The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 to those in the know) kicked off with some blistering and bewilderingly brilliant announcements from the likes of Bethesda, Sony and Microsoft, leaving everyone in anticipation of what Day 2 of E3 2015 would bring.
You can see what all the hoo-ha was about in our Day 1 Round Up.
Stick with NUBI all this week during E3 2015 as we bring you a busy-person-friendly break down of all you need to know. We’ll be rounding up each day’s news, as well as finishing the week off with a Gimme 5 boasting the absolute best of show in a little more detail.
E3 2015 – Day 2 Round Up
Day 2 saw press conferences from Nintendo and Square Enix.
Nintendo: It’s a-me, a-Mario (and Fox, and Yoshi)
Main Announcements: Mario Maker, Starfox Zero, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Unfortunately, the lack of Wii U-related announcements and new information in general harmed an otherwise pleasant showcase for The Big N, but disappointment aside, they did shine some light on a few tantalising titles…
With a great deal of love being shared for ‘creation’ titles these days (think Minecraft), September 11th 2015 will certainly be a date for everyone’s calender: the long-awaiting Mario Maker will be hitting shelves this autumn. Not only can you design your own Mario levels, but you can share them globally. Add to that the Amiibo connectivity (which will instigate some cool features in the game, such as transforming our portly plumber into other well-known Nintendo bods), and it’s all looking rather addictive.
Also on the Amiibo-front came the interesting news that Skylanders will received both a Bowser and Donkey Kong figure when it’s released on Wii U. If that’s not really your bag, the Woolly Yoshi Amiibo is also ready to unravel into stores this October with the release of the adorable Yoshi’s Woolly World.
And finally – finally! – more news on the upcoming Starfox title was released, which sees the gameplay refocussing on spectacular space battles – about time! Due for release in Q4 of 2015, it will be joined by Nintendo staple: Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, as well as a bundle of awesome-looking 3DS titles like Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, a Paper Mario / Mario & Luigi RPG cross-over, and The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes (sadly, not the Zelda game everyone wanted an update on).
Square Enix: …you mean there’s MORE after Final Fantasy VII?!
Main Announcements: Just Cause 3, Kingdom Hearts 3, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, World of Final Fantasy
After Sony got to drop the METEOR that was the Final Fantasy VII Remake, all everyone was hoping for from Square Enix was that they didn’t reveal it to be just a tech demo…
What we got instead was a kick-ass new gameplay trailer for Just Cause 3, which is set for release in America this December. Couple that with more details being released in regard to Rise of the Tomb Raider, and everything was looking decidedly phenomenal.
Swerving more towards the fantastical, Kingdom Hearts 3 was warmly received with its new gameplay footage. It looks to tie-in nicely with the previous main iterations of the game, which will please every fanboy and fangirl across the land. It’s been 11 years since the last numbered edition of the series, so expect big, bold things.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was shown off by the Montreal division of the company, which is due to be released in Q1 2016, which will come just before one of Square Enix’s weirder titles: World of Final Fantasy. Adopting a new slant on the well-loved series, WoFF will apparently allow gamers of all ages to enjoy the world of Final Fantasy, which probably means it’ll be a tad ‘kiddy’. Time will tell.
(And, er… did anyone mention Final Fantasy VII Remake???!)
Check back tomorrow for a round up of Day 3‘s press conferences.