The day started of with long lines of people waiting outside of the Nintendo World store, wanting to get into the E3 spirit without having the chance of getting there. People and fans all around awaiting the chance to see the Nintendo Digital Event as well as try out some of the demos exclusively brought to the store. So we all relax, sit in the couch, play some Smash(btw fyi Ryu is awesome), and then the time comes when the Nintendo Event starts.
Everyone’s a muppet.
Aside from the crazy that was the presentation, from Reggie, Iwata, and Miyamoto turning into furries to power star dancing to Iwata performing what I’d call “Direct-Chi,” there were quite a number of games announced for Nintendo’s E3 event that had people hyped. They started off with Star Fox Zero, then 2 Nintendo exclusive Skylander/amiibo and 2 exclusive Skylander vehicle brand toys for Skylanders Supercharged. Then out came 2 new Zelda 3DS titles, a 3-player co-op title called The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, and port of the WiiU title Hyrule Warriors, aptly called Hyrule Warriors Legends.
Later on the Digital Event more trailers are shown, albeit in a faster rate than I thought they would. One for the controversal Metroid Prime: Federation Forces, where up to 4 players can play co-op missions and up to 6 can play multiplayer such as Blast Ball. Another trailer shows the now-given title Fire Emblem Fates, which promisingly shows how good Engligh localization has become of games as of late. Then out comes Genei Ibun Roku #FE, the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem game for the WiiU which proves the hassle of English localization in this very trailer alone.
Promising gameplay and cutscenes are shown afterwards for Xenoblade Chronicles X, which has an actual release date for the holiday season. And my two least favorite titles for this E3, Animal Crossing Home Sweet Designer for 3DS and Animal Crossing Amiibo Party. Yoshi’s Wolly World makes its 2nd debut for E3 with an October 2015 release, and Yokai Watch, finally coming to the 3DS in the Holidays. And the one game that everyone got crazy hyped over, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, which features the 1st time collaboration for both Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario RPGs. Finally, the last 10 minutes are spent showcasing Super Mario Maker, releasing this September, and how Nintendo and us can celebrate Super Mario Bros.’ 30th Birthday by unveiling a new website, LetsSuperMario.com.
In a whole, this Nintendo Digital Event was a success from the hype that was of the people in Nintendo World. (seriously, we got a bit crazy) In my opinion, this was actually a pretty meager performance from Nintendo. A lot of games we saw from last E3 didn’t even get a mention this year, and majority of the games to be demoed on the showfloor didn’t even get a peep of news through this Direct. Not to say it was all bad, I am definitely looking forward to the new Mario & Luigi and Metroid Prime games, but a lot of these titles (not concerning the leaks) we already given a proper title trailer last year. I was really hoping something new from Nintendo, like a brand new IP or a grand scale new game. Hell, they didn’t even mention the new Legend of Zelda game for the WiiU. Its not that the presentation as a whole was bad, just disappointing in more areas than I thought there would be.
Check back with me next time, as I’ll put up a list of my Top 10 Nintendo Titles of E3, as well as my Top 5 Disappointing Marks of the Nintendo Digital Event. Also, check out the pictures I’ve happen to take of the 3 days of E3 gaming that happened in Nintendo World and Best Buy. And as always, Roc out.