E3 2013 Nintendo Direct Presentation – The DVDfever overview

E3 2013 Nintendo Direct PresentationAlthough Nintendo released their next-gen console in 2012, the Wii U, it has a whole slew of games coming soon, even if we would’ve liked them to beef up the earlier schedules. New games are also coming for the DS and 3DS.

First up is Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, neither are my kind of games (well, they’re both the same kind, to be fair), but my nephew is addicted aplenty to these. This new title will also give you is ‘Pokemon-Amie’, a new way to bond with your Pokemon – feed, pet and bond with it, across both screens of the device. You can even copy their actions to make them happier, such as opening your mouth or tilting your head.

Get your Jigglypuff on when it comes to DS on October 12th, worldwide.

Super Mario 3D World (below) looks more like my cup of tea. I love a bit of platform action. Take on the game with up to four players at once, controlling Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach. They each have their own abilities, such as Princess Peach being able to hover mid-air while Toad can run faster than the others. Their unique personalities will also be noticeable to those who have played Super Mario Bros 2 on the NES.

A new power-up is featured in the game’s logo: Cat Mario, who can perform new actions like climbing up walls and scratching enemies with his claws.

Super Mario 3D World is out in December.



Mario Kart 8 (below) is up next and features anti-gravity tracks that go up vertically as well as travelling upside down. You can also glide through the sky, race underwater or ride motorcycles. This title will offer the best collection of online multiplayer modes out of all in the franchise and it’s out in Spring 2014.

Wii Party U will include board games and party games which make use of the Wii U gamepad and Wiimote controllers. There are 80 different new mini games, as well as some new ‘table top’ mini games which are played on the gamepad itself. Nintendo are looking for this to be the ultimate party game title. There is no release date for this one yet, though. It was previously announced as being out this summer, but it’s been put back to October.

Wii Fit U has also been delayed, to December. Art Academy is also in development, and, following some of the creations on Miiverse from users, a special drawing tool from the title will be available from the eShop this summer, allowing for the use of coloured pencils and pastels, for example.



Then they came to 3rd party titles such as the following Wii U titles:

    Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Oct 29th) (below)
    Batman: Arkham Origins (Oct 25th)
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut (“2013”)
    Disney Infinity (Aug 18th)
    Just Dance 2014… which is released on October 8th *2013*.
    Rayman Legends (Sept 3rd)
    Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Autumn 2013)
    Disney’s Planes (Aug 6th)
    Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct 13th)
    Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Aug 20th)
    Sonic Lost World (Xmas 2013) – which takes Sonic into-the-screen
    Watch_Dogs (Nov 19th)

And the DS titles are:

    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Oct 25th)
    Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Autumn 2013)
    Shin Megami Tensei IV (July 16th)
    Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct 13th)
    Sonic Lost World (Xmas 2013), this one also echoing great quality on a handheld.


Next up came the 2013 Wii U Nintendo eShop releases, none of them with specific release dates:

    Ballpoint Universe
    Cloudberry Kingdom
    Coaster Crazy Deluxe
    DuckTales: Remastered
    Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
    Mutant Mudds Deluxe
    – which looks like a wonderful into-the-screen platform game
    Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty
    Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails
    Shovel Knight
    Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party
    A World of Keflings


Then they go back to big new titles, continuing with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, with 1080p visuals, shaders and textured graphics. There’s also been some fine-tuning as well as a key change. Instead of receiving the Tinger Tuner from the Tingle, which allowed you to connect the Gamecube to the Gameboy Advance, once you receive the device, you can post on Miiverse a kind of ‘message in a bottle’ to throw into the sea, for others to see. You’ll also be able to attach screenshots to the messages.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is released in October.

The Wonderful 101 is out on September 15th. The characters in this came can ‘unite more’ to create a giant weapon, they can ‘unite guts’ to deflect enemy attacks and you can have up to 5 players in the game.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, available in November, is a definite one to watch, for me, and is the first title in the series to have HD graphics. There’s also lots of different camera angels depending on the dynamic of the game and there’s the return of Dispy Kong, as well as, of course, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.

Finally, the last lot of great graphics came from Bayonetta 2, a stunning action adventure, Monolith Soft, which puts you in control of mech robots and, finally, Super Smash Bros (above), out on both Wii U and 3DS and will feature a new challenger: Mega Man.

You’ll have to wait until 2014 for all three of these games, however.

Check out the Nintendo Direct E3 2013 Presentation below:



Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.


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