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Satoru Iwata in Nintendo's E3 Nintendo Direct

Halftime

With its back against the wall, Nintendo throws out the playbook but runs the same plays.

By Ryan Smith • June 12, 2013

From a creepy virtual Mario who does hacky standup to developers in fluffy cat ears, Nintendo’s E3 took a bizarre turn Tuesday, even while the games themselves felt like more of the status quo. This was the year that Nintendo opted to punt rather than continue their longstanding tradition of stadium-sized pre-E3 events filled to the rafters with game industry folks and swooning fans. In theory, the strategy made perfect sense. Nintendo’s lineup for its own systems—the familiar Yet-Another-Zelda-Mario-Kong-centered lineup—pale in comparison to the series of muscular “next-gen” trailers trotted out by the likes of Microsoft and Sony. If you can’t win the arms race of video game hardware hype, why bother with the war?

And so Nintendo opted instead for a more self-consciously “intimate” approach—which in the outsized world of E3 meant that a small army of uniformed Nintendo employees led several hundred journalists into the cavernous innards of the company’s booth. Inside, we stood around and caught the tail end of the company’s “Nintendo Direct” broadcast, a 40-minute presentation by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata that revealed plans to release a 3D Mario Bros. title, the eighth edition of Mario Kart, a new portable Donkey Kong, and an HD Zelda remake. Iwata also apologized for not offering more—a rarity in the video game business. “After the Wii U launch, we couldn’t release games as smoothly as we had planned,” he said, with a bow.

There was no sign of contrition from Nintendo’s American chief, Reggie Fils-Aime, who took the stage and went on the offensive. He spun the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as vaporware that relied on empty displays of hype (mocking them as “magic boxes”)—while countering with the idea of the Wii U as a honest-to-goodness, down-to-earth video game system you could put your hands on and, you know, feel. “PLAY THE GAME,” intoned Fils-Aime, slowly saying each word to inject them with gravitas. He sounded like the football coach of an overmatched team at halftime. Because hey, you still have to play the game, right? Anything could happen.

That’s not to say Fils-Aime’s premise lacked merit. There was a ring of truth to his idea that video games are things you play, while Sony and Microsoft’s presentations were just things you watched. But it’s strange to sneer at the notion of the media passively watching trailers and listening to men in suits—and then force them to stand in a crowded room for an hour and do essentially the same thing.

Much of the first half hour of the so-called Wii U Software Showcase featured Super Mario himself, who spoke directly to us via an actor whose lines were lip synched onto the screen. It was fairly charming for the first 30 seconds or so. The plumber jogged through his many catchphrases and peppered the crowd with questions about their love for spaghetti. But after 15 straight minutes of repeated “Mamma Mias!” and come-ons to female attendees (he called them “beautiful princesses” and blew a kiss), I was ready for Bowser to shoot fireballs at him.

Nintendo did a fine job of presenting their upcoming games after Fils-Aime’s speech, even if there were a few odd moments. Super Mario 3D World producer Koichi Hayashida dressed like a cat and meowed in honor of Mario’s new feline suit. A developer ran into some unfortunate time when he said that Wii U’s Bayonetta 2 demonstrated “the kind of action we’d like to see” as the trailer panned to the female witch’s crotch. After developers devoted a few minutes to each title that Nintendo is featuring at this year’s show, we had an hour to sample the company’s upcoming lineup at stations throughout the booth.

Once I got my hands on them, I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that Nintendo’s gang of usual suspects might not be enough this time to save the Wii U. Super Mario Kart 8, Pikmin 3, and Totally Way More Brand New Super Mario Wii U managed to replicate most of their usual charms, but with time, familiarity does breed contempt. Especially when you’re sharing a room with Creepy Virtual Mario.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/deejaytaufiq Mohamad Taufiq Morshidi

    I’m going to jerk o….i mean exercise myself to the Wii Fit Girl.

  • vinnybushes

    I believe the actor was Charles Martinet, the voice actor for Mario. I walked in on a Nintendo store event in New York back in 2006 or 2007 where there was a similar video assisted Mario improv going on. It was actually kind of charming because he was answering the questions of little kids. When asked what his favorite food was, Mario replied “I like-a the Salmon”. Apparently he’s watching his cholesterol.

