Great news for all you Wii U and 3DS owners out there! There are an abundance of new games coming out over the course of the next year that are sure to appease both adults and little gamers alike. For those of us who were not fortunate enough to be able to attend the E3 conference in Los Angeles, Nintendo decided to host a special event in London and I was one of those chosen to attend the event.
After E3 everyone was talking about Nintendo's biggest game out later this year, which is Super Smash Bros. The game will be released for both 3DS and Wii U, the latter which enables players to use the Gamecube controllers via a special adapter. I did find that playing Smash Bros. on the normal 3DS wasn't that comfortable, however, I imagine it would be better played for those with bigger hands on the 3DS XL or the 2DS. I can't wait to introduce my two girls to the franchise and I'm sure other younger gamers will have a great time playing this game. The level of detail in each level is astonishing.
One for me that stood out was 'Mario Maker'. It's a Wii U game that turns the gamepad into a level editor for Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. U. Bearing in mind that most parents I speak to nowadays say that their kids play nothing but Minecraft or Toy Box Mode in Disney Infinity, I'm sure this be another great to have.
It was also pleasing to see that Nintendo are making a another Yoshi game but this time for the Wii U. Not long ago they released Yoshi's New Island on the 3DS, which was styled in a crayon sort of world. The new game coming out is called Yoshi's Woolly World and funnily enough the world resembles yarns of wool. It looks great in HD and will support 2 player Co-op.
A completely new game will be making it's way to the Wii U this year called 'Splatoon'. It's a 4 vs 4 online shooter game but there's no violence as the objective is to cover your opponents area in paint. It's almost like paint ball mixed with laser tag. A very popular demonstration at the event that constantly had people taking part. All I can say is watch this space.
I'm very happy to see that Mario Party 10 will be coming soon to the Wii U. The addition of Bowser to the levels is something I know that Elizabeth and Alison will enjoy quite a lot. Sometimes they can get upset if they don't come first in mini games, but with Bowser levels one player controls him using the Wii U gamepad, almost like they are the referee of the mini game everyone else is taking part in.
Another game I can't wait to play with my girls is 'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker'. This game was created using the mini game in Super Mario 3D World. It's a fun looking puzzle-platformer game that cleverly uses the Wii U gamepad to look around each puzzle as you try to complete it.
I did get to see a couple of games that wouldn't be appropriate for family gamers but something I would play with friends. These were Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors. Baynotta 2 is about a witch who fights evil enemies with kick, punches and guns crafted into her 5 inch stilettos. There was also a demo showing a remake of the first Bayonetta game in HD, which may be released at the same time as the sequel. Hyrule Warriors comes from the world of Zelda and players can control Link, Zelda and Impa. The game supports up to 2 players, which doesn't require split screen as one player will view their character on the TV and the other on the Wii U gamepad.
I should warn fellow parents to brace their wallets, as Nintendo have followed in the same path as Skylanders and Disney Infinity. We can expect to see figurines called 'amiibos' coming soon that make use of the gamepad's NFC functionality. Basically players will be able to save stats and upgrades of their favourite characters to these amiibos, thereby allowing them to take the figurines round to a friend's house and continue upgrading the character they have become attached to.