Perhaps not one of the most hotly anticipated presentation coming out of E3 this year, nevertheless, Nintendo had plenty to show. The announcements were full of characters from the popular Mario franchise moving into their own games. Here’s a run down of the highlights. You can also read our round ups of the Sony, EA, Microsoft, and Ubisoft conferences.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
The newest instalment in the hit franchise introduces what Nintendo calls “the first truly open world in a game from the series”, and at the conference a brief teaser for the upcoming game was shown. In the short trailer you can see the improvement on the look of the series, although it lacks a lot of detail about the storyline of the game.
A trailer for the upcoming offshoot from the Legend of Zelda franchise was accompanied by a release date. Zelda and Midna were announced as playable characters, with the potential for others to be released.
Released: 26th September
amiibo is Nintendo’s latest foray into the world inhabited by Skylanders and Disney Infinity. By the end of the year the company promises to have released 10 collectable figurines which you can use your Wii U controller to play with in game. The list of future releases which will be compatible with amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker,Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World. Each figure will apparently develop as you play, meaning that it evolves around how you play with the characters in game.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Another spin off game here, this time from the Mario franchise. Very little was announced about the game, except for the trailer.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Saphire Trailer
A trailer for what is surely the most hotly anticipated Nintendo release of the year, particularly for our generation, was premièred at the presentation. Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre were announced as central to the game.
Released: November 21st
Nintendo announced both a definite release date for this game, and that it would be released with a package which includes the original game.
Released: October 2014
Mario Party 10
The new game, revealed by Nintendo at the presentation, will also feature a new section – the “Bowser Party” where players can be transformed into Mario’s nemsis. The game will also be compatible with the new amiibo.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Nintendo announced Monolith Soft’s science fiction role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles X will be coming to the Wii U in 2015.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Another iteration of the the Mario universe, Nintendo announced this game under its working title. Nintendo says that “with Miiverse integration, discovering new levels and creators should be easier than ever”.