Out at the big E3 video game convention, Nintendo is trying to play catch up in the battle of the next-generation consoles—but it's doing so by going back to its roots. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
For a second year in a row Nintendo decided not to have a big E3 press conference, at least not a traditional one, choosing instead to post one online for anyone to see.
This left many at the expo wondering whether the move was somehow related to weaker than expected sales of the WiiU.
Well, if it was, Nintendo is clearly trying to reverse that trend by unveiling a whole host of new titles for the console, many bearing their most successful names. Like the classic Super Smash Bros.
"You’re gonna be able to play online against people, you’re gonna be able to play head to head in some amazing ways. Also, you know this has been a fan-favorite for a lot of years and a lot of people really love the Gamecube controller, so what we did is we made an interface so that people can use Gamecube controllers with their WiiU system when they play Super Smash Bros," says David Young of Nintendo.
Super Mario is also making a return and it will have the same feel as Marios of the past.
The next version of Mario is going to be a bit different, though. How, you might be asking?
Well I might be asking you the same thing because it’s going to be up to you.
“It’s Mario Maker—that’s working title. We may tweak that a little bit, but essentially you can design your own Mario levels so you have this great design tools you can move goombas and paratroopers and koopa troopas and blocks.”
In a relatively rare move for Nintendo, it also announced an entirely new franchise, Splatoon.
“It uses some new characters called the “inklings” and they can turn into squids and the whole idea of the game is that you want to cover territory so you want to take your ink and cover as much of the terrain as you can while your opponent’s team is trying to do the same thing so the winner is the person that spreads the most ink around the territory.”
Nintendo also teased that there's a new Zelda coming next year this time around though as a totally open, explorable world.