Editorial: Nintendo's E3 Showing is Refreshingly Fun

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Editorial: Nintendo's E3 Showing is Refreshingly Fun

While other publishers play it safe and stay predictable, Nintendo just wants to make gamers smile.

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Nintendo's not predictable?

They're publishing the same old games in bright colours.

So Sony announcing 20 or so games coming to PS4 within an hour is somehow safe and predictable compared to Nintnedo showing off not even half that in total?

Maybe they need to stop focusing on making us smile and start focusing on doing what e3 is actually for. You know, inform investors and attract new ones.

softclocks:
Nintendo's not predictable?

They're publishing the same old games in bright colours.

-Splatoon is an entirely new IP.
-Hyrule Warriors is a Dynasty warriors crossover, and a zelda crossover game is super freaking rare.
-Devil's Third, a new IP that was previously a THQ game, but is now being published by Nintendo
-Project Guard, an entirely new IP being developed by Miyamoto
-Project Giant Robot, yet another entirely new IP being developed by Nintendo.

That's 4 new IPs and one crossover game. Definitely not the same old games in bright colours.

Oh and let's not forget Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yarn Yoshi and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. If you seriously think those two games are the same as most other Nintendo published titles, then god help you.

I'm counting 9 new and fresh games.

Dexterity:

softclocks:
Nintendo's not predictable?

They're publishing the same old games in bright colours.

-Splatoon is an entirely new IP.
-Hyrule Warriors is a Dynasty warriors crossover, and a zelda crossover game is super freaking rare.
-Devil's Third, a new IP that was previously a THQ game, but is now being published by Nintendo
-Project Guard, an entirely new IP being developed by Miyamoto
-Project Giant Robot, yet another entirely new IP being developed by Nintendo.

That's 4 new IPs and one crossover game. Definitely not the same old games in bright colours.

Oh and let's not forget Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yarn Yoshi and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. If you seriously think those two games are the same as most other Nintendo published titles, then god help you.

I'm counting 9 new and fresh games.

Obviously there are going to be some new games, all of the companies had something new.

There wasn't even close to enough to warrant an article about how Nintendo's keeping it fresh where other companies are not. And look at this stuff, a fugging tower defense game...

They're releasing games obviously, but they're in no way better than any of the other companies.

Games are fun.

Gamers are depressing. As evidenced here.

Jumwa:
Games are fun.

Gamers are depressing. As evidenced here.

Wow, truer words have never been spoken.

OT: I personally felt Nintendo did a great job presenting themselves. I've never wanted to attend E3 this badly after watching some footage from their Treehouse.

softclocks:

Obviously there are going to be some new games, all of the companies had something new.

There wasn't even close to enough to warrant an article about how Nintendo's keeping it fresh where other companies are not. And look at this stuff, a fugging tower defense game...

They're releasing games obviously, but they're in no way better than any of the other companies.

The article is because they tried a different approach to a regular press conference, and it worked.

Instead of having a couple of people come up and shout power words at investors with game trailers shown inbetween, Nintendo just skipped between games and developers talking about the said games. Nintendo managed to fit a lot more meaningful content into their slot because of how they did things.

Jumwa:
Games are fun.

Gamers are depressing. As evidenced here.

*nods sadly*

OT: I was really encouraged by the whole thing. A ton of games are coming to the Wii U (I am now very happy I decided to support the system when it looked like it was about to go on life support) that I'm interested. In fact, Nintendo is setting up for a pretty good turn around. Mario Kart 8 already gave the console a well needed steroid shot in the arm, plus we have Bayonetta (+1), Smash Bros. 4, and Zelda Warriors coming later in the year, plus a whole slew of games on the horizon in 2015... Its going to be interesting to see how it affects console sales.

great article and I'm psyched for all these new and fresh games from Nintendo.

However I am more or less depressed with the state some gamers will always put in on here when it comes to Nintendo, seriously some proper sad people.

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Jumwa:
Games are fun.

Gamers are depressing. As evidenced here.

People seem to react to news in one of two extremes: either praise it to the heavens or condemn it to the lowest pits of Hell. This can be apparent in peoples' reaction to Nintendo, where they either say that the company is doing just fine or that Nintendo is dead/dying. Few seem to be able to admit that Nintendo is in a tough spot but that they are doing their best to get out of it.

