E3 2014: Nintendo’s Presentations, Games & Announcements
by GamerFitnation on June 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM EDT

Nintendo showed us a lot at this years E3 presentation, including new games, new programs, and new company initiatives, and we here at GamerFitNation have got you covered to show you all the important announcements from today’s excitement.

Wii U Titles

Smash Bros. For Wii U/3DS

What better place to start than Nintendo’s cult classic franchise of Smash Bros? Nintendo opened up their digital conference with a comical skit between Iwata and Reggie fighting which turned into them actually playing Smash Bros. against each other, while simultaneously revealing that Mii characters will now be playable in the new Smash Bros. The Mii characters were separated into 3 distinct categories, fighter, swordfighter, and gunner, gunners having the most ranged attacks and fighters & swordsmen being more hand to hand combat fighters.

Also shown was that Nintendo’s new figurine collection program, titled “Amiibo” will be compatible with this game, but we’ll get into what Amiibo is in a little bit. A new character, Palutena from the game series of Kid Icarus, was also announced as a new character in the mix.

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Nintendo reported that Smash Bros. for 3DS will be launching October 3rd, 2014, and that Smash Bros. for Wii U is slated for a “Holiday 2014″ release.

Nintendo’s ‘Amiibo’ Program

Nintendo also revealed their NFP program titled Amiibo. Much like skylanders Amiibo has you take 3D figurines that carry specific information and allow you to transmit that information into a game that you can play with.

In the Nintendo Digital Event today you saw Iwata using an Amiibo of Mario to get the upper hand in a battle. As it stands now Amiibo will be compatible with Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, Toads Adventure, Mario Party 10, and Yoshi’s Woolly World when it is released.

To check out Nintendo’s new Amiibo program look  at the video provided for us right here:

New Star Fox Announced

Nintendo surprised everyone with this announcement, but Star Fox fans rejoice! A brand new Star Fox game is coming out for Wii U and will return to the in the cockpit controls of the hit Star Fox 64 title. This time around you will be using motion control to turn and aim your ship with the Gamepad acting as your cockpit. Unfortunately that is all that Nintendo could share with us  about this game, hopefully we’ll be receiving more news about this title soon.

This was shown at the very end of the Nintendo Digital Event, you can faintly see Miyamoto playing the game with the GamePad in the background, but for now this is all the info that we’ll be able to speculate with:

Yoshi’s Woolly World

Taking much of its inspiration from ‘Kirby’s Epic Yarn’ Nintendo’s next installment of a Yoshi game will feature him in a world made out of yarn, with stunning HD visuals that truthfully make it look like yarn is right on your screen.

Much like the Yoshi games of old, Yoshi’s Woolly World is a side-scrolling adventure title where one of the main gameplay mechanics is to eat other enemies, turn them into eggs, and use those eggs to defeat enemies or unlocks secrets or solve puzzles.

Here is the E3 2014 trailer for Yoshi’s Woolly World:

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Many of you may remember Captain Toad from Super Mario 3D world, in which in short mini game breaks you would have to traverse levels in which you couldn’t entirely see what you were doing to get to a certain objective, usually a star.

This mini game must have been pretty well received because Nintendo went ahead and made a full title based off of it. In this game you will solve puzzles and find secrets as you explore these seemingly small levels. The Gamepad will be used to tilt the screen to see new angles of levels, as well as use it to see through a first-person view of Toad on specific levels.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker’s trailer can be viewed right here:

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Perhaps one of Nintendo’s most anticipated 3rd party announcements ‘Xenoblade Chronicles X’ is a sequel to the largely popular JRPG ‘Xenoblade’ series.

Xenoblade Chronicles X features a vast beautiful open world set up along with real time attack sequences, mechs, plenty of customization, mechs, oh and in case I didn’t say it, robot fighting mechs. 

Xenoblade Chronicles X comes out in 2015  and the trailer can be seen right here:

Mario Maker

One of the surprise announcements that Nintendo made this year was what is being called “Mario Maker.” It allows you to be able to create your very own 2D side scrolling mario levels. You can make your levels as complex and ridiculous as your mind can imagine, and in fact it’s even encouraged. You can play in the original 8-bit graphics or choose to upgrade it to the New Super Mario Bros. U graphical engine.

Check out the trailer to see all the fun you’ll be having with creating your own Mario levels:

Splatoon Announced

Nintendo dropped a bomb with this game, no one saw it coming, and it’s a completely new and original idea that I don’t think there has ever been anything quite like it. It’s a 3rd person shooter, although I have trouble calling it just that, in which there are two teams of 4 and they compete against each other to try and cover the map they’re in with more paint than the other. Let me clear though, you can, and are in fact encouraged, to blow your player up with your paint and make them have to respawn all the way back from their base. Oh, and I forgot to mention, that when your own particular paint is covering the ground you can travel around on it a lot quicker, submerged in it as a squid. Yup, a squid.

I’m pretty sure you’re still very confused about this game so allow this trailer to answer some of your questions:

I had my doubts about this game but after watching a lot of the gameplay for it at Nintendo’s Treehouse event it actually seems like a lot of fun, and I mean fun for once in its purest form. No frustration, just good clean fun that seems like it’d be able to be enjoyed by everyone.

