|Video Playlist - Additional Pictures|
Overall impressions? Nintendo's showing was the most underwhelming I can remember them having, although their games were still consistently fun. In general, every company's showings tended to be sequels in popular series which played like upgraded and tweaked versions of previously great games. There's nothing wrong with that, but it was hard for me to get excited about them personally since you pretty much know what to expect already. I'm a fan of retro games as much as new games, after all, and when you get down to it, games haven't changed much since 3D graphics got big. Many of the big announcements (The Last Guardian, Shenmue 3, and others) didn't have playable demos, so that was a bit of a bummer. But, while the games were slightly better versions of what we've been playing for years, there was one thing that stood out in my mind as amazing: Virtual Reality. I'll get to that later though...
Table of Contents:
Part 1: Nintendo Games - You are here.
Part 2: More Games
Part 3: Virtual & Augmented Reality
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (3DS)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)
Metroid Prime Federation Force (Blast Ball) (3DS)
Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
|Via the E3 2015 Trailer|
Yoshi's Wooly World (Wii U)
For this game as well, I don't feel like I have to explain too much since it's already out in Japan. Essentially it plays like Yoshi's Island, but with a health meter rather than Baby Mario. The yarn-styled graphics are absolutely adorable, but more importantly, the level design is fun and challenging. It can be played in two player co-op, and in this mode it seems that you have unlimited lives as long as both players don't die at the same time. Similarly, using a Yarn Yoshi amiibo will create a second Yoshi on-screen which is controlled at the same time as your regular Yoshi. Just like in co-op, if one of the Yoshis falls, it will reappear for you, so you can focus on one Yoshi at a time without worry.
Yo-kai Watch (3DS)
|Via the E3 2015 trailer|
Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairy Tale (3DS)
This game was lonely and had nobody playing it, but from what I saw it definitely deserves to be on the radar of those who enjoy RPGs and games like Rune Factory and Harvest Moon. Apparently, this game has you living in a town and trying to heal the land by farming, talking to and doing quests for the locals, and fighting monsters. The battle system is turn based like good old classic RPGs, but it also has a grid-based system of movement which has you moving each character on their turn into strategic positions. Your position in battle not only gets you in range to attack or hit more enemies with an AoE spell, but apparently positioning has other benefits as well (attacking from behind for higher damage, for example). The demo had yet to be fully translated, but I was told that the American release would feature English voice acting, though they still hadn't decided on whether dual audio would be available.
Bonus: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (I didn't play it, but I took a video. It looks more like a Mario & Luigi game than a Paper Mario game, but whatever.)
Part 2 (More Non-Nintendo Games)
Part 3 (Virtual & Augmented Reality)