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E3 2015: Nintendo’s Digital Event – The Great Disappointment

Ladies and gents I come to you today as a long-term Nintendo fan and yesterday I was hoping to be wowed or at least impressed with Nintendo’s contribution to E3 considering the game that Microsoft and Sony brought in the last day or say. Unfortunately Nintendo only gave me and many other fans only a handful of things to look forward to, but didn’t give us anything to blow our minds and that’s left this fan base in a place that’s far from pleased. So I just wanted to talk about where I think Nintendo went wrong with this event.

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Now before I begin I want to say that this is not a rant, more like a statement from a concerned fan who has an opinion to share.

Okay so let’s talk about the games that they did have on display. Nintendo’s E3 Software Lineup consisted of:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Star Fox Zero
  • Hyrule Warriors: Legends
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Genei Ibun Roku #FE
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X

A good selection of games for sure, however besides the odd new surprise here and there, there was nothing really unexpected or out of the realm of possibility. Now that’s not to say that this Digital Event didn’t have its charms. The whole puppet character versions of Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto was quite funny and entertaining and very in line with the quirk and random nature of Nintendo. Plus seeing some ACTUAL footage of Star Fox Wii U (now dubbed Star Fox Zero) was great considering that I’ve been waiting for a home console Star Fox game for 8 years now. I also liked the look of Tri Force Heroes, Mario Maker and I am a sucker for Mario Tennis so Ultra Smash will probably be on my radar too… With all that being said there is a hole of excitement and lack of surprise from the event that cannot be unshaken and now I will talk about what I think that was.

No Wow Factor

Nintendo as a company must know by now that their fan base, especially the older ones, are like a legion of crazed animals who require immediate software to keep us satisfied, because once you gives the fans something lackluster or give them nothing for a while, then everyone loses their minds! I’m pretty sure Reggie Fils-Aime has even addressed that on a couple of occasions; that the fans are insatiable and want the next best thing after they’ve been given something good. And it’s true, when we’re given a Metroid, people want to know when the next Zelda is coming out or when the next big Mario game is coming or a new I.P. like Splatoon or The Wonderful 101, and in a few years people will be after the next Smash Bros. and Mario Kart, the cycle never stops. So as a company they should know by now that failure is not an option, and even though they’re not necessarily competing with Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, at the same time they have to perform that much harder so that they can still be relevant and show they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Last year Nintendo rocked E3 last year with their hype with Splatoon, Smash Bros. 4, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bayonetta 2 and of course the massive reveal of Zelda Wii U, with the last game really blowing people’s minds. That was good stuff. This time round several of the games from last year showed up again with no real significant new footage. And the other games shown were either unnecessary or just not what people wanted. There was no Nintendo game that matched the internet-breaking hype levels of Final Fantasy VII Remake or Kingdom Hearts 3 or Fallout 4 to put things in perspective.

Questionable Reveals For Certain Games

With Fire Emblem Fate had primarily the same trailer we’d seen in the past except with english voice actors and while the game looks great it is still AGES away in 2016. Also, Genei Ibun Roku #FE (the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem game) had more footage to show off but the trailer just felt like a compilation of clips and didn’t provide much in the way of the story or in-game gameplay to give you an idea of how the game mechanics would work. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash had a really small and unremarkable trailer, to those not so interested in this series it was basically a Mario tennis game with mega mushrooms, nothing more or les than that. There were no fancy moves or abilities or cool gimmicks or big details about the game and that really doesn’t sell the game well. Oh and look Skylanders SuperChargers has Mario characters in it… Yay? No! I don’t want that!

But nothing hurt worse than what came next. It felt something like this: Nintendo: “Hey guys want a new Animal Crossing game on Wii U?” Fans: “Yeah!  Nintendo: “Here’s a party game!” Fans: “What?” An amiibo-focused AC game? Why? That is the last thing fans of this series want, sure it hasn’t been too long since the last main series game but don’t ruin in by doing these unnecessary spin-off, especially the party game territory, there’s enough of that shit out there already. But then comes the big troll of the day: Nintendo: “Hey guys you love Metroid Prime right?” Fans: “Hell yeah!” Nintendo “Well here’s a Metroid-inspired shooter without Samus in it!” Fans: “What the hell Nintendo!?!” Metroid fans are the last you want to mess with and they’ve been waiting for a new Metroid adventure for almost 5 years and yet Nintendo have yet to gives us another Prime game or a new 2D game, instead what we caught was some game inspired by the Prime games but without any of the recognisable traits or charm. That felt like a massive slap in the face to the fans and I was gutted myself.

