E3 2014 – Nintendo Digital Event Highlights

Nintendo opens their keynote strong with Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata battling in the newest Super Smash Bros. game for WiiU. The game will also be released for 3DS this summer. Super Smash Bros. will include Lady Palutena stepping onto the battle ground with phenomenal skills such as Heavenly Light, Angelic Missile, Celestial Fireworks, Mega Laser and more. Perhaps the most exciting news from this announcement is the inclusion of Mii fighters. Your Mii identity can enter the arena, outfitted to do battle as Brawlers, Swordfighters or Gunners. Each Mii class is equipped with their own set of special moves.

Reggie Fils-Aime also announces Amiibo interactive figures for WiiU as their response to Skylander figures. The figures are embedded with a chip and designed to expand gameplay with compatible titles. The first compatible title will be Super Smash Bros. The figure is touched to the gamepad to sync and it’s essence will fight in game. You can customize special moves and each battle gains the amiibo figure stat boosts to ensure that each amiibo figure is unique. The data syncs back to the figure and can be played on any WiiU. Your amiibo figure can battle against the player, against other players, or with the player against the AI and others players. Plans for future compatible titles, include:  Mario Kart 8Mario Party 10, Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker & Yoshi’s Woolly World. Nintendo will also be releasing a peripheral accessory to allow use of amiibo with 3DS.

Among the upcoming titles to be released is Yoshi’s Woolly World for WiiU, in which Yoshi and the world around him is composed of yarn. The yarn aspect introduces a myriad of new abilities and interactivity. One of the highlights of Yoshi’s Woolly World is the introduction of a second player mode easing the gameplay of more difficult levels.

We also get a look at Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker for WiiU capitalizing on the puzzle platforming action Nintendo plans enjoy with more complex puzzles and bigger and brighter graphics.

 
Nintendo gave us a sneak peek at the graphic world in the latest Legend of Zelda title. The new world is gorgeously expansive and the open-world development opens the door to new gameplay opportunities, as players are no longer held to the orderly, set path gameplay of previous Zelda titles. While little gameplay footage was shown, the title is slated for release in 2015.

Zelda

The latest titles in the Pokemon franchise are Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, scheduled for release in November 2014.

The trailer for Bayonetta 2 promises bigger, badder battles with the witty repartee players enjoyed in the first Bayonetta game. The WiiU purchase will include the original Bayonetta game.

Hyrule Warriors takes the Zelda characters, such as Link, Princess Zelda and Midna, gamers enjoy and pits them against enemy forces on a large battleground which encompasses multiple battles. Players can collaborate with allies to assist in their battles as well.

Kirby returns in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, slated for a 2015 release.

The Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer offers more epic space battle and dramatic storytelling.

We are also treated to a first look at Mario Maker which allows players to create their own levels on the WiiU.

Splatoon is a 8-player, 4-on-4 team battle where players play as squids in an effort to splatter the landscape in their team’s ink color to claim territory. The WiiU gamepad lets players alter their view, adds functionality and provides a command view of the whole map, as well as a view of real-time action to provide an additional level of strategy. Spaltoon is set to be released in 2015.