    • Matt Koester

      Martinet is not a very good voice actor. There is merit to being able to repeat and elaborate on the same shrieks for multiple characters, which is challenging in itself according to those in the profession, but the guy can’t go a few sentences without slipping out of character whenever he does something like this. Perhaps that’s why Nintendo never gives him more than a few words per game.

      • NakedSnake

        Haha, I was just going to comment on how that’s the longest I’ve ever heard Mario talk. He sounds like Borat.

        • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

          “My Peach is-a dead……High Five!”

        • CyberneticOrganism

          “Peach will-a snap off my cock-a”

        • Drunken Superman

          My Pipe!

  • TheASDF

    The important stuff, of course, is Super Smash Bros.

    Animal Crossing! Mega Man! …Wii Fit Trainer?

    • George_Liquor

      Yeah, but still: Megaman!

    • Matt Koester

      If Smash Bros. is anything, it’s a fighting game full of characters who shouldn’t be in fighting games. A faceless, calm-voiced yoga instructor may very-well be the logical conclusion of this, had previous installments not featured a two-dimensional stickman or an old failed peripheral be transformed into a cold-blooded killer.

      • JokersNuts

        But boy is it fun to play

      • Baramos x

         ROB? More like GOD.

    • Flying_Turtle

      I told my wife that the Wii Fit Trainer was apparently going to be in the next Super Smash Bros., and she was pretty excited.  Long story short, she has plans for the Wii Fit Trainer. Horrible, horrible plans.

    • Uncle Roundy

      The Wii Fit trainer is bizarre and totally out of left field, yet pretty darn amusing all the same. I find myself already very optimistic about and endeared to this iteration of Smash, and I think the thing that’s doing it for me is that it appears to have quite a little sense of humor about itself. Bear in mind that’s just my first impression, but I hope it bears out in the final product. For a game that’s just a bunch of fun characters thrown into a blender, Smash can get pretty intense, but I hope they can maintain that levity while simultaneously making it at least meatier than Brawl.

  • George_Liquor

    Roads? Where Mariokart’s going, we don’t need roads.

    • Ziegfelding

      Exactly. This spring its time to buy a Wii U. I told my son I saw a preview for the new Mario Kart and he said,
      “I already have Mario Kart 7, you can fly in that one
      “In the next one…you can ride on the walls.”
      Chatter silenced, mouth agape, eyes wide at the possibilities.

  • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

    Aw, I logged on to reply to Mohd’s comment but the gatekeepers of good taste saw fit to remove it. Had a No Country For Old Men bit in mind too. So now I got nothing to say. Don’t really care about Nintendo, so….

    How ’bout those Spurs?

  • Cloks

    If I’m ever going to purchase a Wii U, it’ll be because of SSB. I still play Brawl a few times a week with friends and that came out in 2008. Nintendo may have made a few blunders this generation but they’ve consistently had some of the best long-lasting party games.

    • The_Helmaroc_King

      Now that I think about it, the Wii U doesn’t support Gamecube controllers, does it? I assume there’s WiiMote and Pro Controller support, but it just won’t be the same without that classic purple controller.

    • Nudeviking

      This.  Sure Bone and PS4 might have better online multiplayer opportunities to get called, “fag” by an 11 year old, but Wii more often than not is the system that gets turned on when actual human beings (friends, family, coworkers, etc.) are in my living room.

      • DrFlimFlam

        Nintendo makes the systems I play with my son the most and that’s why the WiiU is still on my radar. They’re going to make games we can play together in the family room, and the new characters in SSB for WiiU are AWESOME.

        But SSB for 3DS is just baffling.

    • Ryan Smith

      Different strokes, I guess. Between Rock Band, karaoke games, and dance games I’ve used my PS3 and Xbox 360 way more when I’ve had company than Wii or Wii U. And when I play Wii U with my nephews, all they want to do is fight over who gets to use the touchscreen controller.

