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Nintendo’s E3 Recap: A Month of Game Reveals Pt.1
Nintendo decided to once again do things a little bit differently this E3. Rather than just settling on one week of game announcements, they’ve been revealing content all month long. E3 2015 seemed kind of like a treasure hunt for fans of Nintendo, because if you were going to discover all that they had to offer, you had to pay attention to social media, their YouTube channel, and Miiverse as well as the Nintendo Direct site. I have compiled everything that Nintendo has announced this month, but there is so much information that I had to break it up into two parts. If anything else comes up, I’ll make sure to update these articles. So follow along as we recap the games that Nintendo plans to release in 2015 as well as some games coming in 2016.
ChiBi-Robo! Zip Lash
The month of June began with a Nintendo MiniDirect that revealed several new games coming to 3DS and Wii U. The first game announcement was Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash and it brings a new twist to the Chibi-Robo series. This time instead of trying to bring 3D objects to life on your 3DS, Zip Lash is a 2D side-scolling platforming adventure. Players control Chibi-Robo and the main objective is to manipulate objects by whipping them with an electrical cord to proceed through each level. The game itself is very reminiscent of Bionic Commando on NES and will be hitting the 3DS later this year.
Bravely Second: End Layer
Bravely Second: End Layer is the sequel to 2014’s highly regarded RPG Bravely Default, and the game looks to bring back many of its predecessors achievements. Bravely Second takes place two years after the events of Bravely Default, in which many new characters will be taking over the roster. It has been revealed that some fan favorites will return like Tiz Arrior and Agnes Oblige, so its nice to know that we will be getting a direct sequel instead of a spiritual successor. Bravely Second is already out in Japan, and is currently undergoing localization for a 2016 release.
Little Battlers eXperience
LBX from Level-5 is finally making its way to North America and Europe on August 21 and November respectively. The premise revolves around a new technology that has created a resilient type of cardboard which is used to build super strong minature fighting robots.
A new free-to-play game being developed by Bandai Namco is coming exclusively to Wii U under the tentative title Project Treasure. The game is a four-player co-op action style adventure that will have players working together to disarm traps and defeat enemies to progress through each level; and it only requires a Nintendo Network ID to play. There was no date revealed, but Bandai Namco promises to be working very hard on the title claiming that its coming soon. That about wraps up the MiniDirect, aside for some more amiibo announcements like Zero Suit Samus, and a Mr. Game & Watch that will come with several different removable Game & Watch motions that can be inserted into the base of the NFC toy.
Smash Bros. New Content Direct
On the morning of June 14 Nintendo held a Smash Bros. New Content Direct with Sakurai-san as its host. The live stream announced that every Smash character will eventually be made into an amiibo NFC figure. New characters include Ryu from Street Fighter, Roy from Fire Emblem Binding Blade, and Lucas from Earthbound as well as some new Mii fighter costumes including Zero from Mega Man X, Heihachi from Tekken, Akira from Virtua Fighter, and even the boy and girl Inklings from Splatoon. New stages ranging from Dream Land, which was in the original Smash Bros on N64, to Suzaku Castle which is Ryu’s stage from Street Fighter were also announced. The best aspect of all this, was that everything in the direct was immediately available for purchase on the eShop; aside from the amiibo.
Nintendo World Championships 2015
Nintendo’s E3 2015 also saw the return of the Nintendo World Championships which had been lying dormant for nearly 25 years. The eight best competitor’s from around the country met in L.A. to battle it out to some of Nintendo’s best games. Ranging from Mario Kart 8 to Super Metroid, players fought hard but it came down to the top two best in the end, John Numbers and Cosmo. The final battle would be decided by Super Mario Maker where each player had to beat four never before seen levels created in the game by Nintendo Treehouse reps. John Numbers was eventually crowned the Nintendo World Champion after an extremely heated fourth round battle. He was awarded with a very impressive trophy, and both players received autographed New 3DS XL systems by Shigeru Miyamoto.
During the NWC ‘15 Nintendo released EarthBound Beginnings, the Famicom prequel to EarthBound better known as Mother, on the Wii U virtual console which was available to download during the championship. Mother was one of Nintendo’s most coveted games because it had never officially been released outside of Japan. The game has received many fan translations, and it even was ported onto Homebrew carts by fans to play on actual Nintendo Entertainment Systems. Basically, Mother was a game that Nintendo fans have been wanting for nearly 25 years, and its release was huge for both EarthBound and retro fans.
After the Championship, Nintendo announced Nindies @Home which allows players to try out 9 unreleased eShop titles before they are released later this year. The hook is that if you download any of the free demos between 6/15-6/22, you get a 15% discount off the final game. The titles are:
Extreme Exorcism: A 4 player paranormal platformer where you have to rid a haunted house of ghosts. Equipped with rocket launchers and boomerangs, your work is cut out for you as your main goal is to survive the onslaught of ghost’s which releases in Q3 of 2015.
Forma 8: An action platformer that takes place on an alien planet in which you must recover a powerful energy source to save your own planet. Forma 8 releases in Q3 of 2015.
Freedom Planet: This one looks a lot like the earlier Sonic the Hedgehog game released on the Genesis back in the 90’s. You take control of 3 furry females where you whip enemies, break down foes with your fists, and summon supernatural powers to overcome each level. Each character has a unique gameplay mechanic that you can try out before it releases Aug 3 2015.
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge: One of the best retro inspired 3DS platformers returns as a brand new game exclusively for the Wii U. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is coming in June 2015.
RIVE: An arcade twin stick shooter in which you will have to destroy everything in your path to collect robotic body parts. The parts of your enemies will then help learn more about them so you can level up and upload hacks to better equip yourself for the fight to come. Releases Nov 15, 2015
Soul Axiom: From the creators of Master Reboot, Soul Axiom is a sci-fi first person journey into the darkest aspect of your soul. The game is a psychological thriller that will take you through haunting yet beautiful landscapes. No date has been released at this time.
Runbow: Is a party game with platforming elements where nine players can all fight to the end to win the trophy. Shovel Knight will also be making an appearance in the Wii U version in Q3 2015.
Typoman: A dark puzzle platformer that looks a lot like Limbo. The main purpose to the game is to rearrange letters so that you spell out commands by pushing and pulling letters together like O and N for example, to spell “on” so that the level can progress. No date has been announced at this time.
That about wraps up the first part of our Nintendo E3 recap. Be sure to check out part 2 where we go over the Digital Event, post show reveals, and more!