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Nintendo at E3

I love E3. I wish I could cover E3 in some substantial way but I’ll leave that to bigger and better minds. But I do want to take a look at the main E3 players and muse what we can expect and my own personal predictions – without biased as much as possible.

I remember that year Nintendo had the large orchestra to celebrate the Zelda anniversary at E3. It wasn’t a particularly memorable E3 but it was an electric experience at home, I can’t imagine how it was for those in the audience. That’s what E3 is all about for me. The experience. I understand that E3 costs a lot of money and Nintendo are in no position to spend such increasing costs but I feel the decision to host these pre-filmed Nintendo Directs at E3 isn’t for the financial reasons but more that arrogant thought that they don’t need to bother. Evidently they do.

There were some stand out games including Wind Waker HD for the Wii U and Super Mario 3D world. In essence, the usual players. There was little in the way of third party support and a lack of content to support the system throughout the entire year. Edge’s review of the conference summed it up perfectly;

Again, Mario Kart is safe, as is Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros. Nintendo’s E3 2013 roster isn’t a show of creative strength but a retreat to base principles, amid a sprinkling of apologies for the delays of Wii Fit U and Wii Party U into 2014 that had Iwata breaking out that heartbreaking bow again. At this critical stage in Wii U’s life its release schedule is startlingly quiet, a deep disappointment for those who’ve bought one, and complete failure to compete with the bright oncoming lights of PS4 (oh, and Xbox One)

In a world with brand new consoles, AAA games and creative indie games Nintendo seems to getting more and more irrelevant and, well, up itself.

What are your expectations for Nintendo at E3? comment below.


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