Nintendo’s (In)Direct E3
Okay so it was a little weird that instead of doing a proper E3 conference, Nintendo decided to do it as a Nintendo Direct. As such it was short, sweet, and to the point. Heck they didn’t even show everything!
There is some disappointment as “nothing really new was shown” as well as the fact that there are still very few games coming to WiiU in the near future.
However, in other respects it was very refreshing. Nintendo had the most Japanese E3 presentation of anyone and it was a nice change of pace. Even Sony focused mostly on Western made games. Seeing brightly colored cartoony stuff from Japan was just wonderful and reminded me of why I love videogames in the first place.
You’ll have to excuse me but my personal motto is: FUCK REALISM!
While Nintendo didn’t show too much, I did basically want everything they showed. But pairing it down to the most surprising and awesome I’m gonna have to start with Super Mario 3D World.
They’re expanding upon the concepts of Super Mario 3D Land, a game which I did not enjoy. This, however, looks significantly better. The big news to me: Multiple Playable Characters! That means Peach! With unique attributes like in Mario 2! This is something I have been demanding for years and am glad that Nintendo finally realized what a good idea it is!
Do not bring up Sonic. The characters were never the problem. It was the alternative gameplay styles attached to the characters. If all the characters can play in the same stage without tweaks, then there shouldn’t be an issue.
Amazingly this isn’t the only awesome looking platformer to feature multiple characters. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze also features multiple playables with the addition of Dixie Kong!
The more I look at it, the more Nintendo had too much awesome stuff. Mario Kart 8 features rotating tires and wall riding, making it the first interesting looking Mario Kart since Double Dash. Bayonetta 2 impressed with a new hairstyle. However, the show stealer for me was Monolith’s new RPG:
Alright, the WiiU is basically a current gen console, right? About on par with 360 and PS3 if not slightly weaker in some areas? If so…why did no one else make a game like this! Egad people, do you see this?! This is what a modern JRPG is supposed to look like! SquareEnix? Take notes!
I mean yes the trailer is a bunch of wandering around to pretty music but I squealed the hardest at this trailer of all the ones at E3.
Then, you know, Smash Bros. happened. Guess who our special guest is this time?
Yeah, I am pumped for everything. It’s always nice to be reminded why I have a Nintendo console: Nintendo games. Sometimes it really is worth it.
Also, don’t forget that Nintendo is bringing some E3 games to Best Buy tommorrow! Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country, and Wind Waker HD will all be there. A little disappointed in the lack of Sonic but I am still excited to try these out.