E3 Recap: Nintendo Takeover

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Anything worth doing is worth doing it right and boy, did Nintendo do it right. Most importantly they showed the world that not only is the Wii U not dead but that it’s also ready to give the Playstation 4 and Xbox One a run for their money. And exactly how did they show us that?

Games. Games. Games.

Let’s recap.

Super Smash Bros

screen-2Super Smash Bros for the 3DS has been pushed back until October 3, while the Wii U version is set to come out this holiday season. They announced the addition of Lady Palutena, from Nintendo’s Kid Icarus series, and Pac Man. Both of which are huge announcements, especially the latter. Nintendo also announced that players will be available to import their Mii as a fighter. Miis will have three different fighting styles to choose from; Brawlers, Sword Fighters and Gunners, each with their own special moves and abilities.

The Legend of Zelda

The_Legend_of_ZeldaPlans for the new entries in the Zelda franchise were unveiled today. While the announcement only gave us a glimpse, Nintendo announced the new Zelda is going to be an open world adventure. We’ve posted a more in depth preview here.

StarFox

Nintendo unveiled plans for a new Star Fox, the first for a console since 2005. Star Fox was still in its early stages of production but it is the first of three “secret projects” talked about, all of which focused heavily on the Wii U’s GamePad which Nintendo is trying to prove as an innovative way to play games.

Mario MakerMario_Maker_4

One of the more surprising and exciting announcements was Mario Maker. Capitalizing on the current trend of user generated content as seen in MineCraft and Project Spark, Mario Maker is a game in which players can design their own levels using all of the pieces from the original Super Mario Bros. You can read a more in depth preview here.

New Mega Evolutions are coming.
New Mega Evolutions are coming.

Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

We were given a release date of the previously announced remakes of 2003’s Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire coming November 21st for the 3DS. Players return to the Hoenn region in this Pokemon X and Y style reimagining, complete with Mega Evolutions. The original two games sold more than 16 million copies combined.

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Developed by Tecmo Koei, Hyrule Warriors combines characters from the Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors style gameplay. Like Dynasty Warriors, multiple battles will happen at once with a large amount of enemies flooding the screen and the game will include boss battles that will play similar to boss fights from past Zelda games. Also featured will be asynchronous multiplayer split between the television and the GamePad. Hyrule Warriors launches September 26th on the Wii U.

LTB.1280x720Yoshi’s Woolly World

Slated for a 2015 release, the game uses the same style as Kirby’s Epic Yarn, starring – you guessed it – Yoshi. Made of yarn, Yoshi uses his tongue as his weapon and will be able to transform into different things while interacting with the handmade world in different, exciting ways.

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