E3 2016 Tuesday Impressions: This Gamer Can Haz Opinions?
I struggled with whether or not to write this post today. Frankly, I was supremely disappointed with Nintendo’s showing yesterday. They showed off their latest Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all day yesterday… and that’s about it. Don’t get me wrong, a new Zelda game is always a welcome addition, but we already knew it existed and we already know that it’s been delayed to 2017. Nintendo’s offerings for the rest of this year are slim at best. Whereas the 3DS at least has Yo-Kai Watch 2 and Pokémon Sun & Moon before the end of the year, the Wii U has an anemic Mario & Sonic Olympic Games (again, again), Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE, and Paper Mario: Color Splash… and that’s it. Much like I feared earlier this year (click here to read my assessment of modern day Nintendo), the Big “N” doesn’t have a plan for the rest of this year. Essentially, they are coasting until March, when the ellusive “NX” will allegedly drop. That’s what’s happening here. Nintendo has moved any and all major game releases away from the Wii U and has put them on the NX, likely to bolster the release frame offerings and also to ensure that the post launch drought doesn’t happen. I understand why they are doing it, I just can’t believe that they aren’t putting up a better fight for the Wii U in 2016. In the end, they could end up shooting themselves in the foot if they abandon the Wii U too early and then beg us all to trust that they will fully support the “NX” after launch. It all just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Usually, I’d say all aboard right now, but instead I’ll say…
Nintendo Treehouse: It was all Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all day, with just 1 small break to show gameplay from Pokémon Sun and Moon. Zelda looks good, if not derivative of every Zelda game ever made, but good nonetheless. Check out the trailer:
I know I sound jaded and it’s because I am. I expect more from Nintendo, and this year in particular they did not deliver. No E3 Direct? Are you kidding me? No stealth announcements? No megatons? None of the above, just Zelda and Pokémon as far as the eye can see. Sure they talked a bit about Yo-Kai Watch 2 and a few 3rd party releases, but there was just no energy at all behind their Treehouse presentations. I really hope they get their act together this fall when they start publicly talking about the “NX” and it’s features. (Brief aside: I did a feature on what I’d like to see in reference to the NX, you can read it here)
UPDATE: Nintendo did also announce a new IP for the 3DS on Wednesday titled: Ever Oasis. It looks like a cross between N64 style Zelda gameplay, with light Animal Crossing elements of town building and character interaction. My Take: It could be OK, but it’s too soon to tell. It didn’t look all that special, and the footage they showed was underwhelming. Check it out for yourself: