As seen above, in the announcement of anew Star Fox game, Nintendo never leaves it's most popular franchises behind, and this is mainly seen in The Legend of Zelda franchise, which was not left out of Nintendo's E3 presentation this year. The first announcement for the Zelda franchise was Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes, or rather a very multiplayer centred Zelda game. This is very different from usual Zelda games, with the exception of Four Swords but the graphics, which followed the style of the most recent Zelda game, A Link Between Worlds, did look very nice. The game seems to be a solely multiplayer experience as I only heard one reference to playing with the three Links in single player, with the player being able to swap between the three links and two 'dolls'. I feel that this may turn certain players who prefer single player away from the game, as this small reference to single player sounded slightly confusing.
On the other hand, a version of Hyrule Warriors (which was originally a Wii U exclusive game) was announced to be on the 3DS (it is unclear whether it will be a 'New 3DS' exclusive though) with added features. These added features mainly included new characters from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. I am very happy about this announcement as I've really wanted to play Hyrule Warriors and I feel that the inclusion of wind Waker characters is long overdue.
Metroid fans have been asking "Where is Metroid?" at E3 for five years now and this year their question was finally answered in the form of Metroid Prime Blast Ball. However reactions have been less favourable for this game as fans have not taken kindly to the trailer saying it hasn't done the game justice because, if you looked at the trailer, they believe you would not know that it is a Metroid game. This is quite a low point for Metroid fans because of the long wait for a Metroid game not really seeming worth it.
One of the main parts of this years E3 presentation that featured throughout was the inclusion of Mario. This is because 2015 marks 30 years of the Super Mario Bros. And of course Mario has become 'the face of Nintendo', and even arguably the face of gaming itself. Fans were rewarded with more information on Super Mario Maker, a game that has been talked about since it was first announced, but now more footage and information has been revealed. The game will come with Amiibo support that brings other characters to life in 8-bi form when combined with a 'mystery mushroom'. For example, if the designer (player) used the Wii Fit Trainer Amiibo then Mario will transform into a 8 bit version of the Wii Fit Trainer when he gets a mystery mushroom from a question mark block. However it is unclear whether both players will need to have a certain Amiibo to make this work. During the presentation there was also a lot of discussion surrounding this game, concerning the actual process of designing levels for Mario games, and the developers even stated that they see this game as a good starting level for the game designers and developers of the future, which proved to be very interesting and insightful.
Another major Mario game was announced in the form of Paper Jam. I personally am a big fan of the Paper Mario series, and Super Mario RPG, and in this game both series and styles of character come together and literally meet. The trailer showed the paper version of a Mario character, such as Peach, Bowser and Mario, meeting the RPG/ more 3D version of them. I believe the story line to this game needs to find a good way to pull this off as otherwise it could be confusing and just strange. The two styles seem to work together in the trailer but it will be interesting to see how the developers use the paper elements in a 3D world and visa versa, but overall, for fans of both Mario RPGs and Paper Mario, it proves to be an interesting concept.
In amongst the new instalments of beloved well known franchises Nintendo also brought a new game to the table that is already doing well in Japan. Yo Kai Watch is a colourful game with a gorgeous art style for the 3DS. It appears to be similar to the Pokemon with the player befriending creatures in order to fight some form of battles. It does look very interesting, and I believe it could be a good game if the very good graphics are paired with a good story, with a well thought through explanation, so I'm excited to give it a try.
There were no announcements for the Pokemon franchise this year but there was an announcement of a new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game and, according to a well-known Pokemon Encyclopaedia website named Seribi.com, a trailer for this game was revealed after the E3 presentation. On the other hand I'm very surprised that they wouldn't include this in the presentation itself so I'm going to hold tight on this announcement because it wasn't part of Nintendo's actual presentation.
The last major piece of news from Nintendo's E3 presentation included two new releases for the beloved Animal crossing series of games. However both of these games stepped away from the typical slice of life style typically associated with the Animal Crossing franchise. The first of these games was Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which is a game centred on Interior design, where you appear to work for Tom Nook. The game itself does look very good but it will be interesting to see if the game is as segmented as the trailer appears to show, and how fans will react to this more segmented approach rather than a flowing slice of life game.
The second game released for the Animal Crossing series appeared to be a 'crossover' between Mario Party and Animal Crossing. This game also features the use of Amiibo figures and, interestingly, you play on the board as the animals, like Isabelle for example, rather than the Villager. This crossover could bring fans of both franchises together to give both a boost in popularity.
Well, overall, Nintendo seemed to do a pretty good job at this year's E3, and I hope you liked the rundown of this year's new releases for some of the most cared for franchises in video gaming. You can let us know your thoughts on the releases from Nintendo this year via Newport City Radio's social media.