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Nintendo hasn’t waited until now to announce stuff, they’ve been doing it all week, so before we get into their hotly anticipated Nintendo Digital Event, let’s recap on what’s already announced for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS:
After about 20+ years, Mother 1 was renamed Earthbound Beginnings and was released on the Wii U eShop in North America and Europe. Announced during the Nintendo World Championships’ pre-show, Nintendo never released this installment of the bizarre RPG series outside Japan.
Nintendo World Championships
John Numbers became the first Nintendo World Champion in 25 years. He beat fellow competitor Cosmo and fourteen other combatants in several rounds of various Nintendo games.
The games ranged from Splatoon to a brand new (and Metroid-looking) stage Blast Ball, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and finally the renamed Super Mario Maker. His finalist Cosmo was eliminated in a round, but got the chance for redemption competing in the underground, which had players racing through classic games like The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid and Balloon Fight.
The two finalists played through four rounds of Super Mario Maker designed by Nintendo of America’s Treehouse department. Needless to say they were pretty brutal.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
–Mother 3’s Lucas, Street Fighter’s Ryu and Fire Emblem’s Roy were released to purchase on the eShop, alongside the Dreamland 64 stage and the free Miiverse stage (that one only for Wii U)
-Peach’s Castle 64 and Hyrule Castle 64 are also hitting both versions’ eShop soon
-Tourney Mode coming in August
-YouTube uploading coming to the Wii U version soon
-Demos of several indie games hit the Wii U eShop Monday, including Freedom Planet, Extreme Exorcism from Ripstone, forma.8, Lovely Planet, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, RIVE, Runbow, Soul Axiom and Typoman.
-Downloading the demo not only allows you to try out their E3 demo, but also nets you a 15% discount on the full game during the first 30 days of release!
So that was what was just Sunday and Monday! With these things already behind us, we and Nintendo can focus on the future of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS wit the Nintendo Digital Event.
-Announced for Wii U this year
-See the action in a more cinematic feel on the TV while shooting first-person via on the GamePad.
-Uses both sticks for boost & brakes. Also uses one button for shooting with the other buttons for three transformations, flips and U-Turn
-Transform the Arwing into the Landmaster, Walker (from StarFox 2) and Gyrowing, which performs like a drone
-Miyamoto is collaborating with Platinum Games for StarFox. Bayonetta 2 director Hashimoto involved
-Will have two Nintendo-exclusive characters: Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser
-These two figures have a switch on the bottom that switches from Skylanders mode to amiibo mode. Will work like any other Bowser and DK amiibo in amiibo mode.
-Both have vehicles for Skylanders: Clown Cruiser and Barrel Blaster
-Will be faithful while being Skylanders-like: Bowser will summon Koopas that’ll get burned and become Dry Bones
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes
-Multiplayer Zelda title. Three player online or offline co-op
-Link travels to a different world where must equip different costumes like a bomb suit or Zelda’s dress
-Singleplayer still works, but you must switch between the three Links
Hyrule Warriors Legends
-3DS Port of Hyrule Warriors
-Can switch between three characters on the map
-Tetra and King Hyrule from Wind Waker playable
-All DLC included
-First quarter 2016
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
-Blast Ball from the Nintendo World Championships was a multiplayer mode for this game
-Spinoff where you play as members of the Galactic Federation in the Prime universe
-Developed by Next Level Games
Fire Emblem Fates
-Finally named for the West
-Will have two versions in the West as well
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
-Still unnamed for West, but Nintendo now uses its Japanese name as a placeholder: Genei Ibun Roku #FE
-Contains Fire Emblem characters like Chrom
Xenoblade Chronicles X
-December 4th 2015 release
Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer
-September 25th 2015 release
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
-Mario Party-like game for Wii U
-Requires amiibo figures for each player
-Eight amiibo announced for it:
Yoshi’s Wooly World
-Releases October 16th in North America
-Releases this holiday
Mario And Luigi: Paper Jam
-Crossover of Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series
-Play as Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario
-Their worlds collide
-Paper Mario’s abilities spice up the Mario & Luigi gameplay
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
-Coming to Wii U this holiday
Super Mario Maker
-Out September 11, 2015, around the time Super Mario Bros. released in the US 30 years ago
-Uses amiibo to add them as playable characters like Isabelle, Marth and Link
-Comes alongside a special book
Nintendo released a schedule of games coming out for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS:
While Nintendo got the schedule dominance sound, the actual Nintendo Digital Event was pretty lackluster thanks to a lack of killer software and a lot of 2016 releases. To be honest, I’ve seen better Nintendo Directs. Here’s the event all together: