Nintendo showed a ton of games today. In fact, all they practically showed is games outside of a brief Miiverse update. While I wasn't wowed by anything other than the amazing Mega Man Smash Bros. reveal and a Donkey Kong Cou...
It sounds like you guys weren't impressed so far with the Microsoft and EA conferences, so Ubisoft had a chance to shine in their wake. With equal parts of over and underwhelming reveals, Ubisoft capped off a presentation with the very promising looking The Division, which will land on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
So far, it looks like Ubisoft has had the strongest conference, just like last year. The last minute reveal of The Division made its strongest case for the title, but of course we still have Sony later tonight, and Nintendo tomorrow morning. Anything can happen.
Assassin's Creed IV is going to feature a huge open world that you'll be able to explore seamlessly. There are only a few large locations that you'll have to load into, but everything else in the West-Indies Sea, spanning the biggest map in an Assassin's Creed game yet, will be explorable without having to load a thing.
The entirety of the demo I saw consisted of a bunch of side stuff you can do in the game, so don't worry about any story spoilers here. The world of Assassin's Creed IV is full of life and is going to provide a lot of stuff to distract players while sailing the high seas.
May was largely a quiet month for new game releases. Despite what felt like a slower schedule, especially coming off of a rather absurd April, here on Destructoid we did have a pair of 10s with the portable Donkey Kong Country Returns 3Dand captivating, clay-fueled puzzler The Swapper. Quantity isn't everything!
One thing is for sure, May presented us with an eclectic group of titles. Take a look at some of the genres represented in this breakdown of everything we covered.
We recently told you that Nintendo plans to bring select E3 game reveals to Best Buy locations across North America. That's right: you'll be able to check out some of the Wii U games we're seeing at E3 at your local Best Buy. Pretty neat, right?
These games will be open for play from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday June 12, and from 1-5 p.m. on June 15.
There's word of something called "Luigi loot" for those that visit. Whatever that is, I want some.
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel in the Arkham franchise, following a Batman who's more myth than legend at this point in his crime fighting career. This is a younger Bruce Wayne, more agile in combat yet still equipped with plenty of gadgets to help clean up the streets of Gotham.
This Batman game is also being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal while former developer Rocksteady Games is busy doing who knows what. Normally, you'd have every right to be wary of a new developer taking hold of a beloved franchise, but I don't think you have to worry here based on my recent hands-on time.
Resident Evil Revelations was a great action horror title. So good, it absolutely humiliated Resident Evil 6 by being superior in every single way -- a fact made especially delicious considering it was a 3DS game in contrast with its big-budget console counterpart.
Capcom, ever ready to exploit an opportunity for a port, seems to recognize that Revelations was the better game and is hoping to pump some more cash out of the project by bringing it to home consoles. As well as a new lick of HD paint, this fresh take on the adventure boasts some extra content and an expanded Raid mode.
It was well worth Capcom's time to make, but whether it's worth purchasing depends entirely on whether or not you've played it on 3DS already.
It wasn't the biggest Nintendo Direct event today, but we did get some more info on a few games like New Super Luigi U and Pikmin 3, as well as release dates like Wonderful 101. The event ended up being mostly Wii U-centric, as Nintendo announced a major roll-out of Wii U demos during the week of E3, which has the potential to really catch on.
Nintendo will be announcing more information pretty close to E3 (that's like...really soon guys), and you can bet some new game announcements will be headlining June. Wii U fans, there are games on the horizon -- they're just preceded by a gigantic dry spell.
Madden is skipping the Wii U this year, marking the first time since 1991 that a Nintendo console missed out on a new Madden. And the Frostbite 3 engine will not be adapted for the Wii U, eliminating the possibility that Battlefield 4 or any of the upcoming Star Wars games will ever grace the platform. So then... what is Electronic Arts bringing to the Wii U?
As it turns out, absolutely nothing.
EA spokesperson Jeff Brown broke the news to Kotaku, adding that EA is always open to the possibility of future Wii U development. But what about the infamous "unprecedented partnership" that former EA CEO John Riccitiello announced with Nintendo during E3 2011? Turns out all those late ports during the Wii U's launch was EA "delivering" on its promise.
I guess you can say this bridge has been properly burned, though there are still questions as to who lit the match in the first place. Eyes are now on Nintendo's E3 presence to see how the Japanese giant will rebuild confidence with its (former) partners.
