Published on June 11th, 2013 | by Darik Kirschman3
E3 2013: Nintendo continues to do its own thing
UPDATE: Reports from the show-floor seem to have confirmed that the female fitness trainer from Wii Fit U will be playable in the latest Super Smash Bros. Bros! This game is going to be flippin’ nuts.
Nintendo has long been an increasingly odd duck in an even more odd industry. The House of Mario seems content to march to the beat of its own drum, forgoing the usual shooters and brown-haired-white-guy-with-stubble-and-witty-one-liners standards, instead focusing on more all-encompassing titles — the Pixar of the game world, perhaps. So it was no real surprise when Satoru Iwata announced earlier this year that, instead of doing the big to-do Press Conference at E3 this year, they would be putting out several Nintendo E3 Directs over the course of the week.
Well, E3 2013 is finally here and the first Nintendo Direct has come and gone. So it’s my great pleasure to tell you things about video games, because that is what I do — as an esteemed member of the video game journalism club, with a shiny badge and everything — and that is what you want. Feast your eyes on my glorious words and Nintendo’s even more glorious trailers after the jump!
Nintendo wasted zero time, choosing to jump directly into the game announcements, with a brand new 3D Mario game, simply called Super Mario 3D World. Obviously inspired by the 3DS Mario title, the game will have simultaneous play for up to four people. Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad all handle differently, with unique abilities. While it isn’t quite as fresh as most 3D Mario titles, it looks amazing — plus 3D Land was one of the very best games in the franchise, so I’m personally quite excited to see more ideas. Also, cats!
Mario Kart is back for its eighth iteration, bringing with it a hovercraft mode in addition to the glider and submersible modes for your favorite Mario character’s kart (or motorcycle — which returns from Mario Kart Wii). With the hovercraft mode, tracks now have the potential to become dizzying, gravity-defying twists and turns, which should hopefully spice things up a bit more for the series! By the way, Yoshi is still the best kart racer — 100% Confirmed Fact.
Continuing on, Nintendo showed off a breath-taking trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. I’ve long considered Wind Waker to be my favorite Zelda title, so seeing it again with redone visuals is fantastic — hopefully a new generation of players can fall in love with Link, Tetra, Aryll and, of course, Grandma. Iwata also took time to show off a feature called the Tingle Bottle to replace the Tingle Tuner, which previously allowed GameCube to GameBoy Advance connectivity. The Tingle Bottle acts as an in-game Miiverse board, allowing players to connect with each other and share tips, as well as in-game pictographs. Nintendo has included an option to speed up the travel time while sailing, causing sighs of relief across the world.
Audiences looking for something new should find solace in the trailer for Monolith Soft’s X, a game that just looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous and features mechs and giant alien brontosauruses. The title features an expansive world to explore, teeming with strange wildlife and exotic locales. Not much else is known at the time, but Nintendo has confirmed a Western release of 2014, so hopefully Monolith Soft will share more as time goes on. Did I mention the giant robots can fly and also turn into cars? Yeah.
Way back in the fall of 2012, thousands of Bayonetta fans went positively insane in anger at the news that Bayonetta 2 would be a Wii U exclusive. Fast forward to now, where Nintendo and Platinum Games have finally shown off gameplay footage of the fast-paced action title. Bayonetta herself has a lovely new pixie cut, as well as a variety of painful new moves. It’s all very sexy — but remember, she said no touching. You’ll just have to wait a while longer for her tender embrace…
Finally, after years of waiting, the follow-up to Wii’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been revealed. Nintendo knew just how to finish, closing out their Nintendo E3 Direct with the first look at Super Smash Bros. for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The titles look wonderful, featuring amazing character models and the series’ famous chaotic action. The newly released Animal Crossing: New Leaf gets a roster spot with franchise newcomer, Villager. If only there was something else they had announced.
Oh, well how about MEGA MAN in Super Smash Bros. too?! Yeah. That just happened!
Ahem. Sorry about that — E3 is an exciting time and it’s easy to get swept up in it. Nintendo also announced a few more things, such as a new title in the Donkey Kong Country franchise, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (a game that, oddly enough, does not have a trailer up on Nintendo’s YouTube Channel as of yet), a delay for both Wii Fit U and Wii Party U, a new gameplay trailer for Pokémon X/Y. Over all, it was a solid presentation, with Nintendo showing off plenty of fantastic, charming titles. Stay tuned for more coverage on Nintendo and all the other players at E3 2013!