If you like Mario’s side-scrolling adventures or games that have been out for a year, then you would have loved Nintendo’s E3 press conference.
If you like Zelda, Kirby, Metroid, Starfox, or actual announcements, then maybe not.
It’s software that sells hardware (like the Wii U or 3DS) and there was a surprisingly tepid software list. In fact, here’s what the showed us:
- Pikmin 3 (technically new announcement, but has been long expected for a loooong time)
- New Super Mario Brothers Wii U (new announcement)
- New Super Mario Brothers 2 for 3DS (already announced, and same exact game franchise spin-off as above)
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star (announced last year and trailer didn’t show anything new)
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (announced last year and trailer showed some new)
- Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition (no actual new content revealed, year old game)
- Several other games that have been out for a year
- NintendoWorld (aka, Wii U Sports)
- Wii Fit U and Sing (fitness and karaoke)
In short, 4 Mario games, 3 of which had already been announced, 1 Pikmin game, and several games that have already existed on the market. Oh, and karaoke.
I’m excited for Pikmin 3. I don’t really care for Mario sidescroller platformers, so that rules out 2 more games. And I already knew about Luigi and Paper Mario for 3DS, so that isn’t new excitement.
I think being a knowledge-seeking Nintendo fan worked against me. I knew a lot of this stuff long before it was announced. That’s what I get for spoiling myself.