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E3 Nintendo Direct Complete Roundup


Nintendo today unleashed a strong list of powerhouse games that will be available for Wii U this year, and provided first looks at key titles coming in 2014. These include some of the video game industry’s most beloved franchises and characters, from Mario and Donkey Kong to Luigi, Pikmin and Pokémon to The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.

“Nearly every major piece of Nintendo IP will be represented on our platforms in 2013, with even more coming in 2014. There’s one fundamental truth in the video game industry: Software sells hardware. That was true with Wii and Nintendo DS, it’s starting to happen with Nintendo 3DS and will be on display this summer and holiday season with Wii U. When gamers are making their purchasing decisions this year they’re going to find that the games and experiences they want are either unique or entirely exclusive to a Nintendo platform.”

– Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer.

In addition to all of the game experiences available right now at E3, Nintendo has partnered with Best Buy to bring four upcoming Wii U games to the public for the first time. Visitors to participating Best Buy stores will be able to play demo versions of Super Mario 3D WorldMario Kart 8The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze. The games will be playable 4-8 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12, and 1-5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 15. A complete list of participating stores can be found at

Some of the key Wii U game info announced today by Nintendo includes:

  • Super Mario 3D World: For the first time ever, Nintendo has created a four-player Mario game set in a 3D world. The game, developed by the same team that createdSuper Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS and the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii, lets up to four players play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Each character has his or her own unique characteristics, and people can play cooperatively or competitively. The new cat transformation turns characters into adorable felines that can scratch enemies and even scamper up the flagpole at the end of levels. Clear warp pipes add some new puzzle elements to game play. The game is scheduled to launch this December.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: The first Wii U installment in the franchise comes from Retro Studios. The side-scrolling platformer has beautiful HD graphics that show fine details, such as Donkey Kong’s fur. Dixie Kong joins the adventure, which features the Kongs swimming underwater and moving from the foreground to the background. This time, the camera changes perspective on certain levels to enhance the sense of motion and to deliver new experiences. The game is scheduled to launch this November.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD: The classic Nintendo GameCube game has been enhanced with beautiful HD 1080p graphics. In one change from the original, the Tingle Tuner has been replaced by the Tingle Bottle, which uses the Wii U GamePad controller to post comments about the game to Miiverse. Comments from players wash up on the shores of beaches in the game. Players also have the option to sail faster than they did in the original version. The game is scheduled to launch this October.
  • Mario Kart 8: The newest installment of the gold-standard racing game introduces an anti-gravity feature that has karts racing up walls and clinging to inverted tracks. Elements from previous Mario Kart games have made their return, including gliders and motorbikes. The game will support online multiplayer and will have deep integration with Miiverse. The game is scheduled to launch in spring of 2014.
  • The Wonderful 101: This PlatinumGames original launches Sept. 15. Players take on the role of Wonder-Red, leader of a group of superheroes. Individually they are overpowered by invaders from space. But by working together, they can transform into a fist or blade and unleash massive attacks on their enemy. The polished, over-the-top look and music evoke classic superhero comics and cartoons.
  • Bayonetta 2: Developed by PlatinumGames, the game’s title character has had a makeover that gives her a new hairstyle and costume. Her climactic abilities are more powerful and the action is as intense as ever. The game is scheduled to launch in 2014.
  • A brand-new title developed by MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC.: Monolith Soft, the creative force behind The Xenoblade Chronicles, is creating an open world for players to explore. Players can ride human-shaped robots at certain points in the game, or use the robots to battle enemies in the sky. The game is scheduled to launch in 2014.
  • Wii Party U: Enjoy board games and mini-games on the TV, play familiar tabletop games using the Wii U GamePad controller or transform your living room into a game show floor. No matter what kind of party you’re throwing, Wii Party U offers something for everyone. The game is scheduled to launch this October.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: The highly anticipated new entry in Nintendo’s popular fighting franchise will arrive for Wii U in 2014.
  • Wii Fit U: Although this game was previously announced to launch in spring or summer this year, it is now scheduled to launch this December.

Nintendo 3DS News

  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y: The first games in the core Pokémon series to appear on Nintendo 3DS launch worldwide on Oct. 12. The games introduce an 18thPokémon type: Fairy-type Pokémon, and have an upgraded graphical look that is an artistic pinnacle for the franchise. A new feature called Pokémon-Amie lets players create a deeper connection with their Pokémon. Trainers can pet them, feed them and play mini-games with them, which makes their Pokémon more effective in battles.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSThe hand-held counterpart to the Wii U version will also arrive in 2014.

