E3 2015: Nintendo Highlights
Nintendo rounded out E3 with its Nintendo Direct Digital Conference. While it didn’t lead to any surprises, there were definitely many highlights of the conference.
Star Fox Zero Finally Revealed
After the very humorous Muppet intro, Nintendo finally revealed the next chapter in the Star Fox series named “Star Fox Zero” will be coming out in Holiday 2015. It goes to back to style of Star Fox 64 along with some elements of the canceled SNES sequel. The trailer and gameplay video can be seen below:
Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes and Hyrule Warrior Legends coming to 3DS.
Adding to the announcement of Hyrule Warrior Legends would be coming to 3DS in the first quarter of 2016, we learned that all the characters would be included in this version. Also, some new characters from “The Wind Waker” would be included as well. Aside from this announcement, Nintendo also announced Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes would also be coming out for the 3DS during Fall 2015. The game features co-op gameplay between 2 other plays. Videos for both games can be seen below:
Metroid Prime: Federation Forge revealed.
Fans have been asking for a new Metroid game, and Nintendo delivered…sorta. Metroid Prime: Federation Forge is a new multiplayer game with local and online co-op along with Blast Ball (from the Nintendo World Championship). Details are scarce right now, but check out the reveal trailer below.
Fire Emblem Fates coming stateside.
Fire Emblem will get the next installment in the series called “Fire Emblem Fates”. The game will come in two different versions which offers two different storylines. Details are still scarce, but expect to see this title sometime in 2016.
Xenoblade Chronicles X to be released 12/5/2015 on Wii U
In an announcement that will please many RPG fans, Xenoblade Chronicles X will be released in time for the holidays. This game is one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2015 and definitely looks to impress many gamers.
Animal Crossing Goodness
Nintendo gave off new details of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on 3DS. The game allows you to decorate homes in the village. The game will also utilize new Animal Crossing amiibos (both figurines and cards) for extras. On top of the new 3DS game, Nintendo also showed off a new Wii U board game called “Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival” which utilizes the amiibo as game pieces. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer comes out on September 25th 2015 and “Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival” comes out in the Holidays of 2015.
Yokai Watch comes to 3DS
A new series based off of a Japanese TV is coming to 3DS. In Yokai Watch, you play as a young boy who goes around the city finding spirits to help him battle evil. The game will be released Holiday 2015.
Nintendo ended its digital conference by showing off three new Mario based games. The first was Mario & Luigi Paper Jam on 3DS set for a Spring 2016 release. The game combines the worlds of the “Mario and Luigi” and “Paper Mario” series into one game. The next was Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, which brings the frantic tennis game to the Wii U during the 2015 Holiday season. Finally, Mario Maker, the Wii U Mario Level creator, is now called Super Mario Maker. The game has amiibo support for a few select amiibos (Link, Marth, Wii Fit Trainer for a few). For those who want to get a taste of the game, you can check out the game at select Best Buy on Wednesday from 4 PM – 6 PM and this Saturday from Noon – 5 PM. Otherwise, be sure to check this game out when it hits on September 11th 2015.
The Nintendo Direct had a lot of content that was shown, so if you want to know more, check out their e3 website at e3.nintendo.com. Just make sure you watch out for the three Bowsers.