Official PR - Nintendo Announces Details of Some 2015 Games, Including a New Look at The Legend of Zelda for Wii U:
Nintendo game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma appeared via video at The Game Awards in Las Vegas on Dec. 5 to walk through some of the new game play of the Wii U installment of The Legend of Zelda franchise. Miyamoto and Aonuma showed off some visually stunning graphics, as well as the vastness of the world. Players can pinpoint locations on the map on the Wii U GamePad, which then appear as beacons in the game as an aid to navigation. The duo also showed off the gliding Sailcloth item, as well as how Epona, Link’s horse, does not need to be directed through every step of her path. Epona will avoid trees and obstacles, just as a real horse would do, leaving Link’s hands free to wield his sword or shoot arrows.
The public got its first look at Mario Maker for Wii U during the E3 video game trade show in June, and new details about the game, which lets users create their own Mario levels, were announced at The Game Awards. This includes the ability to tap the Wii U GamePad screen to change the look of the level design to a number of classic styles, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U. Each style includes game mechanics unique to the original game, such as ground-pound or wall-jump maneuvers. Players can integrate these mechanics into designs for the various titles featured in the game. This game will launch in 2015, which will be the 30th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game.
Nintendo also revealed a March 13 launch date for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. for Nintendo 3DS and announced a multiplayer mode that lets players compete against one another in local and online matches.
The event also featured performances from legendary Nintendo composer Koji Kondo. Nintendo won four awards, including Developer of the Year, Best Fighting Game for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Best Sports/Racing Game for Mario Kart 8 and Best Family Game for Mario Kart 8. Nintendo also congratulates its third-party partner Yacht Club Games, which won Best Independent Game for Shovel Knight, which is available in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
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The Game Awards 2014 - Koji Kondo, Mario Maker, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Zelda Wii U details and footage:
- Super Mario Bros. 3, World visual styles included
- add coins to bullet blocks
- giant sprites for enemies
- reconfirmed for 2014
- Miyamoto says Mario Maker could become a series of its own
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
- local and online multiplayer
- reconfirmed for March 13th
Zelda Wii U
- sail cloth returns
- Miyamoto calls the horse 'Epona'
- swing your sword and fire arrows while on horseback
- insect and animal life throughout the world
- pick/eat apples
- metallic sound when you hit an enemy means you hit the right spot for damage
- jump off the horse and go into slow-mo for aiming with bow and arrow
- reconfirmed for 2015
StarFox Wii U
- due out 2015, before Zelda Wii U