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News: Nintendo E3 Direct roundup

This year, rather than have a conference like the other companies, Nintendo opted to show off their upcoming games for Wii U and 3DS via a Nintendo Direct, hosted by President and CEO Satoru Iwata.

In a year where everyone’s focus was on the battle between Sony and Microsoft, it could have been easy for people to overlook Nintendo. Here’s a roundup of what they had to offer.

 

Pokemon X & Y 

A new trailer for the latest addition to the beloved series was shown, revealing a new type of Pokemon: Fairy. Pokemon-Amie, a new mode which allows you to pet your Pokemon was also revealed. Pokemon X & Y will make it’s 3DS debut on October 12, 2013.

Here’s the trailer.

 

Super Mario 3D World

Next Nintendo revealed that the first 3D Mario game on Wii U would not, as some had speculated (and many probably hoped), be Super Mario Galaxy 3 but instead Super Mario 3D World. A trailer was shown, revealing four player coop gameplay and a new suit: the Cat suit, which allows the wearer to climb walls and attack enemies with their claws. Super Mario 3D Land launched on the 3DS back in November 2011 but this game will arrive only on Wii U when it comes out this December.

Here’s the trailer.

 

Mario Kart 8

Next up was Mario Kart, the first in the popular series to appear on Wii U. New features include anti-gravity sections, gliders, and underwater sequences. Mario Kart 8 is set to launch in Spring 2014.

Here’s the trailer.

 

Wii Fit U and Wii Party U

Nintendo then announced that Wii Party U and Wii Fit U have been delayed until October and December respectively. Tragic, I know.

 

Third Party Games

Nintendo then took a look at the upcoming third party support for Wii U and 3DS, something which was often lacking in quality on the Wii. Notable games included Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs and Batman: Arkham Origins for the Wii U and Scribblenauts Unmasked for the 3DS

Here’s the trailer.

 

Wii U eShop Releases 

Nintendo then gave us a glimpse at some of the titles arriving for the Wii U eShop this year.

Here’s the trailer.

 

The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

Time to bring out the big guns. Nintendo confirmed that a HD remake of the classic Gamecube game will be coming into dock this October.

Here’s the trailer.

 

The Wonderful 101

Next Nintendo announced that The Wonderful 101, a game where you control a group of superheroes at once, will arrive on the Wii U on September 14, 2013. It was later revealed that the game will be around an impressive 20 hours long.

Here’s the wacky trailer.

 

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

It was then revealed that Donkey Kong will be making his Wii U debut in November this year in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Here’s the trailer.

 

Bayonetta 2

Next Nintendo showed first time gameplay for Bayonneta 2, which (surprisingly) will launch exclusively for Wii U in 2014.

Here’s the trailer.

 

Monolith Soft’s X

Nintendo then showed a new trailer for Monolith Soft’s new game, tentatively titled X. 

Here’s the trailer.

 

Super Smash Bros

Finally, a trailer for the next installation in the popular Super Smash Bros series was then shown, the game will release on both Wii U and 3DS.

Here’s the trailer.

 

So, lots of games coming from Nintendo then. Lot’s of old faces perhaps, but I think most will be glad to see them make their Wii U debuts. The amount of third party support is also encouraging, although I would question how many people would choose to play games such as Batman: Arkham Origins on Wii U instead of the other consoles.

 

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