Nintendo E3 Roundup: The Good, The Bad, And The Fuzzy



Despite having the coolest-ever, Muppet-centric production values at this year’s E3, gaming-wise Nintendo’s Digital Event was a mixed bag of great, not-so-great, and been-there-seen-that. The event kicked off with an impressively large (and impressively impressive) amount of gameplay footage for the hotly anticipated Star Fox Zero—nothing but love for that beaut.

Things got a little wonky after that, with mostly a bunch of updates on lovely-looking, but previously announced (like, last E3 previous), Wii U titles such as Super Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Yoshi’s Woolly World. The only noteworthy Wii U newcomers were Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and, oy, another party game, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival.

Three franchises everyone’s been dying to play new iterations of on the Wii U, Metroid, Zelda, and Paper Mario were all announced as less enticing 3DS titles. Surely they’ll be plenty of fun, but seeing as Nintendo has already begun working on their next home console, tentatively called Nintendo NX, Wii U’s 2015-16 forecast is looking pretty weak.

Then again, another Nintendo Direct is probably right around the corner, and the company has confirmed Zelda will indeed surface on the Wii U in 2016. So we haven’t lost all hope. At any rate, take a look a Nintendo’s tastiest E3 trailers for the Wii U and 3DS.

Wii U

Star Fox Zero (Holiday 2015)

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Holiday 2015)

Super Mario Maker (September 11)

Xenoblade Chronicles X (December 4)

Yoshi’s Wooly World (October 16)

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (Holiday 2015)


Fire Emblem: Fire Emblem Fates (2016)

Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Fall 2015)

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2016)

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (2016)

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (September 25)

Hyrule Warriors Legends (2016)

Oh, um, you’re still here. Since you’re obviously not too busy, watch the entire event right below:

We still have one more prize to give away: this nifty infographic that conveniently illustrates the roll-out schedule of these (hopefully) wonderful games: