Kid Reporters

What’s New in Video Games?

TFK gets the scoop on the latest video games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles

June 18, 2014

TFK Kid Reporter Rylan Daniels sits with a select group of kids who attended the "Nintendo Kids Corner" event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles, California.

The latest video games were showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo from June 10 through 12, in Los Angeles, California. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at brand-new Nintendo games that haven’t been released to the public yet!

Shigeru Miyamoto, the designer of popular video games like Donkey Kong, demonstrates an upcoming game called Mario Maker.
Shigeru Miyamoto, the designer of popular video games like Donkey Kong, demonstrates an upcoming game called Mario Maker.

Usually, you have to be at least 18 years old and involved in the gaming industry or the media to attend. This year, for the first time, Nintendo held an event called “Kids Corner.” A handful of kids, including me, were invited to play these epic video games.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary video game designer, was there. I asked him how he is able to create so many successful games. “Do something that no one has ever done before,” he said. “Don’t make something that everyone else has already made, or what everyone else is asking you to make. Come up with your own ideas and bring those to life in a videogame.”

Mission accomplished! Miyamoto is the designer behind the most popular game titles, including Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda. 

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Kid Reporter
Rylan J. Daniels

I had the chance to play the new Nintendo games with Miyamoto.  My two favorites were Mario Maker and Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. Both of these games will be available soon, only on Wii U.

Have you ever wished you could design your own version of Super Mario Bros.? Soon you can with Mario Maker, which will hit stores in 2015. Drag game elements, such as pipes and monsters, from the bar at the top of the screen into the level. You can also switch the textures of the game elements from Super Mario Bros. to New Super Mario Bros. You can edit the ground layout by making holes.

In Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, players guide Captain Toad through a maze of dangerous obstacles. To make the game more exciting, Captain Toad can’t jump. Players must rely on their mind and puzzle-solving skills. The goal is to collect blue diamonds and get the gold star at the end. The levels include moving platforms, rotating rooms, giant monsters, and much more! The game is scheduled to come out this holiday season.

I have always loved to play video games. But some say that kids play too many video games. Miyamoto has a different theory: “I think it is good for kids to play videogames. I think it’s bad for kids to only play video games.”

Below, watch a special message for TFK readers from the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet.

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