Nintendo serves up a healthy dose of Mario, karting, and a little blue man
Nintendo had the door wide open to knock it out of the park with their E3 Nintendo Direct this morning, and the Mario Machine swung for the fences… after tripping on the way up to the plate.
Some decried the idea of an online-only presentation for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and some saw it as a cash-saving move for the financially-troubled Nintendo of America. Given that, you might have expected that anyone who’s played a video game ever (okay, possibly hyperbole) to tune in. And Nintendo’s E3 Direct lagged. And lagged badly. And Nintendo knew it, tweeting:
Despite technical difficulties, what Nintendo revealed was good. Not like, fine dining filet mignon good, but tasty comfort food mac-n-cheese good. Familiar, comfortable, and enjoyable.
Super Mario 3D World, of course, will be an instant hit. Any Mario platformer is sure to sell and sell big. The ability to play as Princess Peach or (the real) Toad is a throwback to Super Mario Bros. 2 for the NES, and the Cat Mario feature does look neat. Meow meow! The announced features to Pokemon X and Y remind me of how you used to have to constantly feed and play with a Tamagotchi, which is cute, but I wonder how many people will tire of it.
Mario Kart 8 is another title fans have been clamoring for, and Nintendo delivered on that today, bringing the hangliding and submarine gameplay from Mario Kart 7 to the Wii U. Toadette and Daisy were featured as drivers, but no major new characters were announced. The drivers were found racing on the walls and upside down.
Bayonetta’s new form was showcased in the reveal for Bayonetta 2, and she’s looking ready to rumble in 2014. Monolith Soft was also a featured third-party developer, as a project just called X found the spotlight for a 2014 mech battler. Other third-party titles included Assassin’s Creed IV, Batman: Arkham Origins, Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Universe Adventure, Skylanders SWAP Force, and WATCH_DOGS.
Other first-party titles included Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, marking the return of Dixie Kong, and more information on The Legend of Zelda, now titled A Link Between Worlds, and the first video of The Wonderful 101.
The star of the show was undoubtedly the Super Smash Bros reveal which has been the subject of speculation since hinted at. Two new characters were unveiled: a Villager from Animal Crossing, which seemed to fall flat with a thud, and a character that sent the InterT00bZ into a tizzy… the one and only Mega Man, which somehow found his way to the SSB universe after being linked to the vs. Capcom series for so long. Mega Man apparently has his Robot Masters power once again, being seen with Metal Man’s metal blades and Crash Man’s crash bombs. It seems like quite the coup to bring Mega Man (and his robodog Rush) to the Nintendo franchise, even though Nintendo is the original home of the Blue Bomber.
GotGame will be bringing you all the latest from the show floor in mere hours, with our exclusive booth appointment on Thursday.