E3: Nintendo reveals Wii U Zelda, Kirby, Xenoblade and more

News Aaron Birch 11 Jun 2014 - 05:12

Nintendo's E3 showing took a couple of steps in the right direction, and included a new Zelda for Wii U...

Nintendo's E3 presentation was a little different this year, beginning with some stop-motion antics and the rather bizarre sight of Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata fighting each other.

This led into the opening title, Super Smash Bros, and details of the various types of new Mii warriors - such as Nintendo's new Amiibo line of NFC action figures.

The games then started to flow thick and fast, beginning with Yoshi's Woolly World, the new name for Yarn Yoshi, and this was followed by the reveal of new Mario spin-off, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire got a release date of November 28, and Bayonetta 2 was once again shown. This time we got a rough release window of October, and the reveal of a special edition that'll come with the first Bayonetta.

Hyrule Warriors was then shown, and got a release date of September 19, and Monolithsoft's mysterious X was finally revealed properly as Xenoblade Chronicles X. We saw a new Kirby title, Kirby And The Rainbow Curse, which is slated for a 2015 release, and Mario fans will get to create their very own levels for the Nintendo mascot with Mario Maker.

Now, this was all good, but the big draw here was the reveal of a new Zelda for the Wii U, which many speculated would happen. Not much was shown, but Nintendo confirmed that this Zelda will take place in a large open world, much larger and free-form than ever before. It'll also have a more non-linear approach to the main quest. The footage we saw looked gorgeous too, but it's still early days.

The presentation ended with Shigeru Miyamoto popping up, clearly playing a blurred-out Star Fox game on a Wii U pad. Fans have been clamouring for a new Star Fox release, and it looks like Nintendo will soon deliver, so expect an official announcement at some point.

And that's that. Nintendo hit some much needed high notes, and hopefully the Wii U will become a more attractive purchase in the next few monhs. You can see the full presentation below.

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