Nintendo came prepared this year for E3. With a leaner, tighter show packed with announcements, they swung for the fences and knocked it out of the park for giving fans nearly everything they wanted. Smash Bros. and Pokemon were due for follow ups but the big N had a few more surprises even if TIME jumped the gun about a new Star Fox. Here’s what will keep you Wii U fans up at night.

Super Smash Bros.

Smash has been hyped for a while now so you should know more about this game than anything else. A new character (Icaris’ Palutena) was revealed as well as playable Miis. It’s an arcade fighting game that usually ends more friendships than bonds them. All the same I’m ready to lay down some smack with some future frenemies.

Yoshi’s Woolly World

Following in Kirby’s footsteps comes another adorable title featuring the arts and crafts universe of yarn. I’m wondering if this will become a new thing – an Epic Yarn-ish franchise with more Nintendo characters. I humbly request a Metroid with construction paper aesthetics. Anyway, Yoshi’s WW fills my heart with glee and if you scoff at this then you’re human garbage.


Eiji Aonuma came out and showed off the next step for Link with a new Zelda for Wii U. Promising a more open world that hearkens back to the first Legend of Zelda, this means that we’re getting a broader experience that won’t be tied down to a more linear plot. I’ve been waiting for this time of Zelda for years. Don’t get me wrong I love all the 3D TLoZs but nothing captured the sense of adventure and unknown like the first one. When Aonuma mentioned that those mountains in the back would be explorable, all I could do was smile like an idiot. Mark it here, this will be the best Zelda in the series.

Hyrule Warriors

This is exactly the kind of things that Koei should be aiming for with the Warriors series. Even though I wasn’t too keen on Dynasty Warriors 6 color me excited for one of these games with a Zelda spin. Just promise me that I’ll get a Gannondorf campaign and I can play as Agahnim. Also, Tingle would be a hot addition – just sayin’.

Mario Maker

Whelp, I guess every major platform will have a “you’re the creator” UGC community based title. Mario Maker is what it sounds like – you’ll be able to build and plan your very own Mario levels. I’m super excited about this because it just looks pure and perfect for the gamepad. If this is a big success – and I’m betting it will – perhaps we’ll see this extended to Zelda or Metroid!

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Possibly the best thing to come out of Super Mario 3D World were these short mini-games featuring Captain Toad. It was an isometric 3D puzzle in which you had to guide Toad around to the exit. And it was fabulous. This game is more fleshed out version of that and will be available this holiday!

Bayonetta 2

Charles would have my head if I missed this one. Yep, somehow we live in a universe in which Nintendo gobbled up the Bayo IP. If you haven’t played the first, it’s basically a spiritual successor to the Devil May Cry series except you’re a witch that has magical hair powers and highheel pistols. What more can I say?


This is a very Nintendo way of approaching the shooter franchise. It’s got a great look with cartoonish characters and a brilliant palette that should appeal to all ages. And really this looks like a shooter that is both innovative and fun and turns the head on traditional grittier, gory FPS’s and TPS’s. I’m not sure I’m hip on MOE squidgirls but it looks cute.

Rounding out the announcements were Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Xenoblade Chronicles X and these Skylander-esque toy/video game periph called Amiibos. Why they didn’t call them Amiigos is anyone’s guess but the cool thing is that these work with gamepad right out of the gate and can used as assists in Smash Bros. Finally, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire were shown off as well.

Sadly, Star Fox will have to wait as Miyamota merely teased an announcement later today.