Nintendo E3 Direct Recap: Worth Waking Up For

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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Nintendo E3 Direct

When Iwata announced that this Nintendo E3 Direct was coming “before E3”, I didn’t think they meant hours before. The show room floor opens up at noon today, but here we are: awake, alert, and ready to swim through what promises to be a deluge of Nintendo news. I never imagined I’d be covering one of these from a nice hotel room in Los Angeles. Right after you guys see this, oprainfall will be attending the Wii U Software Showcase event, exclusive to select members of the gaming press. Here’s a look, ladies and gentlemen, at what we’ll all be playing next:

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Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, as we all know, will be getting a worldwide release this October; on the 12th, to be exact. For the first time since the second generation of the Pokemon franchise, a new Pokemon type has been announced: Fairy. It will be super effective against dragon types, and as speculated by the fanbase, the latest “Eeveelution”, Sylveon, will belong to this type. Gardevoir, Marill and Jigglypuff will all become Fairy type as well.

In addition, Pokemon-amie will allow you to become closer to your Pokemon by interacting with them directly; more information can be found in our article on the subject, and more will be released throughout the year.

Super Mario 3D World Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D World Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World has been revealed for the Wii U. The game will support four players teaming up to clear a level all at once; the other players will assume control of Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach. It appears that you are able to tease out hidden coins and blocks, similar to the method seen in Super Mario Galaxy.

It also introduces the brand new Cat Suit. After grabbing a bell, Mario will be bale to scale high walls and pounce on his foes.

Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 was the next title to be announced for the Wii U. This new iteration of the Mario Kart series will add anti-gravity features as well as see the return of features from Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Wii. The game will come in 2014.

Following this were two Wii U branded games: Wii Party U and Wii Fit U. Each game looks to take advantage of a number of features with the Wii U. If you were looking forward to these games, Iwata apologizes as both games will be getting delayed from their expected Summer release as they work to add new features. The games will be coming in October and December respectively.

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Seeing as how people have been making interesting drawings in Miiverse, Iwata announced a new installment of Art Academy to help users create more complete for Miiverse. While the game is still early in development, some of the features will be released in advance for regular Miiverse artists this summer.

Iwata then took some time out to feature 3rd Party games coming to both 3DS and Wii U. Here is a list of what was shown for Wii U (release dates in parenthesis):

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  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag from Ubisoft (October 29, 2013)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (October 25, 2013)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut from Square Enix (2013)
  • Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive (August 18, 2013)
  • Just Dance 2014 from Ubisoft (October 8, 2013)
  • Rayman Legends from Ubisoft (September 3, 2013)
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Fall 2013)
  • Disney Planes from Disney Interactive (August 6, 2013)
  • Skylanders SWAP Force from Activision (October 13, 2013)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist from Ubisoft (August 20, 2013)
  • Sonic Lost World from SEGA (Holiday 2013)
  • Watch Dogs from Ubisoft (November 19, 2013)

Here’s the list for 3DS:

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  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (October 25, 2013)
  • Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive (August 18, 2013)
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Fall 2013)
  • Disney Planes from Disney Interactive (August 6, 2013)
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV from Atlus (July 16, 2013)
  • Skylanders SWAP Force from Activision (October 13, 2013)
  • Sonic Lost World from SEGA (Holiday 2013)

We also got a quick look at what new content will be coming to the Wii U eShop this year:

Ducktales: Remastered Shovel Knight
  • Ballpoint Universe
  • Cloudberry Kingdom
  • Coaster Crazy Deluxe
  • DuckTales: Remastered
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe
  • Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty
  • Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails
  • Shovel Knight
  • Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party
  • A World of Keflings
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News regarding The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is next. New footage was shown during the stream, showcasing the remastered graphics at 1080p. In addition, adjustments have been made to the game, including changing the Tingle Tuner from allowing GBA connectivity to using Miiverse. The game will release in October.

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More was shown for two games from Platinum Games: The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2. First is The Wonderful 101 as it showcases how you use your heroes to transform into giant weapons. There is also a Co-op mode for up to 5 players. The game will release on September 15, 2013. A special Nintendo Direct will be coming later solely for The Wonderful 101.

