Always Nintendo at Nintendo of Canada’s Post-E3 Media Event

Last week, some of the Always Nintendo staff were given the opportunity to attend the Nintendo of Canada Post-E3 media event in Toronto, Ontario. At the event were many of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U and 3DS games such as Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, Star Fox: Zero, Mario Maker and much, much more.

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Mario in his Link costume exploring a dungeon

One of our favorite displays at the post-E3 showing had to be Super Mario Maker. In addition to what was shown off upon its announcement, we also got the chance to try out the newly revealed amiibo costumes which allows Mario to transform into an amiibo character of your choice. Shown in the picture above is Mario in his Link amiibo costume traversing through a deep, dark dungeon. Other characters were also shown off at the event such as Wii Fit Trainer.

One thing that was definitely exciting to see were the levels showcased at this year’s Nintendo World Championships being playable. It came chock-full of tricky obstacles, challenging platforming and enemies left and right making for an exciting time.

Super Mario Maker comes out on September 11th, 2015 and will be priced at approximately $59.99 USD.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Even though no one expected this game to be announced, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was actually one of the most interesting Wii U displays and shone bright among some of the other heavy hitters and system sellers shown at the event. Singles and Doubles were the only playable modes and Mario, Bowser, Peach and Toad were the only playable characters in the demo.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash plays like your typical Mario Tennis but with the added twist of super mushrooms. Super Mushroom are randomly thrown into the match at a random side and players that get the mushroom are able to grow in size and not only get an increase in strength, but an increase in range as well. We’ll warn you from now though: this game is very addictive and the matches are like potato chips: you can’t have just one.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches this sometime this Holiday Season.

Blast Ball

Metroid Blast Ball

One of the most controversial games (or minigames rather) featured at the event was Blast Ball from Metroid Prime: Federation Force. The infamous petition pushing for the game’s cancellation hit 22k signatures and is still going strong. The demo featured was the same one shown off at the 2015 Nintendo World Championships as nothing new has been announced or shown off since then. To be honest, the gameplay in this minigame was mediocre at best and the low frame rate was almost interruptive at points, but we’re hoping Metroid Prime: Federation Force rises to our expectations upon its release. Metroid Prime: Federation Force will launch to the masses at some point next year.

Yo-Kai Watch

Yo-Kai Watch 3DS North America

Yo-Kai Watch, one of the best selling franchises in Japan, rivaling even the insane Pokémon craze of the ‘90s. Yo-Kai watch is finally coming to North America and Europe and isn’t like your typical Pokémon game . The way Yo-Kai Watch plays is very unique and its battle system is fun yet repetitive.

The battle system is entirely touch screen-based as you turn the dial that feature a variety of different Yo-Kai monsters. Your Yo-Kai will automatically attack for you but the player can activate their skills by playing minigames on the bottom screen. The battle system is a bit questionable but there’s more to see in Yo-Kai watch that we haven’t seen yet (in english at least).

Yo-Kai Watch launches this holiday season.

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes Gameplay

Me kicking butt in Triforce Heroes

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes

Man, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes was fantastic. If you’ve played through The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, this game plays a lot like it. In fact, I believe it’s even built on the same engine! The demo at the event gave players the option to try out a few different levels. In Triforce Heroes, players must team up in groups of three to take advantage of the game’s co-op-focused level design. Sounds like a breeze, right? A breeze couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s the catch: teammates share a health bar and one slip-up could result in the entire group having to restart a level.

To add some variety between characters, you’re given the option to cosplay in hundreds of different costumes, though the demo only gave us access to a few. My personal favorite was the Zelda dress. In short, if you’re looking for a fun game for you and your friends you’ll definitely want to keep The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes on your wishlist.

All in all, the post-E3 showing was tons ‘o fun and Nintendo fans have a lot to look forward to in the next year. A huge thanks to Cohn & Wolfe and Nintendo for giving us this opportunity!

Photo Credit: Timothy Morris 

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