Let's wrap it up: Nintendo E3 Digital Event

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Today we saw the much anticipated digital event from Nintendo at the E3 in Los Angelos. Did you have high hopes for a certain title? I did, I hoped for an Animal Crossing for the WiiU, but although the offering was nice, it wasn’t what I wanted! Let me tell you what you missed:


  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS): not exactly a Metroid Prime title, but a multiplayer game (Next Level Games) which features four-player co-op missions – online or local – set in the Metroid Prime universe.
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS); a few more details where released about this cooperation title by Nintendo and Tecmo Koei. It’s expected to be released in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Fire Emblem Fates (3DS): we’ve already seen this title in the Japanese Nintendo Direct, and every time I see the clip,Fire emblem, Fate, If, e3 2015 I’m impressed by the visuals and the storytelling. That was a surprise for me, way back when I picked up my first ever Fire Emblem title, the way the story can draw you in. That’s the reason I won’t buy it on my Japanese 3DS, this is a game where the story is very important. A must have for me when it releases in 2016.
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS): we finally saw a bit more of this new 3DS title, that will use Amiibo cards to give you assignments to customize a house and decorate a room for an animal. It looked good, even if this isn’t a full title like New Leaf was. And the best news is that we don’t have to wait too long: it will be released on September 25th. in the US, no news yet about a European release.
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS): This follow up title for Mario &Mario & Luigi, Paper Jam, e3 2015, RPG Luigi: Dream Team is expected in Spring 2016. While not exactly the Paper Mario title people were hoping for, this RPG looks good. All the power-ups will be paper-themed, so the fans of Paper Mario at least have something to look forward to!
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS): this Zelda title, to be released this fall, will focus on teamwork. Players explore dungeons, working together to overcome obstacles. One of the moves that was shown in the event was the “Totem” mechanic, where players stand on each others shoulders to solve puzzles and fight enemies. Of course, online play will be supported, but you will still be able to play alone. The game will then provide you with CPU-controlled partners. What seemed like fun to me was the fashion element, where you can collect different outfits to get different abilities.
  • Yokai Watch (3DS): a bit more news about Yokai Watch, it’s said to be released during the Holidays 2015! A great game to look forward too under the Christmas Tree. I’ve written about it quite a lot on my blog, and this is a must buy for me.

Wii U

  • Star Fox Zero (Wii U)Mario maker, wiiu, e3 2015
  • Super Mario Maker (Wii U): I bet this is one of the titles that fans look forward to most. It will be released, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Mario, on September 11 in the US, and in a yet to announce day in September in Europe. Costume Mario was shown, where you can transform into the amiibo that you put on the Wii U GamePad.
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U): to be released on June 26th in Europe, and October 16th in the US. What an absolute joy to watch, this title!
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)Animal Crossing, Amiibo festival, board-game
  • Animal Crossing amiibo Festival (Wii U): not exactly what I had hoped for, not a new AC simulation title, but a sort of board-game style game. My daughter immediately remarked that it was a bit like Mario Party. Of course it’s cute and the characters are very recognizable, but I’m unsure of what I think about it. It’s to be released in the US during the Holidays.
  • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash (Wii U)
  • Skylanders Superchargers (Wii U)Shin megami tensei, fire emblem, atlus, e3 2015
  • Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Wii U): a new cross over title that’s to be released in 2016. They showed a clip with catchy music and fast paced visuals. It looked good, and as I like both of the original games, I will check this one out when it’s released.

So, that wraps it up. Where you disappointed, or did you like what they offered?


  1. Thank you for your thoughts!

    Really looking forward to Fire Emblem and the Wii U Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem! IntSys and Atlus always do a great job.

    I want to play Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, but I just wait till the pricing of the cards. Animal Crossing amiibo Festival will be impossible to play because I won’t be able to get any of those amiibos 😛

    Finally Yo-kai Watch! Looking forward to this one so much! I just love Level-5 games!

    1. I too wonder how much the cards will cost for HH Designer, plus I will probably download the American version. It will be more difficult then to get the cards if they are region connected too. Yokai Watch: I can testify by playing the Japanese version that it’s a wonderful game, even without knowing everything they were saying!

      1. I really hope not, amiibo figures are not region-locked so I hope they make the cards the same 😛

        As for Youkai Watch, I have yet to play the game, but I love the animated series! It’s silly and fun. But good to know that mechanically the game is fun by itself!

  2. As I’ve already pre-ordered Yoshi’s Woolie World I was looking forward to that the most. I’m glad that, for me, they showed a little more of the game without spoiling it.

  3. I am really disappointed with Nintendo’s showing at this year’s event. You have put it quite well when you said “it is not quite what I wanted”. Lots of Nintendo fans are feeling like that right now.

    I think companies should not always give fans what they want, otherwise some franchises would never move forward, but announcing two Animal Crossing games that feel like minor efforts instead of full experiences, a Metroid game that is a multiplayer shooter, and a Zelda game that rehashes the A Link Between Worlds art style into a fun-looking cooperative experience feels like a really lackluster effort to me.

    At least Star Fox, Mario and Luigi, Mario Tennis and Fire Emblem look awesome!

    1. I think so too, fans will definitely get a kick out of it, and even if you’re not a fan, the building and testing every level should be fun.

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