Ways Nintendo F’d Up
I really wanted to be dazzled by Nintendo’s E3 presentation this year. The pre conference announcements really had me going. I woke up blurry eyed and bushy haired ready to be amazed. Turned on my live stream and sat with a confused face for most of the conference. Unfortunately I do think Nintendo dropped the ball this year. Last year Nintendo of America C.O.O. Reggie told us Nintendo was going back to the hard core gamer. So where are the games?
I just don’t get it Nintendo. Where was the announcements that shows the new and exciting games from third parties? Where is Call of Duty? Where is Assassin’s Creed? Where is the new and exciting new IPs that where announced? A Batman game that was released almost a year ago will not draw in the crowds. I don’t want to wave a controller/tablet around for a game I have already played. I want to know the justification for the GamePad and I want to know why I would want to buy the Wii U this holiday. I want to know that all of my favorite games will come to Wii U
Not to be completely negative, Nintendo did show a new Mario and Pikmin game. The Pikmin game looked fun, creative and could include cool ways to us the Wii U GamePad. The Mario game… well, looked like a 2D side scrolling Mario Game. Both games looked great and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the crap out of them but just these two games and a tech demo in Nintendo Land did not do it for me.
ZombiU and why you should care
One of the most frustrating things for me as a gamer is the lack of attention to games that the hardcore would latch onto. One of the most interesting games of the whole E3 show for me is ZombiU being made by Ubisoft. The game started out with cutesie rabbits game and evolved to a zombie game that has it’s roots in dark souls difficulty and survival horror. You play a survivor of a zombie apocalypse. Once your character dies that’t it and you start another character. Your progress is saved but your inventory and skills do not. The games use of the Wii U bag is innovative and adds to the survivor horror atmosphere. ZombiU is available at launch and should have been a big highlight of the conference. Check out some of the screen shots and ideas shown in the E3 booth