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A Look Back at Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event

     With E3 wrapped up and becoming a memory (almost a month ago already!!) it is time to break down the pros and cons of what we saw.  After watching every press conference I decided that the Nintendo event was the one I liked the most and therefore will be discussing it.  This will be just a brief analysis of what I took away from the Digital Event and how I felt about Nintendo’s approach to this year’s E3.

     For starters I wanted to explain why I chose Nintendo’s event.  After watching everything that went down on Monday I was left feeling unsatisfied.  It seemed that each conference was the same old stuff.  There were a few cool new games / sequels but mainly it was standard fair: Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Battlefield, some dancing game etc.  It might be exciting to some people to see the next update in these games but I wanted something different.  I don’t want to sound like I hate this, I play Assassin’s Creed and Battlefield every now and then and enjoy them; however, it is annoying having a big reveal for these games when we all know what they are about and what to expect every time.  So when Nintendo had their chance to present I found myself enjoying their prerecorded event to be a much better experience. 

     As we all know Nintendo is in a state of turmoil with the Wii U, it hasn't been selling well and the company has had problems figuring out how to alleviate this.  That being said, how cool was it that right after the intro we have Reggie vs Iwata?  What a fun way to start off the Digital Event, even under times of great stress Nintendo finds a way to have fun with it.  As a matter of fact, that is the message Nintendo wanted to leave gamers with, “there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun.”  Reggie made sure this point got across, and I believe it did.  From the start of the event to the end Nintendo presented games that were innovative, clever, and unique from one another.

     I will say I was disappointed that nothing from my E3 wish list was there; with the exception of Zelda Wii U.  However, I get what Nintendo was trying to do.  They were showing different things, keeping the focus on Smash Brothers while giving a taste of what is to come next year. While I know a lot of us were expecting the heavy hitters like Metroid, Donkey Kong, Mario, etc.; Nintendo focused on Smash Brothers and other unique new games that were a break from Nintendo tradition which might put off some people but I looked at it as a business strategy that worked out pretty well.  Since Nintendo does their Nintendo Directs several times a year they can use those to dedicate time to the heavy hitters if they need too, they used this major press event to reveal what they are doing different.
     Alright, I’ve ranted too long and E3 is becoming more and more a thing of the past.  So let me wrap this up with my favorite things I saw at the Nintendo Digital Event.  My number one favorite game reveal was without a doubt Zelda Wii U.  Although it was short, I loved the reveal it brought back the same feeling of seeing Wind Waker and Twilight Princess being revealed and it got me pumped.  Another exciting thing about the new Zelda on Wii U is how they want to bring it to more of an open world format, similar to the top down Zelda games.  I have played through the majority of a Link Between Worlds and if that is what we have to look forward too then I think we will all be very happy Zelda fans!

     I enjoyed Nintendo’s Digital Event, Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Bayonetta bundle, Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros., Xenoblade Chronicles X, Fantasy Life, the list goes on!  I think Nintendo Fans have a lot to be excited about with the next couple of years, let’s just hope Nintendo’s Wii U can endure the drought between now and Smash Bros. release.

Maybe here soon I can go a little more in depth with each of these games.  Let us know in the comments below what you thought of E3.  Especially now that we have had ample time to digest!