BY MYLES MORIARTY
People might not have realized it, but this was clearly Mario’s E3 more than anything. To finish out the Nintendo Spotlight, Nintendo showed a trailer with a deeper look into the new 3D Mario title, Super Mario Odyssey. From sneaking in some Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions to showing off the new Mario amiibos’, or Mario + Rabbid’s Kingdom Battle shocking everyone by being a very well throughout strategy game akin to XCOM, Nintendo started with a interesting selection on Tuesday morning.
To start with, never in a hundred years did I think Mario + Rabbid’s Kingdom Battle would be as engaging of a title as it seems to be. Prior to Nintendo’s Spotlight on Tuesday, Ubisoft began their press conference on Monday by showing off the game and welcoming Shigeru Miyamoto to the stage. Miyamoto and the head of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, took time to talk a little bit about the game and also recognize the creative director of the game, Davide Soliani. It helped turn was seemed like a weird pairing into a heartwarming and comical mixing with Soliani being moved by having the chance to make a Mario game and approved by his idol being Miyamoto. This move helped open people up somewhat to what is really a comical Mario Xcom sort of strategy title with humor sprinkled through. With Mario + Rabbid’s Kingdom Battle releasing on August 29th, I can’t wait to be able to sink my teeth into it.
Just before Rabbid’s releases, we’ll be seeing the release of Sonic Mania which is looking to be another fantastic 2D Sonic game and what we all really wanted Sonic 4 to be. The delay to the end of the summer as opposed to the beginning is disappointing but a delayed game is eventually good, right? That sounds like a snippet of a familiar quote from someone we all know, “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” -Shigeru Miyamoto
With Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild celebration that their E3 presence was last year, it didn’t go unnoticed this year with having other titles also being show off around it by showing off the tiniest of glimpse of what the season pass beholds in pack 2. With the Korok mask, I stand a chance of maybe finding all the korok seeds and quieting down my inner completionist for a moment. Also glad to see there’s large visual cues because I typically turn off vibration with all games if possible. And the new Zelda amiibo look like a welcome addition to anyone’s collection while also exciting many about what possible things they could unlock for you in game. Plus, you can dress up as Tingle now, as we all wanted.
Splatoon 2 was there in full force and really showed how it’ll have more content to play outside of just multiplayer for replayability. With more single player content from the different weapons and challenges once you finish a level, the amiibo’s challenges maybe coming back like in the first game, diving into Salmon Run with a couple of friends for some fun, or diving into the different challenges that online modes will present. Splatoon 2 seems to be shaping up to be everything we wanted out of the first game
During the Treehouse on Wednesday, Nintendo unveiled an in development title to the world: Sushi Striker: Way of the Sushido. It’s a plate matching game but across 7 ever constant moving conveyor belts broken up by 3 for you, 3 for your enemy, and both share the middle belt. With an inclusion of a world map and multiplayer to go 1v1 with a friend to settle which among you can devour more sushi, it’s a great puzzle game for the 3DS that we need to come out sooner!
But a game you can play much sooner on your 3DS is Ever Oasis, which releases on June 23rd. This game is deserving of everyone’s attention, as the soundtrack alone has some wonderful pieces hidden throughout. Yet another world class RPG that’s being created by the mind behind the Mana series for those who can remember that wonderful series. It’s just the thing for anyone already done with Fire Emblem Echoes or just more interested in a different type of RPG entirely.
Nintendo blew everyone’s collective minds during the Spotlight when they snuck in a placeholder logo for an early in development title known as Metroid Prime 4, but with little other info about it other then it’ll be coming in 2018 and it isn’t being made by Retro studio’s. Retro Studio’s has been quiet for a while now, having not made a peep about what they are working on since releasing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze back in early 2014. But there is one title Nintendo snuck into the Treehouse Live segment on day one, and that’s Metroid: Samus Returns coming to the 3DS.
Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, which is getting a much needed update now featuring a fully realized map, along with Samus picking up some new moves like a counter to shut down some enemies. She’ll be getting some new tech to help you explore all of those environments in 2D like we know classic Metroid to be, but with 3D backgrounds to make the 3DS really pop, with or without the 3D on. The update might just make the least loved title that graced the Gameboy back in 1991 to become one of the better ones, but it’s tough competition. Metroid: Samus Returns is out on September 15th, and will also be getting two amiibo’s for all the collectors interested.
The original game verses the remake.
To round out this list is Miitopia, the Tomodachi Life of RPG’s, even taking mii’s from Tomodachi Life if you have the data on your 3DS. But if you don’t know what Tomodachi Life is, to put it simply as a very goofy sort of rpg that you only have control over yourself and who else is in your party but not their actions. But don’t let this deter you, because that’s where the glorious promise of Mii’s pays off. Any time a game can offer me to put Steve Urkel as the main villain, it is all but cemented some hilarity will ensue. And that’s not even counting whoever you decide to bring with you in your party as you travel the world reclaiming villagers lost faces. Damn you evil overlord Steve Urkel!!!
With these announced games, and more on the way, it’s hard for anyone to say Nintendo isn’t running on all gears with releasing games of excellent quality. 2017 is turning out to be the year of the gamer and I am totally fine with that. And don’t forget that a game they were showing off has already released! We have ARMS out now and can tide us over till we Splatoon 2 next month!