Nintendo E3 2013: The Rise of Nintendo (I hope)
A summation of what Nintendo needs to do to "win" E3, along with the results of a survey done on NintendoAge and personal suggestions of what need to be shown.
Editor's Note: This article was written before today's Nintendo Direct and I found it interesting to compare the two.
E3 2012 was boring. Boring, and in some cases, painful. With the possible exceptions of a few things Ubisoft and Nintendo showed, the majority of what was shown was average at best, and painfully laughable at worst. While I personally think that Nintendo's E3 showing wasn't nearly as bad as the legendarily bad ones, 2008 in particular, I do agree that they could have done way better. Ever since I realized that it was a new year, and with that new year comes a new E3, I grew increasingly curious as to what people are expecting at E3 this year. I decided to go on NintendoAge, and conduct a survey to see what those people are expecting. The results so far are as follows:
So as you can see, it's about half and half as to people who are optimistic about it (5-3), and people who don't really care(2-1). But no matter what the results of any survey anyone conducts, I personally am about at 3.5. Why that, you may ask? Because while I'm sure something good will come this year at E3, I'm still curious as to whether Nintendo has learned from the mistakes it made last year, and if it remembers what made its awesome E3's (2010 in particular) awesome.
What made Nintendo's 2010 E3 so awesome was the wide variety of games and franchises shown. Conversely, what made Nintendo's E3 last year so "eh" was the fact that while there was a variety of games shown, they were mostly from one franchise. Thus, in order to "win" E3 this year, Nintendo can't just bank on Mario. They've gotta show at least 3-4 different franchises. What franchises am I myself hopin' to see? Well...
- Metroid (a new 2D one for 3DS would be amazing, but on Wii U (2D or otherwise) would be even better)
- Star Fox (Retro Studios is rumored to be working on this for Wii U, Google "Star Fox United")
- F-Zero (The Nintendo Land Version was great, so this should be a no-brainer)
- Mother (I'm sure some of you guys have heard about the cryptic tweet by Shigesato Itoi)
- And lastly, A New, at least T-Rated IP spearheaded by either Miyamoto, Sakurai, or Retro Studios (if Star Fox United is a hoax)
I also at least expect trailers of the next Zelda and Smash Bros., and unless it's the next 3D game (Galaxy 3?) or the next Mario Kart for Wii U, absolutely NO Mario announcements, please. Also, some third party exclusives here and there would also be great.
As for any Nintendo Directs in between now and E3, I personally don't expect the next Nintendo Direct to be until April or May.
Well, I just wanted to try letting out my current feelings about Nintendo, and about how they can keep their fans, myself included, excited. Don't hesitate for a nanosecond to leave your comments!