E3 Wrap Up - Nintendo and Final Thoughts
I gotta say, this was Nintendo's best E3 show in years. I didn't fall hook, line, and sinker for some of the tacked-on stuff like the Reggie/Iwata fight and the Robot Chicken skits, but as for actual games Nintendo was really able to outshine some of their previous year's efforts.
Exclusive-wise, Super Smash Bros looks great. Those games have always been a blast and I'm sure both the 3DS and WiiU versions will deliver. The delay on the 3DS version isn't great, and makes me question whether we'll really see Smash Bros for WiiU in 2014. If I was a betting man, I'd bet against it. As great as Smash was, the Amiibos do nothing for me. They don't seem to offer near enough functionality and are sure to cost $10 a pop or more. I'm interested to see how successful they are at market. I still don't understand the fascination with Skylanders and Disney Infinity, so maybe Amiibos will see the same sort of success. Yoshi's Wooly World looks very nice but recent Yoshi games have had the tendency to be overly-simple so more than likely the actual game won't do much for me. Bayonetta 2 is still looking amazing, and as a non-WiiU owner I'm still supremely jealous. Including the original Bayonetta was a really clever move and makes the $60 price tag much easier to digest. Mario Maker could be a lot of fun, though I personally don't really enjoy creating things in games, I just want to play them. I'm curious if it's a full priced retail release or a $20-$30 digital title. Captain Toad looked fun though I'm not really sure exactly what it is. Hyrule Warriors might be fun for a few hours but I doubt it has staying power beyond the Dynasty Warriors fanbase. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse should be fun as always, but aren't Nintendo fans getting tired of 2D and 3D platformers? XenoBlade Chronicles had a terrible title reveal, and isn't my sort of game anyway, so I tuned out. Splatoon is really nice to see Nintendo giving a new IP a shot, though I'm skeptical of how much success it sees. Being online MP focused, it could easily die a quick death. Zelda was definitely the most over-hyped game at E3 based on what we saw. I'm really not understanding how a field, running away from an enemy, and the promise of "open world" was enough to win NeoGAF reader's Best of E3 and be one of the most talked about games from E3. I'm a huge Zelda fan, and sure the trailer looked very nice, but c'mon, enough with the undue hype already.
So, like I mentioned, Nintendo did a great job showing they're still proud to support the WiiU. Some of the best exclusives from E3 are on the WiiU, though the dearth of 3rd party support is still a major issue and one that Nintendo's E3 presentation did nothing to remedy. The WiiU is starting to look like a decent 2nd console for console gamers, but I'm not sure if that's something Nintendo should be happy with. I was also surprised with how little was shown for the 3DS, their flagship console this generation. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were announced a little bit before E3 and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (which is an AWFUL name) was announced after the digital event, but that was about it. I'm wondering if we see new handheld hardware from Nintendo next year.
E3 Final Thoughts:
Just a few other thoughts and takeaways from E3.
STOP WITH THE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT! - Actually, just stop announcing it like it's a big deal, because it's not, especially to gamers. I understand why exclusive content exists, and I will much rather put up with exclusive content than exclusive games. Sony was the biggest perpetrator this year, announcing "exclusive content" with almost every 3rd party game they mentioned, and almost every time it was met with tepid applause at best. When I hear exclusive content, all I hear is that the developer is making one version of their game slightly inferior, which sucks. Exclusive content is also stupid because it's usually rather insignificant and generally only exclusive for a limited time. Sony and Microsoft, stop wasting your money locking up "exclusive" content and stop telling us about it unless that content is significant. A few challenge maps and an extra playable character is not going to get me to buy a PS4 or an Xbox One.
FANS, STOP WITH HYPERBOLE! - To be fair, this is partially my fault for being on NeoGAF, IGN, and Reddit too much. But I can't tell you how bad I cringe when I constantly read comments like "Day Fucking 1!", "Inject directly into my veins!", "My GOTY already!", "____ just won E3!", etc. I mentioned this a little bit when I was talking about Zelda, where it was by far the worst, but it happens throughout E3 and all the time and it is super annoying. Building up massive amounts of hype over 60 seconds of a CGI trailer is just ridiculous. Games like Crackdown 3, Bloodborne, and Zelda are all probably going to be excellent, but so far they have done nothing to earn a $60 pre-order and all they hype they've had. So people, just chill the hell out and stop hyping games to unreasonable levels. And stop with the unfunny trite fanboy comments.
SONY E3 THEATER EXPERIENCE - I attended the free Sony E3 experience in my local movie theater with a friend, and I've got to say it was a blast. Everything was great to see on the big screen and it was fun to watch with so many other fans. Sure, it was a little nerdy at times and some people think they have to be comedians, but for the most part it's fun to cheer in a big group when surprised like LBP3 and GTAV for new-gen are announced. Not to mention some nice freebies like a PS4 lanyard, Destiny and Hardline beta access, and $5 PSN credit all for just showing up. I really hope Sony does something like this again next year.