Nintendo's Interesting 2014 E3 Press Conference
At the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo walked different path from Microsoft and Sony. In fact, the company decided to forego the traditional press conference E3 is known for. Instead, they produced a video conference in the style of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken replete with humor while poking fun at Reggie Fils-Aime and rabid Mother 3 fans. This new conference style is just one way of many that Nintendo looks different going into the future, showing that Nintendo is just as vibrant and exciting as the games it is announcing.
The obvious draw is the information about the new features of upcoming exclusives for the Wii U and 3DS. This is information that Nintendo really delivered on. The first game shown was the Mii fighter playstyle in the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Wii U, showing Fils-Amie and Satoru Iwata in a battle with each other. The Smash Bros portion of the conference was concentrated on showing Mii fighters in action. A short feature on the exclusive game modes in the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros was shown as well. Nintendo also took this time to announce their line of Amiibos, NFC enabled figurines of Nintendo characters that can be recognized by the Wii U console.
The event lacked many Multi-platform games; however, Nintendo made up for this with a slew of Nintendo published games exclusive to the Wii U. One of the quirkiest games announced was Yoshi's Wooly World, a Yoshi's Island style game in the yarn-like visual style of Kirby's Epic Yarn. Another game announced was Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, a full game consisting of the Toad-centric minigame from Super Mario 3D World. One of the most interesting games shown was the strange team shooter Splatoon, a game that looks to shake up the online shooter genre.
The biggest news of the conference had to be the first in-engine footage of the upcoming Legend of Zelda title coming for the Wii U. While there was no release date, there was a breathtaking look at the new vision of Hyrule for Link to explore. Nintendo actually showed an in engine, action packed chase with Link on Epona running from a laser firing machine of some sort. This chase culminates in a slow motion shot of Link defeating the machine. This exciting scene is a parallel for the exciting E3 presentation that Nintendo was able to give in 2014.