E3 2014: Nintendo confirms new Wii U Zelda, Mario Maker

During its E3 video, Nintendo also unveiled a new IP called Splatoon and a toy line called amiibo

In a video to showcase its upcoming products, Nintendo finally gave fans a glimpse at the all-new Zelda for Wii U. It's not coming until sometime in 2015, but the trailer shown looked gorgeous. Aonuma-san noted that earlier Zelda titles gave players a sense of freedom in a vast world, and that the transition to 3D game worlds made that more challenging to develop. With the new Wii U Zelda, he said that the game will be a clean break from past Zelda games, as players won't have to follow a linear path.

At the outset of the Nintendo video, Reggie Fils-Aime showed the inclusion of Mii fighters in Super Smash Bros. (which is also coming to 3DS on October 3), and he then unveiled Nintendo's version of Skylanders-like toys called amiibo. The figurines use similar technology and will enhance the experience in many upcoming video games, he said, starting with Super Smash Bros.

Mario Kart 8 support is also in the works. When you touch an amiibo toy to the Wii U game pad, data can be transferred both ways (to the Wii U or to the toy). Nintendo will launch amiibo with around 10 figures, the company said. More will be launched during the holiday season and throughout 2015. As Skylanders and Disney Infinity have shown, it's a lucrative market, and it certainly could have great potential for Nintendo.

"Nintendo has always represented a unique source of video game entertainment for the widest range of gamers," said Fils-Aime. "We create timeless games with twists and turns that provide hours of enjoyment for fans of all ages, and this year with the introduction of amiibo, we're pushing the creative envelope forward in compelling new ways."

Elsewhere in the video, we saw first looks at Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on 3DS (coming November 21), Bayonetta 2 (with the inclusion of the first Bayonetta), Hyrule Warriors (coming September 26), Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2015), Yoshi's Woolly World (2015), and Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015).

Moving on, Nintendo made two other important announcements. One was for the previously rumored Mario Maker, which is now confirmed and offers players a chance to use the Wii U GamePad to design levels from scratch (sort of like LittleBigPlanet). The game is slated for the first half of 2015. The other big reveal was for a new IP called Splatoon, which is a four-on-four multiplayer title where players of each team spray ink on the ground around them while blotting out the opposing team members. Players can turn back and forth between human and squid form. It's scheduled to launch in the first half of 2015 as well.

Finally, it's worth noting that Shigeru Miyamoto said in the video that he's been looking at more ways to improve experiences on Wii U that use the game pad screen and TV together. One of these will be a new Star Fox (working title, 2015), which turns the Wii U game pad into the view from the cockpit of Fox McCloud's Arwing fighter, while the TV shows the perspective from behind the Arwing. Another title, Project Giant Robot (first half of 2015), lets players use the touch screen to actually build a giant robot, and similar to Star Fox, the game pad shows the cockpit view to let players control the robot that's been assembled. Lastly, in Project Guard, players will aim to put an end to a robot invasion using a security system of 12 cameras - the game is scheduled for 2015 as well.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
Comon, can anyone tell me that new Zelda game doesnt look gorgeous? Nintendo has had alotta slack regarding the WiiU, but honestly if they didnt have the best E3, it was at least just as good as SONY and Microsoft.

Third party support is nice, but I can live with just first and second party titles on WiiU. they are their own thing and thats ok too.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd5 years ago
The conference showed a LOT more games that you can only play on Wii U than you can only play on Xbox One and PS4 combined. That's a pretty big win, especially since those games looked almost universally high quality and a lot of the big ones are coming this year (like Smash and Bayonetta) while Sony and Microsoft were largely advertising their 2015 lineups (plus Sunset Overdrive and LBP3).
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
At this point, even Devil's Third was a "winner" in its kind of janky state because it's another exclusive the other two aren't getting. Hell, even if it's not great, I can say I finally played the damn thing after hearing it got canned elsewhere. The cute stuff like that Toad game and the Yoshi game (holy crap, NEW IP!)? I don't go near that stuff usually, but I was charmed the hell right on up and that's rare for my old ass. I'm going to be so damn broke at the end of this year and that's all Nintendo's fault.
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Steve Peterson Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
"Amiibo" has to be the worst naming choice since "Wii U." These toys should be very successful (and if Nintendo doesn't use this for Pokemon, they would be crazy), but the name sure isn't going to help.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
Well Im not into the figurine thing as with disney infinity and Skylanders. But i would be lying if I said it didnt spark any interest. And the name Amiibo sounds a bit better than WiiU. Its simple to pronounce and catchy. Im really excited about Nintendo right now.
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Charlie McFadden Programmer 5 years ago

Actually, it's not as awful as you might initially think.

"Aibo" in Japanese, means "Partner", and the "Mii" bit also links in with the Nintendo characters.

Perhaps not the most universal name, but it does appear to be based on something.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Charlie McFadden on 12th June 2014 9:15am

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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee5 years ago
Its one of the most stunning games I've ever seen. Best showing for me despite the small amount of footage.
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