Nintendo E3 Direct.

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Nintendo have a mixed past when it comes to E3 however more often than not their conferences leave many a gamer cold. This year when it was announced that they would be skipping E3 in favour of one of their own Direct events eyebrows were raised, but were they right to be? Well the answer to that is yes and no. On the face of it this Direct wasn’t much different from a standard E3 conference, it had game announcements, trailers and release information, but it also lacked the luster of either Sony’s or Microsoft’s showings and was a much shorter affair.
First of all let’s clarify, this Nintendo Direct did exactly what they promised they would do a few weeks ago and that’s show the big three, a new 3D Mario, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., the first two looked remarkably like the 3DS’ Super Mario in 3d Land and Mario Kart 7 respectively instead of the next gen Mario Kart and successor to Mario Galaxy the Wii U needs and that the fans want. Meanwhile Super Smash Bros. looked like classic Super Smash Bros, this time though featuring Mega Man.
Now that statement may sound a little off to you as it appears that I’ve criticized Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 for harping back to other games in the series and not Super Smash Bros., but I simply do so because the last time we played a new Smash Bros. was 5 years ago, while the last time I play a Mario Kart  and 3D Mario like the one’s shown today was 2011. The point is if Nintendo insist on, like they always have, releasing the likes of Mario Kart and 3D Mario games over and over again they need to make them look and feel really fresh or space out releases as they do with Smash Bros.
Lets get back to the Direct and unfortunately, it’s other big disappointment, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Now don’t get me wrong, Tropical Freeze looked decent enough but as Nintendo confirmed that this was the big franchise they’ve had Retro Studios instead of a new Metroid Prime or a new Star Fox all of a sudden the hopeful hype deflated somewhat. Despite these negatives Direct had two big highlights in the forms of Monolith’s X and Bayonetta 2, a pair of games which truly looking like they could really sell the system.
Appearances by The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD and Pokemon X and Y were also made but had little effect on a feeling of an underwhelming showing.
In the end Nintendo’s E3 Direct turnt out much like it’s E3 press conferences of old, full of potential which is never tapped.
Nintendo’s E3 Direct Grade C.

Nintendo E3 Direct

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2 thoughts on “Nintendo E3 Direct.

  1. I don’t know, man, after seeing the Mario Kart 8 trailer and watching some people play the demos, I think it’s miles ahead of Mario Kart 7 and even (graphically) Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. I’m definitely hyped about it.

    While I would have preferred a sequel to Mario Galaxy, I think going for a new Mario Land 3D style game better shows off the power of the Wii U. Mario Galaxy looked great on the Wii because it forced the system to work all of its muscle on these tiny planet worlds, but now that the Wii U has power of its own they can showcase it in a new game with much bigger environments.

    Nintendo may appear to be playing it safe, but they’ve always been innovative enough to make every one of their games feel a little different. Smash Bros. though.. I geeked out when I saw the Animal Crossing Villager, but when Mega Man entered the battle I was stunned for a few seconds. As much as I loved the PS4 presentation, Mega Man in Smash Bros was the biggest hit for me at E3/Direct this year.

  2. Don’t get me wrong, I know Mario Kart 8 is going to be great and while personally, something closer to Mario 64 was what I was looking for in regards to the Wii U’s first big Mario game I’m sure 3D World will be the best platformer since Galaxy but just one year I’d like Nintendo to pull out all the stops and overwhelm us with quality. I had hope this year would be that year given the hard time the Wii U’s been having but I guess not. Still, seeing Mega Man (and Yellow Devil) in Smash Bros along with X wasn’t a bad consolation prize.

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