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June 10th 2014 2:46 pm

Nintendo Strikes Back: What do you think of Nintendo's E3 announcements?

No, Nintendo didn't announce a new Super Mario Strikers game (though the timing would have been great), but they talked about a whole bunch of other games and products worth getting excited about -- but are they enough to revive the flagging Wii U?

Biggest on the slate was something we all knew was coming -- Nintendo's NFC figurines, known as "amiibo." Amiibo are very similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, though right now they look to be more of an add-on to compatible games than the center of game play. So far we've seen them in action in Super Smash Bros. Wii, but Mario Kart compatibility was mentioned, and next year Nintendo is promising a peripheral for the 3DS as well.

They seem to function like assist trophies in Super Smash Bros., but I could easily see them becoming collectible items independently of the games. I really want the Wii Fit Trainer fig!

In other franchise news, we got an early peep at a new open-world Zelda game, due in 2015. A big part of playing the game will be just figuring out where to go!

They also spent some time on Hyrule Warriors, due in September.

On the Mario front, fans of Kirby's Epic Yarn will be excited to see that the team is back with Yoshi's Woolly World. Epic Yarn on the Wii was cute, but the Wii U's HD graphics just make Woolly World look so... touchable.

Mario Maker was teased before the announcement and they didn't give us that much more info today, but it looks neat -- letting you create your own levels in Super Mario Bros., with a choice of retro or more modern graphics.

I'm an RPG player, so I was pleased to see more of "X" from Monolith Soft, now known as Xenoblade Chronicles: X. There's not really much I can add here, but man, they've really committed to a particular look from their games, going back to Xenosaga and even a little bit of Xenoblade in there. It's nice to see that they've learned from their previous mistake with Xenoblade Chronicles and have already committed to bringing it over to the US.

In third-party news, we found out that the original Bayonetta, which skipped a Wii release, will be included with Bayonetta 2, which is itself a Wii U exclusive. And exclusive to the Wii U version, Bayonetta will be dabbling in some Nintendo cosplay.

There are plenty of other announcements, check out all the games here: e3.nintendo.com­/games/

And right now as I type this Nintendo is showing off more games straight from the Treehouse. Watch the livestream here: https:­/­/www.youtube.com­/watch­?v­=YCZ734RshPA

(They're showing Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker right now. Could this be the Year of Toad?)

What announcements stood out the most for you? If you haven't taken the plunge and bought a Wii U yet, do any of these announcements change your mind? And which figures would you like to see as amiibo?

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Captain Toad, Yoshi, Bayonetta, the impending Zelda and their already existing titles are really making me consider a WiiU. What I loved about the Wii was how simple the games were, while also being engaging. This made it easier to hop in and out of the games if you don't have time for long sessions. I have just been waiting for more than just Mario to hit the WiiU.
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As a Wii U owner, I don't think I was overwhelmed, nor underwhelmed by the announcements. I think I was just whelmed.

As much as I am looking forward to the new Super Smash Bros, I am pretty sure it was also teased at last year's E3 and each new announcement and Nintendo Direct feels like its being dragged out even more. It needs to come out already.

Part of me thinks that this new Zelda teaser is going to be the start of a similar journey. My E3 prediction for 2015 is they will still be showing trailers for this new Zelda.

I am interested in playing Captain Toad, as I enjoyed those mini games in Super Mario 3D World, however if it is more of the same sort of thing, it may be a tough sell for me at $65. Wouldn't mind trying that Yoshi game either.

I recall not particularly enjoying Bayonetta, but perhaps its time to revisit the series and give it a second chance.
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And to follow up, After consideration I have pre-ordered Super Smash Bros, Pokemon, and Captain Toad. Best Buy is running a promo (in Canada at least) where if you pre-order 3 games, you get 30% off each of them.

I think the Yoshi and Zelda games would have been easy to pre-order too, but I just can't justify it when there is such a vague release date for both
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With Zelda and X coming, I am finally interested in the Wii U. I have been stockpiling Best Buy points and gift cards and have added the Wii U to the list of things I am considering blowing all my credit on. That's a pretty big step up from complete disinterest. As much as I have tried, this long-time Street Fighter junkie just can't get into Smash, so that is not yet a factor for me. With only 2 really interesting games (that I may never actually have the time to play), it's still a hard sell, but at least they got me paying attention.
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Nintendo has the WiiU Deluxe refurbished for $200, and right now if you buy and register Mario Kart 8 with Club Nintendo you can get one of the following free: Pikimin, New Super Mario Bros, Wind Waker HD or WiiParty U. Not to mention you can probably find some of the other titles used right now. I wasn't planning on getting one yet, but the buy-one-get-one is a bit hard to pass up when the console is only $200.
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