Though the Nintendo Spotlight for E3 was short, it was nothing short of sweet. Here’s my top five “Most Excited For” out of Nintendo’s E3 2017 announcements!
#5 - Xenoblade Chronicles 2
JRPGs have to be one of my favorite genres. Though this is the case, I have never dabbled in the realm of Xenoblade Chronicles. That being said, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looks like the perfect JRPG experience you would normally get from a 3DS game with home console power. The art style is gorgeous and a complete turn from its Wii and Wii U counterparts. The world is expansive, open, and gorgeous. The characters have their own quirky, and almost physically impossible clothing designs. Everything that makes a JRPG a JRPG. This is one I’ll be getting close to its release date if not on it.
#4 - The Return of Metroid!!! (Metroid Prime 4 & Metroid: Samus Returns)
I will admit, though I know the stories of all the Metroid games, I have NEVER actually played a Metroid game myself. It’s an IP of Nintendo’s that I never really got into as a kid, and that has translated into adulthood. But let me say that I am extremely excited for the announcement of not only Metroid Prime 4 but the reimagined 3DS version of Metroid II: Return of Samus (now called Metroid: Samus Returns). Metroid fans have felt ignored and extremely depressed over no “true” entry in the series for over a console generation now. Metroid Prime: Federation Force ended up being an absolute joke and left fans even more bitter about being neglected. Nintendo has really listened to their fans on this one. They wanted a proper Metroid game, and they’re going to deliver. It almost seems like they felt bad about the flop of Federation Force and wanted to tide them over with the Metroid II remake as well. Looks like I’m going to finally have to join in on the Metroid scene! (No, I did not put Metroid at 4 because it's Metroid Prime 4!)
#3 - Fire Emblem Warriors
Hyrule Warriors got me into the hack and slash genre. So it’s no surprise that I’m excited for Fire Emblem Warriors. I love the footage we saw during Treehouse Live. The cel-shaded look to the characters and models in general is very fitting for the anime-style that Fire Emblem has been known for in its latest 3DS installments. I’m also excited that while the game is mostly another re-skinned version of the Dragon Warriors games, they’ve added new flair to it specific to Fire Emblem as they did for Hyrule Warriors with the Zelda franchise. For instance, leveling up gives you the same stat screen for a character as you would have would you level up in a Fire Emblem game. An Autumn 2017 release date is vague for the west, but Japan got a September 28th date in concrete. Here's to not waiting longer than Japan! Fingers crossed!
#2 - Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is not my number one, but man does this game look jam-packed. There’s an awesome buying system to clothe Mario and give him cool buffs. And my personal favorite is the possession ability Mario (or his hat) has for all things around him. Lava, Goomba, even a DINOSAUR! I’m hoping this will be a multi-world stage game similar to Super Mario 64 to collect the stars. Curious to see more about this and I’m sure we’ll have a centric Direct/Spotlight later on this summer before its release on October 27th. Also, can you say MAYOR PAULINE?! I do believe she was the voice singing the song that played over the trailer, as evidenced by the back-shot of her and the band. Interested to see her role in the entire game!
#1 - NEW AMIIBO!
And at number one (which you all should learn to expect from me) – sorry to disappoint you guys, but AMIIBO! I’m a huge amiibo collector and a Zelda die-hard. So when Nintendo announced that they’re making four new GORGEOUS figures of the Champions from Breath of the Wild, I literally suppressed a scream. We’ve got those four plus five new awesome Super Mario amiibo (with the same base red base with checkerboard for consistency). The opalescent white on the wedding amiibo look amazing and I’m so glad they’re experimenting with different paints. Then we’ve got Metroid amiibo … a super detailed Samus, and a SQUISHY METROID! Last but not least, they gave us Chrom and Tiki amiibo to coincide with Fire Emblem Warriors. I wish these bases matched the Alm and Celica burgundy bases; however, I’m not going to nit-pick that when it comes to buying them—I’M BUYING THEM! These are all undoubtedly going to be $15.99 as the original Breath of the Wild amiibo were, but I am down to buy all of them to expand my full collection. Hands down, most exciting for me this E3!
Time to set aside that money in my wallet for a boatload of pretty figurines and games! Happy E3, everyone!