I think we can speak for most of the videogame community and say that we were expecting this year to be Nintendo’s year when it comes to the E3. And why wouldn’t it be? Nintendo has a new console coming up this year and its hand held console is picking up in sales. The competition had no new hardware to show. But we are sad to say that Nintendo lost a golden opportunity.
Nintendo had already devoted its Pre-E3 conference to show off the Wii U hardware. So, as they claimed, Nintendo had their whole actual conference left to show off awesome games. Nintendo did show off a lot of games, but nothing spectacular.
The conference started off pretty good, by showing of Pikmin 3. Pikmin is one of Nintendo triple-A titles, and after its inception, we expected the following games to be just as good. Watching the little Pikmin run around in HD was pretty cool, and how the Wii U Controller served as a permanent map and could be used to make strategies. Good implementation of the new hardware.
Later Nintendo showed off the social aspects of the Wii U. It will supposedly support Youtube, Netflix, Facebook at launch. Soon after this, Nintendo gave an announcement which we were all wishing to here. It is now confirmed that the Wii U will support up to two tablet controller. This opens up many new gaming opportunities, and we want to see how developers make use of it.
This great announcement was followed up by a great game. New Super Mario Bros for Wii U was announced and shown off. The game looks fun (anything with Mario is fun), and we cant wait to test it out ourselves.
It is good to see that Nintendo is going to get more third-party support for the Wii U, and hence will have more multi-platform games, which were otherwise not made available for the original Wii. This was shown of by Nintendo, by demoing Batman: Arkham City, and Mass Effect 3. The Wii U will also be getting Darksiders 2, Tank! Tank!, Tank, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and many more multiplat games.
Nintendo then shifted its attention towards the Nintendo 3ds. They showed off New Super Mario Bros 2, Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario, Epic Mickey, Kingdom Hearts 3d, all for the Nintendo 3ds.
A new game called Lego City was then shown. It looked pretty cool, like a Sandbox Lego Game.
By this time, the conference had begun to slow down. Nintendo brought some life back by showing a cool new game called ZombieU. It was basically a game in which you had to kill zombies, by looking at them by detecting paranormal activity with your Wii U Gamepad. This is some never before done gameplay, and we think that it proves that the tablet controller has its perks.
After this, comes in Ubisoft with a shit-load of games. Assassins Creed III, Rayman Legends, Your Shape and more will be available for the Wii U. As with the other conferences, Ubisoft had strong presence in Nintendo’s conferecne.
Nintendo ended its conference by showing off a new game called NintendoLand. What this game is trying to achieve, we are not sure yet, but it looks kind of like a cross between Mario Party and Roller Coaster Tycoon. You get to play as a Nintendo character throughout a large park, which has many video-game franchise related attractions. The premise looks fun, but lets see if Nintendo can follow through.
From all the above mentioned information, you may say that the Nintendo conference was not bad at all, and what all the fuss is about. Its not about being bad, its about not meeting expectations. We were expecting some new games for the Wii U, better than Pikmin 3. We are not saying that Pikmin is bad, but if we got Super Smash Bros, or a new Zelda/Metroid, that would be outstanding. Also, it was good to see the third party support for the Wii U, but still major games from major developers were missing. Where was Call Of Duty? Where was Battlefield?
This was our two-cents on Nintendo’s E3 conference. Did you enjoy it, or do you think it could have been better? Leave your comments in the comment section below.