. I’m sure Nintendo is hoping that some people are so impressed, they buy a Wii U during their visit. As of right now, only 89 Best Buy locations have been announced for the US, however, there are still 21 locations to be announced for Canada.
You can visit any of the following Best Buy locations on June 12 (4-8 P.M. local time) and June 15 (1-5 P.M. local time) to play Nintendo’s E3 2013 demos:
Alabama Birmingham Huntsville
Arkansas Fort Smith North Little Rock
California Culver City Elk Grove Emeryville San Jose Tracy Visalia
Florida Brandon Fort Myers Gainesville Kissimmee Miami Pensacola
Georgia Augusta Duluth Savannah Smyrna
Iowa Cedar Rapids West Des Moines
Illinois Bloomington Schaumburg
Kansas Overland Park Wichita
Kentucky Florence Lexington Louisville
Massachusetts Cambridge Dedham Worcester
Maryland Frederick Glen Burnie Wheaton
Michigan Ann Arbor Flint Grand Rapids Rochester Hills
Minnesota Eden Prairie
Missouri St. Louis
North Carolina Cary Fayetteville Pineville Winston-Salem
New Jersey Iselin West Paterson Woodbury
New York Albany Amherst Long Island City Syracuse Valley Stream West Nyack
Ohio Fairborn North Olmsted Reynoldsburg Toledo
Oklahoma Oklahoma City
Pennsylvania Erie King of Prussia Pittsburgh Reading Whitehall
South Carolina Greenville North Charleston
Tennessee Brentwood Knoxville Memphis
Texas Arlington Austin Houston McAllen The Woodlands Tyler
Virginia Charlottesville Glen Allen Virginia Beach
Nintendo has finally announced the date and time for their E3 2013 Nintendo Direct presentation. Nintendo fans can tune in on June 11th, 2013 at 7 A.M. PST/ 10 A.M. EST to watch Nintendo unveil Super Mario Wii U, Mario Kart Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and more Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles.
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In a recent press release, Nintendo revealed that sales for first-party Nintendo 3DS software, from January to April 2013, is up 52 percent when compared to the same time period from 2012. In just four months, Nintendo has been able to move over 2.1 million units of its first-party software. In addition to these figures, Nintendo also provided sales figures for the following Nintendo 3DS titles:
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 530,000 total units to date
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 94,000 total units to date
Nintendo also provided sales figures for New Super Mario Bros. U, which has moved 770,000 total units since the Wii U’s launch.
Nintendo also mentioned some of the major Wii U games it will be bringing to the E3 2013 show floor, as well. Gamers can expect to find information for the following upcoming Wii U games: Mario Kart, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo has been sending invites to members of the gaming media with details about their upcoming pre-E3 media event. This media only event will take place on June 11th, 2013 and will begin at 10:30 A.M. PST. This Wii U software showcase will be presented by Reggie Fils-Aime and none other than Shigeru Miyamoto.
At 11:00 A.M. PST, members of the media will have the chance to participate in a gameplay session where they can get their hands on upcoming Wii U titles, and have any of their questions answered.
There is no word on whether or not fans at home will be able to witness any of this activity, but members of the gaming press will probably tweet and blog about the new games as they are announced. Fans at home will, however, get the chance to view several Nintendo Direct videos with information on all the new Nintendo titles.
In a shocking announcement, Nintendo has decided to bow out of holding a major E3 presentation this year. This announcement comes after Nintendo has held many exciting, and successful Nintendo Direct events. Instead, Nintendo is planning to hold several smaller private events for gaming press and distributors to showcase new products. At first, it appears that fans at home are left a little in the dark concerning new content coming from Nintendo, but Nintendo has confirmed that they will deliver information to its fans using their now established form of direct communication, Nintendo Direct.
Here is the full statement from Satorua Iwata regarding Nintendo’s decision to forgo a major E3 presentation:
In the past we invited reporters, investors and analysts, industry partners, such as software publishers, and distributors who attended E3 to our large-scale presentations. We also used them as a communication tool in which we broadcast our presentations on the Internet to reach out to video game fans around the globe. I believe that many are expecting us to host a similar event this year.
On the other hand, since we set out on new endeavors such as Nintendo Direct two years ago in October, we have been paying special attention to the fact that different people demand different types of information from us. For example, as video game fans are looking for information about games, it seems that they are less interested in sales figures that investors and analysts on the other hand attach much greater importance to, and distribution partners are looking for information on how we are going to market our products in the immediate future. At previous financial briefing sessions we announced information about our products, showed videos and even uploaded the recording of these events onto our website, but given that we now have an established method such as Nintendo Direct, we feel that we will be able to deliver our messages more appropriately and effectively by doing so individually based on the various needs of different groups of people.
At E3 this year, we are not planning to launch new hardware, and our main activity at E3 will be to announce and have people experience our software. Many people are certainly very interested in learning more about the Wii U titles that we are going to announce. We will use E3 as an ideal opportunity to talk in detail mainly about the Wii U titles that we are going to launch this year, and we also plan to make it possible for visitors to try the games immediately. As a brand new challenge, we are working to establish a new presentation style for E3.
First, we decided not to host a large-scale presentation targeted at everyone in the international audience where we announce new information as we did in the past.
Instead, at the E3 show this year, we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market. There will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western gaming media. Also, I did not speak at last year’s presentation, and I am not planning to speak at these events at the E3 show this year either. Apart from these exclusive events for visitors, we are continuing to investigate ways to deliver information about our games directly to our home audience around the time of E3. We will share more information about them once they have officially been decided.
During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo Direct, to deliver information to our Japanese audience, including those who are at this financial briefing, mainly focusing on the software that we are going to launch in Japan, and we will take the same approach outside Japan for the overseas fans as well.