Nintendo’s E3 2015 & Digital Event Recap

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Wii U Games in the Nintendo Direct Event

  • Star Fox Zero (Holiday 2015) – Starting off the Direct Event Nintendo showed off this year’s big Wii U Holiday Title with new vehicles and motion controls. Confirmed during the Treehouse Event, it is being co-developed with Platinum Games. The Direct also included a Developer’s Story with Miyamoto explaining the creation of the original Star Fox and some of the ideas in Zero. Here is more footage of the game being played at the Nintendo Treehouse
  • Super Mario Maker (September 11th 2015) – We finally got a date for Super Mario Maker. Similar to Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker had a Developer’s Story during the Nintendo Direct Event. The highlights of this game at E3 definitely came during the Nintendo World Championship. There was also an announced (previously leaked) Super Mario Bros 30th Anniversary amiibo that is compatible with Super Mario Maker. The game also includes an art book!
  • Skylanders Superchargers (September 20th, 2015) – Skylanders and amiibo have crossed over with the Turbo Charged Donkey Kong and the Hammer Slam Bowser Skylander amiibo. They unlock special Donkey Kong and Bowser characters in the upcoming Skylanders Superchargers game.
  • Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei (2016) – Gameplay trailer was shown and the game looks beautiful in my opinion. It looks like they haven’t given the game an official name for the west as it’s being referred to as “Genei Ibun Roku #FE” on Nintendo’s YouTube channel. 2016 release, but looks like a good title for the Wii U!
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (December 4th, 2015) – More footage of the game we’re all waiting for, and now we at least have a release date of December 4th, 2015. Wish it could’ve been sooner, but at least it’s coming this year!
  • Animal Crossing amiibo Festival (Holiday 2015) – This was announced alongside a new line of amiibo figures (previously leaked). Some may be disappointed it’s not the full-on traditional Animal Crossing U they had hoped for, but it could end up being a good party game.
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (October 16th, 2015) – More footage of this artistic looking Yoshi game first unveiled in January 2014. EU & Japan will be getting it in the next month, and NA will have to wait until October 16th. At least we got a date for it.
  • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (Holiday 2015) – This was a new announcement and it’s coming out this year!! This is the first new Mario Tennis console game since the GameCube, so this is pretty cool!! No word yet if Camelot is developing it or not, but it looks like a lot of fun!

3DS Games in The Nintendo Direct Event

  • The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes (Fall 2015) – Premiered during the Nintendo Direct Event, it looks like a new 4Swords style Zelda game that uses the Link Between Worlds engine. Very excited for this, didn’t expect another Zelda game on 3DS so soon, but no complaints here.
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends (Early 2016) – This was leaked last week, an adaption of last year’s Wii U title will be coming to the 3DS early next year.
  • Metroid Prime Federation Force (2016) – This was a surprise announcement. A first person 4 player co-op for the 3DS coming in 2016. It also includes Metroid Prime: Blast Ball which was originally unveiled as “Blast Ball” at the Nintendo World Store. So this looks like a multiplayer focused Metroid Prime spin-off for 3DS…interesting. Here is footage of the game being played at the Treehouse Live
  • Fire Emblem Fates (2016) – Fire Emblem if gets a name of Fire Emblem Fates in NA and a release date of 2016. Looks great, Fire Emblem fans will surely love it.
  • Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer (September 25th, 2015) – A spin-off Animal Crossing for the 3DS with amiibo card support, previously announced but now given a release date.
  • Yo-Kai Watch! (Holiday 2015) – New RPG coming from Level-5 to America this Holiday Season. Looks interesting
  • Mario & Luigi Paper Jam (Spring 2016) – Premiered during the Nintendo Direct Event, a Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario cross-over. Looks very fun, coming Spring 2016.

amiibo Announcements from E3

  • Super Mario 30th Edition – 8bit Style amiibo for Super Mario Maker. From what was said, the amiibo will make Mario appear larger on the screen while playing Super Mario Maker levels
  • Animal Crossing Cards – Apparently there will be 100 cards in the first series, with others being released in the future.
  • Animal Crossing Figures – These are coming later this year along with Animal Crossing amiibo Festival for the Wii U.
  • Super Smash Bros – These are announced in the Super Smash Bros DLC Direct Event held on Sunday morning. Game & Watch, Duckhunt Dog, Zero Suit Samus, Gannondorf, Olimar/Pikmin, Dr. Mario, ROB, Mii Brawler, Mii Fighter, Mii Gunner and Bowser Jr are all coming to NA in September 2015. They also confirmed that all of the fighters will eventually have amiibo and even the DLC fighters (Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy and Ryu).

Where Were They?

Why weren’t these mentioned at all in the Direct Event? What’s going on with them? Nothing even mentioned after the Direct Event either.

