So I ended up watching the Nintendo conference live, after all. But now, I kind of wished I hadn’t. I’m not only scratching my head, but I’m so very confused about what they actually announced. Fortunately, if Twitter conversation is any indication, everyone is confused as to exactly where Nintendo is going.
But let’s start at the beginning of the conference, which was definitely the high note. There’s a full orchestra and choir onstage and they are performing songs from the Zelda franchise in honor of The Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary this year. The series’ creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, came out and spoke to the audience.
I just wanted to say that I loved this guy’s enthusiasm for gaming and what he’d created. FINALLY! Someone at E3 who doesn’t look so serious and seems actually happy to be there. We need more people like this in gaming.
So obviously, there will be some Zelda announcements, right? The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is available for download on the Gameboy Color today. I didn’t even know the Gameboy was still out there. But again, not a Nintendo fan. Also, on September 1st, The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords, a four-player game, will be available on the DSi. Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii will be available this holiday season.
So why the orchestra? Because later this year, there will be symphony concerts around the world featuring Zelda music. There will also be two music CD’s of Zelda music to be released, as well.
I keep hearing that 3DS is pretty cool, but as I’m shunning all things 3D, I’ll leave it to people who have one to make that determination. Titles coming out on this: Mario Kart 3D, Starfox 64, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Luigi’s Mansion, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Ace Combat 3D, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Resident Evil: Revelations, Drive Renegade, Pac Man & Galaga Dimensions, Tekken 3D and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. There was also news about some free poke-decks for Pokemon to be released. But they lost me in talking about it (I don’t know Pokemon at all).
So we expected an HD console to be released, but we get this. And to be honest, I’m still entirely unsure as to what this is. They did NOT call it a console, though, but a new Wii controller. So does it work with the Wii? It’s both a handheld system, but also something that works with t.v. But is it something you need a Wii to use or what? And if that’s the case, does that mean that Wii HD on a t.v. will never happen? I am so confused and Nintendo didn’t really do a great job of telling us exactly what this thing is. It does a ton of stuff and there are some good titles (I’m assuming for it being portable) coming to it, including Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City and others. If someone can tell me how this works, I would really appreciate it.
I wish I could go into more detail, but the general consensus is that no one really gets this. Hardcore gamers wanted to see Nintendo pull out an HD console and I’m pretty sure this is not it. And although hardcore gaming titles are coming to the portable side (I think) of the Wii-u (who names these things?), I don’t see this taking off like the Playstation Vita.
But Nintendo was adamant, again, that this was a CONTROLLER. A controller for what? ARGH!
No clips here, because I just wasn’t impressed enough with Nintendo to look them up. There really isn’t anything here to write home about, unfortunately.
Remember when Nintendo was cool? Back when there was the NES and then the SNES? Well, those days are obviously far behind us. I expected more, even though I went into this with low expectations. But I almost feel like Nintendo has slapped me, the hardcore gamer, in the face. If I’m going to buy a portable for hardcore gaming, I’m going with PlayStation.