At E3 2015, Nintendo delivered their latest Digital Event, which features the latest installment in the Super Mario Bros. series, as well as the Star Fox, Yoshi, Animal Crossing, Mario & Luigi, Xenoblade, and Metroid franchises. Bowser and Donkey Kong were also reimagined through a partnership with Skylanders, creating figures that also have amiibo functionality.
“Millions of video game players worldwide look to Nintendo to deliver surprises and smiles. That’s what we have on display at E3 – familiar characters and franchises transformed in unexpected ways that can be found on Nintendo systems.”
-Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president and COO
Here’s what Nintendo showed off at E3 2015:
Super Mario Maker
For the first time in franchise history, you can play through user-created levels in Mario. Super Mario Maker will enable that, using the Wii U’s GamePad controller that lets you create levels. The game includes a roughly 100-page book that illustrates the possibilities in the game.
Nintendo will also launch two new Mario amiibo figures to celebrate the original Super Mario Bros.’ 30th anniversary. Tapping these amiibo in-game adds a Big Mushroom powerup to your course, allowing Mario to grow big and bust blocks from any direction, as well as adding a retro visual filter to game that’s like an old-school CRT TV. In addition, many other amiibos will be compatible with Super Mario Maker through the use of the Mystery Mushroom, that allows Mario to become another character, like Link, Kirby, or the Wii Fit Trainer, with character-specific animations and sound effects. These character costumes can be unlocked if the player taps the amiibo to the Wii U GamePad. Super Mario Maker and the 30th Anniversary amiibo launch on September 11th on Wii U.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Get crafty with Yoshi in a world made completely from yarn, felt, and other fabrics and textiles. Pulling on strings in the game usually leads to discoveries, while new transformations include a motorcycle, mole, and airplane. The game’s platforming adventure challenges players to find hidden secrets. Tapping select amiibos to the GamePad creates new patterns for Yoshi, while new Yarn Yoshi amiibo let players control two Yoshis at once. This two-player co-op game also includes Mellow Mode, which gives Yoshi wings, and is perfect for players that want to hunt for treasure, or newcomers that want to get a hang of the game. Yoshi’s Woolly World launches October 16th on Wii U.
Star Fox Zero
Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy are back in a new adventure that lets players pilot an Arwing and allow players to use the cockpit view on the GamePad to aim and shoot enemies using gyro controls. Scheduled to launch during this holiday season on Wii U, Star Fox Zero includes a new Walker transformation for the Arwing, a new Gyrowing vehicle, and the Landmaster Tank’s return.
Both Donkey Kong and Bowser will guest star in the next Skylanders game with their own vehicles and move sets. As an added bonus, the Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser Skylanders SuperChargers also work as amiibo in compatible Nintendo games, so players can store their save data in both amiibo with a simple twist of the figure’s base. The game is anticipated to launch September 20th on Wii U.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Amid an intergalactic war between aliens and human survivors, players fight for survival while exploring an unknown planet. Weaponized mechs (Skells) let players access every possible location. Players can also customized a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills (Arts) to strengthen their strategies and defeat enemies efficiently. The game launches December 4th on Wii U.
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards get their own party game, in which players are challenged to collect Happy Points during a dynamic board game. Just like other games in the franchise, players can buy turnips and use strategy to decide when to sell them to rake in the dough. Scheduled to launch during this holiday season on Wii U, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival will launch in a bundle that features the game, two amiibo figures, and three amiibo cards.
Genei Ibun Roku #FE
Set in modern Tokyo, Genei Ibun Roku #FE chronicles the story of young people coming together to weave a tale alongside heroes from an alternative world. This ATLUS-developed RPG is infused with elements from the Fire Emblem series. Genei Ibun Roku #FE is scheduled to launch in 2016 on Wii U.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Up to four players can compete in tennis matches that can only happen in the Mushroom Kingdom. With the addition of Jump Shots to hit high balls overhead, or Giant Mushrooms that make characters bigger, this Mario Tennis is reborn with features enabling players to go after higher balls. The game is scheduled to launch during this holiday season on Wii U.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
Three players take on the role of individual Link characters and team up to solve puzzles and battle bosses in dungeons. The game features the same top-down view and visual style of The Legend of Zelda: a Link Between Worlds in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. All three Links can stack on top of one another to create a Totem to reach new locations and solve puzzles or fight enemies. Different outfits offer unique abilities. The game is scheduled to launch this fall on 3DS.
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
Players transform into one of 20 Pokemon as he/she sets out on an adventure in a world inhabited solely by the 720 discovered Pokemon, including Legendary and Mythical Pokemon. This game boasts hours of replayability by randomly generating each dungeon, so players will never explore the same dungeon twice as they unravel this tale of adventure and mystery. The game is scheduled to launch during this holiday season on 3DS.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Players can design interiors and exteriors for the homes of hundreds of animal characters, as well as a garden. They can also choose where to place the home, and then pick out a house style and colors for the roof, door, and fence before getting to work on the interior. Tapping compatible amiibo character cards brings favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests into the game, which will launch with a complimentary amiibo card on September 25th for 3DS. A bundle will also launch the same day with the game, one amiibo card, and the NFC Reader/Writer.
The game that sold millions of units in Japan is coming to the West to let players experience the funs of hundreds of cute, spooky, and mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. Players explore using their Yo-kai Watch to find Yo-kai, befriend them, and turn them into a team to battle against other Yo-kai. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season on the 3DS.
Fire Emblem Fates
Two versions of Fire Emblem’s latest installment offers players the choice between fighting an opposing force or joining the other side and making changes from within. For the first time in series history, players take on the role of the main character and command an army, while struggling to decide which path to follow: helping blood relatives or the family that raised him/her. The game is scheduled to launch in 2016 for 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Paper Mario jumps from print to digital and Mario & Luigi’s adventures. Become Mario, Luigi & Paper Mario to take on quests, take down enemies, and untangle these two universes in this new entry next spring for the 3DS.
Hyrule Warriors Legends
The Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors comes to Nintendo 3DS with new story elements and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker-inspired characters. New features allow players to enhance their tactics and switch between characters on the fly as they explore and battle in Hyrule’s most recognizable locales when it launches in Q1 2016.