    • George_Liquor

      You’re lucky. Nobody I know has even a passing interest in the Smash Bros games, and I can’t figure out why. 

      • DrFlimFlam

        Everyone you know is bad.

      • Baramos x

         They hate fun.

  • http://twitter.com/vowelsagogo Kilzor

    Iwata looks like a proud graduate of the Milford School in that photo.  The Bluths would be jealous of such effortless blending in.

    • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

      You can always tell a Milford man!

    • Toparaman

       SHHHH!

  • caspiancomic

    Isn’t Satoru Iwata the guy who inflicted a 50% paycut on himself as penance for his mishandling of the 3DS launch? He strikes me as a pretty classy dood. I mentioned yesterday that I consider the “Sony listened to gamers” narrative to be insincere, but I think when it comes to genuine concern for the demands of the player base, Nintendo is probably closer to that ideal. In fact, I’m buying a 3DS tomorrow myself. When I saw the trailer for the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World I very seriously considered scooping a Wii U as well. Maybe I’ll just make a friend who has one already and crash at their place when it comes out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.bonk.9 Lawrence Bonk

      the 3ds is an incredible little system. have fun.

    • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

      I find myself surprisingly endeared to Iwata as of late. My favorite moment of the Nintendo Direct was not a reveal or announcement, but rather Iwata’s little slip-in of “as a developer myself…”. Oh, right! Unlike the people calling the shots at Microsoft and Sony, the top guy at Nintendo actually got his start coding games for a living! Good games! That’s why, when Iwata says games need more time for development, I’m inclined to believe him and forgive delays. Sony and Microsoft are businesses headed by business guys and it’s more important that they make their quarterly sales quotas, so games will be rushed and have money thrown at them. That’s not always a bad thing, but it does mean that I feel I can “trust” Satoru Iwata more than I can Jack Tretton of Don Mattrick or whoever.

      • Army_Of_Fun

        Mattrick was a developer back in the day too (founded his own VG company @ 17 according to wikipedia). Certainly not as charming as Iwata though.

        • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

          I was wondering if/when someone would bring that up. Mattrick’s Distinctive Software largely ported console games to PC-DOS, foreshadowing a career parlaying other people’s ideas into mass-market profitability. Again, not a bad thing. Iwata, on the other hand, worked on Earthbound.

        • Army_Of_Fun

          @dsanskrit:disqus As someone who got into coding with the hope that I’d parlay it into making VGs but has instead spent the last 10 years writing boring software for boring corporate problems. I’m sympathetic to Mattrick here. Console ports might not be sexy, but they’re more interesting to any layman than anything I’ve done.

        • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

          @Army_Of_Fun:disqus Like I said, not a bad thing. That environment, though, of translating existing work to another audience, is exactly where the dreaded “crunch” of modern game development got its start. Ports are great. Port all the ports. The more people playing, the better, if only to break down all the flame wars between platform devotees.

    • Jackbert

      Hey, great minds think alike. I’m probably going to get a 3DS this weekend. Even though Nintendo might be doing the same old on their consoles, they always have interesting new stuff on their portables. What model are you getting?

      • caspiancomic

         Probably just a Sarah Plain And Tall bog standard $170 model. Unless you mean “what colour”, in which case probably blue? I might lean purple at the last second.

        Sidenote: What games are you thinking of picking up? Should we hivemind this thing?

        • DrFlimFlam

          Get an XL if you can swing it. And not even for the bigger screen; it’s got a better battery inside.

          Amazon’s got a good deal with many 3DS games right now, like Mario Kart for $30.

        • Jackbert

          I am also going to get a regular model, because I have little hands and battery life isn’t much of an issue for me. I am trying to decide between the purple one (my favorite color) and the all black one (the color of all my gaming devices). These competing desires for purple and symmetry are very tough to pick between. I’m slightly leaning towards purple, as the shade is perfect, but the damn black inner top screen sets off my symmetry sense again.

          I’m for sure picking up Fire Emblem. Might add Animal Crossing as well. Can’t really hivemind Animal Crossing, but Fire Emblem? Fo sho. What about you?

        • caspiancomic

           In the end I caved and got an XL, on advice from Flim Flam, M.D. Red. Pretty hype. Just got back.

          As for games, I scooped Professor Layton, Kingdom Hearts DDD, and Fire Emblem (ding!), and I plan on ordering Virtue’s Last Reward online (they didn’t have it on the shelf). I was planning on starting Layton first, but if we’re going to hivemind it I can play it concurrent with Fire Emblem.

        • DrFlimFlam

          I think(?) the XL comes with a bigger SD card, too.

          I also started up Fire Emblem on Sunday and am about 90 minutes in. I went as easy as it goes. I beat the GBA ones and only lost one person in both games, but I don’t know if I have the free time to constantly restart levels.

        • caspiancomic

           I’ve never played a Fire Emblem game before, but its non-union Sega equivalent, Shining Force, is one of my favourite series’, so I’m pretty shook.

        • Jackbert

          Still not getting an XL and you reminded me of the third reason: the colors are bougie. Japan’s got some nice looking ones, but I don’t want spend that much more just for better colors.

          Nice haul! I know you’re a fan of Kingdom Hearts and Layton, so I’m sure you’re excited for that. As for the hiveminding, again, I’m not completely sure I’ll be able to get my hands on one this weekend, so don’t worry about starting Fire Emblem. I’ll mention it in WAPTW if I do though.

        • DrFlimFlam

           My mother-in-law told me my Animal Crossing 3DS looked girly. It’s no Pikachu, and it’s certainly not the regular-sized Fire Emblem case version, but I like it just fine.

    • Citric

      I keep almost buying a 3DS, because it has Professor Layton, but I’ve never pulled the trigger.

      • caspiancomic

         Professor Layton might be the main reason I’m finally committing, especially since we’ve got another one in the pipe for next year.

    • DrFlimFlam

      Share your friend code once you go live. I just got mine on Sunday and I’m super impressed with it, and I’ve got a wishlist on Amazon of 3DS games a dozen titles long already.

  • Dikachu

    I wasn’t gonna buy a Wii U in the first place, but now I have an even better reason not to: hopefully it’ll fail so badly that Nintendo will get the fuck out of the console market (excepting handhelds of course) so they can start making software for the big boys, giving THOSE a much better reason to exist.

    • George_Liquor

      God, I hope not. Look what happened to Sega. They’re just a name at this point. 

      • Naked Man Holding A Fudgesicle

        Yes, but Sega haven’t had any new ideas since the 80s, that wouldn’t happen to Nintendo!

        Ah.

        • JamesJournal

          SEGA did a bunch of awesome stuff with the Dreamcast that has basically vanished into obscurity behind their wave of Sonic games

        • mnorth700

          Well Sega have been one of the best publishers this generation to be honest. I know they aren’t not making games but they’ve played a big part in the production of games such as:

           
          Valkyria Chronicles, Resonance of Fate, Football Manager 20XX, Total War, Bayonetta, Vanquish, Alpha Protocol, Rhythm Thief, Binary Domain, Yakuza 3/4, Madworld, 

          Then there’s all the Sonic jazz which I personally can’t stand (minus the racing games and sonic gen) but I know they appeal quite a bit to some.
          Nintendo would be a fantastic publisher if they ever decided to stop making consoles but it’s obviously a decision they aren’t looking to make currently. I’d hope they’d adopt to the idea of variety in the same manner of SEGA whilst being more faithful to the progression of their main IPs.

        • Citric

          @mnorth700:disqus  The problem is that while Sega had some great games, they never figured out how to get people to buy those great games. I love Valkyria Chronicles, Bayonetta, and Vanquish. I’ve seen all of them languishing at the bottom of a bin for $15.

    • Jordo

      I don’t understand, this preview showed tons of super fun and beautiful looking new games coming out, how is this more of a reason not to buy a WiiU?

      I watched the presentation and was like “I’m so glad I got a WiiU.” Why are people being such jerks about this? Why do people want Nintendo to fail? What have they ever done to you, besides give you amazing games for years? This stuff looks awesome.