Retreading Old Ground

With this Digital Event, Nintendo gave us a lot of games, but they were games that we’ve seen before. Several of the games we’ve seen from last year’s E3 while some of the “new” games didn’t do much to change the basic formula like Ultra Smash and to a degree Papa Jam Bros. Even Super Mario Maker while showing off a few new details, has been shown before, Hyrule Warriors: Legends is just a port of the Wii U game with a few new elements, and that wasn’t good. Oh and Nintendo, I understand that you love Mario, but you can’t force it down fans throats, people love other things too. That Mario fan complilation video at the end was nice and all but it didn’t lead up to something big like a Mario Sunshine HD or Mario Galaxy 3 announcement, so the whole ending just felt very hollow.

Ignoring Good Franchises

It would have been interesting if Nintendo decided to bring one of their old franchises out of retirement, a new Earthbound game maybe? Even an Ice Climbers or Dog Hunt would have at least been given a raised eyebrow. I’m so keen on Punch-Out but gives another one of those like the Wii game except with more character modes and online functionality? Make a sequel to Kid Icarus: Uprising for Wii U? Make another Mario Strikers game? Try Excite Truck again but with all the modes and a variety that’s come with Mario Kart 8? COME NINTENDO GIVE ME SOMETHING! And to gap it all off, another year goes by and there’s still no F-Zero game, that’s just mean Nintendo. 😦 I know MK8 has pretty much filled that spot for the time being but that franchise has so much potential in this modern age of gaming, it’s ridiculous that it hasn’t shown up by now.

Conclusion

In the end Nintendo really dropped the ball this time. It wasn’t like they didn’t have good stuff to show off, I’ve really got hope for Star Fox, Tri Force Heroes and Paper Jam Bros., but everything else was just a bit meh to horribly disappointing. This show NEEDED something big to make up for the lack of appearance of Zelda Wii U, but we didn’t get it and now a good number of the fans are revolting. They’re really gonna have to pull off something amazing in the future to rectify this inequity.

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Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Media, Video Games

 

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E3 2014: Nintendo Digital Event – My Highlights

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first instalment of my coverage on E3 2014. This event has a lot of stuff going but I will try to cover as much as possible so be sure to come back as soon as possible yo. I’ve already talked about Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony‘s press conferences and now I’m ready to move on to the next big event.

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So now we have Nintendo, the main company I’ve been looking forward to. For me this is my jam and I needed Nintendo to do the deed and give us fans what we want. The last few press conferences have been really good, none of which have been completely perfect, but with the performance of Sony yesterday, Nintendo have a lot to prove not only to the companies that have come before them, but for themselves too. So how they fared? Well yes and no. To be fair Nintendo stepped up and gave us fun, games and news stuff and showed off some new games that DESPERATELY needed to be shown, but at the same time overall there I wasn’t completely left breathless. I loved Nintendo’s collaboration with Robot Chicken, it shows that they are really in-tune with their audience and they can have fun and entertain people. Seeing Reggie, Mario, Link and Toon Link and all those chaotic characters in action, that was some crazy and hilarious stuff. But then even more amazing was the inclusion of Satoru Iwata and Reggie fighting each other in a DBZ/Matrix style was AMAZING and really funny, it was so serious dramatic and badass, I want this type of Nintendo to existence forever.

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So with that in mind here’s my highlights of the presence conference:

Super Smash Bros

So Smash Bros., I need this game. Just when people thought that there was no more info to gain on this game, Masahiro Sakurai along with Nintendo blow our minds AGAIN! So what do have that’s new? Well Mii characters have joined the roster in three different forms; fighters, sword-welders and shooters and even Palutena from Kid Icarus: Uprising has joined the roster too. In addition to that we got a montage of the different modes in the game like the already announced Smash Run and Online modes, but we also see the return of Home Run and possibly a variation on that with a bomb, there’s also trophy viewing modes and list of other things shown in a montage of scenes. This video also showed off Amiibo, Nintendo’s answer to Skylanders figure collecting thing. Basically now you will be able to have these individual figures that you’ll be able to use them in-game and they’ll be able to collect data and have your own unique style mapped to them. And lastly we got a release date for the 3DS version, October 3rd, while the Wii U version will be out in the holiday section of 2014. So sure the 3DS version has been delayed, but I don’t care, as long as the game is good I’ll wait as long as it takes. I NEED my Smash Bros. fix yo! XD

