A recent job listing published by Nintendo of America states that the company is looking for someone who edits video/audio for TV commercials, game trailers, Nintendo Direct, web content, demo kiosks, internal and external presentations, and general marketing purposes. It seems reasonably likely that Nintendo will eventually want to build on late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s throughly enjoyable Nintendo Direct presentations which were a great way of speaking directly to Nintendo fans.
Even the crew at My Nintendo News freely admit that Nintendo’s 2015 Digital Event @ E3 was not perfect — while some games have been seeing some love, others (as well as Nintendo as a whole) are being raked across the coals. Whether this is a response to the games themselves or a reaction when comparing the Nintendo Event to Sony, Bethesda, and Microsoft’s generally well received conference, Nintendo is getting socially and critically dismembered (prompting a quick apology from Nintendo Japan CEO, Satoru Iwata.)
However, nowhere has this vitriol been seen quite as prevalently as the YouTube videos. After checking the likes and dislikes of each individual announcement, we’ve tallied the popularity of each reveal, from the superstars to the flops. Check out the list below, and let us know whether you agree!
Italics titles are Nindies.
Bold titles are events.
Regular typeface titles are games shown during Nintendo’s Direct.
Popularity — Rated Most to Least Popular (Likes/Dislikes):
- Typoman: 99% (745/7)
- Earthbound Beginnings: 98% (5406/72)
- Freedom Planet: 98% (1180/22)
- RIVE: 98% (515/11)
- Soul Axiom: 98% (452/8)
- Mutant Mudds Super Challenge: 98% (266/6)
- Nintendo World Championships 2015: 97% (28454/905)
- Super Smash Bros. New Content Approaching: 97% (18918/654)
- Fire Emblem Fates: 97% (3324/109)
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero: 97% (1906/50)
- Runbow: 97% (743/23)
- Nindies@Home: 97% (679/20)
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water: 97% (1248/41)
- forma 8: 97% (364/12)
- Lovely Planet: 96% (617/25)
- Xenoblade Chronicles X: 95% (2381/123)
- Yoshi’s Woolly World: 91% (834/83)
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: 90% (2376/275)
- Super Mario Maker: 89% (1382/159)
- Star Fox Zero: 84% (3024/546)
- FAST Racing Neo: 79% (677/182)
- Genei Ibun Roku #FE: 76% (1557/485)
- Hyrule Warriors Legends: 73% (858/316)
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: 68% (955/442)
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes: 66% (1085/563)
- Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash: 64% (426/241)
- Yo-Kai Watch: 60% (470/310)
- Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: 59% (975/687)
- SteamWorld Heist: 55% (364/293)
- Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: 53% (1377/1206)
- Nintendo Digital Event: 44% (2955/3710)
- Skylanders SuperChargers: 23% (507/1668)
- Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival: 13% (540/3538)
- Metroid Prime: Federation Force: 9% (1511/15364)
*** This list was made on the current statistics of YouTube videos, they are subject to change (and likely have changed already).
During a special video presentation focused on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the game’s director, Masahiro Sakurai, unveiled a smashing amount of new content for the games, including two new playable characters: Ryu from the Street Fighter series and Roy from Fire Emblem. They both join Lucas from Mother 3 as new playable fighters, and are available for download now! This additional paid content lands alongside a major software update that launched today for both systems, which also includes three new stages and many new costumes for Mii Fighters, including outfits from classic fighting series Virtua Fighter and Tekken. With these new characters, stages and costumes, top fighting game franchises Super Smash Bros., Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter and Tekken unite for the very first time.
Three new characters join Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U: Ryu from the Street Fighter series, Roy from Fire Emblem and Lucas from Mother 3.
“Today’s update proves that the evergreen Super Smash Bros. games continue to evolve and grow with unexpected new content,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We’re offering multiple price options and bundles for all this outstanding new content, so players can mix and match whatever characters, stages and costumes they want.”
The video presentation can be viewed in its entirety by visiting http://e3.nintendo.com/. Highlights of the update include:
- Ryu from Street Fighter: For the first time inSuper Smash Bros. history, a character from the fighting game series Street Fighter joins the battle. Iconic character Ryu, whose look in the game is based on Street Fighter II, brings a new fighting style and feel to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Ryu’s traditional Light, Medium and Heavy attacks can be used depending on whether players tap, press or hold the buttons. Classic Street Fighter moves like Hadoken and Shoryuken can be activated with just a one-button press, but players who enter the original button combinations from the Street Fighter series will perform the same actions with higher damage. Ryu can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS for $5.99 each, or both game versions together for $6.99. Purchase includes the bonus Suzaku Castle stage from the Street Fighter series. This classic environment provides stable footing on the right side and a series of platforms on the left. It can also be played in Omega form, giving the stage a look and feel much like in the Street Fighter II original.