Maxwell and Lily's next Scribblenauts adventure sees the pair venturing into the DC Comics universe through the power of their magic notebook. The siblings love comics, and the whole reason they even want to enter DC's universe is to see who's better between Batman and Superman. The Scribblenauts heroes quickly learn that there's a far greater issue at hand and they'll need to help all the DC's heroes out in this new adventure.
While this is all very heavily focused on the DC universe, the same Scribblenauts mechanics and gameplay systems are in place. DC Comics fans are especially going to like this one as it's not just The New 52 characters featured in Unmasked. This is a giant sandbox featuring over 2,000 DC characters, vehicles, locations, and more that ranges back to even obscure stuff from 1976.
Watch Dogs has been on everyone's radar ever since its surprise debut at E3 last year. It's an open world game, but what makes this one so unique is that you play as Aiden Pearce, an expert hacker who can control the connected city of Chicago right in the palm of his hands.
Anything that's electronic or connected online can be controlled with ease, and with this power Aiden will use whatever means necessary to get revenge on those that have wronged him. At the same time, Aiden becomes sort of a vigilante for the city of Chicago, and your actions will have an impact upon the game's world.
Those of you worried about story spoilers need not fear, as Ubisoft ran us through a live demo that merely consisted of exploring the open world environment to show us just how much future Chicago can offer players.
Nintendo won't be hosting a traditional E3 press conference as in years past. Instead the company intends to host smaller events focused on the software lineup for the US market. This we knew, but we were left to wonder what exactly they were going to do.
Well now we know as Nintendo has just announced that they'll be hosting a Come Play With Us @ The Wii U Software Showcase event at their E3 booth. Nintendo of America President & COO Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto will both be giving presentations, after which the press will get to play the upcoming lineup "through a unique hands-on time experience" with the games at Nintendo's booth before the show floor opens to all.
The event takes place on June 11, with opening remarks beginning at 10:30AM. No word if this will be livestreamed, but at the very least we will be live-blogging the event right here on Destructoid.
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April was notable in that most of what we covered was smaller-scale and released through digital channels rather than at retail. We had Dead Island Riptide, sure, but there was also the likes of Don't Starveand Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Speaking of which, did you notice that video reviews are back? There's going to be plenty more of those on the way.
Which games released in April, if any, decimated your free time?
The biggest highlights of E3 tend to come out of the main conferences held by the three big hardware manufacturers. Endlessly hyped, sometimes underwhelming, and always a healthy source of hilarious memes, these presentations are the measure by which we try to judge who "won" the show. However, it seems as though Nintendo is planning on sitting this coming round out.
Tucked away at the end of "Super CEO" Satoru Iwata's financial results briefing is the company's plans for E3. Conceding to difficulty in delivering an on-point message both to gamers thirsty for software info, investors eager for hard business data, and everyone else with their own interests and desires, Iwata has announced that Nintendo will not be holding any conference this time. "[A]t the E3 show this year," he states, "we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market. There will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western gaming media."
Without any new hardware to announce, Nintendo is free to focus purely on software, but the success of Nintendo Direct streams demonstrates that there doesn't seem to be much of a need to condense everything into a single hour-and-a-half presser. Case in point, consider how last year Nintendo streamed additional Wii U and 3DS videos outside of the main conference. Besides, everyone will be so focused on Microsoft and Sony's hardware reveals that Nintendo is better off taking it easy and shooting for a more focused, less bombastic approach.
When DC Comics’ most popular heroes and villains appeared in 2008’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Aquaman was nowhere to be found. Thought of as a laughing stock with a shaky history in videogames -- the less said about Battle for Atlantis, the better -- Aquaman was tossed aside. Now, Aquaman is a total badass. Injustice shows a lot has changed in the world of DC since 2008. It also shows there is a lot that can still be changed in fighting games.
For a game weighted down by genre conventions that are further imposed by fictional characters that have been around longer than most of our lifetimes, Injustice is full of the type of grand ideas we stopped seeing in fighting games since the late '90s. Whether it becomes embraced by EVO players or not, it's a nice shot in the arm for a genre that often feels niche to a fault.
Injustice is not replacing Mortal Kombat. It's building something new.
Today's Nintendo Direct presentation was jam-packed with fun surprises: winged Pikmin, new Yoshi's Island and Legend of Zelda titles for 3DS, the long-awaited EarthBound Wii U Virtual Console announcement, and localizations of Bravely Default and all three Guild02 games. My goodness! Here's a recap of what went down:
Heck, even the promise of a portable Mario Party installment sounds appealing to me. What a way to start off the day. If you missed the original presentation or would like to rewatch certain segments, find it in full embedded above.