Nintendo E3 2012 - Game Discussion
We all have games that we wanted to see but didn't because a 1-hour presentation isn't enough for everything Nintendo has to show. Since there are plenty of 'Lamentation Blogs' being written right now, what I want to do is take a look at the games that are at E3
and give everyone something to enjoy! The Console - Wii U
First of all, lets talk about the system itself and the details that Nintendo gave out during the conference. Yes, it's confirmed that up to two GamePads will be able to connect to the console at the same time - so that dispels the rumors of only one GamePad being able to be used at a time.
It's confirmed that a GamePad will be packaged with the Wii-u. This means no one will have to shell out $$$ for the system and then another sum of $$$ for the controller. Nothing has been said about the Wii-u Pro Controller being packaged with the system, and it's unlikely to be included. Chances are that a Wii Remote and Nunchuk will not be included either since the GamePad takes the place of a Wii Remote for operating the system.
Also to be included with the system are several software apps/games including MiiVerse, Nintendo Land, and video conference software to talk with friends. MiiVerse will let you see what games your friends are playing, allow you to send written messages in the MiiVerse "plaza" (and in-game messages), as well as in-game photos and what looks to be a message board forum.
I'll talk more about Nintendo Land in a bit, but one other title that caught my eye was "Panorama View".
Wi U Panorama View takes you on trips to exotic locations through your GamePad. While holding your GamePad you can change the camera angles by turning around physically at different angles. You can let the TV play separate from your GamePad, or you can display your perspectives on the TV at the same time you control it with your GamePad.
Though there was no mention of it, Panorama View is likely to be free software bundled in with the Wii-u to give owners a chance to explore the GamePad and it's gyroscopic controls. Pre-bundled Software
Nintendo Land is the free game that comes packaged with each Wii-u, which makes it the equivalent of Wii Sports. The idea is to give new players some fun games to play that showcase the new controller, focusing on multiplayer action in a theme park world.
Katsyua Eguchi is a name not all of us may be familiar with, but he is well known for his work on the Animal Crossing games; he's also the guy who brought us Wii Sports. Now he's back and bringing us Nintendo Land which will feature 12 games to start with. Right now five of the twelve have been announced: Animal Crossing: Sweet Day
The object of this game is to sneak into an orchard and eat 50 pieces of candy (up to 4 candy-eaters team up with Wii Remotes). The challenge is to get away with eating all the candy without getting caught by the guards controlled by the using the GamePad. The GamePad allows the player to control both guards with the analog sticks and also provides a map of the orchard showing the location of all the other players! Luigi's Ghost Mansion
One player takes on the role of a Ghost using the GamePad and tries to capture the Humans who are in the haunted mansion. The trick here is that the Ghost is invisible on the TV and only shows up for the player using the GamePad. This lets the Ghost player run around and ambush the Humans and he wins when they have all fainted. The Humans have tricks of their own however! Each player's Wii Remote will rumble when the Ghost is nearby, and they are also equipped with flashlights that damage the Ghost. The Humans win when the Ghost's health reaches zero... but they have to make sure they don't run out of batteries! Donkey Kong's Crash Course
This is a single player game that lets you use the gyroscopes in the GamePad to guide a fragile cart through an obstacle course. The levels are designed after old-school goodness with classic Donkey Kong swag. Takamaru's Ninja Castle
Throw shuriken like a ninja! This game changes the GamePad into a launcher for ninja stars. Aim with the controller and then flick the stars at the screen to throw them! This game is based off an old game from the Famicom! The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest
Players work together to take on hoards of enemies in a Legend of Zelda style game. The player with the GamePad uses a bow and arrows to shoot from a distance and additional players help out using Wii Remotes like swords to slash enemies at close range. New Super Mario Bros. U System: Wii U
Everyone always wants a Mario game when a new Nintendo system launches, not only do we get a Mario game we get a really awesome looking Mario game! This game has elements of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, which were some of the most iconic and awesome Mario games ever made.
