Thank you Iwata, for everything. You will be missed, not just by me but by the gaming industry as a whole. Your legacy will forever be remembered, and I hope the values you preached while at Nintendo continue to guide the company forevermore.
The first console I ever owned was the original NES. At eight years old I'd never really gamed before but one very short lived go on Super Mario Bros. (ploughing into that fist Goomba) at my friends and I was hooked.
First, the basics. Activision and Toys For Bob return with the fourth installment of the Skylanders franchise, Skylanders Trap Team. Trap Team features 16 brand new Trap Master Skylanders and 18 new core Skylanders who are on the hunt for escaped villains from Cloudcracker Prison.
Disney Infinity is one of a number of games that wants to change this by putting simple accessible game creation tools in the hands of everybody. Their new title is well known for using physical toys to access in-game characters in the Play Set adventures but less well known for its Toy Box game development mode.
Wii Party U offers another strong reason why the Wii U's Gamepad controller makes sense for families. Although the second screen technological is readily available on other platforms, albeit not in exactly the same package, it's only in Nintendo's hands that we see this properly leveraged for family fun.
Now my daughter is 10 and we have a fresh rendering of the GameCube classic in the form of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. It's a single player game so I had expected to play on my own. However, as soon as my kids discovered what I was doing they wanted to play as well.
Game & Wario extends the Wii U fun of Nintendo Land with another tight collection of mini-games that has something for all the family. Nintendo add their usual finesse here and really make this a stand out challenge. Not only can you aim to knock other players off the target but there is also a multiplier puck that can be fired to change which zone scores the most.