  • Devil’s Third – This game was recently shown with release dates around the world, and it has previously been confirmed for NA, but it wasn’t mentioned at all at E3 so far. What’s going on? If it is coming out this year, why did Nintendo ignore this game? This is the kind of game Nintendo should be showing off at E3 to showcase it’s variety in games.
  • Project Giant Robo – No mention of this or anything that looks to include elements of it. Is this just a scrapped tech demo?
  • Project Guard – Same as Project Giant Robo, no mention of this or anything that looks to include elements of it. Is this just a scrapped tech demo?
  • Next Level GamesWhere were they? They released Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon a little over a year ago, so it’s understandable that their current project is early in development and probably won’t be ready until at least 2016. But I was hopeful we’d at least see something or get an announcement. It turns out Next Level Games is developing Metroid Prime Federation Force which actually makes me much more confident in the final product.
  • Retro – Where are they at? Metroid Prime Federation Force is not the Metroid Prime we expected…or wanted. Maybe that will grow on us, and maybe it’ll be released alongside a Retro developed Metroid Prime in 2016. But a lot of people expected to see Retro’s game at this E3.
  • Platinum Games – Why didn’t Nintendo mention in the Nintendo Direct Event that Platinum is co-developing Star Fox with them. During the Nintendo Direct Event is when Nintendo is going to have it’s biggest audience of the year, and Platinum’s involvement is important to people, should’ve mentioned it while premiering the game. It turns out the surprise Platinum Game announcements are for Tranformers Devastation, which is coming to every console (PS3 & 360 included) except for a Nintendo console. And the other game was Nier, which is published by Square-Enix and looks like a PS4 exclusive.
  • Big Nintendo Collaborations – Maybe I’m forgetting something, but what were the big third party collaborations? Platinum Games working on StarFox and Skylanders getting Bowser & Donkey Kong? Is that really what it was? I don’t think anyone was expecting Megaton type of hype levels for third party collaborations, but what we got isn’t even worth promoting as a big third party collaboration.

Why Were These Absent From the Nintendo Digital Event?

Nintendo’s Direct Event seemed pretty short, it was about 46 minutes when they started mentioning the “Lets Super Mario” campaign and playing the video footage of random people doing things related to the classic song. This felt like filler material to stretch out the video…and this is what they ended with. There were plenty of unmentioned games and unshown footage, why not put this in the Nintendo Direct Event? Not everyone watches all of the Nintendo Directs, not everyone saw the Mini-Direct or the Smash Bros DLC. Nintendo surely had it’s biggest audience of the year and chose to play the “Lets Super Mario” video instead of clips or mentions of the following games:

  • Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories – This is a Wii U console exclusive, no mention at all
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Announced in the Nintendo Mini-Direct earlier in the month, but with a bigger audience Nintendo should’ve pointed this out again, maybe even in a montage trailer.
  • Mighty No 9 – No mention of this at all and it comes out in September for both Wii U & 3DS. Sony has a much larger line up and they managed to put this into their montage, I don’t see why Nintendo overlooked this. Especially when Nintendo gamers tend to be retro/classic fans of franchises like Mega Man
  • Project Treasure – Also announced in the Nintendo Mini-Direct earlier this month. Should’ve been shown at least in a montage trailer for the bigger audience to see.
  • Bravely Second: End Layer – This is a pretty big upcoming release for the 3DS and it wasn’t mentioned at all. The Mini-Direct announced it was coming to America. I don’t mean to sound like overkill here, but again it should’ve been in a montage.
  • Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash – Like the others it was also announced in the Nintendo Mini-Direct earlier this month. Should’ve been shown at least in a montage trailer for the bigger audience to see.
  • Splatoon DLC – Point out that since it’s release 17 days ago they have released 1 new mode, 2 new maps, 3 new weapons and 2 more weapons tonight…all for free. Detail for the larger audience that more stuff is coming through the summer, including the new modes in August with Team Battles.
  • LBX Little Battlers eXperience – Another one announced in the Nintendo Mini-Direct earlier this month. Should’ve been shown at least in a montage trailer for the bigger audience to see.
  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon – Recently released a trailer, still should’ve been thrown in somewhere with at least a mention.
  • Sonic Boom Fire & Ice – Just like Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, recently had a trailer, but was not mentioned.
  • Project X Zone 2 – The trailer was released after the Nintendo Direct Event…why not include this in the Nintendo Direct Event?
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (Fall 2015) – This wasn’t shown in the Nintendo Direct Event but the trailer was released shortly after. At the end of the trailer the release date of “Fall 2015” is revealed. Why not mention this in the Nintendo Direct Event? Not everyone knows there is a new Fatal Frame coming out, not everyone knows that Nintendo owns Fatal Frame now, and not everyone knows it’s only coming to Wii U. This should’ve been promoted in the Nintendo Direct Event in front of the big audience

Not Coming to America?

None of these games were mentioned, so I guess for now at least, they’re not making it overseas

  • Monster Hunter Diary
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Monster Hunter X
  • Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus

Stuff from Before the Nintendo Direct Event

  • Super Smash Bros DLC – Nintendo announced Lucas, Roy and Ryu were available immediately after the announcement video for both 3DS & Wii U. They also announced Kirby’s Dreamland Stage would be available too. Within the DLC some amiibo news was announced and upcoming Classic Smash Bros stages too. Last but not least they announced Mii Costumes for Mega Man Battle Network, Zero, Virtua Fighter Characters and the Inklings were available too.
  • Earthbound Beginnings – The original Earthbound is finally coming to America with a Wii U Virtual Console release! This is great, hopefully this one day leads to Mother 3 and maybe even a new Earthbound!! I’ll take this happily for now though! Also a very special message from Mr. Itoi
  • Nintendo World Championship – This was awesome, I really hope Nintendo does this annually from now on this was a great experience. This was such good press for Nintendo and for Super Mario Maker. Choosing Super Mario Maker with crazy levels for the final competition was genius, that game looked so much fun, I was yelling at the TV and on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t believe it. I am so hyped for Super Mario Maker now. Here are the highlights of the whole event, here are the highlights of Super Mario Maker and here is the first level they showed from Super Mario Maker

This entire post was also posted on reddit at /r/nintendo on /r/wiiu and /r/3ds where comments/discussion were held.  Feel free to post comments here on this page or back on the postings on reddit.

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