So we don’t generally talk about Nintendo a lot here on Strats. Most of us are PC players and even on the console front there is a PS4 majority. But Nintendo has always been good, and even now they put out title from time to time that interest me. I noticed in all the E3 Hype exploding our forums last week, there wasn’t much talk about what Nintendo was doing, so I thought I’d look into and see what they have planned.
So sadly, there seemed to be a lack of talk about Zelda Wii U at E3 this year, which is what I was most excited about. But there was talk about another game that had me pretty excited.
Star Fox Zero
Star Fox Zero is much like the Star Fox Games you might remember from your childhood (but not Star Fox Adventures) It features piloting your starship, dogfighting, flying through arches and rings. But it also has new elements that give it a bit more depth than it’s predecessors. You can pilot 3 unique vehicles each with the ability to transform (for instance, your ship can transform into a walker and traverse the surface of a planet) and the Wii U controller will display a cockpit view with your cross-hairs for accurate shooting. All in all, Star Fox Zero looks pretty solid.
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker allows the player create their own levels and worlds using various paint sets (Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Brothers, Etc.) to customize a Super Mario level to their liking. Even allowing the player to turn Mario into other Nintendo heroes such as Link using Amiibos. Created worlds can be shared with friends or made public for the whole of the internet to enjoy.
Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes
While there wasn’t any big news on the game I’ve been waiting on from Nintendo (Zelda Wii U) there was some Legend of Zelda Hype at E3 this year.
Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes is the newest Zelda title for the 3DS, featuring 3 player Cooperative gameplay that requires each player to do his part in order for the group to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles.
The game features a “Totem” mechanic which involves players standing on each others shoulders to reach higher objectives, as well as a “Fashion” system which alters your characters abilities based on what you are wearing.
Not exactly my ideal Zelda game, but it still shows promise.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Also announced for the Nintendo 3DS was Metroid Prime: Federation Force. A 4 player Co:Op FPS set in the Metroid Prime universe. The game also includes Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, a 3v3 mode that has teams trying to knock a giant soccer ball into a goal using their weapons. . . . . .
Yoshi’s Wooly World
Now this isn’t really my type of game but I feel it deserves a mention here because it looks really well done. It’s kind of a Yoshi themed little big planet meets super mario world.
So those were the announcements that grabbed my attention and looked interesting to me. Additional announcements include:
Fire Emblem Fates
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
So yeah, Nintendo had a lot going. I’m sure I missed something but I tried to get everything worth mentioning (and some things not worth mentioning. . . I’m looking at you mario tennis)