If you watched Nintendo's E3 Digital Event you probably left your screen in total shock and wanting more. It's not like they didn't show games, they came out swinging with 14 games! This sounds impressive, but once you look at the list, it was mostly games that are sequels or that were shown in previous E3 events or poor spin-offs. Star Fox Zero was the "Hammer Drop" for this year, and it didn't look too shabby. Some of my friends commented that the game looked a little stale, with not much happening on the screen, and some went on to say that it looks like a Wii game. We can safely conclude that their "Big Fish" felt like a minnow in a pond in contrast with other Conferences at E3.
One of the most Controversial games that Nintendo showed this year was the new "Metroid " game..*cough*. The game is called Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and I, like many others, was excited for another Metroid Prime game to sink my teeth into.....but instead, Nintendo pulls the ol' "got you" gag!
Instead of this,
Nintendo gave us....
Fans got so heated up that they started to create petitions online to stop this game from being release. I have heard of a lot of things in my day, but a petition to stop a game from coming out that no one has played?
That's what we call ignorance back in the days of old!
None of this actually bothered me until Reggie came out to defend Nintendo's conference in an interview with Kotaku. This is what Reggie said,
"Look, we know that the fans want a straight Samus Aran game,” Fils-Aime told Kotaku. “We also know that the best way to launch a game like that is to surprise and delight them, to give them a launch date, in an environment like this let them play it vs. what other companies do which is to announce a project that you may not see for five, six years. It’s just not the way we do things,” he added. “We know the community wants to see a straight-up Metroid game. We know it".
Any fan knows that Nintendo marches to their own beat, but I felt like this was a jab to Nintendo fans. If Nintendo knows that their fans want a game, why not make it?( especially when the current system is doing too well) Instead, they decide to create this "filler" of a game so they can get more time to work on the "main" project. (kind of reminds me of sacrifices to appease a crazy evil Demon.)
On top of all this, Nintendo's Wii U console is still not doing well. There are a lot of people that game and still didn't know that the Wii U is out or even a thing (Man, that still hurts me to say it). So Nintendo's approach is still "who cares, just keeping doing what we were going to do" While most of the companies at E3 were being different and showing off new tech and new IPs that won't come out this year, Nintendo seemed like the only one that got flak for being the "different" one. Showing off new IPs and games that come out this year (yeah, I had to reread that twice to make sure I wrote that correctly).
Being different to be different is not always the best plan, especially when fans and gamers alike are trying to see if your software/Hardware is worth spending their hard earned cash on. Nintendo might need to change the way they do things at E3, or just do what they did last year and stick with a Nintendo Direct. Just trying to do a digital video that feels like a Nintendo Direct, specifically for E3, is just not going to cut it in the media hungry society we live in. Hopefully this E3 and negative response helped open the eyes of Nintendo and that they can learn from the mistakes they made, and use that to go and sweep next year's E3.
Most likely they will be like...