E3 2015: Nintendo Digital Event Videos, Highlights, and Announcements
-The Event begins with a quick and silly intro with puppet versions of Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata, and Reggie Fils-Aime before quickly transitioning to the world premiere of the new Wii U Star Fox title, Star Fox Zero. A trailer reveals gameplay footage featuring classic-style SF gameplay, in addition to new features like new vehicles.
-After explaining his inspirations for the original Star Fox, Miyamoto discusses some of the new features coming to SF Zero, including the first-person view offered in the GamePad, new Gyrowing vehicle, and the ability to transform the Arwing into a walker (a feature from the unreleased SNES title Star Fox 2).
-Fils-Aime takes it from here and talks about the Event's theme of "transformation” and the company’s continuous efforts to transform. This leads to a surprise amiibo-related announcement: Nintendo is partnering with Activision to bring two Nintendo characters, Bowser and Donkey Kong, to this year’s Skylanders game, Skylanders SuperChargers. What’s more, the figures will be able to function both as Skylanders and amiibo figure.
-A new Legend of Zelda game is announced for the 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, from the look of the trailer that reveals it, will be a dungeon-crawler where three players will be able to work together to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles. The game will be out this fall.
-Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and the game’s director then discuss the some of the new mechanics that will come into play to encourage cooperative play, like the “totem mechanic” that will enable players to stand on top of one another to reach things they cannot alone.
-A 3DS version of Wii U brawler Hyrule Warriors, Hyrule Warriors Legends, was announced. The new port will feature all of the original version’s DLC, in addition to new characters such as Tetra and the King of Red Lions from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It will be released in Q1 2016.
-A new trailer reveals that the Metroid Prime series will be returning in the form of a multiplayer 3DS shooter called Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which will be released in 2016.
-A new cinematic trailer is reveal for the next Fire Emblem for the 3DS, confirming the official title to be Fire Emblem Fates. Following immediately afterwards is a new trailer for Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover. Its release is confirmed to be happening next year.
-A new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X featuring new gameplay and story footage precedes the long-awaited announcement of its release date: December 4, 2015.
-The next trailer is for upcoming 3DS title Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the first game that will incorporate amiibo cards. Right after that, Nintendo premieres a brand new AC game for the Wii U. Animal Crossing amiibo Festival will mix board game-style gameplay with more traditional AC elements in a game driven by new amiibo figures that will be released alongside the game this holiday.
-New footage for Yoshi’s Woolly World debuts, showing more of the colorful yarn-based spin on traditional Yoshi game. Features like two-player co-op and amiibo support –which will unlock different costumes for Yoshi– are highlighted before a North American release date of October 16 is announced.
-Yo-kai Watch, a Level-5 game franchise popular in Japan, is finally coming stateside. A new trailer shows off gameplay involving gathering spirits and pitting them against other spirits. The game is out in the west this holiday season.
-Mario’s two RPG series are coming together in a new turn-based adventure called Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. A new trailer shows the characters from the M&L universe and the universe of the Paper Mario series teaming up to fight enemies. The game hits the 3DS next year.
-Before then, the Wii U will get a new Mario Tennis game, titled Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. That game will be released this holiday season.
-Next up on the Mario announcements is Mario Maker, now going by the name Super Mario Maker. The game, on top of letting players create stages Nintendo could only dream of back when the series was created, will feature amiibo costumes. 8-bit amiibo will even be released for the game, which will come to the Wii U on September 11.
-Reggie Fils-Aime closes off the event with a video celebrating Super Mario Bros’ 30th anniversary video featuring gameplay from the series throughout the decades, followed by videos of people celebrating all things Mario. Fils-Aime then encourages fans to do the same by submitting videos to www.letssupermario.com.
For the second year in a row, Nintendo will forego a traditional press conference and make its big announcements via a Digital Event broadcast. The latest word on the likes of Mario Maker, Yoshi's Woolly World, Star Fox, Xenoblade Chronicles X and more will be broadcasted to the world on June 16 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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