E3 2015: Star Fox Returns But 3DS Shines at Nintendo Digital Event

By On 13th November, 2015

This time last year we got excited about the Digital Event, Nintendo’s online shake-up of the traditional E3 stage presentation. Many gaming sites even pronounced Nintendo “winners” of E3 2014. Yesterday, the E3 2015 Digital Event drew much less praise – with a lack of big new games the main complaint.

(The other big problem? Too many puppets. Yeah…)

Afterwards, boss Satoru Iwata even tweeted to fans that Nintendo “will work to better meet your expectations” next time.

That doesn’t mean there weren’t interesting games on show. 3DS was in the spotlight, naturally enough given that it’s Nintendo’s best-selling system (or rather, family of systems) at the moment.

But besides a closer look at Star Fox Zero, first shown at E3 2014, the Wii U home console didn’t get much love. Most Wii U games shown had been seen before – and of the new ones announced, none were what you might call triple-A titles.

Here’s our round-up of all the E3 2015 Nintendo games.

Wii U games at E3 2015


Star Fox Zero – Wii U fans already knew this was coming. But it was good to see more gameplay and to hear that Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising) are co-developing.

Skylanders SuperChargers – The latest in the toys-to-life series will feature Nintendo characters, as well as toys that work both as regular Skylanders figures and amiibo.

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival – Rather than make a full-fledged Animal Crossing game for Wii U, Nintendo has elected to make a Mario Party-style spin-off designed to sell you more amiibo figures. Oh well.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash – Yet another Mario game, this time combined with another Wii Tennis game.

Also shown – Persona-style JRPG Genei Ibun Roku #FE, platformer Yoshi’s Woolly World and Mario level designer Super Mario Maker. JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles X was given a US release date of 4 December 2015.

3DS games at E3 2015


The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – 3DS already had more Zelda games than any other system, and now it’s getting this 3-player online co-op adventure too. Looks good.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force – Oh you wanted a full-fledged new Metroid game? Have this online team shooter thing for 3DS instead! It’s being made by Next Level Games, so it’ll probably be pretty good actually.

Hyrule Warriors Legends – A 3DS port of the excellent Wii U game, with extra new characters from Zelda: Wind Waker.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Another spin-off for everyone who enjoyed New Leaf.

YO-KAI WATCH – This Pokemon-style kids’ RPG has been a mega-hit series in Japan for a couple of years at least. Now it’s finally coming to the UK.

Also on show: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (an RPG mash-up of the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series) and Fire Emblem Fates (a new entry in the tactical RPG series).

What did you make of Nintendo’s E3 2015 Digital Event? Let us know in the comments.

Neil Wheatley

Copywriter, NUFC fan, dad to Wolfie and lifelong gamer. Sheffield and Manchester, UK.