Hands-On WiiU E3 Demos – First Impressions

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Thank you, Nintendo, for bringing to the some demos we can actually check out for ourselves! I don’t recall anything like that being done, before! Granted, it was one station at participating Best Buy stores, you had to wait in a crazy-long line, and it was only four games, but it was totally cool to actually feel like I’m part of the E3 fiasco.

Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze – This was the game I actually played. The first thing I noticed was the level of detail in the character and environment designs. It played like its predecessor on the Wii. The co-op worked nicely, and when the demo was over, I wanted more. I heard they brought back the water stages, which I thought were handled beautifully, if not the best of any platformer, in the Donkey Kong Country series for the SNES.

Mario Kart 8 – When I first saw the trailer, I thought this was going to be a dizzying experience. I can now take comfort in knowing that the character you’re playing as will appear right-side up. I also noticed that there are 4 more racers participating per race, making 12 participants on the track at the same time. With that being said, it didn’t look nearly as chaotic as it could have been, and that makes me happy. Another thing to note is that the frame rate is consistently at 60 frames per second, even amidst all the madness. To make it better, it looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL in 1080p.

Super Mario 3D World – If you’ve played the 3DS one, then you may know what to expect. The big difference here is that there is now a 4-player cooperative. It involves the same line-up as Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) – Mario, Princess Peach, Luigi and Toad. The abilities from that game have also returned, giving each character a unique play style. Toad is faster, Peach can float, Luigi can flutter, allowing him to descend slowly, and Mario is balanced and boring.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – It most certainly is Wind Waker. However, it has gotten a well-deserved facelift. The graphics have been polished to an almost mirror-sheen (it would be weird if they were polished to that point). The shading is absolutely superb – among the best I’ve ever seen. It now resembles a painting more than ever. It also looks like they’ve made the sailing less of a chore by adding an even faster speed. There apparently have been more additions added to enhance and streamline the gameplay to make this HD version more than just an HD port and better than the original in almost every way.

However, they did not have a playable demo of the WiiU title other than Smash Bros. that I care about the most. Allow this video to do the talking…