      • http://tmaiblog.wordpress.com/ Chalkdust

         Likewise.  I watched their sizzle reel and, after Smash Bros., Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, X, and Donkey Kong Country, my thought was, damn, guess it’s time to get a Wii U.

        • Eric Egavian

          Those are exactly the games I am hyped for as well. As much as I am not a big Mario Kart fan other than the first two, I pretty much skipped out on the last few, and it will pay off in the end. When I saw Waluigi just shredding on the motorcycle in the desert I was like alright, it’s time for this bananas of a game to return.

  • The_Helmaroc_King

    A more cynical man might suggest that most of the big names have been promising more of the same, but I’m afraid I’m not that man.

    I’ve been planning to avoid buying any new consoles (including the Wii U) but a new Smash Bros. might get me to reconsider. It might persuade me to pick up a 3DS, at least.

  • http://twitter.com/Tim_Kraemer Tim Kraemer

    The main game of Nintendo’s trailers that made me go “WANT.” was Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. I love the Mario RPGs.

    • Tom Jackson

       Same, can’t wait to get me hands on that puppy.

  • George_Liquor

    The big takeaway I got from that video was “Buy a Wii U… in 2014.” If I was Nintendo and my last-gasp home console wasn’t selling too well, I’m not sure that’s the impression I’d want to leave the audience with.

    • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp Unexpected Dave

      I’ll do the same thing I did with the Gamecube: pick up a cheap bundle a few years down the line. It’s hard to get too excited about the familiar, no matter how pleasant. 

  • Ted Kindig

    I really really wish I had been blown away by 3D Mario World What Have U; instead, I didn’t even realize it was a Wii U game until the logo at the end. The Galaxy games are two of my all-time favorites, and a cat suit is not an acceptable follow-up to rewriting physics.

  • rvb1023

    I was admittedly hoping that Nintendo might pull out the big guns in order to save the Wii U, but not one of these games I wasn’t expecting in some form. Microsoft showed off more interesting games than Nintendo did, or at least fresher. Hell, I was expecting a new 3D Mario, but instead we get a sequel to a 3DS game that doesn’t really play like a 3D Mario.

    I was hoping to add more games to sell me on the system this E3, but there was not a single new game announced that made me go, “Boy, do I need a Wii U!”. Beyond Project X (Which still looks fantastic), Wonderful 101 (Entertaining), and Bayonetta 2 Nintendo still hasn’t done anything to convince me that Wii U has anything to offer besides HD versions of games I have played before.

    • Jon Benson

      Yeah, I was pretty extremely disappointed with 3D World. Nintendo’s always recycled franchises but has usually balanced familiarity and innovation in just the right amount to keep me hooked. Then they made a direct sequel to Mario Galaxy, but I gave that one a pass because it was mostly just an expansion pack of sorts to the first. Then they made New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Mario Bros. 2 and released them pretty much back to back, and I could only hope things would turn around soon. Then they announced that the Wii U’s first, and potentially only, 3D Mario would be a direct sequel to 3D Land, which plays conspicuously like a 2D Mario.
      …to hyperbolize, worst E3 ever.

  • mnorth700

    I don’t have any strong feelings about Nintendo either way but I can’t help but feel that their console just seems empty; plenty of decent Nintendo products but not enough variety to shell out for a new console entirely. 

    I didn’t watch the conference much but I did I cath an interview Reggie had with Geoff Keighley. Though Geoff was asking the same pertinent questions over and over in a semi-annoying manner, I felt that he’d got Reggie to a point where he was one step away from saying people are going to buy (or already own) the Wii U solely to play Nintendo games. I think this much is obvious to most people out there but it seemed strange to see Reggie dodging the idea. Nintendo definitely want to sell their console as something more than being just a Nintendo-machine but the emphasis on being that still isn’t there in reality.

    I think Nintendo are being quite stubborn. I know this approach worked well with the Wii but it’s obviously been hard to replicate. I’m still adamant Nintendo should embrace low-key gaming. It could dominate the potential android/indie console market if it wanted to. It wouldn’t appeal to some gamers but it’d add something extra to the console and perhaps capture some of the casual market it has lost whilst reaching out to an emergent new market of Indie-gamers.

  • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp Unexpected Dave

    I can’t help but be disappointed that Nintendo didn’t follow through with its early boasts that the Wii U would be the “only console you need”, that it would get ports of most major AAA releases. 

    • DrFlimFlam

      They only have so much control over that, and the new systems seem like they’re going to spec right past it.

      • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp Unexpected Dave

        I know.

        *Looks at floor and kicks pebble.* 

  • Tom Jackson

    The whole Nintendo Direct was a tad disappointing.
    The first party line-up was mostly sequels with some moderate gameplay tweaks and the Wind Waker remake while pretty is still just the Wind Waker again.
    I miss when Nintendo would blow our minds with something new instead of this super safe approach of taking established franchises and tweaking things slightly.

    • DrFlimFlam

      I don’t mind the updating of favored franchises at all, but yeah, I would’ve loved to have seen something out of left field, whether’s it’s something old being brought out a  new light, like Earthbound, or the resurrection of something else, like a big-ticket Starfy.

    • http://hoyvinglavin64.livejournal.com/ rubi-kun

      Wonderful 101 and X look like awesome new IPs.

      • Tom Jackson

        True, they both look great but neither of them are being developed by Nintendo. Platinum games and Monolith Soft are both third party studios who have previously developed for Sony and Microsoft consoles and most likely will if/when their exclusivity contract runs out or controlling shares are purchased. My point was mainly that Nintendo was the developer that let me down, they have Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Pokemon and Pikmin and with the exception of Pikmin aren’t really doing anything exciting with any of those franchises. When the most interesting games to come out of Nintendo’s E3 aren’t made by Nintendo there’s something wrong.

  • NakedSnake

    Hello everyone! If you are interested in helping your Gameological brethren create a video game, please check out the Steam group (http://steamcommunity.com/groups/gameological#). The project is still in its very early phases – this week we are still in the process of figuring out what the game will be and who could do what. Tonight at 10 EST, on the Steam Chat, we are going to have steamy chats about Game Environments (Setting, Story, Art, Graphics, Music, Sound). Tomorrow at 10 EST we will be talking about Game Design (Programming, Level Design, Gameplay Mechanics) and on Sunday night at 10 EST we will be talking about Operations (Task Coordination, Marketing, and Other Non-Game Tasks).

    • CrabNaga

      Is this just a hypothetical game design progress? Or do you actually plan on writing, coding, animating, etc. an entire game?

      • NakedSnake

        We’re going to make a real game. As to it’s length, and to whether we are going to use GameMaker or build it from the ground up, etc, these issues are still TBD.

        I also should have mentioned: If you have an idea for a game we should make, please submit it on the following thread by Sunday. We will vote on which proposal to adopt next week: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/gameological/discussions/0/846955554774900901/

    • Army_Of_Fun

      Man i wish I could join up. With an (almost) 2yo and another kid on the way, it’s just not going to be possible.

      • NakedSnake

        Haha, I’m literally in the exact same situation (first is 22 months and the second due in August). My recommendation would be to check it out and see whether anything is a fit for your interests. This will be an all-volunteer force, and I think everyone is concerned about time commitment. We’ll have to find ways to work within those concerns.

        • DrKumAndGo

          That’s hilarious. 22 months / mid-November for me!

          But this sounds very cool, and since I was just futzing around with game frameworks this morning, I’ll definitely take a look.

  • Jordo

    The new Mario game looks breathtakingly beautiful and also incredibly creative. Tons of new ideas (or cleverly reworked old ideas), basically what was missing from the last few New Super Mario Bros games (though I loved playing those games.)

    Also holy fuck, Donkey Kong Country for WiiU looks amazing.

  • duwease

    How on earth did Bayonetta 2 end up on the Wii U??  What black magic convinced Platinum that this was the best outlet to reach their audience?

    I’m just bummed because I’d love to play it, but not enough to buy a Wii U.  I got burned hard enough with the Wii.

    • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

      Nintendo’s paying for it, basically. Sega outright said that if it wasn’t for Nintendo stepping in, there would be no Bayonetta 2.

      • duwease

        Well clever for them then, because it may eventually lead me to get a Wii U one day if a third “gotta have” game comes out between it and Smash Brothers :)

      • RidleyFGJ

        The word was that Bayonetta 2 was just getting started when Sega unleashed their new retail strategy on every aspect of their home gaming business (basically, unless you’re Sonic, the game is going digital-only), and it was one of the first casualties.

        I think it would tremendously benefit Nintendo if they could pick up more projects like that for third-party developers, as that would really help their output without having to divert many resources from their own development teams.

  • Matthew Burke

    It’s a-me… misogyny.

  • indy2003

    I mean, a lot of the games on offer look like a good time. The Mario World game is likely a Day 1 purchase for me, and you can be sure I’ll be eagerly diving into Smash Bros., Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country at some point. But honestly, it feels like Nintendo is just taking their past successes and tossing on a new coat of paint (hey there, Wind Waker HD – yeah, I’ll be playing you, too). Having invested in the Wii U, I’d really like to see the system make a comeback, but it’s going to take more than this.

  • Citric

    To be fair to Nintendo, the Wii Fit Trainer in Super Smash Brothers almost got me to buy a WiiU, so at least they know absurdity can make some stuff appealing.

  • nonethanks241233

    I heard a lot of really positive things from Nintendo’s event, especially after all the controversy with the Xbone and PS4′s volley of anti-DRM features. Nintendo seems to be doing what has worked for them in the past: fly under the radar regarding controversy and deliver a quality product.

  • Jon Benson

    I’m disappointed in Nintendo. I got the Wii U a week after it came out, and it’s got such incredible promise! The possibilities for sweet asymmetric multiplayer and cooperative gameplay are endless and freakin’ delightful. My college-aged friends and I spend hours playing NintendoLand when we get together and (despite its overall shallowness) it’s still a blast, largely because taking turns with the gamepad shifts the dynamics of the game every time. Unfortunately, NintendoLand seems to be the only game so far that was actually designed for the Wii U, rather than just having the gamepad features tagged on at the end as so many have done. (Game & Wario appears to be an exception, but it also looks just as shallow as NintendoLand.) So besides my disappointment that the Wii U’s first and possibly only 3D Mario game is going to be the direct sequel to the flavorless, 2.5D “3D” Land, it’s extremely disappointing that they still haven’t got a single new game to show that was specifically designed to fulfill (rather than just show off) the Wii U’s real potential.

  • Mercenary_Security_number_4

    I . . . like magic boxes.

  • Baramos x

    Eh, it seems pointless to call out Nintendo for their release of sequels when Sony and Microsoft have the same exact problem.

    If i had to choose a “winner” it would probably be the PS4, but I’m so disinterested in upgrading from my PS3 that I will probably yet again sit out 5 years of the next 7 year cycle.

  • DrZaloski

    Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, Project X, Sonic, and Donkey Kong are all overused Nintendo franchises?

    Huh.

    Also, am I the only person in the world that thought there was more than just a few new things to see in Super Mario 3D World? Cat suits (all of our childhood sexual fantasies of Peach will finally be satisfied!), a weird water Yoshi-dragon thing, Disco-land, playable Peach (I can feel the glass ceiling shattering!), significant difference in the playable characters play styles, tubes (dafuq), LittleBigPlanet 2.5D style, and Wii U gamepad features seems relatively interesting to me. At least it’s not “Hey, we got TWO whole NEW power ups! YAAAAAAAY!” It looks much better than 3D Land.

    Also, maybe I’m a mindless fanboy at this point, but I don’t care if SSB is just rehashed with new characters. I want to watch the Villager and Wii Fit Trainer beat the shit out of iconic Nintendo characters.

  • http://hoyvinglavin64.livejournal.com/ rubi-kun

    I’m curious about both the WiiU and the PS4 but given I’m a college student the only console I can guarantee I’ll buy in the next two years is a 3DS.