For months, Nintendo fans have been eagerly awaiting the special E3 edition of Nintendo Direct. Earlier, it streamed live across the world. By the end, fans were left with mixed feelings… Afterwards, art-man Bill Boreham began pondering the future of Nintendo.
If you’re one of the amazing people who listen to Low Fat Gaming’s FATcast every fortnight, then you’ll know I recently purchased a Nintendo 3DS XL. I’ve been waiting quite a while for the 3DS’s gaming library to get bigger and better. Just under a month ago I decided the time was right and quickly headed down to my local game store, picked up the Nintendo 3DS XL (as well as Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Fire Emblem: Awakening and the Circle Pad Pro XL) and slammed a big wad of cash down on the store’s counter. Not a single day has gone by where I regret buying it, the Nintendo 3DS is one of the finest things I’ve ever purchased. You can lay in bed and play it, you can boil a kettle and play it, you can even take a crap and play it! Amazing, right? Glad you agree!
Anyway, the point is, I REALLY like my 3DS. One afternoon, while playing Monster Hunter 3, I walked into my room and looked over towards my TV, underneath there was a patch of dust where my Xbox 360 Elite (which decided to commit suicide one day – rest in peace, my dear friend…) used to sit. Which got me thinking: Why not fully embrace my return to Nintendo (I used to play SNES and N64 as a kid, but eventually switched to Xbox, then Xbox 360 a few years later) and also purchase a Wii-U? They’re sure to have some good games by now, right? Wrong.
Apart from (surprise, surprise) your usual Mario games, the Wii-U’s library is currently filled with either mediocre launch games, or older games from the last few years (which most gamers are likely to have already played when they were originally released, given their quality) like Batman: Arkham City and Mass Effect 3 – with slightly better graphics. Nintendo are in desperate need of something new, something that would grab everyone’s attention and make them (and me) want to rush out and buy a Wii-U. Because honestly, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One coming out later this year, they’re in real danger of being left behind in the dust. To some, their next Nintendo Direct would be viewed as their final chance to convince people to buy the console.
But sadly, after viewing the highly anticipated E3 Edition of Nintendo Direct, it was instantly obvious why Nintendo decided not to take to the stage this year (but instead quietly slunk around in the background at E3), they had hardly anything to show. There was no (much needed) price drop, no new Zelda or Metroid announcement (which I’m sure many people would have enjoyed seeing – I certainly would), no exciting new IP’s and hardly any support from third-parties…
These are the games that were shown:
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (3DS)
Super Mario 3D World (3DS)
Mario Kart 8 (Wii-U)
Wii Party U (Wii-U)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii-U)
The Wonderful 101 (Wii-U)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii-U)
Bayonetta 2 (Wii-U)
Monolith Soft’s “X” (Wii-U)
Super Smash Bros. (Wii-U & 3DS)
There’s no denying some of the games above will be loads of fun, but the problem is, most of these games are being released next year. The only truly great game on that list being released this year is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, which is a big problem for Wii-U owners – it’s going to be a boring old year. On the other hand however, the Nintendo 3DS is slowly becoming the must-have piece of kit. Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Donkey Kong Country were recently released on there, a new Animal Crossing is about to be released, plus there’s the sequel to A Link to the Past – A Link Between Worlds, coming soon – those are some seriously good games right there!
It seems odd that the main console under your TV – which you pay a lot more money for, is so incredibly weak. Maybe it’s time Nintendo focused more on Nintendo 3DS? Improving the already great content on there and really just make it the best it can be, rather than spreading themselves too thin across both a home console and a handheld? A decision has to be made soon, Nintendo either need to up their game, or risk being left behind.
Bill Boreham (Follow on Twitter @AngEalsh)
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