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Nintendo took the unconventional approach for this E3, and hosted a video feed of game announcements instead of a press conference. How did that work out for them?
Nintendo started the show by announcing that the new 3DS title Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be getting a worldwide release of October 12. The new game will also add a new Pokémon type, called Fairy type, which are effective against Dragons.
One of Nintendo's strengths has always been in creating awesome platforming titles, and the company announced two new platformers during its show: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World. Both of these games look great. Metroid Prime developer Retro will continue to work on the Donkey Kong series. This time around arctic
creatures are invading Donkey Kong's turf and he'll have to team up with Diddy and Dixie Kong to kick them off the block. Super Mario 3D World's multiplayer friendly gameplay will take cues from Super Mario Bros. 2, meaning each character has unique abilities. Peach can float, for example. A new power up, called the cat suit, allows Mario to climb walls and slash at his enemies with deadly claws.
Watch the entire E3 press conference in the video above.
One of Nintendo's biggest problems has always been a lack of third-party support, and while the company hasn't completely turned that around, it didn't announce a few big third-party titles, such as a new RPG from Xenosaga creator Monolith Soft and two titles from Platinum Games, the sequel to action fest Bayonetta and the Pikmin-like The Wonderful 101. For more details on some of the Wii U and 3DS's upcoming releases check out our story on Nintendo's sizzle real. Sadly, many of these games, including Bayonetta and titles like Batman: Arkham Origins, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist have already been announced and it would be great to hear about some more unannounced third party titles.
Nintendo is still appealing to the casual audience with games like Wii Fit U, and Wii Party U, but unfortunately, both of those titles are facing delays. Wii Fit U will be released this Winter and Wii Party U will be out this Summer. However, Nintendo's biggest announcement was showing off the new Super Smash Bros. game for both Wii U and 3DS, which introduces Capcom's Mega Man to the fray.
Nintendo announcements are cool, and many of its first-party games are undeniable great, but compared to Microsoft and Sony's conferences, which were both full of big game announcements and big console news, Nintendo's news feels less epic. The Wii U's graphics are also beginning to look dated compared to the Xbox One and PS4's upcoming releases, which was to be expected, but is still sad. We also find it strange the the company made no mention of Pikmin 3, Yarn Yoshi, or the new Zelda game that Nintendo hinted at last year.
In short, we're excited for several of Nintendo's upcoming titles, but it doesn't feel like the company is doing enough to compete with Sony and Microsoft at this point.
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Nintendo is probably just going to stop making consoles and stick with handhelds, that is their strong suit. I'm also pretty sad about the pokemon, but that's a different argument.
Speak for yourself. Nintendo makes me feel bad for considering not buying a Wii U. Can't live without their games.
I thought it was okay. I mean I didn't get a Wii U, because I was ultimately disappointed in a few choices Nintendo made with it, but the games announced did seem pretty charming. After a significant price drop, I might consider actually getting one again.
As for you who say that Nintendo is going to become a 3rd party or handheld only company? ... don't hold your breath. They have a lot more money than you realize. the Wii DS & 3DS consoles have made Nintendo so much dang money, they can afford to make about 2 more lack-luster home consoles and still be okay.
Nintendo is a multi-billion dollar company, so stop with all the nonsense.
So excited for so many of the titles shown after seeing the trailers! The graphics looked fantastic. If you need to rely on graphics to make your games good, then you need to get out of the game business. Nintendo has always had quality games.
And honestly, the 3rd party support looks great. A LOOOOOT better than the wii. Nintendo is working slowly, but I'm pleased with the results so far.
My only question is why is Retro working on DK when they should be stitching up the wounds in the Metriod Prime series? After no answer to Other M the series is in serious trouble of loosing one of the best franchises that they have.
Still hoping for a Mario/Sonic crossover soon
Please Nintendo tell me this is not the only 3d Mario game in development. It's your time to wow us on a new Mario, on a more powerful hd console, and we get super Mario 3d land with muliplayer?! The is the most uninspired 3d Mario game i have ever seen. I didnt think they would take Mario in such a stale linear direction. No exploration! No wacky characters! Where is the since of awe? This more than anything shows me that Nintendo has lost there way. Mario Kart 8 looked waaaaaaay better than this, and that should not happen. I was expecting a new 3d Mario to steal the show, but it was the least impressive game Nintendo showed. Instead of an open world mushroom kindom wonder we get this. A real bummer.
wow....the direct was awesome...game after game after game....GJ NINTENDO <3
wow this **** is dripping with bias...think im gonna say good bye to GI you're obviously a bunch of spin doctors and you have my pity. PEACE IM OUT
I'm happy with what Nintendo presented at E3 and think they will have a great lineup in the months ahead.
They didn't show as much, but what they did show looked pretty nice.
Nintendo practically blew my mind the most. HD titles from the Big N are what I've been waiting my whole life for. Pikmin 3, 101, Bayonetta 2, DKCR2, Mario 3D, Mario Kart 8, X, and Smash Bros. all looked incredible. That's 8 10/10 games right there. Some of these One and PS4 titles are going to suck. And before the fanboys attack me, I've already pre-ordered both the One and the PS4 at Gamestop.