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Posted on June 10, 2014 by Oscar Gonzalez

Even though Nintendo was not producing a live press conference, they didn't spare any expense with the production value of their E3 Digital Event. The event started with an animated sequence from the people behind Robot Chicken that starred the Nintendo cast and Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO.

From there, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime put on an impressive display of martial arts skills to introduce the new character to the Super Smash Bros. Wii U roster, Mii. That's right your Mii can join the fight. There are three fighting styles available for the Miis that will have their pros and cons:  Brawler, Swordfighter and Gunner.

During the fight, we saw Iwata use a Mario figurine. That figurine is part of Nintendo's new product line called Amiibo. Similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, the figure sends info to the Wii U Gamepad and the figure will also receive info from the Wii U Gamepad. So the Amiibo will carry your play style and info. Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be the first to use the Amiibo, but more games will use them in the future, including Mario Kart 8.

Up next was a new game featuring a graphic style similar to an older Nintendo game. Yoshi's Woolly World looks a bit like Kirby's Epic Yarn with the exception that the characters in the game use more yarn creating this world that looks like someone spent years knitting. We'll see Yoshi's Woolly World sometimes in 2015.

Another new game is Captain Toad:  Treasure Tracker featuring Toad from Super Mario Bros. The game has a lot of puzzles to solve with a bit of platforming added to the mix. Captain Toad:  Treasure Tracker will be out this holiday season.

Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma made an appearance to talk about the upcoming Legend of Zelda Wii U game. Aonuma explained what previous Zelda games inspired them for this game like the original Legend of Zelda and Wind Waker. He then revealed the first glimpse of Legend of Zelda Wii U, and explained that the world is now explorable in a way never done before.

Following the Zelda Wii U reveal was a trailer for the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.

Bayonetta 2 came next with some new gameplay and cinematics. Those that purchase the retail version of Bayonetta 2 this October will also receive the original Bayonetta for free.

Members of Tecmo Koei and Eiji Aonuma were next with more details about the upcoming collaboration between the two companies, Hyrule Warriors. The game will feature the characters from the Zelda universe, but have the gameplay similar to Dynasty Warriors.

After the Hyrule Warriors video, three other games were revealed for the first time. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse uses the same style controls as Kirby's Canvas Curse on the DS. Then came the next game in the Xenoblade franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles X. Finally, we see Mario Maker that lets the players create their own Mario levels.

 

 

After those three games, a brand new IP was shown. Splatoon takes the FPS, or should I say third-person shooter, gameplay, but adds a unique twist to it. Instead of trying to kill each other, in Splatoon your goal is to paint the map a certain color to increase your territory on the map. With more territory, you can then move around in the ink as a squid to dash through the map. Splatoon will be out next year.

Before signing off, Reggie Fils-Aime introduces a new character for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Palutena from the Kid Icarus series.

To end the event, we see Shigeru Miyamoto who is playing a game that happened to be blurry. If you look closely enough, you can see that he's flying around making many to believe that this is a new Star Fox game.

Nintendo had a lot of work to do in order to get the Wii U back on track with the gaming public. With a few reveals and some footage of the new Zelda game, they did just that.

You can watch the whole event on the Nintendo YouTube channel

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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