Nintendo has announced its game lineup for the fall and winter season during its yearly press release video: Nintendo Direct. While there were few new faces in the lineup this year, many familiar franchises are getting a makeover for their first release on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Judging from the snippets of gameplay revealed, Nintendo is taking full advantage of each systems full capability.
“Legend of Zelda” fans will be floored to hear that Nintendo is straying from the practically sacred game formula the franchise has maintained for more than a decade.
In the newest addition to the series, “Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,” instead of acquiring a new gadget in each dungeon and then using it to solve the puzzles there, all items will be available for rent at the beginning of the game. With this method, as Nintendo’s global president Satoru Iwata describes, “The order you approach each dungeon and the way you do so is up to you. So, to a large degree, the player can decide how to proceed through the story.”
Though the environment and plot is still directly based on the original Super Nintendo version, “LoZ: A Link to the Past,” this feature seems to be a fresh addition to the series. The game releases Nov. 22 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Another old favorite being revamped is “Super Mario 3D World,” scheduled to release new gameplay abilities were revealed – a cherry power-up that allows Mario to split into duplicates that the player, or players, control simultaneously, suits that allow players to disguise themselves as the iconic mushroom Goomba enemies or coin-spewing mystery boxes, and – for whatever reason – Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad all get cat suits.
Coming out Oct. 25, “Wii Party U” is the routine multiplayer game that Nintendo releases with every new system to showcase that system’s features. In this case, it’s the Wii U’s second screen control pad and how it reacts with other Wiimote controllers.
Iwata described how in one mini game called “Water Runner” where “A stream of water is displayed on the Wii U gamepad. Players…scoop water from the stream using Wiimote controllers as ladles and then carrying it to a picture displayed on the TV without spilling.” Many of the mini games demonstrated were new spins on old favorites, such as Twister with the controller buttons as substitutes for colored circles and a dancing game where players placed the control pad on the floor and moved around it in a dance that oddly resembled the hokie pokie.
Oct. 12 is the release date for “Pokemon X and Y.” Coincidently, the Nintendo 2DS is scheduled for release on the same day. According to the official Nintendo website, this system “Gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing.”
The presentation ended with a teaser trailer for Nintendo’s newest side-scrolling Kirby game coming out in 2014.
By Alyse Stanley