Nintendo E3 Digital Event Underwhelms

You can watch the whole thing below:

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.

Continue reading Nintendo E3 Digital Event Underwhelms

Cuphead Trailer

Cuphead, made by the two brothers of studio MDHR, is a video game love letter to classic Disney 1930’s cartoons. There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this game for its unique art style, and according to Polygon its looks can be deceiving, as it’s a very difficult platformer. The game is apparently a sequence of boss battles without much platforming in between, but each boss is highly stylized and memorable. This trailer debuted at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. I know I’m sold!

The Most Insane Super Mario Bros. Level I’ve Ever Seen

Although I haven’t played The Lost Levels.

This is a custom-made level by the Nintendo Treehouse in Super Mario Maker, a game that lets you make your own Super Mario Bros. levels in several different styles. As part of the last challenge of the Nintendo World Championships, each contestant had to beat a succession of custom levels in order to be crowned the Nintendo World Champion. John Numbers, the guy who beat this level, ended up getting it. It was an awesome event and a great way to start off E3. I hope Nintendo’s digital event today is as good!

Tacoma Trailer

I’m a big fan of first-person experience games, and this one looks really intriguing. It’s being developed by Fullbright, the studio that made Gone Home. I didn’t really enjoy Gone Home that much to be honest, as the story and gameplay didn’t do anything for me, but I think I could get into this one.

Sea of Thieves Trailer

From the developers at Rare, this looks like an open-world, multiplayer seafaring game, where you can sail across the seas, engage in battles with other ships, and discover treasure. I thought they were going to show Yooka-Laylee, but this is really cool too!

Minecraft on Microsoft HoloLens Demonstration

All I can say is…WOW. This is freaking awesome. Now it makes sense why Microsoft bought Mojang–it works so well with HoloLens. The part where the world materialized on the table blew me away.

Mass Effect: Andromeda – Announcement Trailer

A new Mass Effect game. Need I say more? Big fan of the song in the beginning.

 

Unravel Gameplay Trailer

Here’s another trailer for ya! This one’s also from EA’s conference, but strikingly different from the other games the publisher had on display. It’s a sidescrolling puzzle-platformer where you play a character made of yarn, who has to use that yarn to progress by tying it to places to jump across gaps, among other things. It looks really cute and it’s easy to tell that a lot of heart was put into it. Adding it to my ever-growing wishlist!

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst Gameplay Trailer

I haven’t played the original yet, but I’ve always thought it looked really cool. First-person parkour sounds dizzying but awesome, and the fact that the sequel will be a fully open-world is really promising. It also just looks gorgeous. Definitely on my radar!

Star Wars Battlefront Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

If this trailer is anything to go by, the multiplayer is going to be insane. You can play as either the Rebels or the Empire, and it’s basically a huge, all-out war. The perspective switches between soldiers on foot to pilots in X-Wings and even Luke and Darth Vader as playable characters. I am very excited for this game now.