Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 08:30 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
'Super Mario 3D World,' 'Mario Kart 8,' and 'Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze' among games announced.
Today's E3 Nintendo Direct was packed full of games, but shy on solid release dates. Nintendo began by announcing that 'Pokemon X and Y' will be coming to the 3DS on October 12th, before showing 'Super Mario 3D World' which has a December window for the Wii U.
'Mario Kart 8,' the first Wii U Mario Kart, was tagged as coming to the Wii U next spring, and just happens to look a lot like the popular 'Sonic Racing Transformed' games with its variety of flying vehicles. Two titles that are less likely to intrigue the E3 crowd, 'Wii Party U' and 'Wii Fit U' were announced as delayed.
Nintendo revealed that it is working on a drawing program called 'Art Academy,' which naturally is not ready. Instead, Nintendo will release some of the game's features that are ready in order to help those busy drawing in the Miiverse.
Nintendo then followed with a montage of games including 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag,' 'Deus Ex: HR,' 'Scribblenauts Unmasked,' 'Disney Infinity,' 'Disney' Planes,' 'Skylanders SWAP Force,' 'Splinter Cell: Blacklist,' 'Sonic Lost World,' 'Watch Dogs,' 'DuckTales: Remastered,' 'Oddworld Good N Tasty,' 'Shovel Knight,' 'Mutant Mudds Deluxe,' 'Spin the Bottle,' and 'World of Keflings.'
'The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD,' was shown in motion and given a date for October. One new feature revealed was said to help supplement the former Game Boy Advance Tingle Link features. A new item, the Tingle Bottle, will allow players to throw messages into the ocean that will appear in other players games and presumably unlock some rupees or some such. The game is said to be receiving adjustments to help with the tempo of the game as well.
'The Wonderful 101' looks to still be on track for September. Meanwhile, Nintendo announced 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,' an eShop sequel to 'Donkey Kong Country Returns.' In the game, Donkey Kong Island is invaded by Vikings, and Donkey Kong must go to venture to other islands. It is the first HD Donkey Kong game, and the game uses different camera angles to shift level around. The game adds Dixie Kong who controls differently, and hovers using her hair.
'Bayonetta 2' was shown with oddly explicit emphasis on the character's new short hairstyle. The new Monolithsoft game 'X' was shown and was described as having a large-scale openworld that is built upon the development experience of 'Xenoblade Chronicles.' The game will have playable mechs.
Finally, a new 'Smash Bros. was shown. it will come in 2014 and be for both the 3DS and Wii U. Nintendo also revealed two new characters. First, there is the villager, from 'Animal Crossing' and second, there is Mega Man, who needs no explanation.
Author: Brian Hoss
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