Reactions to Day 2 of E3 2012

 

Reactions to Day 2 of E3 2012

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Today was a bit lighter than Day 1. Nintendo was the only one with a press conference, but it was going to be a doozy with the unveiling of Wii U.

Nintendo had the spotlight to itself. Surely, they wouldn’t drop the ball, right? RIGHT?

 

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MAIN EVENT (ding ding ding): Nintendo Press Conference

Pros: We get our first true glimpse at the Wii U, Nintendo fleshes out the features of the Wii U game pad, Pikmin 3

Cons: Where is the love for the hardcore? (Please don’t tell me ports of games that are a year old is your answer, Nintendo); Reggie Fils-Aime, you talk far too much.

I am not a Nintendo “fan boy.” Were I a fan boy, I would have met this year’s press conference with screams of joy.

I am just simply a long suffering Nintendo fan. Therefore, this year’s conference was met with a palm to the face for me. Don’t get me wrong, Nintendo has created a lot of magic over the years and that is why I continue to love them. I was hoping for some of that magic today when they had their big unveiling of their new console, the Wii U. Sadly, we weren’t met with magic but instead the many pitfalls that plagued the Wii.

The conference started off strong enough with a demo of Pikmin 3 presented by “the man, the myth, the legend” Shigeru Miyamoto. The graphics were impressive if only because it was our first glimpse at an HD Nintendo game. It had a simple and quaint art style that fit the world of Pikmin. A killer-app it wasn’t, but as a table-setter for things to come it was perfect.

Following the Pikmin 3 presentation, Reggie Fils-Aime walks out and we receive a long-winded explanation of what the Wii game pad is. I can forgive this as it helped a confused mass audience understand the fundamentals of the Wii U. The hardcore gamer in me wanted Nintendo to utilize their hour and keep the big titles flowing, though.

Next, we received a video presentation for New Super Mario Bros. U. I knew this title was coming, but I still couldn’t help but feel cheated by it. Mario is a necessity for EVERY Nintendo console and the New Super Mario Bros. franchise satisfies that. But only in the minimalist of ways. This franchise is becoming a copy-and-paste affair. It’s a franchise that Nintendo can recreate over and over again and still reap heavy cash from it. For me, this franchise is not a system seller. Mario is supposed to be an innovative franchise. His side-scrollers are nostalgically fun but amount to little more than fluff. The main “draw” to this game is its use of Nintendo’s new “Miiverse.” But, I’m sorry. I just can’t get pumped for an online mode that amounts to little more than the equivalent of “tweets” by your friends about certain Mario Bros. levels.

It took less than 20 minutes for Nintendo to go from exciting and refreshing to something akin to getting your teeth scraped at the dentist office. What followed the events above was a flurry of “so-what” titles for the new Wii U. Due to my apathy for the list of third party titles that were shown, I have decided to spice things up and play a phrase-association game with the properties that were announced. Let’s begin:

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Batman: Akrham City ARMORED EDITION

Wow. A year-old game with new character skins and tacked on game pad functionality. Nintendo, you set aside more than a brief few minutes for this rehash???

 

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Are you serious? This is an example of the power of the Wii U? Well, at least it appears to be only on Wii U….oh wait….it will be announced later in the show for 3DS?

 

Montage of Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Aliens Colonial Marines

Who cares? Big gets but who cares? Most of the titles will be at least 6 months old by the Wii U’s release.

 

Wii Fit U

Are you s***ing me?

 

Sing

Now, Nintendo is just f***ing with me.

 

Lego City Undercover

(Faceplant into desk)

 

Just Dance 4

…..dear God…..

 

The unveiling of the Wii U by Nintendo was nearly a total disaster…at least for me. The only thing that saved it from doomsday was the slight redemption crafted by Ubi’s Zombi U and Nintendo’s Nintendo Land. Zombi U was just simply a trailer that showed off various gameplay mechanics while Nintendo Land is basically a collection of mini-games starring Nintendo characters. Neither was a killer-app, but they were superior to what was shown before them aside from Pikmin 3.

The seven minutes that Nintendo dedicated to the 3DS were well utilized. We received information and videos for New Super Mario Bros. 2 (SEE…copy-and-paste), Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. If I owned a 3DS I would have been thrilled. I don’t therefore I can only smile and nod.

To sum things up:

Nintendo, I know that you will eventually bring the heavy hitters…but for now…you have disappointed Jordan. Never will I allow you to get my hopes up…. this is not an empty threat this time…. I promise…. but I still love you….

Grade: D

 

E3 2012 Game Power Rankings after Day 2

  1. The Last of Us
  2. Watch_Dogs
  3. Tomb Raider
  4. South Park: The Stick of Truth
  5. Assassin’s Creed III
  6. Star Wars 1313
  7. The Unfinished Swan
  8. Aliens Colonial Marines
  9. Beyond
  10. Zombi U

I will be back later this week to recap the week’s game announcements and give my final thoughts on E3 2012.

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