At the Show

Additional games that were not mentioned in the Nintendo Direct but are playable at E3 include:

Wii U

  • Pikmin 3: This game is in a genre all its own. Players take command of three explorers and a legion of adorable Pikmin in a fight for survival. By employing the unique abilities of these tiny Pikmin creatures, players will solve puzzles, battle dangerous predators and recover food needed to save the explorers’ depleted home planet. The game launches Aug. 4.
  • New Super Luigi U: Luigi takes center stage in his first starring role in a platform adventure. Players can show off their skills as Luigi, complete with his trademark high jump and unique slide, as they experience more than 80 new courses set in the world of New Super Mario Bros. U. For people who already own New Super Mario Bros. U, the new Luigi content launches as downloadable content in the Nintendo eShop on June 20. A stand-alone retail version of the game that does not require the original launches Aug. 25.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The game includes a variety of events from the Winter Games, including bobsleigh, skiing, figure skating pairs and snowboard slopestyle – which will make its Olympic Games debut in Sochi, Russia. Different events might use the Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii U GamePad controller or both. In addition to realistic events, the game also includes Dream Events set in the worlds of Sonic and Mario that let players perform moves not possible in real life. Launch details and timing will be announced at a later date.

Nintendo 3DS

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: This game takes place after the events of and in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Link can now become a drawing to move along walls. This opens up ways to explore and puzzle elements that give Link access to locations he could not otherwise reach. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
  • Yoshi’s New Island: The third game in the series offers classic Yoshi abilities while introducing new ones, such as giant Mega Eggs that Yoshi can use to mow down obstacles. The game features different worlds in a variety of art styles, including oil, watercolor and pastels. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: Mario and Luigi embark on the adventure of their dreams in a hilarious action RPG that combines action in both the real world and inside Luigi’s dreams. The game launches Aug. 11.

70 thoughts on “E3 Nintendo Direct Complete Roundup”

    1. Yeah. I’m pretty sure that there are supposed to be more Nintendo Direct presentations this week, because we still don’t know about Myamoto’s new IP.

      1. Miyamoto from what I’ve heard hasn’t even started on that because he has been so busy trying to get Pikmin 3 ready fro launch.

      1. Well what about Retro? i’m not the only person on this site that’s dissapointed in them, I wanted a Metroid Starfox or a new IP but no they gave us Donkey Kong again.

        1. No body said that this donkey kong was made by retro everyone asumed it was. Also strager wrath hd is coming to wiiu.

            1. I think, if they are doing that, theyre left handing it, while developing something major.
              I think this game should be eShop title.

  1. Well, there were hits and misses. Overall it was decent enough, not brilliant, but not terrible either.

    The Good:

    -Bayonetta 2 gameplay! Looks awesome. /love Bayonetta.
    -Mario Kart 8 looks great.
    -Super Mario 3D World actually looks good, a bit disappointing at first, but upon repeating viewings, does actually look good. Return of 4 characters with different abilities is welcome.
    -X is just OMFG!!! Seriously. OH MY FUCKING GOD!
    -First look at gameplay from Wii U version of Watch Dogs. Graphics look good.
    -Wonderful 101 Multiplayer confirmed.
    -Wind Waker HD looks ever so pretty. Plus 1080p!!!
    -Mega Man! Mega Man! Mega Man!
    -Smash Bros in general.
    -Nice selection of indie titles coming to eshop.
    -Shovel Knight in particular!

    The Bad:

    -Kotaku says driving upside down in Mario Kart 8 is automated. This is extremely worrying. Hope for clarification soon.
    -Super Mario 3D World not the type of 3D Mario I or anyone else was expecting.
    -3DS version of Smash Bros not looking pretty. Cell shading not winning me over at the moment.
    -Villager? /sigh Where the fuck was Non Specific Action Figure? Nintendo would have beat even Sony’s conference if NSAF was announced for Smash Bros.
    -3rd party support looking very minimal. No new games announced. But the ones shown do look good. I’ll be getting almost all of them.
    -No new Miyamoto IP?
    -No new IPs from Nintendo at all. (assuming X is xenoblade)
    – Donkey Kong County Tropical Freeze was the biggest disappointment since the xbox one. They seriously fucked up on this one. I hope its just 1 of 2 games Retro are developing.

    I think thats everything. Unless I’ve forgotten something?

    So, good, but not great.

    I think Sony won this E3. Followed by Nintendo, and then Microsoft in a very very very very very very distant third.

    Hope there are some more announcements. Like Retro’s real project. Hope for another surprise Nintendo direct before E3 ends.

      1. I just found it hilarious.

        If Nintendo took the joke and ran with it to the extent of putting him in Smash Bros. I’d just be very happy.

        1. Your bad reasons are a bit…..stupid, Nintendo would of beat Sony if they put a stupid made up character in Smash Bros? Wow your priorities are off. They showed Smash with MEGA MAN! That’s much better than NSAF

  2. Man that new 3d mario game is awesome. cause of 4 players and one part of the trailer looked like a level editor.

      1. Highly unlikely. Nintendo usually doesn’t let thinsg drag on. They probably would have announced something else by now if they were going to. Then again, maybe they have some type of reveal to accompany the Best Buy shows tomorrow. Again, unlikely.

  3. This is why they didn’t have a press conference, they had nothing NEW to show. Same stuff over and over. The Wii U is dead to me. Worst Nintendo Direct ever!