- Roy from Fire Emblem: A fan-favorite from his last appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo GameCube, Roy from the Fire Emblem franchise returns to the series more powerful than ever before. Unlike Marth, Roy’s sword is stronger closer to the hilt, so he works better in close range. Roy also now has a Final Smash move in the form of a devastating sword blow. Roy can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U for $3.99, or both game versions together for $4.99.
- Lucas from Mother 3: As previously announced, Lucas is also available to purchase as a new downloadable character. Originating in the Japan-only Game Boy Advance RPG Mother 3, Lucas primarily uses lightning attacks to smash his opponents. Lucas can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS for $3.99, or both game versions together for $4.99.
- New Mii Fighter costumes: Multiple video games and characters from the past and present are represented in a new set of Mii Fighter costumes now available through the new update. Two costumes from classic fighting game Virtua Fighter are based on the Akira and Jacky characters, with Akira even maintaining his blocky polygonal look from the original game. Tekken fighter Heihachi (and his amazing hair) serves as inspiration for one costume, with additional costumes based on Isabelle from Animal Crossing, MegaMan.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network, ZERO from Mega Man X, the Inkling Girl and Boy and the squid hat from Splatoonalso available. All costumes – eight in total – can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U for $6, or both game versions together for $9.20. Costumes can also be purchased individually for $0.75 in either Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, or both game versions together for $1.15 each.
- Dreamland stage: Based on the first Dreamland stage from the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64, this stage returns with a few tweaks. The Dreamland stage can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U for $1.99, or both game versions together for $2.99.
- Everything: Players who want every fighter, stage, outfit and accessory featured among today’s DLC releases can buy them all at once. The whole DLC pack can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U for $21.96, or both game versions together for $29.16.
- Miiverse stage: Available now to download for free, this new stage for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U features Miiverse posts created by players all over the world. During matches while connected to the Internet, players will see Miiverse posts appear that cheer specific fighters on from the background. These messages will be pulled from individual Miiverse communities that just opened for each Super Smash Bros. character.
- Tourney mode: Scheduled to launch as part of a free update in August, two new Tourney modes are coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Community Tourneys let players compete for the highest points in a certain amount of time, while regular Tourneys have a specific set of rules and only happen at select times.
- YouTube replays: Coming exclusively to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at a later date, this free new feature allows players to post replay videos of their matches on YouTube. To use this feature, players must possess a Google account. Please visit http://www.smashbros.com/us/ for additional details.
- Additional Super Smash Bros. amiibo: Mii Fighters are getting their own amiibo figures! When used in the game, the Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter and Mii Gunner amiibo characters can be configured with custom faces and players’ collected accessories and costumes. Four additional Super Smash Bros. characters are also getting amiibo: R.O.B., Duck Hunt, Mr. Game & Watch and Falco. These new amiibo will be available this September, except Falco who will be available this holiday season. Eventually, all playable characters in Super Smash Bros. will have corresponding amiibo figures, including Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy and Ryu.
- Bonus Trophies: After downloading the update, in-game bonus trophies based on Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter, Roy, Lucas and Splatoon will be available to unlock in play. Players can collect these trophies by completing All-Star mode in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
A Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS/Wii U presentation will be kicking off in just under 15 minutes, and you can watch the live stream in the video above or on NintendoUK’s Twitch to find out what the “new content approaching!” they have planned for us is. And of course, we’ll be keeping you updated with info we don’t already know. So take a seat and tune in!
The recent Nintendo Direct announcement kinda took up by surprise with E3 coming up, but it seems as though it will only be for Japan. This particular presentation will be delivered by Mr Morimoto tomorrow, as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will be taking a back seat this time around. I’m not too sure what to expect but you can bet that Nintendo is saving its big guns for E3 next month.
Well, this is curious timing. Just before E3 Nintendo of Japan will be hosting a Nintendo Direct which will focus on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles that are due for release this summer. It’s unlikely to contain any surprises with the E3 Nintendo Digital Event coming up, but it should be worth a watch.