We see 'suits' make a return with the 'Flying Squirrel' power-up which is a nod to the Raccoon/Taknuki Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. The Flying Squirrel Suit will allow you to swoop through the air and even cling to walls!
We also see a return of the 'Yoshi Hatchling' harkening to the days of Super Mario World for the SNES. It appears that the Yoshi Hatchlings work the same way as originally in that you carry them around and they can eat enemies, but this time around they each seem to have their own unique abilities. Blue hatchlings can spew out bubbles to trap enemies, Red hatchlings blast fire, Yellow hatchlings light up dark areas, and it appears that the Pink hatchlings inflate like balloons which allow you to float through levels. System: 3DS
New Super Mario Bros U (NSMBU) isn't the only Mario game coming out... New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS was also showcased at E3. This version is coming out for the 3DS and features GOLD COINS. Coins, coins, coins! Everything seems to explode into a shower of gold. Along with the 'Gold Flower' we will see a return of Raccoon Mario with the traditional raccoon hat from SMB3.
The most novel idea about this game is that it will be available for digital download as well the common in-box purchase. The digital download can be bought at the Nintendo eShop, it can even be purchased and downloaded in stores.
NSMB2 has a tentative release date for August of this year. System: Wii U
I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't hyped for this game. I've been a Pikmin fan ever since the first one back on the GCN, and became a bigger fan after Pikmin 2 was released. I've been looking forward to another sequel for years now, and Pikmin 3 has been a long time coming.
The scenery of Pikmin was gorgeous even back on the GameCube, but the world of Pikmin looks even more so with the Wii-u hardware. More detail to graphics wasn't the only thing updated, the behavior of the Pikmin themselves have been polished up. They now move more like 'ants' which allow them to travel around the stage in visually appealing ways as well as more interesting movement when carrying objects and swarming enemies.
Most enticing of all about the new Pikmin game is how useful the GamePad will be for a variety of reasons. The gyroscopes and motion controls will allow you to aim and throw Pikmin with more precision (similar to the Pikmin remakes for the Wii if any of you had the pleasure of playing those). The screen on the GamePad will also be able to display a map of the level allowing you to check on your Pikmins' locations, as well as other possibilities such as radar for finding treasures. The option to use Wii Motion Plus and Nunchuk will still be available, even to the point of being used in tandem with the GamePad.
Pikmin 3 also features "Rock" Pikmin (or what I just call "Rokmin") which appear to be like normal Pikmin except made of heavy rock-like material. Tossing these guys around will be able to shatter barriers as well as cause massive damage to enemies. They remind me a lot of Purple Pikmin... speaking of which, I didn't see any Purple or White Pikmin this time around. But don't fret, I'm sure they're still lurking around somewhere.
New playable characters were shown, but little was spoken about them probably to avoid possible spoilers. My guess is that Olimar has gone missing and his family/friends have to track him down and must employ the help of Pikmin to find him. The characters I saw look like his wife and son with two other guys. The other two might've been Louie and The President, though I can't say for sure who any of these guys are right now. Game & Wario System: Wii U
Wario is back with more micro games, this time the games use the Wii U GamePad. In true WarioWare style, the micro games are fast and silly with the goal simply to complete them before the short timer runs out. The GamePad will be held in a variety of ways to complete the micro games, such as a bow and arrow, a sled, or a camera. Third-Party Support Project P-100 System: Wii U
Developer: Platinum Games
"Project P-100" has a Pikmin-like look to it. The idea is to collect people to help your heroes fight off alien attackers, and it seems like an action-packed game full of fun. This game is from Platinum Games, the guys known for Madworld.
Heroes featured include Bonzai Man, Vending Machine Man, and Toilet Bowl Man, among others. As you rescue Citizens more people join your cause and your "Special Morph Power" increases, and the masses of people/heroes you control can morph into a variety of things including swords, guns, and even gelatin to bounce attacks away. System: Wii U
Developer: TT Games
Outside of Nintendo's 1st party games, we see a variety of games coming from other companies. One of which people are calling "GTA Lego City" because of it's similar theme and style, but all made of Legos.
