Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nintendo E3: At Least The Puppets Were Entertaining


I was going to write a point-by-point analysis of this year’s Nintendo E3 event (as I did with last year’s), but I’ve decided not to do that for two reasons: 1) time restraints, and 2) it was simply boring.

I pretty much share the exact same sentiments as everyone else complaining on social media about this year’s Nintendo event. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. It was simply—meh!

That’s not to say that it was completely irredeemable. The new Star Fox announcement was fairly exciting (even though I don’t play the games), and as a puppet aficionado, I especially loved how they introduced this year’s event with puppet versions of Miyamoto, Sakurai, and Reggie. (Though it’s very hard to screw up puppets. Even if puppetry isn’t good, it can at least be considered good ironically.)

Otherwise, the entire presentation and its content were rather lackluster, consisting mostly of announcements for games we already knew were coming out (Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Wooly World) or cheap spinoff games from otherwise good franchises (Zelda, Metroid, Animal Crossing—though I’ll give that franchise credit for at least making a game that simply isn’t another port of the exact same game).

In my humble opinion, the entire presentation could have been vastly improved had they switched the announcements for Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Wooly World with the otherwise more relevant and appealing announcements for the Super Smash Bros. DLC and Earthbound: Beginnings from Sunday’s Nintendo Direct. There was far more hype surrounding that news that the two games we’ve known about since last year.

I’ll cut Nintendo some slack. It’s extremely hard to outdo last year’s event, considering that most of the games announced that year (Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart) were those that most people had been anticipating, and quite frankly, were the only games worth buying for the Wii U.

Perhaps Nintendo will fare better next year with the announcement for its Wii U Zelda title; but otherwise, this year, unlike Reggie, my body simply wasn’t ready.

And in all fairness, this wasn’t the worst Nintendo E3 event ever. This year’s may have been lackluster, but it could have been worse—far worse! (Wii Music, anyone?)