It’s been a long time coming, but the E3 expo is once again upon us. Last year’s event held a fair few surprises, with Nintendo in particular able to breathe some life into its ailing Wii U console. The publisher impressed many with a strong line-up of highly anticipated games, as well as announcing the likes of the Amiibo range to the public for the first time. Can the company follow up on last year’s success?
For this year’s E3, it’s been less of a one-off event and more of a week of news for Nintendo. The gaming giant kicked off proceedings on Sunday with a pre-E3 press conference focused on Super Smash Bros, revealing Ryu as a DLC character and a host of new Amiibo figures, before following on with the Nintendo World Championships. However, there is plenty of news expected to hit Tuesday at 9:00 PT, when Nintendo will launch its Nintendo Direct digital event.
There are a number of titles expected to play a big role in Nintendo’s E3 2015, and chief among them is Star Fox for Wii U. The title is expected to feature heavily, and Shigeru Miyamoto has even stated that the title will be playable on the show floor in some capacity. It will be interesting to see just how the much-hyped game uses the Wii U’s dual screen functionality.
There are several more safe bets to feature prominently for Nintendo this year, with a number of release dates fast approaching. Yarn-based title Yoshi’s Woolly World could play a significant part in the proceedings, whilst build-your-own platformer Mario Maker is going to be available to play in certain Best Buy stores on June 17.
There are no doubt bound to be a few surprises in store, but recent leaks and cryptic updates have helped shed light on what’s expected. Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios has teased an announcement at E3 via Twitter, with many gamers now hoping for another game in the much-loved Prime series, or a follow-up to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Although no details have been given, the developer no doubt has something in store.
A leaked trailer also revealed another title that is likely to hit E3, in the form of a 3DS version of the Nintendo/Tecmo-Koei collaboration Hyrule Warriors. The handheld port of the game was accidentally unveiled by Tecmo-Koei last week, much to the surprise of Nintendo gamers. What’s more, the port looks set to include additional content in the form of Tetra and the King of Red Lions from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Unfortunately, that’s likely to be the only Legend of Zelda news being revealed at E3 2015. After the next installment of Link’s adventures was delayed to 2016, Nintendo revealed that no news about the title would be seen at E3 2015. That’s not the only project that the publisher is keeping in the shadows, either; it’s highly doubtful that the NX console will have any screen time. That said, who knows whether Nintendo will pull something out of the bag.
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