I love Nintendo and always have. Nintendo made an interesting move when it decided to no longer host a live presentation and instead air a Nintendo Direct. Last year, Nintendo had a Robot Chicken theme which helped delivered a hype and comical direct.
This year, Nintendo opted for a muppet theme, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, the presentation while the presentation started strong, it lost steam relatively quick. Nintendo opened with Starfox Zero, which while many are excited about it, I am not that much of a fan of the series. Next was Skylanders — another game I had no interest in.
Nintendo announce a new Zelda game but again, it did not appeal to me at all. I liked the idea of changing link’s clothes but other than that, Triforce Heroes seemed kind of dull. Next up was the already known Hyrule Warriors for the 3ds. The trailer for it was leaked before E3 but even if there had not been a leak, I probably would have still not cared since I already cleared the Wii U version.
Then Nintendo pulled an interesting move. They finally announced a Metroid game. Fans of the Metroid franchise, including myself, have been waiting so long for this announcement, but it was not what we were expecting. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a game that seems to have started as a generic shooter and then had the name Metroid slapped onto the title. After seeing some gameplay, I think I will pick it up but I am more forgiving than other fans. Apparently, some entitled Metroid fans hate the game so much they crafted a petition to cancel the development of the game, which is just absurd and selfish.
Moving on, Nintendo brought on the waifu games. But seriously, Nintendo showed off Fire Emblem Fates but did not confirm if the game will be one or two like in Japan. Many people are annoyed about the fact that in order to understand the whole story, you need to buy more than one game but I am actually a fan of it. It is similar to Pokemon in that there are two versions but in this case, it makes more sense since buying both will give you the full experience. Sure this way you have to spend more money but I am looking forward to owning two cases with unique artwork on them.
Next was Shin Megumi Tensei x Fire Emblem, which looks so cool but the trailer was more of an anime opening than a trailer. Of course, I did not have a problem with that since I love anime and Nintendo did a great job showing the game off during their treehouse event.
I am not a fan of the Animal Crossing series but even though it had two new games shown off, from what I read, fans of the series were not impressed at all and who can blame them? After all, they did not get an Animal Crossing Wii U game—at least not yet. But they did get amiibo. Although with the amiibo situation, those probably sold out during the direct.
Yoshi Wolly World was shown off yet again and I have been dying to get my hands on this game but man too much time was wasted talking about it. I mean, the Yoshi and the world design are cute and I enjoyed the developer story but the segment felt like filler material.
Although confirmed for a western release a while ago, Yokai watch was finally given a trailer and I am excited for it. It has dominated in Japan and I am excited to see what all the fuss is about.
It also seems like the rumors of a new Paper Mario were true although not many people expected it to be something like Paper Mario: Paper Jam. I have played the Mario and Luigi RPGs and have loved them. The only Paper Mario I’ve played is Sticker Star and while many people hate on it, I did not think it was that bad but then again I am unfamiliar about the other titles. Either way, Paper Jam looks interesting so I’ll probably pick it up but not on launch.
A Mario Tennis game was announced for the Wii U and all I could think was why not another strikers or any other sport more fun than tennis?
Overall, I thought Nintendo’s E3 digital event did not meet the hype I expected. It was not sub par but I wish there were more new games shown off.