In the past few years Nintendo has had conferences that were not very memorable, particularly at E3 2009 for instance. Nintendo went down the route to please the casual gamer with games like Wii Music. The only problem with this was that casual gamers had probably never heard of E3.
This year, however, Nintendo has decided to go down the hardcore route and has announced games that are more for the traditional gamer. I was particularly pleased, because Nintendo itself is producing franchises that all gamers originally loved about its system.
New Zelda On The Wii!
Nintendo opened the show with its most anticipated game, ‘The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword’. The game shows off the character Link in an all new hybrid look, bringing together aspects of both the Link from ‘Windwaker’ and the Link from ‘Twilight Princess’.
Immediately the screen starts with Miyamoto sharing his feelings about the game and how he believes feels that this Zelda will be a huge turning point in Zelda history. He then talks to somebody on the stage that plays the game, but has a little trouble controlling Link. Miyamoto then jumps from the screen onto the stage in a comic way, to show how the game is meant to be played.
Now this is where everything just seems to go wrong for Nintendo. He described how the game had one to one motion, but nothing was working the way it was supposed to. Miyamoto would swing upwards and Link would do a horizontal attack. Miyamoto would point at the screen and Link would look just about everywhere except straight ahead.
The game play with the motion controller just kept getting worse. They then continue to play the game which got to a point where Link just couldn’t be controlled. Miyamoto said he was getting some interference and asked if anybody in the crowd was using any wireless devices. After finally acknowledging the fact that nothing was working, they carry on with the game, which was the worst thing to do as it was a good time to stop the demo. The game just got worse, probably breaking every die hard Zelda fans’ hearts.
More Nintendo Wii Casual/Party Games!
Nintendo then announced ‘NBA Jam’ exclusively for the, but showed no game play. Instead they immediately showed some party/casual games. The first game was ‘Mario Sports Mix’, which is literally every sport that Mario hasn’t done on the Wii like beach ball and basketball. Another party game that was announced was Wii Party, which will mostly likely sell by the millions!
This is another entry in the Wii franchise and offers a bunch of party games that make use of the Wiimote in unique ways. Nintendo then announces ‘Just Dance 2’ which offers up to 8 players, but then thankfully end its list of casual games. It seemed that Nintendo finally realised E3 was a show for gamers and not for casual gaming families.
More Hardcore Games From Nintendo!
The first hardcore game they showed this year was ‘Golden Eye’, exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. The game is a re-imagining of the N64 classic ‘Golden Eye’, but now starring Daniel Craig. The game offers split screen, online modes and offers every control style including the Wii Classic Pro Controller. ‘Golden Eye’ is due to come out this November.
The second game they showed was the highly anticipated ‘Epic Mickey’. This game is an attempt to re-brand the Mickey Mouse character by moving away from his clean image and show more of a darker and ill-behaved side of his personality.
This is was where Nintendo pleased the Nintendo fans by bringing back their older franchise, ‘Kirby Epic Yarn’. The game shows off a completely new and original graphic style, but sticks to the classic 2D Kirby game. The game is to be released this fall.
Nintendo then moves onto ‘Dragon Quest 9’, which is exclusive to the Nintendo DS and has been a huge success in Japan. The game is finally being released to the western audience on July 11.
‘Metroid other M’ was next on the list with new footage of Reggie emphasising that the game still has a feeling of isolation like the rest of the series and pushing the story and history of Samus. The game will be released on August 31st. As Retro Studios were the ones to make the past three Metriod games before ‘Metriod other M’, Reggie smoothly transitions from talking the game to talking about what the company has been working on.
All of a sudden music from the classic ‘Donkey Kong Country’ starts to play and Nintendo show off the latest Donkey Kong game, ‘Donkey Kong Country Returns’. Again this is a way for Nintendo to please the classic Nintendo fan and bring back some nostalgic gaming. Donkey Kong Returns in 2.5D and looks to have a multiplayer co-op. The graphics look amazing and the game will be released this holiday.
Nintendo 3DS Officially Unveiled
Now is the time where Nintendo shows off the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. The 3DS looks like the original Nintendo DSi but with a larger top screen, analog stick and 3D features. The 3DS has two cameras with a slider that allows you to change the effect of the 3D and has motion sensing.
The handheld is backwards compatible allowing you to play every DS game. The camera allows you to take 3D pictures and can play 3D movies. The 3DS has an auto track system keeping in communication with other consoles even if the 3DS is not turned on.
More Nintendo Game Announcements
Nintendo then finally revealed what Project Sora was all about. It is a game that was being developed for the 3DSI, ‘Kid Icarus’. Nintendo brings Kid Icarus onto the screen apologising to the audience for making gamers wait so long.
The next announcement from Nintendo was a new ‘Nintendogs Plus Cats’ and a bunch of third party support games for this handheld console. The most recognisable of the bunch were games like ‘Kingdom Hearts’, ‘Resident Evil’, ‘Assassins Creed’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid’.
Nintendo then ended the conference by showing off the 3DS to the crowd. Many attractive women appeared on stage, each with a Nintendo 3DS attached to them while Reggie encouraged the gamers to try out ‘Zelda Skyward Sword’ for the Wii in the theatre hall.
In conclusion, I felt that Nintendo finally did it right this year. The past three E3’s haven’t exactly been memorable. But this year, Nintendo focused on hardcore games, classic nostalgic games and a completely new handheld system that allows you to play games in 3D without the cost and the glasses.
Nintendo has really made an impression this year at E3 2010 and you can see it for yourself in full by watching the video below…