June 10, 2014
Nintendo Digital Event Aftermath
Nintendo held their digital press event this morning and while there was a few surprises and some light shed on a few titles in development; it was lackluster over all. Don’t get me wrong I love Nintendo, but they had the same symptoms that both Sony and Microsoft had, the 2015 delay bug. They are coming off a hot title for the Wii U, if the event showed more titles that are coming this year, they could have made a difference in the Wii U’s fate. Though we are getting some good looking titles this fall, but they are scarce and the lack of third party support isn’t helping. But lets get to what they should because it is good, but it again needed to be sooner than later.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS – Two new characters were announced, your Mii and Palutena (from Kid Icarus). The Mii’s will be able to take on three varieties; brawlers, sword fighters, and gunners. You can choose 4 special moves for your Mii from 12 different choices. The 3DS version of the game has been delayed from summer until October 3rd, 2014. The Wii U version is on track for holiday 2014 but I wouldn’t be surprised if it slipped to early next year.
Amiibo – A new line of NFC figures coming for the Wii U. The first title to implement this toys will be Super Smash Bros.
Yoshi’s Woolly World – The new Yoshi title that feels like a spiritual successor to KIrby’s Epic Yarn. There will be 2 player co-op and guess when it comes out, 2015.
Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker – Captain Toad’s great levels in Super Mario 3D World are getting their own title with Captain Toad finally getting the spotlight. The game will be out this holiday.
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) – The first video was revealed and the game is gorgeous. The game will also take an open world approach versus the typical formula. The visuals are somewhere between the original Wii U E3 demo and Skyward Sword. It will be out in 2015.
Bayonetta 2- Finally showed off gameplay and looks amazing! I was a big fan of the original and great news for those who never played the original; the original Bayonetta is being tossed into the box with Bayonetta 2. As another bonus, there are Nintendo themed costumes in the original game. The Bayonetta package will be released in October 2014.
Pokemon Omega Red and Alpha Sapphire – The remakes are coming this year and they are looking great with the new visuals in line with X and Y.
Hyrule Warriors – The smash up between Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda is coming to our shores! It will be out on September 26th, 2014.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – A sequel to the DS cult hit Kirby Canvas Curse and it is coming to the Wii U, next year. 2015
Xenoblade Chronicles X – The Monolith soft’s long awaited game formally known as X, looks to be wrapping up development and will be out in 2015.
Mario Maker – A game in which you can build your own Mario courses. The layout is very simple, like a new age Mario Paint. The game will be able to play the levels in both classic Mario and “New” 2-D Mario form. The title will be out in 2015.
Splatoon – A new IP and a game I am legitimately excited for this title. It is a 8 player, 4 vs 4, territory based shooter. Yes, Nintendo is making a shooter; but like Nintendo fashion it is colorful and looks like a massive load of fun. The trailer is below and it looks fun. This was the height of the NIntendo Press event for me, though it won’t be out until 2015.