OT: I wholeheartedly agree. Nintendo did the one thing it needed to do this year, and that was show us some fun games. Seeing Zelda U, Xenoblade Chronicles, Yoshi's Wooly World, and all the rest brought a smile to my face. Even Splatoon, which I admit I was skeptical of at first, looked really interesting once I sat back and started thinking about how its mechanics worked and what could be done.

*applauds and wipes away a teardrop*

Ronack:
Maybe they need to stop focusing on making us smile and start focusing on doing what e3 is actually for. You know, inform investors and attract new ones.

Nintendo is focusing on the consumers, and within the consumers lies the bottom line. Investors might not see something with great marketability that hasn't been tried and true. But that's not what Nintendo really care about, what with their cash and receivable money reserves. They can do the investing themselves, shooting darts in the wildest directions and seeing what sticks.

y'know what

i know how sony and microsoft court investors, and i guess that's how they stay afloat, but

maybe i want to play, some freaking games???

instead of increasing shareholder value

T-Shirt Turtle:
People seem to react to news in one of two extremes: either praise it to the heavens or condemn it to the lowest pits of Hell.

Well yeah. If somebody doesn't care about something, they're not exactly going to rush to the forums to praise it or condemn it. If I don't care about something I'll usually go to the thread, read a few posts, and then probably just leave if I don't feel very strongly about something involved.

I'm not exactly in a rush to tell the world about how much the time I spent playing [INSERT GAME HERE] was reasonably enjoyable but nothing terribly special.

Nintendo has always been at their best when they're the underdogs trying to catch up. That's why the Gamecube was terrific and why the Wii let so many people down. That's why, in a weird sort of way, I was actually a bit excited at how poorly the WiiU has been doing, because I thought it would be a wakeup call for Nintendo after falling asleep at the wheel during the last generation.

weirdee:
y'know what

i know how sony and microsoft court investors, and i guess that's how they stay afloat, but

maybe i want to play, some freaking games???

instead of increasing shareholder value

Investors (for what some help "some" they give) can go fuck themselves for all I care, they don't really give a damn about the game itself or you and me, just that the game makes them plenty of that mula that they don't have to work another day, if anything the gaming sector should always be setting focus on us, we are the ones the games are aimed at, we are the ones that come in droves and millions to buy the games aimed at us, Investors are just people who have a bit of money to throw in the pit but ultimately they want to horde more money and have that bit of juicy control, that fucks us over in the end anyway when that happens.

Sure I don't mind us gamers when it comes to kick starter but investors in the likes of EA, sony MS etc, they shouldn't be needed at all.

yeah, Sony and MS' pressers were passable at best. They always run too long, are filled with padding, and it's not really clear what the want to do with them. Nintendo knew EXACTLY what they wanted to do. I found their 45 minutes with the Digital Event was more interesting and full content than Sony or MS had with either of their pressers that ran twice that at minimum.

Plus it helps that Nintendo basically said the mantra that too many designers have forgotten: games are about having FUN. And that is something that needs to be PLASTERED across every studio until they get it beaten into their skulls.

Since I'm a big Nintendo fan this probably doesn't mean much to you guys but this Nintendo E3 was one of the best E3's ever. Game upon game upon game upon game with gameplay, gameplay, gameplay and more gameplay.
No cinematic trailer lying about the games, no buzzwords used to make me feel better about being interested. Just games. Ya know, the reason why I watch E3.

And the best of all is that it's all live all day long. I'm watching the treehouse stream with some people in a chatroom and we are having tons of fun. Hype is building up alongside with depression because I know I won't have the money to buy most of those games I'm interested in yet I'm still happy that all those great games are being made. Then we get some more games, some devs talking about the games, more games and a freaking tournament.

The Treehouse team are just bros and I just want to watch them have fun playing games.

I don't think I've been ever this hyped in my whole life.

nothing really sparked my interest beyond a hopefully decent starfox.

The new robot games look a lot like gimmicks with the tablet right now and devil's third looks ok but not something special.

Spalatoon looks kinda fun but I guess I don't have that whole 'wow' thing for nintendo right now. Not because they are bad it's just I'm not their target audience anymore.

I don't understand the hype for hyrule warriors though. Almost every japanese franchise has a dynasty warriors knock off at some point, why is it when nintendo does it it's a big deal?

Surprisingly Nintendo seems like they're the most in touch with actual consumers at the moment. This whole E3 was mostly about each publisher trying to give the audience what they've been asking for but Nintendo was the only one that sounded like they really meant it. I mean, there were cool things in all five but they're just so goofy and genuine, it's impossible not to love them unless you're trying.

Okay, so..

If I just go by games I care about, Nintendo clearly won. Yea. That is a very personal decision. But... damn. MS and Sony, between the two of them, had 3 games total I cared about, and zero surprises. Yeah, I'm jaded I'll admit. Most of the reveals that were a surprise was variations on genres I never enjoyed in the first place, so that's a problem. But to be honest, what baffles me is that people say Sony won day 1... I mean... I skipped through a good 40 mins of that press conference because I got so bored with people talking about TV series and watching TV on your console and freaking LBP3 which is an IP I never cared about one bit. At least MS showed us actual games. Although honestly, the amount of crossover stuff is so big now that I had a hard time differentiation between the consoles at all. I think that's my main gripe. I mean I don't give a damn about Halo but at least it's an exclusive IP...

Rambling over.

and Nintendo just doesn't STOP with the announcements:

http://www.gonintendo.com/s/230649-codename-s-t-e-a-m-roundtable-live-blog

Seriously, they have so many games you almost forget these are almost all made by ONE company. While everyone else iss truggling to garner an identity is a sea of blandness, Nintendo does stuff like this and proves how versatile they are.

I was really hoping to hear about Majora's Mask for the 3DS. After playing the OOT remake I was very impressed. And seeing as how Nintendo has all but confirmed its eventual release, I guess I will just have to wait for now.

Aiddon:
and Nintendo just doesn't STOP with the announcements:

http://www.gonintendo.com/s/230649-codename-s-t-e-a-m-roundtable-live-blog

Seriously, they have so many games you almost forget these are almost all made by ONE company. While everyone else iss truggling to garner an identity is a sea of blandness, Nintendo does stuff like this and proves how versatile they are.

From the blog.
"Players will take command of the unit steam a unique fighting force created by Abraham Lincoln to defend against a mysterious invasion from space,"

This just sounds fucking awesome. Here, Nintendo. Have all my moneys.

nintendo were having so much fun with their e3 thing :D

it was great!

Oh OH! I see what happened. Yeah, no, see you got 'refreshingly fun' mixed up with 'dull, predictable and boring. Again.'
Same thing happened to me once when I had a cold. Told everyone it was refreshingly fun.

All serious, a new Zelda, a new Mario kart and more gimmicks than you can shake a Wii-mote at and you call it refreshing? As in reassuringly fresh, meaning new or clean?
Nintendo couldn't be a dirtier, smellier, fouler, rotting corpse if it tried, which is refreshing because they obviously aren't!

Nintendo won E3. Far Cry 4 looks great, but Zelda U (they should've announced a title) was the only game announced with the potential to be an epic adventure, the kind that only the best games feature. Hopefully we see more soon.

And with the new Zelda game announced, I have a reason to save up and buy a wii u.

Brian Tams:

Jumwa:
Games are fun.

Gamers are depressing. As evidenced here.

*nods sadly*

OT: I was really encouraged by the whole thing. A ton of games are coming to the Wii U (I am now very happy I decided to support the system when it looked like it was about to go on life support) that I'm interested. In fact, Nintendo is setting up for a pretty good turn around. Mario Kart 8 already gave the console a well needed steroid shot in the arm, plus we have Bayonetta (+1), Smash Bros. 4, and Zelda Warriors coming later in the year, plus a whole slew of games on the horizon in 2015... Its going to be interesting to see how it affects console sales.