Hyrule Warriors

A clever transformation of the popular game series “Dynasty Warriors” Nintendo teamed up with Omega Force to blend together their very popular Legend of Zelda series to create a brand new experience called “Hyrule Warriors.”

Not to be mistaken with Nintendo’s the next installment of The Legend of Zelda Hyrule Warriors is a co-op ‘hack & slash’ title that will allow you to battle hordes of Hyrule’s toughest enemies and bosses. The bosses will have to be critically analyzed if you want to beat them as each one will require a different tactic to be killed. Hyrule Warriors will feature co-op play with one player on the gamepad and one on the TV screen so neither player is bound by the screen they share and they can go anywhere while playing together. So far the list of playable characters for this game includes Link, Zelda, Impa, and Midna.

Check out the latest trailer for Hyrule Warriors right here:

Mario Party 10

The first Mario Party title to ever hit the Wii U Nintendo presented its next installment of the franchise today, oddly enough they didn’t present it during their digital event, instead they put it on their YouTube channel. This title seems to be taking advantage of the Wii U’s gamepad and incorporating it into some of their mini-games. The Mario Party series has started to decline in the past few years and really hasn’t seen the prominence that it once had since Mario Party 5 but here’s hoping that this next installment can bring it back to its former glory.

To see all the latest craziness at Mario’s Parties check out Nintendo’s trailer right here:

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Not much is known about this game since it was never formally presented, all that we were given with this game is the trailer, and we know that it is taking elements from past Mario vs. Donkey Kong games.

Check out the game right here:

Sonic Boom (Wii U & 3Ds)

Yet another game that wasn’t revealed within the Nintendo Digital Event Sonic Boom looks to change up the Sonic series while still remaining true to a lot of the 3D elements and roots that made it so popular. Although not clear on the story, Sega seems to be taking a bit more of a playful cinematic experience this time around with this game, which could very well be a good thing.

Nintendo and Sega have had a strong relationship over the past few years as almost all of Sega’s sonic games get released on Nintendo’s home console. Although Sonic has never reached the prominence that it once had in its sales.

The Sonic Boom trailer can be checked out right here:

 Devil’s Third

In what is perhaps the most violent game to ever come out on the Nintendo Wii U, ‘Devil’s Third’ is a 3rd party Wii U exclusive third-person shooter. While not much is known about the game what can you expect from it is guns, melee combat with a host of weapons including hammers, swords, and your fists, as well as the ability to shoot in third-person or look down the barrel of your gun to go into a First-Person view. While no specifics were revealed there is an online mode in which you can face off against opponents in a variety of gameplay modes including your standard team deathmatch and many more.

You can see the trailer for Devil’s Third right here:

The Legend of Zelda

I had to save the best for last, while admittedly not that much was shown for Nintendo’s newest installment into their Legend of Zelda series, what they did show and talk about was enough to keep us gamers hyped until the next time they release information. No formal trailer or gameplay was shown but they did show the graphical art direction in which they were going for in this game and it is stunningly beautiful.

Unfortunately that is all that was shown from Nintendo for now. Eiji Aunoma did say in the Digital Event though that the mountains that you see in the first few seconds of the video would be able to be reached from there. This is to show the scope at which Nintendo is bringing to their latest Zelda title. And even still the game is not completed yet, so the final product may very well ending up looking even better than what we saw on the screen today. The Legend of Zelda will release sometime in 2015.

3DS Titles

 Pokemon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby

This game has been one of the most requested remakes for Pokemon, and Nintendo happily obliged updating visuals and adding new content Nintendo ported this game to the 3DS. This title releases November 21st, 2014.

Check out the trailer presented in the Nintendo Digital Event right here:

 Fantasy Life

Nintendo also put this one up on their YouTube page with no other formal announcement. Fantasy Life is an action adventure title in which you are on a quest to find your “perfect life” with plenty of obstacles along the way. Other than that not much is known about this game.

But until we know more about this game feel free to take your first look at Fantasy Life:

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Building upon the huge Japanese success of Monster Hunter 4, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is bringing Monster Hunter to the west with even more content, such as new monsters, weapons and more. Unfortunately us North Americans will have to wait until “Early 2015″ before we can start the hunt again.

See the latest Monster carnage from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate right here:

Indie Developers Titles (Wii U & 3DS)

Nintendo was nice enough to provide homage to all their indie developers providing games on their Nintendo EShop platforms on both Wii U and 3DS, unfortunately there are too many titles to present individually, so feel free to research these titles on your own!

But as for now, just take a look at all the wonderful Indie games that are coming to Wii U and 3DS:

Now there is still plenty of information, games, and other gameplay of games that I missed from Nintendo’s showing this year, and E3′s not even over yet! To check out all the information that Nintendo showed this year check out their website. And to see their Nintendo Digital Event check it out right here:

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So, what did you think of Nintendo’s showing this year? Will these new games be enough to save Wii U? Did Nintendo ‘win’ this years E3? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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