The main character "Chase McCain" goes on various missions as a police officer in Lego City. During these missions you can outfit Chase with various undercover disguises which impart on him different abilities. Going undercover as "Miner" will equip Chase with a pickax and allow him to smash obstacles blocking his way. The one I don't get is the "Robber" outfit which looks like it just gives officer McCain an excuse to commit crimes like breaking and entering or outright theft. System: Wii U
Publisher: WB Games Montréal
It will include all previous downloadable content. System: Wii U
Developer: Gearbox Software
This is an authentic sequel to James Cameron's Aliens
. What I get from the previews is that this game will be an "Alien Shoot 'em Up" but with the dark and eerie Alien
atmosphere. The game will feature multiplayer co-op (online, I'm thinking) as well as a versus mode with players on teams of humans vs aliens. System: Wii U
Developer: Team NINJA / Tecmo Koei
The third installment in the Ninja Gaiden series is subtitled "Razor's Edge" because razors are cool and cutting people with them is even cooler but being a ninja and cutting people with razor-sharp blades causing fountains of High Definition blood is way more cool!
Use the GamePad touch screen to get in-game info, select from a variety of weapons, or to execute secret Ninja techniques! New character progression system, a redesigned battle system, and more dismemberment and mayhem than you can shake a naggiteppo at. System: Wii U
Choose from three Heroes to battle against the villainous Goblins as you fight your way through a side-scrolling adventure full of puzzles and action. This game features multiplayer co-op both Online and Local using GamePad and Wii remote support.
The graphics in this game are really impressive and show off the power of the Wii-u even at this early stage of release. This game will include the 'Director's Cut' which will include the upcoming expansion campaign and all the new skills and puzzles. System: Wii U
Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
The setting is the American Colonies, 1775. You play as Connar, warrior son of a Native American mother and a British father. As America's first Master Assassin, it's your job to ignite the fires of revolution as you fight for the freedom of your clan. From your 'behind the scenes' role, you'll experience the hidden truth behind the American Revolution.
The background of this game is very interesting and allows you to interact with historic figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Washington in between hacking some people up with tomahawks and blasting some others with flintlocks.
This game boasts revolutionary new graphics, animations, and effects. New combat systems, new weather systems, more system systems. This game has it all! It even has online multiplayer with new characters and new maps. Use the Wii U as a map to track down prey and find shortcuts... or to change weapons quickly and fluidly... even in the middle of a combo! Tank! Tank! Tank!
What better name for this game?! You get to operate a big, green tank and blast giant, city-infesting monsters! What could be better? That's right, it's got Multiplayer!
You can Co-op and blast those giant, city-infesting monsters with your friends, or you can go Versus and blow the **** out of each other!!! There's even an option to take a picture a picture of your own face, using the GamePad's built-in camera, then slap it on a giant, city-infesting monster and go to town smashing down building all while being hunted down and blasted to bits by your tank-driving friends! System: Wii U
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
The "Fog of Death" has descended upon London and everyone has turned into flesh-eating zombies! Everyone ... except for you?! The streets are full of shambling undead who want to feast on your flesh. You must fight them with the only weapon you've got... a Nintendo tablet!
That's right! Stock up on weapons and supplies and pull them out at a moment's notice with a touch of your GamePad. But you'll never know when you'll find more, so use them wisely!
This game has some unique features including the fact that if you get bit by a zombie even once you die and become a zombie! That's okay, just restart with a new character, but you'll have to hunt down your old-character-turned-zombie to get your gear back! It also appears to have an online Co-op mode where your friend can help you survive the zombie apocolypse, but they'll also be alerted to when you've become a zombie and can hunt it down to take your stuff! There's also a "Survivors vs Zombies" mode which allows one player to become the "Zombie Master" who can spawn enemies and spring traps on the Survivors.
Remember, you'll have to upgrade your Scanner in order to find the pockets of antibodies in the zombie boss's swollen glands!