Amidst the firestorm of E3 coverage from Sony and Microsoft’s new systems, Nintendo has continued to fly under the radar. The company held a pre-E3 conference this morning, Nintendo Direct, and announced a heap of highly anticipated follow-ups from some of their most beloved series.
At this morning’s press conference, Nintendo found themselves attempting to make up for the disappointing sales of Wii U with a slew of new game announcements. While the company didn’t announce many new franchises (although they did announce a handful of third-party titles to come to Wii U and 3DS in the near future including Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs) they did release news for new Super Smash Bros., Super Mario World, Mario Kart Donkey Kong Country, Pokemon and Zelda games.
According to IGN, the new Super Smash Bros. will debut on Wii U and 3DS in 2014 with two new characters including Animal Farm’s “The Villager” character and the beloved classic character Mega Man. Super Mario 3D World will be making its transition from 3DS to Wii U and supports four players simultaneously and boasts a new Cat Suit that allows players to pounce on enemies and scale walls and poles.
Mario Kart 8 will feature hovering bikes and cars as well as underwater vehicles, taking the series into bold new territories and pushing the boundaries on this classic, chaotic racing game. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze marks the return of Dixie Kong as the 2D side-scroller finds animal Vikings invading the island.
Nintendo also announced the title to the long-awaited sequel for Zelda: A Link To The Past with the new game, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which is set to feature a new, Dark World. Lastly, the company gave Pokemon X & Y an Oct. 12 release date for 3DS and announced a bundle of new features. Along with a new fairy Pokemon type, they announced “Pokemon-Amie”, a virtual-pet feature that allows you to care for your Pokemon by feeding and petting them.
With announcements of a new Yoshi’s Island as well, Nintendo looks to boost Wii U sales by bolstering support for re-boots of the iconic series’ that brought them to fame in the first place.