Nintendo Digest: Day 1 of E3 2014 – Indie Games Galore
Nintendo’s big day has come and with it they have brought plenty of stuff for me to write about. Actually, the amount of content is kind of overwhelming. Today, I’m going to highlight the biggest announcements, tomorrow I will do a trailer roundup.
Nintendo Announces Amiibo Figurines
One of Nintendo’s biggest announcements today comes in the form of Amiibo figurines. Amiibo figures are part of Nintendo’s Nintendo Figure Platform (NFP) initiative that was mentioned earlier this year. Amiibo figurines will be compatible with multiple games across the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, starting with Super Smash Bros. U this year.
Nintendo is planning to launch 10 figurines later this year, though no price has been as of yet. Other games that Nintendo plans to add Amiibo support to include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (mentioned below), Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World.
Super Smash Bros. Welcomes Mii Fighters, Palutena, GameCube Controllers, and Amiibo Support
For the first time ever, players will be able to fight as their Mii characters using one of three fighting styles: Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter, and Mii Gunner. Each style has a set of 12 special moves that can be customized to your liking, giving you plenty of choices for making the ultimate Mii Fighter. In addition to Mii Fighters, Palutena was also announced for both Super Smash Bros. games. Palutena will make use of her powers to overcome the battle.
Also, a special edition of Super Smash Bros. U will be available for those wanting a GameCube-like experience. The game will come bundled with a Wii U GameCube Adapter that lets players use GameCube controllers, and a special Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller. This bundle will be available for $99, though the adapter and controller can be purchased separately for $19.99 and $39.99 respectively.
Lastly, Super Smash Bros. U will be the first game to feature support for Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines. These figurines can be summoned to fight for you or alongside you and can be leveled up with repeated use. It’s a unique feature, though not one I’m particularly sold on. However, the figurines will probably be worth the price alone.
The New The Legend of Zelda is Revealed
Unfortunately, not a lot was showcased concerning the new The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U. However, we are being assured that the conventions of Zelda are being tinkered with, and that the game will feature a large, open-world that lets players tackle situations and puzzles in a variety of ways.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U is currently scheduled for a 2015 release.
Miyamoto is Bringing Four Wii U GamePad Focused Games to Wii U, Including Star Fox
Shigeru Miyamoto is working on four games that focus on using the Wii U GamePad to present gamers with unique ways to play. All four games are currently scheduled for 2015.
- Mario Maker: Gamers will now be able to use the Wii U GamePad to build their own Super Mario Bros. levels with Mario Make. Players will be able to place a variety of enemies, power-ups, and more using the Wii U GamePad. Sharing features weren’t mentioned, though it seems like an inevitable announcement, but gamers do have the ability to switch between classic Super Mario Bros. and the New Super Mario Bros. aesthetics. Mario Maker is scheduled for a 2015 release.
- Star Fox Wii U: Finally, Star Fox will be making a big comeback in 2015 by utilizing the Wii U GamePad to change the way Star Fox is played. Players will be able to hop inside the cockpit of Fox’s Arwing using the Wii U GamePad and target enemies using an intuitive gyro sensor control scheme. While this is happening, players will receive the classic Star Fox presentation on the TV screen. Also, players can switch between the Arwing and Landmaster with the press of a button, and control a new helicopter-type.
- Project Giant Robot: Project Giant Robot (which I assume is a tentative title) lets players build a fighter robot on the Wii U GamePad then puts them inside the robot’s cockpit to battle other robots. Players will look through the Wii U GamePad as if they’re really inside their robot.
- Project Guard: Gamers must place and use 12 cameras to stop a robot invasion. This unique game combines the TV screen with the Wii U GamePad for an experience that can only be had on the Wii U.
New IP Splatoon Splashes onto the Scene
Perhaps the most original title showcased on today’s Nintendo Digital Event was Splatoon. Splatoon is a unique third-person shooter that combines ink shooting and graceful squid movements to create a new kind of experience.
Players are divided into two teams of four and must battle to cover the arena in as much ink as possible. The winning team is the team that covers most of the arena in their ink, however, to do this, players must master diving into the ink and becoming a squid to travel around the map.
It’s an interesting concept and it’s great to see Nintendo branching off and bringing a one of a kind online experience to the Wii U.
Captain Toad Embarks on a Full-fledged Adventure
Captain Toad is getting his own game for Wii U called Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This game expands on the concept first seen in Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad must navigate his way through a maze-like structure in order to reach the star goal. The level design looks great and there seems to be plenty of new concepts that could make this a sleeper hit.
Yoshi’s Woolly World Spins a Gorgeous World
Finally, Yarn Yoshi has been given some time to shine and boy does it shine. Yoshi’s Woolly World takes the yarn aesthetic first seen in Kirby’s Epic Yarn and knits a brand new experience.
Yoshi will be able to unwrap secrets and use yarn eggs in unique ways to traverse the environment. Also, the two-player co-op looks particularly interesting as player’s can inhale their Yoshi partner and fling him around like a yarn egg.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is scheduled for a 2015 release.
Hyrule Warriors to Release in Sepetember
Hyrule Warriors will be coming to the Wii U on September 26 and with it comes a multitude of playable characters. Of course, Link will be playable, but gamers will also be able to play as Zelda, Impa, and Midna. The game looks to be shaping up nicely and we’re sure to learn more before its release date.
Bayonetta 2 Comes Packaged with Bayonetta in October
As you can see above, a new Bayonetta 2 trailer has been released, however, the biggest news is that Bayonetta 2 comes packaged with the original Bayonetta. Bayonetta will also include Nintendo cosplay, allowing gamers to dress Bayonetta up as Samus, Link, and more.
Bayonetta 2 is coming to Wii U during October 2014.
A Curse Returns in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
The unique touchscreen gameplay from Kirby’s Canvas Curse is returning in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. This time, the world Kirby inhabits is made of clay, including environments sculpted to look gorgeous in HD. Overall, the game looks similar to Kirby’s Canvas Curse, albeit with a fantastic visual upgrade.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is scheduled for 2015.