Let’s not beat around the bush. Nintendo’s E3 press conference was abysmal. No Wii U price point, no release date, no tech specs, no new games, no cool surprises. Just Reggie, still struggling to explain why exactly anyone should care about Nintendo’s next-gen console. The subdued response from the audience said it all. The excited, giggly buzz we usually associate with Nintendo’s E3 announcements was entirely absent. Instead, we were forced to endure Reggie’s tortured attempts at humour. Undead Reg anyone?
Alarm bells started ringing when Nintendo sprung a shock pre-E3 video a day before their actual press conference. Why do such a thing? Is the Wii U really so hard to explain that it requires an additional warm-up video? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Things seemed promising when Shigsy kicked off proceedings in his characteristically cheery style. Childlike grin plastered on his face, the godfather of videogames talked us through Pickmin 3. We got to see an ultra cute addition to the ant-like garden-dwellers: Rock Pickmin. Sadly, it was all downhill after that.
No Nintendo, I don’t want another copy of Arkham City or Mass Effect 3. Not even the two new Mario games could raise the spirits of disheartened gamers.
A collective groan of disgust echoed around the world when Reggie confirmed the return of the Balance Board, now compatible with even more plastic peripherals. And how exactly are ‘hardcore’ gamers supposed to get excited about titles they’ve already played? No Nintendo, I don’t want another copy of Arkham City or Mass Effect 3. Not even the two new Mario games - Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Mario Bros. 2 - could raise the spirits of disheartened gamers. Where was the HD Zelda, the successor to Mario Galaxy 2, the new Metroid game? Hell, I’d have even settled for Mario Kart Wii U.
And still Reggie laboured on, introducing us to Nintendo Land, yet another attempt by the Big N to demonstrate the true potential of the Wii U. And yet again they failed. There is nothing more tedious than someone trying to explain how a game works. But for ten minutes we were talked through a monumentally dull demo of a Luigi’s Mansion mini game. And then it ended. The only thing that piqued my interest throughout Nintendo’s entire conference was the awesome looking ZombiU and news that the Wii U can support two separate game pads. I don’t know about you guys, but I feel kinda empty inside. Was this Nintendo’s worst ever E3 conference?
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