Nintendo Direct E3 Edition Round Up

In a Nintendo Direct presentation meant to substitute an E3 press conference this morning, Nintendo laid out its plans for the next several months regarding both its Nintendo 3DS and Wii U platforms. If you would like to view the entire video, you can find it here. For your convenience, you will find a description of the main announcements made this morning below:


Pokemon X & Y
• New Pokemon type – Fairy (effective against dragon type)
• Pokemon Amie – New feature allowing player to bond with his/her Pokemon by feeding, petting and playing with them.


Super Mario 3D World
• 2.5D platformer for Wii U in the style of Super Mario 3D Land.
• Features 4-player co-operative play
• Playable characters include Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach
• Each character will have unique abilities (Luigi has a high jump, Peach can float, and Toad can run faster)
• New cat suite power-up allows player to climb up walls and scratch enemies
• Release window is December


Mario Kart 8
• Bikes will be making a return from Mario Kart Wii.
• Gliding and underwater racing will be making a return from Mario Kart 7.
• Karts and bikes have gravity defying hover ability allowing player to race up vertical climbs and even upside-down
• Will “offer the best collection of online multiplayer modes that the series has seen yet”
• Release window is Spring 2014


Wii Party U
• Will take advantage of Wii U Gamepad and Wii Remote’s unique abilities
• Will feature 80 different brand new minigames including minigames that can be played with just the Wii U Gamepad
• Delayed, release window is now October


Wii Fit U
• New features being added “that will result in as high quality and experience as possible including using the new Fit Meter”
• Delayed, release window is now December


Art Academy for Wii U
• Aspects will be released early (Summer) for making sketches on Miiverse
• Will allow artist to use pencil, color pencil, and pastel tools
• Will be available on eShop for unspecified price


The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD
• Tempo of exploration will be different by allowing player to boost speed while sailing by pressing “A”
• Wii U Gamepad will be used for tingle tuner similar to how the Game Boy Advance was used in the original for the GameCube
• Players will be able to send and receive messages in a bottle in game through the Miiverse application
• Release window is October


The Wonderful 101
• Unite mode powers are implemented by drawing a symbol on the Wii U Gamepad
• Bigger unite mode drawings will result in more heroes uniting to form a weapon
• Player can purchase various skills from an in-game shop
• Multiplayer for up to 5 players included
• Release date is September 15
• There will be an upcoming Nintendo Direct dedicated to The Wonderful 101


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
• Sequal to Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii U
• Although not explicity stated, this is believed to be Retro’s latest project
• Plot – pirates from the North Sea have overrun Donkey Kong Island
• Stages include five other islands
• 2D perspective will change by moving camera angle when blasting between barrels
• There will be underwater swimming in addition to mechanics from the previous games in the series
• In addition to Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong is a playable co-op character, she can hover jump by using her pig-tale like a helicopter propeller
• Release window is November


Bayonetta 2
• Bayonetta’s hair is shorter and her overall appearance is difference
• Release window is 2014


• Large scale open world that players can explore seamlessly
• Release window is 2014


Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS
• Returning cast includes Mario, Link, Samus, Kirby, Fox, Pitt, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, and Bowser
• Newcomers include Villager from Animal Crossing series and Capcom’s Mega Man
• Mega Man’s abilities include metal blade, crash bomber, leaf shield, hard knuckle, flame word, slash claw, spark shock, super arm, and flame bolt
• 3DS version will have cel-shading art style
• Release window is 2014

That’s it folks. Let us know what you think of Nintendo’s lineup in the comments below!


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A round up! Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

Great show. Regarding it as an E3 presentation, perhaps not Nintendo’s best, but undoubtedly the best Nintendo Direct thus far.