If there was one company who had a conference at E3 this year that I was most excited for, it was Nintendo. Their presence at the event put me in a no lose situation: if they wow’d me, I was happy, if they completely screwed up and ended up being supremely underwhelming, I would still be happy. Why? I have no idea. But Nintendo didn’t give me a horrendous conference to watch, nor did they have me sitting in my seat, grinning like an idiot who couldn’t contain his excitement. They were just…there. Average.
They showed some Wii U stuff (finally!), but they didn’t give me the one thing I was looking for: a reason to buy a Wii U; I wasn’t convinced that I needed this thing in my life.
E3 was where Nintendo should’ve sold me on the Wii U. And that didn’t happen.
Nintendo’s never been the best people when it came to their 3rd party titles, and with the Wii U, plans are in motion to change that. Thing is, judging by what they showed during their conference—Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City—the first wave of 3rd party titles will be things I’ve already played or can buy for the two systems I already own. And sure, they’ll have some Wii U specific funtions to go with them, but would you ever buy a game again if the only difference is the controller/gimmicks added in? I wouldn’t.
But the talk about 3rd party titles without getting into the topic of their 1st party games and exclusives. Pikmin 3 was nice to see, but I haven’t played the previous two, so why would Pikmin 3 have me foaming at the mouth and ready to hand my money over? And Super Mario? It’s…another Mario game. Hurray? Zombi U is a Wii U exclusive, and that certainly looks interesting, but I don’t know if it’s a system seller. In fact, it looks like a game I’d buy after I got the Wii U and the huge launch titles out of the way.
I could be alone on this, I’m pretty sure I may be closer to the minority than the majority, but if Nintendo wants me to get excited and start making plans to get a Wii U, show me Smash Bros, Metroid, a 3D Pokémon game in the same vein as Pokémon Coliseum and XD. Or, you know, a new 1st party IP. Brand new IPs will get me excited any day; especially if they’re a surprise announcement.
To be fair, Zombie Reggie was a surprise
Nintendo said that their conference was all about the games. But since they didn’t really give me the emotion I was hoping for, what about the Wii U system itself? I’ll admit, the Wii U Gamepad looks like a fun thing to use and play around with, but if you noticed, a lot of the games shown so far can still use the Wiimote and Nunchuck combo; none of the games seem to rely on the new controller. Rayman: Legends introduced a new character that was controlled with the touch screen on the gamepad, but that’s one function. Is that character going to be in the other console versions of the game? I would like to think so; so what do I gain by using the Gamepad? How does that controller, with all its bells and whistle, change how I play games, Nintendo? Give me a game that was made for the Wii U. Not a game that looks like it could be released on the Wii and do just fine without your new tech. Zombi U being the obvious exception that I mentioned not too long ago.
I could go on about how they didn’t talk about a price or a release date, but I already knew that wasn’t going to happen; as nice as that information would’ve been. I want to like the Wii U, I want to be excited for the day it comes out and tear open the box when I finally get it. I don’t think that’s going to happen; at the very least, not so soon. I get the feeling that my relationship with the Wii U will either be similar to my relationship with the Wii or the PlayStation 3: I’ll never own one and I’ll just get over it (Wii), or I’ll finally get one and have a huge backlog of exclusives to try out (PS3). Honestly, I don’t want to pass over the Wii U and forget about it simply because it’s been so long since I’ve enjoyed a Nintendo console. But if Nintendo’s only going to give me 3rd party games that I can play elsewhere or 1st party titles with a few new mechanics or the same controller input from their last console, then I’ll continue to question why I should get a Wii U.
And NintendoLand….um, sure?
Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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