The Software of the Nintendo Conference

Posted: June 5, 2012 by Jon Erik Christianson in Gamenomics - Video Games, Nintendo

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.


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