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Hyper Japan 2015

On behalf of VGTribune, I went to Hyper Japan, an event for anime and gaming fans of the Japanese culture alike (or at least that’s why I went there). Naturally, I went to cover all of the Nintendo goodness they had there, and boy did they have a lot. Taking up a good chunk of the main area, the Japanese company had a good mix of E3 showings and recent games on show.

Let’s start with possibly the biggest game shown at this year’s E3; Super Mario Maker. If there is one word to describe it, it is fun. I managed to complete the first two levels shown of at the Nintendo World Championships, as well as a variety of other ones. My favourite has to be ‘Ninja Training’, which I had to suffer on the main stage in order to get a Mario hat. I didn’t get it. But I still loved it. Never would I have been able to experience these out of the world levels, and soon I’ll be able to create my own! This is a title to look out for.

Another one to keep your eye out for is The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. Out of all the Zeldas I will like to play, I would love to play Four Swords Adventures. And the reason being is because it seems to take puzzle-solving and adventuring to whole new level. That is certainly the case with Tri Force Heroes. I was able to play through two levels. The first was the Temple level, and we got through that with relative ease, but it was still enjoyable. The totem mechanic relies on sheer teamwork, and is one of the strongest points I can say about this game. I was communicating in a way I have never done so before, as they were near strangers to me. And after a very successful run through the ‘Volcano’, named one of the hardest by the Ninty employee, I felt that there was a bond forming. In direct contrast, I just barely made it through the same level with some new friends I made. Yet, that it is the beauty of the game. If it is working together, or being in complete shambles, you will be guaranteed a good time with this new Zelda, and is the perfect substitute for the delay of Zelda on the Wii U.

Sadly, only two other games were playable. I managed to play some games in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, which was surprisingly fun. Not a must buy, but if you happen to come across it with a friend, don’t hesitate to pick up the controller and play a couple of matches. The other one if Star Fox Zero, possibly the game with the most hype going into E3. Notice I said ‘going into’, because now that I have played it, I’m not ecstatic about it. Bear in mind that this was my first time playing a Star Fox game. Even so, I got relatively adapted to the controls quickly enough, so I haven’t found this to be its biggest flaw. For me, it is just the lack of what it should be. The Corneria stage was pretty fun, although it dropped a tad bit when switched to the main all-range mode section, since it was more of me finding the action, rather than partaking in said action. Area 3 on the other hand, not the most fun I had. I aimed carelessly in hopes of shooting just one enemy, and with the fight against Pigma, it was just me doing U-turns or somersaults, shoot twice, then repeat. It felt really tiring and quite frankly exhausting. Though I have to admit, the GamePad screen and gyro did come in handy. It enabled me to shoot more accurately on one far away target, as well as few enemies down below. If it’s anything to fuss about, it’s the current state of the gameplay. Hopefully this, and along with the environments, will be improved by the time the title (barrel) rolls out this Winter.

That’s not all they had on offer, however. There was the Nintendo UK store, where I was able to pick up some rare amiibo, some exclusive shirts, and Code Name S.T.E.A.M. In addtion, they had a lot of areas for recently released games. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U probably had a good number of stalls, and the same can be said for Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon. There was also a dedicated area to Monster Hunter fans, and places to relax with smaller 3DS titles like LBX (though I didn’t manage to play it). We aren’t over yet, since there were a couple of booths for the recent Kirby and Yoshi games, and a lot of old 3DS titles, such as Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Luigi’s Mansion 2.

There really was a lot on offer here for Nintendo fans, and followers of anime. Below is a video so you get to see for yourselves what was on the show floor. Sorry for the poor quality. It was on my iPod. Please understand.

About the author /

Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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