After a year of silence, Nintendo has its press conference where it was demonstrate to the world why it needed a Wii U and 3DS and why it should stay away from smartphones and tablets.
Judging by Twitter, the result was a wash. Nintendo did announce games for both the Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U got Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Wii U Fit, Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition, Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3 as well as support for video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Amazon Video announced. The 3DS got decent titles like New Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario Sticker Star and Luigi's Mansion 2.
The thing is that show attendees, and those watching at home, were looking for more—especially from the Wii U. Why, after owning an Xbox 360 and/or PlayStation 3, should someone pick up a Wii U? That was the question that needed answering and it seemed Nintendo didn't do a very good job of doing so. All hope is not loss as E3 (as of this writing) is not over so there is time for more announcements. But after a year's wait, it looks like many are going home to be content with their 360s and PS3s until their successors show up.
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I completely agree with you. I think I may be done with console gaming after this generation. Part of me thinks this may be because I am getting older (31) and I just don’t have the time to invest anymore, but then I realize that I still find ways to play a game like Dark Souls for tons of hours. I don’t know, E3 just felt very hollow, as if the Big 3 really don’t know what they are doing. I didn’t even watch this year, just read articles after the fact. I don’t feel as if I missed a… Read more »
I found the press conferences of the big 3 this year pretty underwhelming. The only game shown from MS, Sony and N about which I am excited about is Beyond (but I found Heavy Rain overhyped, hence I wait and see). Big N still didn’t answer me the question why I should care about the WiiU, apart from ‘there will be a new Mario!’. Microsoft completely dropped the ball with ‘innovations’ that have been around a while already, but because they never got on stage at E3 they apparently didn’t count so far. Sony showed at least some games but… Read more »