Nintendo may struggle, quite a bit in fact, with keeping in touch with the hardcore crowd and what they desire. They may not know how the internet works, and they may enjoy focusing on innovative controllers rather than high end computing power, but nobody can bash Nintendo for not providing gamers with innovative new takes on their established franchises. For a company with murky relations when it comes to third party developers, it is imperative that they provide their consoles with as many high quality first party content as possible, and Nintendo is taking this to heart with gusto for their two major platforms: 3DS and Wii U.
Today Nintendo unveiled some of their future plans, primarily for the Wii U. We already know that the 3DS is looking to have an incredible year with titles such as: Monster Hunter, Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion, Fire Emblem, Pokemon and Ace Attorney. So it was the Wii U that Nintendo focused on this morning, and these new games, partnered with titles that we already knew about, are making the Wii U look mighty impressive.
- Yes, plural. Not only did Nintendo discuss the next big title in this long running franchise, promising that they were “”rethinking the conventions of Zelda,” With hints of a more open ended nature, and even the inclusion of multiplayer; but Nintendo also unveiled a re imagining of what many consider one of the best of the series: The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker. Windwaker will return with all new visual polish and gamepad features. Not only will textures be improved but the lighting has been completely redone. While the next true innovative entry in the series is a ways off, the Windwaker re-release will be out before the end of the year.
- While fans love Link, they really love Mario, and at the direct conference Satoru Iwata announced that the next Smash Bros, 3D Mario, AND Mario Kart will all be appearing at this years E3. Smash Bros. should have several screens showing off its progress. A brand new 3D platforming adventure from the same team that brought us the absolutely amazing Super Mario Galaxy series and Super Mario 3D Land will not only be shown off, but also playable on the show floor. To top it off, a brand new Mario Kart will also be playable at E3 this year. All three titles will be coming to the Wii U, with Smash Bros. also appearing on the 3DS handheld.
Fire Emblem on the Rise!
- Not only are Fire Emblem fans getting an all new entry on the 3DS that is shaping up extremely well, but today Nintendo announced that they are working on a crossover title featuring the brand. This partnership will see Nintendo teaming with Atlus to blend the world of Fire Emblem with that of the Shin Megami Tensei series. Not much is known about this title, but chances are it’ll be very good.
- It has been announced that Monolith Soft, developers of the Xeno titles, are now working on a brand new RPG set to release on the Wii U. Monolith Soft’s last game, Xenoblade Chronicles, was amazing and I am SUPER stoked about this. The trailer shown looks very similar to the world the team made for Chronicles but whether or not its a true sequel remains to be seen. Yes please!
Virtua Console returns!
- While we all knew it would happen, its still a nice confirmation. The Nintendo service from the original Wii returns to allow gamers the world over to play NES and Super NES titles on their fancy new tech…that they are using to play games from old tech…technology people! Always advancing. The service will not only allow gamers to relive these classics on their televisions, but also on the Wii U’s gamepad screen so you can play in bed; very cool feature.
- Not to be outdone by his buddy Mario, Yoshi is finally returning to a game all his own. Yoshi Land is being handled by the same team that worked on Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and it is definitely noticeable. The game oozes style and looks to be another fantastic platformer for the green little dino.
Nintendo also announced updates to the Wii U’s firmware as well as another party compilation coming to the system later this year. While the majority of these games may be a ways off, Nintendo needed to show to gamers that they are serious about this new technology, and that they are committed to catering to both the hardcore and casual crowds. Say what you will about Nintendo, but almost all of their first party titles are great games, and these titles look to be continuing that trend. These games coupled with the ones we already knew about are already making the Wii U’s library look far more appealing than the Wii’s ever did.
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