One Year Later, Did Nintendo Keep Its E3 2013 Promises?

One Year Later, Did Nintendo Keep Its E3 2013 Promises?

Now last year, Nintendo didn’t have a traditional E3 briefing. No stage, no live show. Just a forty-minute Nintendo Direct video, filled with Iwata, footage of games… and promises. Not as many aswe’ve seen up to now, but promises nonetheless.

Nintendo’s tightly-packed presentation was basically a long string of upcoming games, for the Wii U and the 3DS alike. Let’s have a look.

The Promise: Pokémon X and Y will launch worldwide on October 12, 2013 for the 3DS. A new Fairy Pokémon type will be present, along with Pokémon-Amie, a new minigame for becoming friends with your Pokémon.

True? Yes. Available on time, with the Fairy type and Pokémon-Amie intact. Here’s our review of the pair of games.

The Promise: Coming to the Wii U in December 2013 is Super Mario 3D World, with the added bonus of a local four-player multiplayer mode starring Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad as playable characters, and a brand new Cat Mario powerup.

True? Indeed — in fact, the game arrived a bit early, on November 21, 2013. The Cat Mario powerup was in, and there was even a fifth unlockable character. We have a review for you here.

The Promise: Mario Kart 8 will launch on the Wii U in Spring 2014, and it will have a nifty anti-gravity mechanic.

True? Yes, Mario Kart 8 did have anti-gravity sections when it launched on May 30 a few days ago. Our review is right here.

The Promise: Wii Party U will be released in October 2013, and it will feature at least 80 minigames.

True? Wii Party U came out on October 25, and not only did it have 80 minigames, but it also had board games that were playable on the Wii U GamePad.

The Promise: The new Wii Fit game for the Wii U, titled Wii Fit U, will launch in December 2013.

True? Yes, but in a kinda strange way. A trial version of Wii Fit U was released on the Wii U eShop on November 1, 2013, which was actually a version of the full game that you could download and play until it expired after a month. But, you could also buy a Nintendo Fit Meter and register it with your downloaded trial copy — that way you could keep playing for as long as you wanted.

The full retail version of Wii Fit U was eventually released on January 10, 2014, and the trial promotion expired on January 31.

The Promise: A game is in development for the Wii U, but it’s a long way off. In the meantime, an Art Academy app will be released for the Wii U GamePad in Summer 2013, which will let players share colour drawings on Miiverse.

True? There are still no news on Art Academy for Wii U, but the GamePad app, called Art Academy: SketchPad, was released on August 9, 2013.

The Promise: The following fourteen third-party games will launch on Nintendo’s consoles before the end of 2013.

True? Yes, save for one game. Take a look:

The Promise: The following eleven indie games will be released on the Wii U eShop before the end of 2013.

True? For the indies, it’s more of a mixed bag. See below:

The Promise: The Wii U HD re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is coming out in October 2013. It will have Miiverse features.

True? Yep, and the digital release even arrived earlier, on September 20, 2013. The retail version followed on October 6. Miiverse messaging with other players was done through the in-game Tingle Bottle item. Check out our review here.

The Promise: The Wonderful 101, Platinum Games’ superhero adventure, will come to the Wii U on September 15.

True? Yep, it did. Our review can be read here.

The Promise: A new Donkey Kong game, named Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, is coming to Wii U in November 2013, courtesy of Retro Studios.

True? It didn’t release in time, unfortunately. Tropical Freeze was first pushed back to December 6, and then delayed again to February 2014. It finally came out on February 21. You can find our review here.

The Promise: Platinum Games is bringing the sequel to Bayonetta to the Wii U. It will feature a short-haired Bayonetta.

True? Not yet, though there’s a new trailer.

The Promise: Monolith’s open-world RPG, X, will be released on the Wii U in 2014.

True? Not yet, but some more gameplay footage has been revealed since then.

The Promise: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will be released in 2014. The games will include the Villager from Animal Crossing, the Wii Fit Trainer, and Mega Man as fighters.

True? Not yet, but several more fighters have been revealed. We also know that the 3DS game will be released in Summer, and the Wii U game, in Winter.

Alright, now that we’ve looked at Nintendo, it’s really time to start getting into the E3 mood. Only a few more days!

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  • So they haven’t broken a single promise yet. Nintendo seems like a trustworthy company to me.

    • I thought the same thing. You can’t really blame them for the Indy scene either. That’s more on the Indy developers.

      • I remember hearing/reading an article about how the indie scene with nintendo wasnt that good, so itd be interesting to know if the delays are on the indie’s shoulders or on the problems re: nintendo and indies

    • To be fair, they didn’t promise anywhere near as much though. Both Microsoft and Sony were showing off new consoles that were about to launch so there were heaps of promises to make those sales. Nintendo already had the Wii U and 3DS out, so they just had a much small presentation focused on games.

      This year will be more interesting, the Wii U is going horribly (sales-wise) but has a few big games on the way/just released and while the PS4 & Xbox One are going quite well for now, they’ll soon lose steam if they don’t have some big announcements (at the moment there’s not many games for either of them).

    • I want this (and gamecube games cause I skipped the GC era) but I dont have the time D: D: D:

    • It baffles me that Nintendo haven’t done something to trick Wii Mode into thinking that the Gamepad or Pro Controller is a Classic Controller.

      • Even with a hack to run gamecube games in the vwii mode you still need to to use an external controller. But all the capabilitys of gamecube games work fine. All they need to do is patch the controller API.

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