Nintendo @ E3 : Day 1

Nintendo may have had one of the most successful press conferences at E3 judging from first responses. Things tend to wind down once the floor show starts and people can have a closer look at the announcements. However, the Japanese giants weren’t done there, kicking off their first day of E3 with another surprise: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

That’s right! Not even Treehouse was safe from surprises. The game is currently being developed for the 3DS, keeping all that we know and love from the classic game, plus the addition of an Easy Mode, for the younger or less experienced among fans of the series. Bundled along with the beloved game is a new side story, Bowser’s Minions: The Search for Bowser, in which players take on the role of, you guessed it, Bowser’s Minions, taking part in, you also guessed it I bet, a search for the Koopa King himself.

Following the game’s reveal, two new amiibos were also announced: Goomba and Koopa Troopa. Fortunately, these amiibos will be compatible with the Superstar Saga release, as well as the already released Boo amiibo. You can can expect to see Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions hit the shelves October 7th, along with the amiibos.

Nintendo wrapped up their first day of Treehouse with the Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational. Despite the best that the “Blue Ringed Octolings” (Australia/New Zealand) could muster, there was no beating team “Deadbeat” (USA) who thrashed “Dynameu” (Japan) 4-1 in the final, taking the trophy. After a long and hard fought best of seven, featuring ranked battles, “Deadbeat” walked away with their name engraved on the Splatoon 2 trophy, and undeniable bragging rights.

Among other announcements were the Colosseum mode for the recently announced Fire Emblem Warriors, which lets the player take on the role of Nohr’s crowned Prince, Xander and his trusty steed, as he lays siege to the castle of Hoshido, fighting his way through Fire Emblem characters old and new. Chrom and Tiki, another two new amiibos, will be compatible with the game.

Yet more gameplay of Super Mario Odyssey was shown at the Treehouse studio. Unavailable to the show-floor demo, this gameplay featured a new, exclusive area for the game. This demo featured new mechanics, ways to capture and how Mario interacts with the environment. The beautiful woodland kingdom displayed in the demo really breathed life and brought even more surprise into one of Nintendo’s most anticipated games of the past few years.

And of course, who could forget the announcement of not only ONE, but TWO Metroid games. To accompany the release of Metroid: Samus Returns, a modern day take on the much loved Metroid II: Return of Samus, Nintendo Treehouse also happily showcased a Samus Aran and Metroid amiibo. The new amiibos will be compatible with the game, along with the existing Zero Suit Samus and Samus Smash Bros. amiibos. How exactly the new amiibos will function is being saved for a later time, however, the game and amiibos are looking to see a release on September 16th.

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