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Nintendo took the unconventional approach for this E3, and hosted a video feed of game announcements instead of a press conference. How did that work out for them?
Nintendo started the show by announcing that the new 3DS title Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be getting a worldwide release of October 12. The new game will also add a new Pokémon type, called Fairy type, which are effective against Dragons.
One of Nintendo's strengths has always been in creating awesome platforming titles, and the company announced two new platformers during its show: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World. Both of these games look great. Metroid Prime developer Retro will continue to work on the Donkey Kong series. This time around arctic
creatures are invading Donkey Kong's turf and he'll have to team up with Diddy and Dixie Kong to kick them off the block. Super Mario 3D World's multiplayer friendly gameplay will take cues from Super Mario Bros. 2, meaning each character has unique abilities. Peach can float, for example. A new power up, called the cat suit, allows Mario to climb walls and slash at his enemies with deadly claws.
Watch the entire E3 press conference in the video above.
One of Nintendo's biggest problems has always been a lack of third-party support, and while the company hasn't completely turned that around, it didn't announce a few big third-party titles, such as a new RPG from Xenosaga creator Monolith Soft and two titles from Platinum Games, the sequel to action fest Bayonetta and the Pikmin-like The Wonderful 101. For more details on some of the Wii U and 3DS's upcoming releases check out our story on Nintendo's sizzle real. Sadly, many of these games, including Bayonetta and titles like Batman: Arkham Origins, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist have already been announced and it would be great to hear about some more unannounced third party titles.
Nintendo is still appealing to the casual audience with games like Wii Fit U, and Wii Party U, but unfortunately, both of those titles are facing delays. Wii Fit U will be released this Winter and Wii Party U will be out this Summer. However, Nintendo's biggest announcement was showing off the new Super Smash Bros. game for both Wii U and 3DS, which introduces Capcom's Mega Man to the fray.
Nintendo announcements are cool, and many of its first-party games are undeniable great, but compared to Microsoft and Sony's conferences, which were both full of big game announcements and big console news, Nintendo's news feels less epic. The Wii U's graphics are also beginning to look dated compared to the Xbox One and PS4's upcoming releases, which was to be expected, but is still sad. We also find it strange the the company made no mention of Pikmin 3, Yarn Yoshi, or the new Zelda game that Nintendo hinted at last year.
In short, we're excited for several of Nintendo's upcoming titles, but it doesn't feel like the company is doing enough to compete with Sony and Microsoft at this point.
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X is first party. I thought they did waaaaay better than microsoft, but PS4 still owned the show.
the video feed sucked!!!!!!! good thing i stayed in once everyone else lseft so it starting running smoother
Some great looking games. X and smash bros look fantastic, as does DKC, though I was really hoping for a new Metroid out of Retro. For me personally, nintendo still delivered the most exciting exclusives of the show.
"but compared to Microsoft and Sony's conferences, which were both full of big game announcements and big console news"
microsoft had barely anything that appealed. Same with sony.
" The Wii U's graphics are also beginning to look dated compared to the Xbox One and PS4's upcoming releases"
I am going with ps4 and wii u
I think it was a mistake to drop the e3 conference. It just makes them that less noticeable to the market that doesn't constantly check gaming sites to see what's been updated.
I don't think I will buy a Wii U until a new Zelda comes out, if I ever buy one. I have bought every game system since I got a n64 but this might be the only one I might skip.
I agree with you Gameinformer. I'm kind of disappointed with it too. I really wish I had bought a PS4 instead of a Wii U, but it's too late now. Donkey Kong and the new title from the Xenoblade creator are the 2 I'll be getting this year.
Still don't feel compelled to buy a wii u.
The games looked dated ????
What is this NONSENSE !!!
Baoynetta 2, X and Mario Kart 8 look AMAZING !!!
Apparently I'm the only one that thought X on the Wii U looked better than all those "next gen" games for the PS4/XboxOne?
looks like i was the only person who absolutely loved the nintendo direct this year. hmm, i thought the games looked amazing, especially a 3d mario with 4 player co-op, and the rpg. also, they couldn't show another zelda game, that would be over kill, though i don't think wind waker NEEDED a re-release, i think showing two zelda titles is superfluous
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