With Nintendo’s Digital Event now finished, I’d figure I would go over the stuff that was shown off in it. This will only contain information on the titles seen in the Digital Event, and the exclusive game IGN revealed afterwards as well.
Super Smash Bros for Wii U was first up. Mii Fighters have been added to the roster, available in three variations: Brawler, Sword Fighter and Gunner. Mii characters have customisable movesets.
As for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, the difficulty can be changed via an intensity mode that looks extremely similar to the one seen in Kid Icarus: Uprising. Home run mode is back, there appears to be a wealth of customisation options and coin mode returns as well.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is due out on 3rd October 2014, whereas Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has a Winter 2014 release date.
Next up was ‘Amiibo’ – Nintendo’s own take on the figures that can be used to transfer data between games. They will be compatible with Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is a game that was mentioned some time in the past. It is being developed by Good-feel, and pretty much looks like a yarn version of Yoshi’s Island. There is a player mode in the game as well.
Yoshi’s Woolly Island is due out in 2015.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes the Captain Toad levels featured in Super Mario 3D World and makes them into a standalone game. It will be available Winter 2014.
The new Wii U Legend of Zelda looks incredible. It seems that the franchise is getting an open-world game with environments that blend seamlessly. Also, Link is sporting a new look and an interesting new bow.
The next Legend of Zelda game is due out in 2015.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had gameplay footage shown off. They’re similar in appearance to Pokémon X and Y. The games are set for release on November 21st, 2014.
Up next was Bayonetta 2. It showed off some combat which was on an epic scale. In addition, there are Peach, Link and Samus costumes available. The best part of this announcement, however, was that the first Bayonetta will be included with the retail version of the game. Due out October 2014, I think.
Hyrule Warriors showed off a few playable characters. Obviously, Link is one, but he is joined by Zelda, Impa and Midna. The release date is September 26th, 2014.
Next was a new Kirby game that looked rather similar to the DS’ Kirby: Power Paintbrush, but on Wii U. Not much more information other than a 2015 release date.
Xenoblade Chronicles X looks epic. Whereas Monolith Soft’s brilliant Xenoblade Chronicles had the huge lands of Bionis and Mechonis to explore, this game has the characters go into space. I’m looking forward to this game a whole lot, but I’ll have to patient with its 2015 release date.
Mario Maker is real, it turns out. It’s exactly what it sounds like; you can make your own Mario levels. The levels can be viewed in 8-bit Super Mario Bros. style, or HD New Super Mario Bros. Style.
Nintendo also announced a new IP in the form of Splatoon. It is a shooter that allows the player characters to take the form of squids. They shoot ink in order to claim their territory, and can swim through said ink in squid form. There can be up to 8 players, allowing 4 vs. 4 online battles. The GamePad can be used to aim, or you can tap an ally’s icon in order to super jump to their location.
This is an interesting looking title, and will be available in 2015.
I didn’t actually see this, but apparently Mario Party 10 was announced for Wii U. All I can gather is that Bowser gets to play the starring role in this one.
Before ending the event, we were treated to a quick Super Smash Bros. anime scene, featuring Pit fighting Link. They were watched on by a familiar figure – Palutena.
Yes, one of my wishes has been granted; Palutena has joined the Super Smash Bros. roster. She uses attacks based on different items from Kid Icarus: Uprising. At the end, Dark Pit dropped in. I don’t know whether that has any significance…
The Nintendo Digital Event finished there, but ign had one more game to announce. A Wii U exclusive, titled Devil’s Third.
This came out of nowhere. The game comes from Ninja Gaiden director Tomonobu Itagaki and Valhalla Games. It combines melee combat and cover- and first-person shooting. In addition to a single player campaign, the game features an extensive multiplayer mode. There is also a level editor and character customisation.
So, that’s everything from the Nintendo Digital Event. It seems Nintendo still have a few surprises in store for E3 (*cough*Star Fox*cough*), and I’ll probably post my reactions to that whenever.
As for the Digital Event… well, the sooner I can play The Legend of Zelda and Xenoblade Chronicles X the better. I’ve already stated how happy I am about Palutena’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros., and the Amiibo idea seems novel (as long as the figures aren’t expensive).
Being able to experience the first Bayonetta along with the all-new sequel sounds brilliant to me, and I’ll definitely enjoy Hyrule Warriors.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire definitely interest me, I just need to decide which version to get.
I’m looking forward to what else Nintendo has store in for us over the next couple of days.