Jun 10, 2011

E3 2011: Nintendo Keynote Thoughts

Nintendo got its conference off to a great start with a presentation of the Zelda theme performed by an orchestra. After which they promptly showed a quick clip of Skyward Sword being played, which oddly reminded me of Avatar because of the birds.

Then the presentation went to the 3DS software everyone has been clamoring for. Nintendo showed off 5 'first party' games. I say first party in quote because it turns out most of them are being handed off to other studios, the IPs are just first party. They showed Star Fox 64 3DS, Super Mario 3DS, Luigi's Mansion 2 (which was the surprise of the century), Kid Icarus, and Mario Kart 3DS. I want every single one of them, but on a console with HD graphics, not on a handheld that has blind spots.

Then Nintendo announced the most controversial piece of E3 news I have seen explode in a while. The WiiU, which pretty much translates to a Wii HD with a new peripheral! The controller in question that I am mocking is a single-touch 6 inch screen in between a controller with two analog sticks and all the standard buttons that Nintendo scoffed at with the Wii. The technology is pretty cool, but I shudder to think of all the tacked on game experiences the device will bring. What makes matters worse though is that you can only have one WiiPad per WiiU Console as of this writing.

The reveal of the new controller brought up way more questions than answers, but based on the performance of Nintendo's stock on the Japanese market after the announcement, it seems like more people aren't as happy with the direction Nintendo is going as Nintendo is. They better show amazing experiences next E3 before it launches, or else the console really will be too little too late.