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As for Bayonetta 2, a new trailer was released. It shows a new look for the titular character as Bayonetta now sports a more pixie-like hairstyle as well as a slightly altered costume. Don’t worry, she still has all her powers intact. More information will be coming throughout E3. The game will release in 2014.

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You know how Retro was rumored to have a game coming soon? As it turns out, Retro’s next big project is a new Donkey Kong Country game. The new game, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, will be done in the same vein as Donkey Kong Country Returns. However, more features have been added to this iteration, including HD graphics, dynamic scenes during levels, and Dixie Kong returning as a playable character (still 2 players max, though). The game will release in November.

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Following Donkey Kong was Monolith Soft with the game we’ve only known as “X”. A new trailer was shown off with some interesting things shown off, like a tower with some sort of counter as well as more mech stuff. Still no name or if it will have any relation to Xenoblade Chronicles. The game will release in 2014.

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We get our first look at the new Smash Bros. game, currently titled Super Smash Bros. From what has been seen, the design on 3DS will be stylized in a more cartoony way than normal. However, the Wii U version will be like older versions… in HD.

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And with the reveal of Smash Bros. comes two new character reveals. The first is Villager from Animal Crossing. The Villager will be able to use a number of moves inspired by actions he normally takes in Animal Crossing, such as attacking with a net and a shovel.

And then, there was this…

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You saw that right. Mega Man will appear in the next Super Smash Bros. game. In addition, he’s bringing along a number of special moves with him, such as the Flame Sword, Metal Blade, and Leaf Shield.

In addition, the Smash Bros. community on Miiverse is now open. You can also check out the official website as well. The game will release on both consoles in 2014.

Nintendo E3 Direct

Well, ladies and gentlemen. The Nintendo E3 Direct is a wrap. I wish I could say I was off to bed, or even that I could stick around here all day in the afterglow of the news, but… I have places to be. This post will be updated live by my Editing Team throughout the day as additional assets come our way from Nintendo. If even more news comes from the Wii U Software Showcase @ E3 event, we’ll be sure to tell you everything. As per usual, you can check here for additional information about the Nintendo Direct itself, and likely what’s coming at E3.

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  • Aiddon

    and Nintendo just steamrolled the competition without even trying.

    • madmofo145

      Somewhat disagree. While some great stuff was shown, the new Donkey Kong was a bit of a let down given all the hype about Retro working on a different game, and the new Mario wasn’t what I was hoping for. Still super hyped for Smash, X, and others, but for the most part we got exactly what we expected to get.

    • Johnson Cameron

      I agree with Mad, i mean Donkey Kong Country is not the same without King K Rool and Kremlings, I felt dissapointed about that.Also it was to be expected that Super Smash Brothers, a new Mario World type of game, and also Mario Kart would release. Without that Nintendo would be in huge trouble and their consoles would not sell at all.

      The only announcement that has really stood out to me is X. If Nintendo can focus more of their time on these types of titles and release more unique Japanese titles that teenagers and adults can enjoy(Monster Hunter,X,Xenoblade,Shin Megami Tensei) etc, Then Sony and Nintendo are going to have a close race to see who will win the console wars this generation.

    • John

      Yep I’ve played all those games before for the past 20 or so years, a few new features and PS3 quality graphics is not very interesting to me. The only reason I would ever buy a Wii U would be for X but I doubt I would ever buy it for one game alone.

    • Johnson Cameron

      Exactly, that is the problem i am having trying to justify buying the WII-U right now. Not to be mean, but Smash Brothers and X is not going to sell it for me. But if there were more games like X out on the WII-U i would actually begin to consider purchasing the WII-U.

      My gut instinct is that Nintendo will do more so down the road, and hopefully start focusing on more JRPG’s and especially some indie titles that are really well thought out. Especially if they can come up with amazing titles like, Journey,Fl0wer, or Pixeljunk games that would really tilt things in my favor to buy that console.

  • multibottler0cket

    DKC, X, and Smash <3

  • James Fox

    Spread the word
    Tell everyone to cancel their XBOX ONE Preorders – NOW!
    and start buying the Wii U

  • James Best

    It may not have many surprise game announcements, but what was shown was awesome.