Didn’t have the time to watch 2 full days of Nintendo Treehouse Live streams? We’ve got you covered here at PSVG with a quick wrap up for Nintendo at E3. Worried Nintendo would only be showing Zelda at E3? Well don’t fret, they brought a little more to the show than previously believed.
Nintendo did spotlight some Indie games coming to Wii U & 3DS before their events began. To see more on those check out our Nindie wrap-up Nindie Update
Day 1 Events
Zelda Breath of the Wild: Dubbed the E3 of Zelda back in April, Nintendo held true to making E3 all about Zelda as they kicked off the show with a new trailer and subsequently streamed an area of the game live for over 6 hours throughout the day. The game is massive as Aonuma gave it the label “12 times larger than Twilight Princess” & features an style that reminds one of the cell shading in Wind Waker but more realized, similar to an anime. Breath of the Wild intends to break the Zelda traditions and provide a brand new experience for fans of the series by breaking away from the patterns of old. Gone are the rupees and hearts found by cutting grass, the linear paths of the game environment, and the traditional way Link approaches battle and obtains weapons. Insert Link having to manage resources and cook food to obtain health and weapons that deteriorate as they’re used. Also Link can now stealthily progress through grass, climb virtually any vertical surface, and for the first jump on command with the simple press of a button. March 2017 release simultaneous on Wii U & NX.
Pokemon Sun & Moon: The show ran long in the tooth, but it did reveal a tropical setting with a rich visual style and a modern UI redesign of the menues, battle systems, and inventory management. Full 3D character models add to the more realistic visuals November 18th release $39.99.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE: Yes, that game I continue to defend against Kevin on the podcast. The Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei game arrives on June 24!! That’s 8 days from the writing of this article, be on the lookout for our review.
Day 2 Events
Paper Mario Color Splash: Intelligent Systems developed Paper Mario Color Splash will come to a Wii U near you on October 7th. Described as an action-adventure game with minor RPG elements, the game features some platforming and a battle system that’s a mix of turn based decision and puzzle-solving. First and foremost, Color Splash features a gorgeous fully realized paper aesthetic that makes for a beautiful appearance. The game brings several aspects from Paper Mario Sticker Star and a card based battle system that uses Paper Mario’s precious paint resources.
Mario Party Star Rush: Star Rush appears to be a more tailored remix of Mario Party for the portable system. The game features download play (allowing up to 4 play coop with one cartridge) and will release on November 4th for $39.99. More importantly, Star Rush allows for four players to play the Star Rush board game simultaneously over the turn by turn gameplay previously found in the series. This should provide players with a much faster play session.
BoxBoxBoy!!: In what is absolutely one of my favorite E3 announcements, Nintendo is bringing the Box Boy sequel to the west and the game launches on 3DS eShop on June 30th for only $4.99. I reviewed the original BoxBoy! and fell in love with its simple style and clever puzzles. Count this game as a must get for 3DS owners.
Pokemon GO: Pokemon Go + was announced. The incoming mobile game arrives on Android and iOS in July with a low energy Bluetooth accessory. With the accessory, Pokemon Go Plus will send a player notifications when Pokemon are nearby. Late July $34.99 for the plus version.
Dragon Quest 7: Fragments of the Forgotten Past – A remake of the beloved classic, Dragon Quest 7 comes to 3DS on September 16th. The game has been completely redesigned for the 3DS and features brand new visuals and retelling of the story for newcomers to the series.
Ever Oasis: From the team behind The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Grezzo) – The game appears to mix some of Animal Crossing & Final Fantasy. In fact, long time Final Fantasy vet Koichi Ishii best known for the Mana series, is the creator. As a chosen Seedling, your mission is to build a prosperous oasis by working with your partner, lsuna. Forage for materials in caves and puzzle-filled dungeons to earn dewadems, which are used to grow new shops and even grow gear! Launches in 2017.
Rhythm Heaven Megamix: Already out on your 3DS eShop, Rhythm Heaven Megamix is a new entry to the series that brings some of the classic mini-games with it from previous titles. Rhythm Heaven Megamix features over 100 rhythm game challenges.
Monster Hunter Generations: launches July 15 in North America and Europe on 3DS ($39.99). Capcom also announced a demo will be released on June 30th that will feature 3 missions that can be played with up to 4 friends. Capcom is also sending out early demo codes to “select fans” so check your email.
Yokai Watch 2, dual release of Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls: Taking a page directly out of Pokemon’s play book, Yo-Kai Watch 2 is getting the dual release as well as a 4 player battle mode. Yo-kai, are back for an all-new adventure! Find, befriend, and battle more than 350 new and returning Yo-kai. Hop on a train to seek out new towns and new Yo-kai. Teaming up with the heroic cat, Hovernyan, travel back in time to save Springdale, and witness the origin of the Yo-kai Watch! Releases September 30th ($39.99)
Amiibo News: Nintendo couldn’t come to E3 without talking new Amiibo right? Well rest assured they did not. Not only did they announce Amiibo for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo also announced new amiibo coming to the Super Mario World set to include Waluigi, Wario, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey & Diddy Kong, and Boo. The Wolf Link amiibo from Twilight Princess HD also provides Link a companion on his journey through Breath of the Wild.