The Nintendo E3 Digital Event

These are the notes for Nintendo’s Digital Event. Basically, the minute by minute updates for the show. It’s a lot, so you might want to check back in later for the neater conference summary.

Nintendo Digital Event:

  • Only a couple minutes until Nintendo’s Digital Event. For those that don’t know, Nintendo is not actually doing a traditional E3 conference, but a “digital event” showing their wares. Who knows what this will be like.
  • Robot Chicken is doing Nintendo’s E3 presentation?
  • You know, sometimes I actually forget how Japanese Nintendo really is.
  • Apparently you can fight as your Mii in Super Smash Bros. Pretty cool.
  • It looks like the Miis can be used in 3 varieties: the Brawler, a hand to hand combatant, a Swordfighter, and a Gunner, with a Mega Man-style arm cannon. Now that’s awesome.
  • Sakurai shows a montage of the myriad of different modes in the 3DS version of Smash Bros. Also unveils the release date to be October 3rd, with a release date for the Wii U version yet to be announced, as it says Holiday 2014.
  • Reggie announces Amiibo, a Disney Infinity/Skylanders-style action figure/video game thing.
  • I wish Reggie would smile more. He seems so… Intense.
  • Yoshi’s Wooly World is shown off, a follow-up to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, with a similar yarn art style.
  • It looks like a pretty standard Mario franchise platformer. The yarn thing graphics absolutely incredible, but the game itself doesn’t look to really revolutionize the platformer genre. Release date sometime next year.
  • Now they’re showing “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker”. It actually looks really interesting. Almost like a Toad-centric Indiana Jones in the Mario world. Releases Holiday 2014.
  • Finally announcing the eagerly awaited Zelda on the Wii U. They’re really pushing the vast open world.
  • Zelda has fucking laser spiders now?!
  • It also has an unannounced 2015 release date.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire look incredible. New Mega Evolutions for Sceptile, Swampert, Groudon and Kyogre. Releases November 21st.
  • The tone shifts much more adult as the Wii U-exclusive Bayonetta 2 is shown. Comes packaged with the original and releases in October. Looks like a crazy, non-stop action game. Definitely worth checking out.
  • Hyrule Warriors, the Zelda/Dynasty Warriors crossover is shown. It looks to draw very heavily from both franchises, with the characters and atmosphere of Zelda mixing with the gameplay of Dynasty Warriors. Dynasty Warriors is known for being pretty repetitive, but injecting the Zelda influence looks like it’s going to rejuvenate the idea.
  • Announced for a September 26th release.
  • New Wii U Kirby game is being shown. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (am I the only one who thinks that sounds like a band of angry gay people?), releasing some time next year.
  • The new Xenoblade Chronicles looks like a cross between Mass Effect and Gundam. Releasing next year. It looks fucking insane.
  • Mario Maker is shown, which lets you create your own Mario courses. Pretty interesting. Releases next year.
  • Splatoon is a 4v4 action multiplayer game where you attempt to control territory by coating the map in your team’s colored ink, and the winning team is decided by which team covers more of the stage at the end. No, I didn’t just drop some LSD. Did I mention your character can turn back and forth between a person and a squid? Fucking Japan.
  • As ridiculous as Splatoon looks, it’s actually kind of cool to see Deathmatch-style multiplayer in a family-friendly game. It shows the genre is evolving.
  • As seems to be the theme of the show, an unspecified 2015 release is announced.
  • Best Buy partners with Nintendo for some awesome Smash Bros. stuff.
  • Check out Nintendo’s Twitch channel for even more announcements they couldn’t fit into the show.
  • Is this a Super Smash Bros. anime? I don’t even like anime and I’d still watch the shit out of that.
  • No, damn it… It was just an announcement of Palutena, the goddess from Kid Icarus, making her Smash debut.
  • Miyamoto makes his appearance teasing some new ways to play with the Wii U Gamepad and your TV, and transitions to the Nintendo Treehouse presentation, ending the Digital Event.

Jordan Barbeau

A simple man with simple tastes. Games, comics and movies are all I need to be happy.

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