It’s that time of the year again! It’s like a gamer’s Christmas… except you have to wait until actual Christmas for most of the games. Today’s main event was Nintendo, who pre-recorded their event in a Direct video rather than showcasing things live on stage. They did this last year and really stole the show with their Robot Chicken style montage. This year, they opted to go with puppets. While it wasn’t as funny as last year, there’s something really charming about having a Muppet-like show with Iwata, Reggie, and Miyamoto. If you want to check out the whole video, check out this link here. Otherwise, let’s break it down for you! Clicking that picture will make it bigger and actually readable!
Opening up was Star Fox Zero for the Wii U. This was announced last year by Miyamoto, and that was it. It’s been a whole year and this is the first we’re seeing anything from this game. As of now, it just looks like a typical Star Fox game; going back to its roots. What’s really fancy is the control scheme, which allows you to see what’s going on in third person on the screen and get a cockpit view from the gamepad. You can utilize the motion controls for aiming, as well. There are a couple other vehicles you can operate, and your Arwing will also transform into a walker. That’s, apparently, something that was in Star Fox 2… but that game got axed before release.
Next up were two new Zelda games for the 3DS: Triforce Heroes and Hyrule Warriors Legends. Triforce Heroes is like a cross between the Four Swords and A Link Between Worlds. Work cooperatively with two other players, or control three Link dolls through dungeons. HWL is essentially the same as Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U, which released last September. Players will get all the DLC that has been release thus far, along with additional content from Wind Waker. That content can also be transferred to the Wii U.
Then there was Metroid Prime: Federation Force. I.. um… I don’t even know what to say about this. It doesn’t even look like a Metroid game. It has a Blast Ball game. Cool, I guess. A real Metroid game would have been nice, but whatever.
Fire Emblem Fates followed. It looks like Fire Emblem.
The most bizarre trailer came right after. It’s for Genei Ibun Roku #FE, also known as
Shin Megami X Fire Emblem. Edit: Apparently this isn’t a crossover of SM and FE. Instead, it’s a whole new idea that “loosely borrows ideas” from both series. I had absolutely no idea what this was, even after seeing the name. It has so much anime packed in that even I almost can’t handle it. See for yourself:
There was more stuff about Xenoblade Chronicles X, which finally got a release date: December 4th, 2015. This was my “time to buy a Wii U” game 2 years ago when it premiered at E3. I’m glad I’ll finally get a chance to play!
Animal Crossing Home Designer will release this year for the 3DS. I was really hoping for an AC game on the Wii U, but whatever. We saw this earlier in the year, so there was no surprise. There is, however, an Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival coming after the release of ACHD. Okay.
Probably the biggest surprise today was the announcement for the Western release of Yo-Kai Watch on 3DS in December. Japan is crazy about this Pokemon-like IP, which has had spin offs in just about everything you can think of, from lunch boxes to its own show. I’m glad to see it’s coming over here!
Another surprise was the crossover between the Mario & Luigi RPG series and Paper Mario. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam will be out early next year on the 3DS. Take a look! Also announced was Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for the Wii U. Seems neat.
The wrap-up featured Super Mario Maker, which I’m definitely looking forward to. You can creat a whole bunch of Mario levels, change the style and physics, and even zap in Amiibo characters to play as them. This will be fun to play with younger family members and I know Chim and I will be making some levels when it releases. That comes out on September 11th.
Overall, there weren’t any HUGE announcements today… and that’s a little disappointing. But, Nintendo did drop the ball on Sunday with new Smash content and the release of Earthbound Beginnings (Mother) on the Wii U.
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