I loved how they solved the Bayonetta problem. Two for 1 PLUS Bayonetta gets a bunch of new Nintendo themed outfits. Seriously Bayonetta dressed up as Link? Sign me up. My friend showed me the sales data for the week of Mario Kart 8 release. It sold over 100,000 units that week compared to say the Xbone which barely managed 50,000 coming in even behind the 3DS which at this point is becoming a dinosaur age wise in technology terms.

refreshingly fun....

another zelda remake - check
level editor that even calculators 15 years ago had and PCs had BETTER one for a decade - check
another super smash bros - check
nothing but sequels - check

so, nothing refreshing or fun after all

Unlike Microsoft and Sony, who follow similar patterns year after year, Nintendo does whatever it wants.

Yes, Nintendo does what it wants - does the same thing every year. and peopel still call it new.

weirdee:
y'know what

i know how sony and microsoft court investors, and i guess that's how they stay afloat, but

maybe i want to play, some freaking games???

instead of increasing shareholder value

well, then you should look at SONY, who announced the most new games at this E3.

Sony and MS had a couple of interesting games, but way too much filler and CGI trailers. How are people still getting excited over CGI trailers? Nintendo's stream was well paced, and had plenty of fun looking games, not too mention had plenty of actual gameplay.

Dark Knifer:

I don't understand the hype for hyrule warriors though. Almost every japanese franchise has a dynasty warriors knock off at some point, why is it when nintendo does it it's a big deal?

It's a big deal because ever sense the debacle with the Philips CD-I and the Super Mario Bros. live action movie, Nintendo has held it's titles close to itself hand has rarely let outside groups play around with their big names. Seeing Nintendo let a trusted group like the team behind the still popular Dynasty/Samurai Warriors titles make a spin off based on one of the most popular and beloved franchises is a good sign that Nintendo might ease up and let outside teams take a crack at making games with the Big N's main characters.

Silentpony:

All serious, a new Zelda, a new Mario kart and more gimmicks than you can shake a Wii-mote at and you call it refreshing? As in reassuringly fresh, meaning new or clean?
Nintendo couldn't be a dirtier, smellier, fouler, rotting corpse if it tried, which is refreshing because they obviously aren't!

I'm genuinely confused by this post. For one they already came out with Mario Kart earlier this month and said nothing about another one this E3. Also I'm unsure what the gimmicks are. Online multiplayer and brand new IPs? I mean don't get me wrong they did show off how some of the game use the Wii U Gamepad, but that's less "gimmick" and more "we're finding ways to implement the hardware".

I mean you don't have to be excited for any of Nintendo's stuff, but this comes off as blind cynicism.

Strazdas:
refreshingly fun....

another zelda remake - check
level editor that even calculators 15 years ago had and PCs had BETTER one for a decade - check
another super smash bros - check
nothing but sequels - check

so, nothing refreshing or fun after all

Unlike Microsoft and Sony, who follow similar patterns year after year, Nintendo does whatever it wants.

Yes, Nintendo does what it wants - does the same thing every year. and peopel still call it new.

weirdee:
y'know what

i know how sony and microsoft court investors, and i guess that's how they stay afloat, but

maybe i want to play, some freaking games???

instead of increasing shareholder value

well, then you should look at SONY, who announced the most new games at this E3.

It's all perspective. You look at who announced the most new games and how many of those games are "new"

"Another Zelda Remake" - which was....what? I saw no remake. I saw in-game footage of a new crossover-ish title in Hyrule Warriors and Cinematic footage from next years Zelda U title which Aonuma says will be more expansive and you can travel in any direction and reach the mountains seen in the distance (kinda like what Xenoblade did).
"Level editor" - you mean Mario Maker? So what if things years ago could do something similar? This is the first Mario Paint like title in ages, and some people (young and old) actually like that.
"Nothing but sequels" - Bayonetta 2, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and I guess Mario Party 10 and Smash count as well. That's only 4 sequels out of the around 10 titles they talked about. So what? Franchises are built on "Sequels". You want to complain about the countless Call of Duty and Battlefield games released every year, too? What about the yearly sports games which are pretty much just patches, upgrades, and roster changes.

"Nothing refreshing at all" what about a full day of showing actual game play for almost all titles brought up instead of standing on a stage all day talking while showing pretty cinematics and next to no gameplay. Nintendo even held a tournament for a game that technically isn't even done yet and it went off without a hitch or glitch.

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