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Ninendo's E3 Presentation Review

I've been looking forward to this year's E3 for a while now. With the confirmation that a new Zelda title would appear, and the fact that this E3 had to reveal something big about Smash Bros., I new that this E3 would be big for Nintendo. So how exactly did they do?

Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo did not hold a press conference this year. Instead, they held a digital event that showcases their games.

The conference starts with a stop-motion segment by Robot Chicken. I had never seen Robot Chicken before, but this segment, along with the others they do in the conference, was very funny and entertaining. It featured Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talking about what was to come in the presentation and responding to a ranter about mistakes that were assumed to be made. Despite it being out of the norm, the stop-motion segments added to the enjoyment of the presentation.

After that, we see Reggie and Nintendo President Iwata duke it out. They try to beat each other up, but eventually decide to take their battle to Smash Bros. Here they reveal that Mii is going to be playable in Smash. You can play as a boxer, a swordsman, or a shooter. It was great to see that you will finally be able to play as yourself, especially with the choice of fighting styles.

They also revealed their new toyline amiibo. Similar to Disney Infinity and Skylanders, amiibo allows you to place your figure and play as them while also storing up data. The figures look very nice, and, as stated in my review to Disney Infinity, I'm a huge action figure collector. I'm definitely interested in how they're going to incorporate this in their future games.

Nintendo then talked about the new Zelda. Though not much was shown, what was shown was beautiful. Featuring a similar art style to The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, this game looks absolutely amazing! They also clarified that this game will be completely open world, unlike previous Zelda games that were broken up into segments. Finally, the game will feature some sci-fi elements, like transforming mechanical arrows. Though I would have appreciated seeing more, it's nice to see what's coming and knowing that it's releasing next year.

The next games they talked about were Yoshi's Woolly World, Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Saphire, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade X, a Toad game, and a Kirby game. Yoshi's new game looks both beautiful and interesting. I've never cared too much for Yoshi, but this game actually looks fun. Bayonetta 2 revealed Nintendo costumes and the ability to play the original game. Hyrule Warriors revealed a multiplayer mode and Zelda and Midna as playable characters. I'm now actually interested in playing it. Both Toad and Kirby did not get much time, but neither look interesting anyway.

One notable mention is Nintendo's new Mario Maker for Wii U. It works similarly to LittleBigPlanet, except with Mario. You get to choose whether you want it to look like Super Mario Bros. or New Super Mario Bros. U. It looks very interesting and will definitely be something I'm going to try.

The last game they revealed was a game called Splatoon. This game has four teams trying to cover as much of the battlefield they're on with their color of paint. Honestly, I wasn't that impressed. It could be a great game. Knowing Nintendo, it probably will. But it didn't look like much more than a downloadable game.

After Splatoon, they then revealed another new Smash Bros. character, Lady Palutena from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Now that they've added Miis, I am glad to see that she has been added. After all, pretty much all Nintendo icons have been covered, so adding a new side character is fine. Also, she was quite funny in the game, and the reveal trailer seems to indicate the she will still be.

The final part of the presentation had Shigeru Miyamoto talking about games he has been developing for the Wii U. One of which is a new Star Fox game, though nothing more than a blurred screen was shown.

In the end, Nintendo's E3 presentation was one of the best (and funniest) I had seen in years. Though I would have appreciated seeing more of the new Zelda, I felt that most of their time was used wisely. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo actually revealed a slew of games for their system. I felt very disappointed with Sony and Microsoft. Aside from a couple of HD remakes, the only game that caught my eye was LittleBigPlanet 3. Unfortunately, however, even it doesn't seem like it's going to be that interesting. With Smash Bros., the new Zelda, Yoshi's Woolly World, Hyrule Warriors, and Mario Maker, I think it's safe to say that Nintendo's line-up is definitely worth getting excited for.

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