Nintendo Showing More Games at E3, New Details on Pokémon Sun and Moon

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It looks like the claims that the new Legend of Zelda releasing for Wii U and NX would be the only game Nintendo would be showing at this year’s E3 were inaccurate.  While Zelda will be the only Nintendo game with playable demos on the show floor, the Treehouse livestream will be showing off other upcoming titles over the course of the event.  Pokémon SunPokémon Moon, Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgetten Past, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will all be shown off with live gameplay throughout the day on June 14th and 15th.  There will also be a Q&A session dedicated to Pokémon GO to kick off the livestream on the 15th.

On the topic of Pokémon, new details were revealed for Sun and Moon.  First, we have more information on the legendary Pokemon that are featured on the covers of the games, Solgaleo and Lunala.  Solgaleo is a Psychic/Steel type with the new Full Metal Body ability that prevents its stats from being lowered by any of an opponent’s effects and has the unique Sunsteel Strike attack that ignores an opponent’s ability when it hits.  Lunala is a Psychic/Ghost type with the Shadow Shield ability that reduces damage it takes while at full health and the Moongeist Beam attack that also ignores abilities.

We also have more details on the characters that will be in Sun and Moon.  Your mentor will be the young scientist Professor Kukui along with his assistant will be the peaceful bookworm Lillie.  Your rival will be the friendly boy Hau who appeared in the debut trailer.  The most interesting addition to the cast is the poltergeist-like Pokémon Rotom who will possess your specially-design Pokédex and accompany you all throughout the game.

A number of new features for Sun and Moon have also been announced.  Tracking down Pokémon will be easier with the ability to scan QR codes to add information to your Pokédex on specific Pokémon, including where they can be found on the world map.  We also have confimation that the Alola region will be spread across four large island rather than be restricted to a single one.  Finally, we can see a Slowpoke and a Luvdisc appearing in a pair of videos released on the official Japanese Pokémon Youtube channel, dispelling the rumor that Sun and Moon would only feature new Pokémon in the wild like in Black and White.

What are your thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 plans or the new info on Pokémon Sun and Moon?  Given that the Treehouse livestream will be handled by Nintendo staff rather than journalists, be prepared to take any demonstrations that come from it with a grain of salt.  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Nintendo World Championships Will Return at E3

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Nintendo has announced their plans for E3 with a surprising announcement: The Nintendo World Championships will return after a 25 year absence.  Nintendo World Championships is a tournament based around Nintendo games and has only been held once before.  The previous tournament used a specially made NES cartridge containing competitive versions of Super Mario Bros, Tetris, and Rad Racer and copies of the cartridge have become extremely valuable collectors’ items.  At the moment, it’s anyone’s guess what games will be featured in this new tournament.  Will they be all new games or will they span Nintendo’s history?  The Nintendo World Championships 2015 will be held June 14th and will be open for anyone to enter.  Qualifying competitions are set to start on May 30th

This tournament will only be the beginning of their E3 show as they also have their third annual Digital Event scheduled for June 16th at 9 A.M. Pacific time followed by a Treehouse livestream going all day from the 16th to the 18th where they will demonstrate all of their upcoming games.  For those that won’t be able to attend E3 and try all the new games themselves, It has partnered with Best Buy once again to bring public demos of Mario Maker at over 120 locations across the United States.  For more information, keep an eye on Nintendo‘s official E3 website here.