Nintendo E3 Digital Event Underwhelms

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I guess I wasn’t really expecting much, given how Nintendo’s previous digital events have gone, but I expected something. Microsoft, Sony, and all the other companies’ press events were really exciting, showing off upcoming games that I would really like to get my hands on. I expected Nintendo to show at least one or two games I really wanted, like the new Wii U Star Fox or Zelda games. I got one of those at least, but frankly I was disappointed by it. The visuals were sub-par, and the gameplay looked almost identical to Star Fox 64. They kept saying how it was radically different because of all the new controls and how you have to use the gamepad’s gyroscope to aim, but I actually see that as more of a hindrance than a benefit. I’m not a fan of motion control to begin with, and I definitely don’t want to have to constantly look back and forth between the gamepad and the TV, while aiming the gamepad around like a lunatic. It seems cumbersome, and in a gameplay video I watched as even a Nintendo Treehouse employee seemed to have trouble.

Not to mention, absolutely no word on Zelda was pretty disappointing. I mean they must have made some progress since the last time they showed it off, right? That was one of the only Nintendo games I was looking forward to, and they didn’t even mention it once.

The games they did mention were disappointing as well. Aside from Super Mario Maker, which looks awesome, every game seemed to be some kind of casual party or multiplayer game. When I saw Animal Crossing characters onscreen I got excited, and then let down when it turned out to be Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, which appears to be a kind of Mario Party spin-off. I got my hopes up again when I saw the Metroid Prime logo, but when it was revealed to be a multiplayer co-op game for 3DS I was again disappointed. They also showed a Zelda game, Tri Force Heroes for 3DS, another co-op game that didn’t really interest me.

Although I will say that Xenoblade Chronicles X and Yoshi’s Wooly World still look cool, I just wish they had more new games that hadn’t already been announced that I was interested in. I get that Nintendo is a family-friendly company, but with the Wii U I thought they had promised to get back to their roots and deliver more hardcore games. I’m a longtime Nintendo fan, but I’m really starting to lose faith.

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