Nintendo’s Biggest E3 Announcements

Nintendo’s media event wasn’t as big as the other game makers, but they still unveiled loads of cool stuff. Here’s the best:

The next Legend of Zelda game doesn’t have a title yet, but we know it will be the first truly open-world game in the series, where all the environments won’t be broken up into different areas. Players will also have more freedom over how and when they tackle different objectives, with a less linear storyline. The new Zelda game, whatever it’s called, will drop next year.

The Zelda spin-off Hyrule Warriors will be available this September.

Nintendo’s new line of toys that unlock in-game content is known as amiibo. They were first teased last month, and use the same kind of technology that powers Skylanders and Disney Infinity. The amiibo toys will work with both of those games, along with a slew of other Wii U titles like Mario Kart 8 and the new Super Smash Bros game. They’ll launch with Smash Bros this holiday season.

Speaking of Super Smash Bros, if you’ve ever wanted to punch Mario in the face, you’re in luck. The new game will allow you to use your Mii character as a fighter on the Wii U, so you can take on all your favorite Nintendo icons. If you can’t wait for the Wii U version, the 3DS version will be available on October 3.

For online fans, Splatoon is an inky, 4-on-4 multiplayer game featuring colorful squids. Expect that on the Wii U in 2015.

Yoshi’s Wooly World is the name of the new Yoshi game from the makers of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. It will arrive next year.

The loveable mushroom Toad is getting his own game, called Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. It will be available on the Wii U before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Kirby has a new game called Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, coming in 2015.

Bayonetta 2 is being Bundled with Bayonetta 1 on the Wii U. They’ll arrive this October.

Here’s a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X. The game arrives next year.

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