Nintendo’s E3 Showcase Hypes Up and Disappoints…Still No Star Fox
Well I just finished watching Nintendo's E3 Presentation. Here are my thoughts of what I saw! The Ups and Downs.
- The Intro
How much better could you make an intro? Having the recognizable Nintendo faces portrayed as Robot Chicken characters was pretty fantastic. However, if you didn't know what Robot Chicken was, you really had no idea what was going on. However, it was really funny to see.
- Super Smash Bros. WiiU and 3DS
This was the big news that everyone was waiting for. While we already know a good portions of what the game is going to do for us, they did introduce the fact that you can now play as your Mii and setup your character how you want. The Brawler, Swordman, and the Gunner. It was really only a matter of time until this was introduced, and they finally did it. Will I use my Mii? Maybe. Also another BIG hit was the release date for Smash Bros. on 3DS is in October...which they said would be in summer...bummer. Lastly, they introduced another character, that lady from Kid Icarus....whatever her name is. At this point, I didn't really care because I wanted Star Fox. You can CLEARLY tell that Nintendo is banking on Super Smash Bros.
Amiibo is basically a Skylanders/Disney Universe type of thing but for Nintendo exclusively. I get it, I really do. However, it just seems really childish and a different way that Nintendo can make some cash off of toys. It's not a bad idea at all, but it really doesn't market that well towards older gamers. Kids will love it and it will sell very well I imagine, but I will mostly likely stay away from it. However, once I see a Link or Samus figure, I will be tempted....crap....nevermind, I will most likely buy these damn things.
- Bayonetta 2
Lot of fans who have only played Nintendo consoles really have no idea what Bayonetta was. However, after the trailer, this game does look amazing. The graphics, massive boss battles, etc. The best surprise though is that you also get Bayonetta 1 for free with the game! I was wanting to purchase two, but including the first game with the purchase of two has sold it to me. Good job on that one guys!
- Star Fox?
There was a lot of hype of whether they were going to announce a new Star Fox game. Sadly, during the initial presentation, there was no official announcement. However, Nintendo CLEARLY knows that people want a new Star Fox game, with the Robot Chicken quotes and such. At the end of the conference though, creator Shigeru Miyamoto was playing a game that was CLEARLY a Star Fox game, but it was blurred out so you could barely tell what it was. Does this rumor that a Star Fox game is in the works? Later today, they have a Nintendo Treehouse thing at 2:35...we'll sit and wait.
- Yoshi Wooly World
I was never really a big fan of the Yoshi games out there, and I really don't have a good reason. Nintendo on the other hand recognizes the popularity of Yoshi and has created a game that is very similar to Kirby's Epic Yarn on Nintendo Wii. It's a platformer that looks all cute and stuff. On my end of the scope though, it still doesn't 'wow' me.
- New Zelda game & Hyrule Warriors
Although it was brief, they did talk about a BRAND NEW Zelda game in the works. They mentioned that they are focusing on the old style of exploration and choosing what your next adventure was instead of having a linear type of Zelda game. Potential Open World Zelda game? They showed a very good amount of the now official titled 'Hyrule Warriors.' It is being created by the same guys who make Dynasty Warriors, and this game looks AWESOME! I am very excited for it!
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
A little bit ago, it was mentioned that Americans love JRPG's, well here is a good example of that. This game looks just as good as the previous Xenoblade looked on Wii. Not much when it come to story, but it looks like a hell of a ride in space. I never played to much of the first game, but I really enjoyed what I had played at that time. I'm not super hyped for this game, but it definitely peaks my interest.
In the end, Nintendo did a pretty good job with their E3 presentation, and they focused a lot more on the games than they did their current hardware. Which is exactly what they needed to do.