The Road to E3 2016: Nintendo

                     Charles Samuel

                     Charles Samuel

Welcome to our Road to E3 Week here at Rocket Punch! This week, each of the members of the crew and its contributors take time to talk about each of the main press conferences and video presentations from our favorite game companies and developers. Each day, we have focused on a different company and platform, and talked about some of the games we expect to see, any hardware or software reveals, as well as offer some cool predictions! As Rocket Punch’s resident Nintendo die-hard, I will be focused on the software giant’s E3 landscape.

Nintendo games have been apart of my history. One vivid memory I have is walking up to a kiosk at a Military Exchange in Lakenheath, England and holding a Nintendo 64 controller for the first time. I could not wait to get home to tell my, then ten-year-old, brother that Mario had entered the third dimension. From that day on I sought to read everything I could about the company. My brother and I had long conversations about Nintendo and what they could do next. I would be shocked on days I would see my ideas come to life when Nintendo would announce a handheld or a game I thought of. Sometimes I thought Nintendo had a real Idea Van that stole an idea or two of mine. Here is hoping this year Nintendo whips out some of that magic. Even though we cannot expect any new hardware out of them this year, we still have so much to look forward to.

Be sure to check each day for a new article from each of us at Rocket Punch about a new company and platform, and make sure to tune in to our Twitch channel during E3, as we will be hosting pre- and post-shows of each conference and have live commentary during the best moments of the presentations!


THE GAMES

Miitomo

Be on the lookout! Miitomo, a mobile phone app from Nintendo, you can use the app to ask your friends questions and dress up your Mii in different outfits. The app will more than likely dominate Nintendo’s live coverage in the form of ads and special promotions.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U / NX

The next installment in the Legend of Zelda series is front and center this year. From the talented director Eiji Aonuma, this latest game is said to rethink how players progress by remixing the dungeon and item system as well as offer intuitive controls similar to the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night

Castlevania creator Koji Igarashi (IGA) set out to develop the spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of The Night and it is shaping up to looking like it’s going to be a nostalgic romp through some castles and pirate ships, and darkness! The fact that this game is also coming to Wii U makes me very happy indeed.

Yooka-Laylee

Feeling nostaligic for the Nintendo 64, Playtonic Games have delivered unto us the character action 3d platformer we’ve all been craving. This game is a return the genre while also being a heartwarming love letter to fans. Although it is coming to other platforms in 2017, seeing the former Rare developers creating a Banjo-Kazooie on a Nintendo platform brings a slight tear to my eye.

Yo-Kai Watch 2

For the uninitiated, imagine a Ghostbusters game mixed with Pokemon. There, that’s Yo-Kai Watch. The second game has already released in Japan and you can pick up your import copy, but Nintendo usually takes a while to translate and release the games in the US. Yes, Yo-Kai Watch is a hit in Japan but can Nintendo repeat the success in North America? With the first game selling 1.5 million copies globally, (http://www.vgchartz.com/game/72232/yokai-watch/) I can see a senario where this game fills a content gap between the Wii U and NX.

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon

It is that time again, Pokemon season! The latest installment of the Pokemon franchise is highly anticipated by some here at Rocket Punch. Nintendo’s creature collecting game is very popular in Japan and North America. It also sports some new visuals and 3D environments. Nintendo will reveal more about this game during their Live Stream.  

Monster Hunter Generations

The niche monster slaying RPG is one of Capcom’s darlings and it is coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Although we will not see much of this game during Nintendo’s Live Stream, I will be keeping a close eye on this title. This version of Monster Hunter features different fighting styles and also improved graphics. With the ability to play 4-player online and offline co-op, Monster Hunter Generations will be a game I pick up for my NEW Nintendo 3DS.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Speaking of Japanese RPGs, The Shin Megami Tensi X Fire Emblem game is coming soon. Nintendo has taken great care to show this game in limited spurts but from what we know so far, this game’s main focus is on music and how it affects the world. Characters can call upon Mirages to aide them in battle against the dark forces that infect musicians everywhere. I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of this game.

THE GEAR

Amiibo

It’s safe to say that Nintendo is not planning to pull out any surprises at E3 this year in terms of gear to be shown. But there is always a potential for more Amiibo goodness!

 

THE UNKNOWN

Nintendo and Mobile

Nintendo has several tricks up its’ sleeve in regard to games and portable devices. Such as the new Fire Emblem game and Animal Crossing for phones and tables. Nintendo may show us a little bit about those two titles.

FINAL FANTASY: BRAVE EXVIUS 

Like seriously? Why isn’t this game on 3DS? Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is one of those special mobile games that would do well to be on a platform with buttons and controls sticks. Here is hoping that Nintendo do what they can to bring this game to their handheld. More will be revealed on the FF: BE Live Stream, June 15th @ 3:30 PDT.

 

Nintendo NX

This year has been a great year for speculation about the NX. Here are some thoughts on some really cool mockups of the system. These are all speculation and have no basis in reality, but are still pretty nifty

Nintendo NX Free Form Display??

This is by far my favorite out of all the fan made material thus far. The fact that you have one controller that is the screen. Coming from a tech support background though, dead pixels and broken analog sticks could be an issue.

Nintendo ON??

I remember falling in love with the concepts in this video back in the day. A virtual reality headset, wireless and streaming to the wearer. If Nintendo manages to solve a VR nightmare such as cordless VR while maintaining low latency, they are gods among men.

Nintendo XDS??

Shut up, and literally take all my money! If this was the Nintendo NX, I would purchase two or three. We may be in an era where high definition consoles are out there but we’ve yet to see an HD handheld gaming system. The fan made trailer also shows streaming from the handheld to the television. It is pretty neat.