Yoshi’s Wooly World

So Yoshi returns in a platforming game developed by the same team that made Kirby’s Epic Yarn. I like how we get to see the game but also get information from the developers about the way it plays, game mechanics and how they want their game to be better than the Kirby one before. The game looks very pretty, soft and colourful.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

I love Toad, he’s such a don. He’s always been one of my favourite characters since te days of Mario Kart 64, but I don’t think it was until he was made into a main-ish kind of character as Captain Toad of the Toad Brigade in Super Mario Galaxy when I really started to like him. And now seeing him with his own sort of Super Mario 3D World type of game, now I don’t know if this is its own separate game or DLC, but I would hope that it is DLC because I doubt there would be enough Toad-based activities to fill out one physical game release.

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

I love Eiji Aonuma, he is one of the main people working in the video game industry who understands how to innovate and change games for the better and clearly he and the people at Nintendo know what fans want and it looks like from what he’s said about the NES classic and Wind Waker, that he’s gonna continue the freedom and game-changing mechanics that were implemented in A Link Between Worlds and gives us freedom. And I want it now.

The new Zelda game is looking hot! I knew that the game would look good, but MY GOD I did not expect it to be on this kind of level. Just from the footage we saw the game looks GORGEOUS! The open field is just full of life, with Link and Epona chilling, a beautiful sky, mountains in the background and the grass, the FRIGGING GRASS! My god it was so detailed and well-animated in a way that has never been seen before. Visually it looks like the world of Skyrim rendered in a vibrant and colourful way with an art style that looks like it references Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, but has a unique style of its own. Then there’s the moment where everything becomes disrupted and Link rides away on Epona as some crazy robot, crab-like thing chases after them shooting lasers and burning everything, it then destroys the bridge where Link’s heading, but then Link decides to bust out a kick ass new bow and start shooting this monster in style. I seriously can’t wait for 2015 now.

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

So here we are, another year, another Pokemon game… And I want it. I loved the new additions that game with X&Y, but seeing this generation rendered brought back with this new technology makes me so happy. The trailer for this Pokemon remake was brief, though it did feature a montage of all these classic moments, redone in 3D and brought back so much nostalgia for me. I can’t wait.

Bayonetta 2

So yeah just like E3 last year and Nintendo Directs in the past, this game shows up, has a trailer which is a combination of cutscenes and gameplay which is fast and crazy and then ends as quickly as it began. Don’t get me wrong, Bayonetta 2 looks great and I’m probably gonna get it, but there’s not much to these trailers that really makes me gush like other Nintendo titles. But hey at least we finally has a release window, October 2014. I’m down with that.

Hyrule Warriors

Now we have a game that pretty much had people in two minds and whether the video shown during the event has changed some people’s opinions remains to be scene, but I like how Hyrule Warriors is turning out. I am really liking the attention paid to this game and how this collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo is being treated carefully and seriously. What I really liked was the improved visuals, but also the inclusion of characters Zelda and Midna, those were totally unexpected and I loved their move sets. So in addition to Link and Impa, you have two more characters to use and luckily their attacks look very diverse and reminiscent of the games from the past. We have November release date

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

When I saw this game I couldn’t believe it was back again. It has been about 6 years I think since I played Canvas Curse on the DS and I thought that game was very well done and enjoyable, though I honestly prefer conventional Kirby platforming games. That being said I am interested to see this style of Kirby gameplay return and with the additional power-ups and it definitely looks prettier than ever on Wii U too.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Another game coming out in 2015 that many Nintendo fans are looking forward to is Xenoblade Chronicles X, the game formally known as ‘X’ has finally gotten a name. What we got was a very anime-like trailer with crazy space battles, mech suits and characters talking and shouting in a very emotional and shouting kind of way. The level of detail and scope in the graphics is really impressive, though I feel like the character models could look better. I know loads of people are excited for this game but since I never played the original I’m not as hyped for it as other games announced.

So what highlights stuck out for you? Be sure to comment below and let me know.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Media, Video Games

 

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