It's time to finally conclude this recap of E3 2012 and what way to conclude it than with Nintendo! As we already know, the WiiU was giving fuller detail. The controller tablet was redesigned compared to last year and it can go up till two of those controllers for co-op.
For 4 player co-op, they introduced a new WiiU controller that's a mixture between the XBOX 360 controller and the Wii Classic Controller for Virtual Console games. You can also plug in your old Wii controllers to play with the WiiU as well, similar to plugging in your GameCube controller on your Wii.
Another new thing brought up was the Nintendo Network. It's an online service that will provide online play for the WiiU and the 3DS. Similar to XBOX Live and the PSN, it'll have online gameplay, online rankings, and online communities. Also with it, it'll have online communication so you can speak to your friends using the WiiU controller as a screen similar to Skype.
Not to mention the Nintendo eShop, their own take on the Virtual Console for the WiiU and the 3Ds. There are already some games available for download on the 3DS, but as for the WiiU, whether all the games that are available to download on the Virtual Console will be transferred to the Nintendo eShop is currently unknown. However, there are some speculations that GameCube games will be available for download for the WiiU's Nintendo, which is pretty cool. Now kids who didn't have a chance to play classic GameCube games like Super Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Luigi's Mansion, etc. will have a 2nd chance to check it out.
Alright, enough with the technical stuff. Let's get into the games. I'll cover a few of the WiiU and 3DS games that impressed me. Here are some of my favorites. Let's start with the WiiU.
This survival horror game is exclusive only on the WiiU. First shown in last year's E3, this time we're giving a few more details about it. ZombiU is a reboot to the 1986 Amstrad CPC game Zombi. In this reboot, it takes place in London, England where a massive zombie invasion has taken full force. It's up to you, the main protagonist, to survive the onslaught of these brain eating monsters. The game is shown on both the TV and the WiiU main controller screen. The main screen is used as your inventory screen known as the "Bug-Out Bag". Also with the screen, you're giving a map to view your surroundings and there are a few segments where you have to punch in a number code for you to get into unaccessed doors.
Unlike a lot of survival horror games, you die with one hit. Once you're dead, you are dead! You have create a new character and pick up where you left off, which gives it a little bit of a challenge. I was skeptical at first about this game trying to pick up on the popularity ofDead Rising, Left for Dead, and Resident Evil. But the more I see it, the more fascinated I am with it. Here's the trailer for your enjoyment.
After over a decade after the release of Pikmin 2, Shigeru Miyamoto finally revealedPikmin 3 at this year's E3. It expands the Pikmin world as you control up to four different types of Pikmin to do various tasks. A new Pikmin introduced to this game is the Rock Pikmin, which can help break barriers. Overall, if you liked the previous Pikmin games, you're sure to love this one. Here's the trailer for your enjoyment.
New Super Mario Bros. U
The follow up to New Super Mario Bros. Wii has Mario, Luigi, and two Toads going through the Mushroom Kingdom rescusing Princess Peach from Bowser. What else is new? There are a few new powerups such as Flying Squirrel Suit, which is similar to the Raccoon Suit from Super Mario Bros 3. and colored Yoshis to control similar to Super Mario World andYoshi's Island. You can also use your Miis as characters to control in this game and a fifth player can join in the fun. However, that person will instead be using the control pad to assist other players of manipulating the level. This game will launch alongside the WiiU console similar to when Super Mario Bros. was with the NES. Not much to say about it, but it's Mario. What's not to love? Here's the gameplay for your enjoyment.
Nintendo Land is a game filled with 12 minigames taking you through the many worlds of Nintendo. A couple of these minigames include Donkey Kong's Crash Course, Luigi's Ghost Mansion, and Animal Crossing: Sweet Day. Nintendo Land will be a launch title included with the WiiU showing the capabilities to what the console can do similar to Wii Sports for the Wii. Here's the trailer for your enjoyment.
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
For those who were fans of the old 16 bit Mickey Mouse games like Magical Quest andCastle of Illusion, then this is for you. It takes place right after Epic Mickey in which Mickey has to save forgotten Disney characters trapped in a castle from the evil witch Mizrabel. It combines the two games into one to satisfy both old school gamers, new school gamers, and Disney fans. I know that this is the kind of game that Moviefan12 and DisneyOtoko will love. Here's the trailer for your enjoyment.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
The sequel to the GameCube game Luigi's Mansion takes us through Luigi trying to capture ghosts in haunted mansions. That's right, mansions. Instead of one mansion like the previous game, there's at least three mansions that Luigi has to go into. The gameplay is similar to the last game, but there are more puzzles to solve and more places to explore. Here's the trailer and gameplay for your enjoyment.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
The sequel to the DS game has Mario and Luigi going through the Mushroom Kingdom...blah, blah, blah. You know it already. But this time, there are a few new features to this game. The Leaf makes a return changing Mario into his racoon suit, similar to Super Mario Bros 3.as oppose to the Tanooki Suit. Let's just hope that PETA doesn't start another arguement again about Mario killing the raccoon for its suit. The theme is this game is gold. Gold coins, gold powerups, golden enemies, gold everything. I'm hoping that they'll up the challenge in this game, otherwise it'll be too easy. With that much gold in exchange for 1-UPs, you can continue on forever and never have to worry about dying. Here's the trailer for your enjoyment.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow- Mirror of Fate
Whew! The game title is a mouthful. This game takes place 25 years after Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Gabriel's wife Marie dies while giving birth to Trevor, the main protagonist of Castlevania 3. This is due to the fact that the big reveal comes in that Trevor is actually Dracula's son and Marie became too weak afterwards. Dracula finally revives from the dead and Trevor enters the castle to take him down to avenge his mother. The game also includes playing as Simon Belmont from Castlevania, Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest, andSuper Castlevania 4, Alucard from Castlevania 3 and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night,and an unknown protagonist. It combines 2D gameplay with 3D environments, which should please both old and new school Castlevania fans. Here's the trailer for your enjoyment.
Overall, Nintendo showcased a lot of games for both their upcoming console and the 3DS. It gave us full details about the WiiU and what the future holds for Nintendo. However, I was a little disappointed about a few things. Mostly no confirmation about the Star Fox/Metroidcrossover game by Retro Studios, no F-Zero game, and no trailer of the new Super Smash Bros. game. I'll have to give Nintendo an A-. Do you agree or disagree?
Well, that concludes the coverage for the main companies. Tune in next time as we go through a whole summer of Nickelodeon. Take care.