    1. Well, you’ve been replying the same comment over and over in all recent articles, I want to ask, why?

      1. Because Nintendo said the Wii U is different and we can get different gaming experiences with it. Well, all they show are the same games over and over. Where is the innovation? Mario Kart, Zelda Wind Waker, Smash Bros. same stuff over and over and over. All those games could be done on any gamepad.

  4. The highlights for me Were X – I litteraly creamed my pants with that one , probably one of the most incredible trailers ever. The game looked better than almost everything on Xbox one – testament to how Art style can triumph over tech specs.

    Mario Kart 8 – I thought it was CGI at first , then I was like oh shit son!!! Nice…. Spring 2014 lame….

    Mario 3D world – Give it a chance guys , 3D land was amazing if you think about it except for the easy start levels… This could be epic with the coop. Better be online coop though , no fucking excuse for not having online coop with Voice chat , IMAGINE THAT????!!!!!

    Smash bros – yes , just yes….

    DKCAF – Hopefull Retro has more than just this in the works , confident they do!

    The rest was cool as well..

    1. The only thing I don’t like about the new Mario is the cat power-up.

      As for Mario Kart 8 I thought it was CGI also. Those graphics amazed me!

      Everything else I agree with.

    2. The co-op feature of SM3DW kinda flew over everyone’s heads. I know I didn’t realize it until later on. A 4-payer co-op Mario game? That sounds pretty darn good.

  5. I’m gonna calm down just wait and see. The noose is already around Nintendo’s neck. I’ll just wait and see if they are start enough to pull it off before it gets too tight.

    However it should be noted that with Nintendo generally if you don’t hear anything within 24-36 hours after their conference they are pretty much done with news.

  6. Since they didn’t mention either Yarn Yoshi or the Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem crossover, I think they’re hiding some games.

    1. There even was a fire emblem logo on the teaser foto from the e3 booths, I really hope Nintendo Gives a big surprise!!

  7. Hoestly, the announced games almost consist of remakes and sequels of already existing series and franchises only. And that makes me really mad.
    Nintendo, how about you give us something entirely new for once ? Sure, a few of the games seem to be nice and stuff, but they’re simply nothing “new” in that respect. Look at all the new first party titles Sony will bring us. ENTIRELY new games. I’m kinda disappointed in Nintendo. They need to try new things instead of relying on Mario & co.
    I really love Nintendo but yea, I’m just being honest.

    1. You’re correct! Xeno/Project X is their latest IP (as far as I know) and that came out a couple of years ago. And look how amazing that was.

      Rodea the Sky soldier isnt a nintendo IP but it’s exclusive to Wii and the 3ds… And just waiting for someone to publish it… Shame Ninty hasn’t shown interest in it.. Could’ve been a game to bid the Wii a farewell and hopefully release more in the bew series for the WiiU…

  8. Let’s just say that at least the Wii U doesn’t have any nasty anti-consumer DRM. That’s a selling point.

    1. Yea =/ So much for super cheap potions, arrows and bait on the go, cheaty tingle balloons, tingle bombs…..=(

      1. Actually, now i think about it, the worst thing they could of done with the tingle tuner was make it into some miiverse shit lol. I hope you can actually get some items in the bottles you find too =/

  9. why is everyone forgetting the wonderful 101? that game looked awesome and so much fun!
    X looked awesome to, plus the new smash bros(yeah mega man!)
    was a little disappointed that retro was doing dkc but when I saw gameplay and the story I was really happy that my favorite wii game was getting an awesome sequel, plus retro could be doing 2 games so maybe there will be another announcement.
    plus let’s not forget that bayonetta and an oddworld game are coming to wii u, so all in all pretty good so far! hopefully will get another surprise or two before it’s all said and done!

  10. The only game that will remotely be attractive to core gamers is Monolith’s new game, maybe Bayonetta 2. With Retro’s game being fucking Donkey Kong and not a Metroid or Metroid like game, Nintendo just lost badly.

      1. I guess, but there was nothing really new, besides X. I hope the battles are more real time than Xenoblade though.

  11. Perhaps a new DKCR isn’t what everybody was expecting from Retro, but let’s face it: the game seems to be beautiful and very cool, I can’t understand so much rage against it, since everyone praised the Wii version.

    1. Also, let’s consider that the WiiU lifespan will be of more than two years, we cannot whish every single IP to be released/shown until 2014

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  13. It just occurred to me that this is the first REAL Wii U Nintendo Direct since January 23rd, and this is what we got. :/

  14. LETS HOPE NINTENDO GIVES THE SURPRISE TOMORROW AND ANNOUNCES MORE GAMES (or in future Nintendo Directs), there was a couple of signs that there are more games un announced, like Yoshi Yarn and the Fire Emblem logo in a teaser foto of the e3 booths.
    I dont think Nintendo will compete with new consoles with so little games this holiday 2013???

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