Nintendo had a second E3 presentation, and it was a god-awful mess

by 6 years ago

The consensus leading up to Nintendo’s big presser earlier today is how they had a real chance of stealing the show, due to both Sony and especially Microsoft totally fumbling theirs. The verdict? Christ did Nintendo ever blow it, BIG time.

Also from E3 2012: <a href=What Sony had to say and show | What EA and Ubisoft had to say and show | What Microsoft had to say and show

It’s funny how anticipation for the Wii went from null to high, over the course of 24 hours, thanks to upcoming offerings from the PS3 and Xbox 360 looking either boring or flat out offense to some.

People tired of the murder simulators that are being peddled (again, that’s crazy talk; video games have ALWAYS been violent as hell), or just stuff that aren’t even video games to being with, sough solace with the company that’s synonymous with fun times with video games.

All Nintendo needed to do was talk about their new console to a satisfactory degree, plus present some updated classics, and some new titles. And they completely failed across the board.

– Things started off much promise, with the first look at Pikmin 3, a long requested title from the faithful. It honestly doesn’t look all that different from past versions, but in this case, that’s totally okay…

– Nintendo of America’s president, the always entertaining Reginald “Reggie” Fils-Aime then took the stage and reiterated some points that his big boss made on Sunday night, plus offered a closer look at the tablet. Thus far, smooth sailing…

– But once he began talking about they weren’t going to dig deep into the hardware, and instead address software, because it’s “all about the games”, everything slowly began going to hell. First up was New Super Mario Bros U (what a title).

Looks okay, a bit too much from before; the flying squirrel suit at least is cool…

– But hey, at least that’s a new game (actually, not really). Next was a special edition of Batman: Arkham City. Yawn…

– Various other games were shown very quickly; almost nothing of note. Next was an updated version of Wii Fit called, you guessed it, Wii Fit U

The only positive thing I’ll say, and this was apparent in a few of the other health fitness games that would later be demoed, is the idea of using the WiiU pad’s touch screen to augment (or mess with) another person’s workout regimen.

– A karaoke game was next shown, called Sing. Was nothing special. Next.

– Up to bat was the 3DS; were told that there’s so much to cover that it’s getting its own dedicated presser. So that’s THREE Nintendo presentations for one show, and best part is how this jack ass wasted ten minutes repeating this info, over and over again.

Once he shut up, we got a taste of New Super Mario Bros. 2, which looks almost EXACTLY like the other Super Mario we just saw…

… What the hell Nintendo. Was also shown more of the upcoming 3DS revamps of Luigi’s Mansion and Paper Mario. Both looked decent, I guess.

Scribblenauts Unlimited was one of the few “new” titles featured, though it’s still the follow-up to an older release. But one that’s not a Nintendo IP, so it was somewhat different technically…

– The president of Ubi next hit the stage to talk about a bunch of stuff, including that aforementioned zombie game, ZombiU. Yes, the titles keep getting worse…

Immediately afterwards was the highlight of the show, with Reggie acting like only Reggie can…

– Moving on was the unveiling of Nintendo Land, which is some kind of virtual theme park for your Mii. There’s various attractions built around popular Nintendo properties…

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… And that was it. Seriously. That was the whole damn presser. No Zelda, no Metroid, no Smash Bros, no NOTHING. The initial reaction amongst everyone, both in attendance and online can only be described as stunned silence once the curtains were drawn.

Which immediately transitioned to everyone going “Well, so much for video games!” And while I’ve long tried to maintain a positive attitude towards the mainstream gaming scene, this year’s E3 was the first time in which I did feel that dark days are ahead of us.

Oh well, at least there’s always the indie scene.


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