Hopefully you’ve seen Part 1 of our Nintendo at E3 sum-ups. If not, head over there first and then come back!
Now, to Part 2! Today, we are going to cover four more games that Nintendo focused on during their big 2015 E3 digital conference.
Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)
The Fire Emblem series returns with this new 3DS turn-based RPG. Set to release in 2016, Fire Emblem Fates focuses on the Hoshido and Nohr, at war with each other. You get to choose your side, providing a lot of available game play and two very distinct story paths. Additionally, you’ll get to command your own army during the war, a feature new to the franchise. As Nintendo notes, “The Hoshido path is a more traditional path as you work together with your allies to fend off Nohrian invaders… The Nohr path will force you to revolutionize an unruly kingdom from the inside – this path offers a slightly more complex story and will be more challenging.” The graphics are very colorful and look to fit in with the spirit and style of the franchise. Fire Emblem Fates is set to release sometime in 2016.
Metroid Federation Force (3DS)
We haven’t seen a new Metroid game in about five years. So the thought of one is very exciting. That might be why I’m a little disappointed in what I’ve seen so far. Metroid Prime: Federation Force for the 3DS is a 1-4 player co-op first-person shooter set in the Metroid universe. The game is designed to be a “team sport” where your group clears out enemy bases and completes objectives with a variety of available weapons. One interesting aspect is the addition of a mode called “Blast Ball”. This mode allows for up to six players. It’s a 3-on-3 sport where the players use their weapons to fire a giant ball into the opposing team’s goal. Seems like a fun mini-game but I’m curious why it’s being packaged with Metroid Federation Force and not sold separately. The graphics are all right, though nothing too impressive. I think the most disappointing aspect is that the game is 3DS only with no Wii U in sight, though rumors say the next Metroid might be on the fabled NX platform… whenever that happens. Metroid Prime: Federation Force releases in 2016.
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
This title has been teased and bits and pieces shown for months now. And. It. Looks. Beautiful. Seriously, I just want to watch people play this game. Monolith Software Inc. has created an open world game filled to the brim with monsters, creatures, and customizable mech suits! The game will provide a local single-player mode and up to 4 players online, allowing players to join squads to complete quests. Another cool feature is that other players’ avatars can be used as part of your single-player story, expanding the gameplay. This new RPG is sci-fi war at its best with humans fighting with everything they have to survive as aliens breath down their necks. It looks very exciting. Xenoblade Chronicles X hits the Wii U on December 4th, 2015, just in time for the holidays.
Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
If there is one thing Nintendo does well, it’s platformers. Let’s face it. Nintendo has managed to keep the genre alive and kicking with games like New Super Mario Bros U and Super Luigi U, but they aren’t done. Coming out this fall is Yoshi’s Woolly World, a new platformer designed around a Yoshi made out of yarn. The game allows you to use yarn to create platforms and battle enemies, all while playing as various colors of Yoshis. The game includes tons of secrets, two-player co-op play on the same screen and a special “easy mode” called Mellow Mode, which provides a winged Yoshi plus some very cool Amiibo functionality with three different yarn-constructed Yoshi Amiibo. Nintendo’s latest platformer hits shelves on October 16th, 2015.
How do you feel about the new Metroid game? Do you think Xenoblade looks as cool as I do? Will you pick up one of the yarn Yoshi Amiibo? Comment below!
Stay tuned for part 3 of our Nintendo E3 sum-up tomorrow!