Before I divulge more into the games of E3 themselves, I thought I’d write a little something in regards to Nintendo’s E3 “Digital Event.” Unlike most people on the internet, I’ll write something a little more in-depth than “Dear Nintendo, u suk!” In fact, I am really wondering where all this Nintendo hatred is coming from regarding their E3 showing (aside from typical gamer entitlement, that is).
Was it a great E3 for Nintendo? No. Their presentation was lacking big surprises, and things were generally predictable. But there’s a fine difference between uneventful and bad. I found that there was little “bad” about Nintendo’s presence at E3, but it could fall under the “uneventful” category.
Overall, if I were to give the presentations a letter grade, I’d say Nintendo’s probably fit into the B+ range. The fact that things went pretty much as expected prevents it from reaching into the A categories, but I don’t see anything wrong with most of the games that were present.
What I want to know is what exactly were gamers expecting? We all know Nintendo is working on their next home console (which they had already announced some time ago wouldn’t be at the event), and that they already had a pretty big lineup of games announced. Hoping for a slew of big reveals was just unrealistic. I know people will say that E3 is the time to make big surprise announcements, but Nintendo (or anyone else) can’t just whip up a brand new game for the sake of an E3 reveal. I repeat, what exactly were people expecting?
Sure, Zelda wasn’t there (and again, Nintendo previously announced that it wouldn’t be, so it’s not like they got anyone’s hopes up), but despite what the internet likes to think, Nintendo is more than just Zelda. Super Mario Maker went from being a promising curiosity into a must-have AAA Nintendo exclusive during the event, Star Fox made its long-awaited return with Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X is still on the horizon (though unfortunately delayed), and Yoshi’s Woolly World looks to bring an added flair of creativity to the Wii U. Zelda is still coming to the Wii U, but these four games more than fill the gap of Zelda’s no-show this year.
Then there were the 3DS games, of which there were many: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes aims to revive multiplayer Zeldas. Animal Crossing will be getting a spinoff with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Metroid Prime: Federation Force may not be the Metroid people have been asking for, but after Other M I welcome the change of style. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (a personal highlight for me) will see Mario’s two ongoing RPG series come to a head. And Fire Emblem Fates looks to continue the series’ steam after the critically acclaimed Fire Emblem Awakening. That’s just naming a few of the titles Nintendo showed off.
I admit there were some disappointments. The sheer insistence on Amiibo stands out. They’re a fun idea, but Nintendo is starting to force them a bit too much onto their games. This was especially prominent with the reveal of Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. This is a different Animal Crossing spinoff for the Wii U, and works like a Mario Party-style board game with a focus on Amiibo. Being a fan of Animal Crossing, I’d prefer a more traditional Wii U entry over something that seems to require Amiibo to get the full enjoyment out of it.
The abundance of Amiibo coupled with the aforementioned lack of surprises were Nintendo’s biggest follies of E3. But honestly, everything else was solid. The Wii U looks to have a strong lineup of first-party titles throughout the remainder of 2015, and the 3DS is still a handheld to be reckoned with. I can understand some disappointment on the part of some gamers, but the sheer hatred and childish backlash Nintendo is receiving is downright ridiculous. I feel gamers have just become entitled, and if things don’t go exactly the way they want, they throw a hissy fit about it like spoiled children. This seems doubly true for Nintendo fans.
Some may call me a fanboy for defending Nintendo, but I’d say the real fanboys are the ones acting like Nintendo has betrayed them just because Zelda and Samus didn’t show up (well, they kind of did, but not in the exact way gamers wanted). Was Nintendo’s E3 presentation great? No. But it was also far from the abomination gamers on the internet are making it out to be.
We’ve been asking for a new Star Fox for years, and we’re finally getting one. We rallied for Mother to see a US release for decades, and it finally happened. We’ll see a host of other worthwhile games on Nintendo’s horizon like Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker, among others. But things didn’t pander to our every gaming need, so naturally this means Nintendo is an evil organization of super villains who seek to destroy our happiness. Gamer logic.
It’s alright to be letdown if you didn’t see the big new announcement you wanted. But the way gamers go about this stuff is absurd. Nintendo’s E3 was solid, if unremarkable. But there’s no need to cry about it.