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GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Nintendo's most important E3 ever?



Weekend is here, my friends. We all worked our asses off. Now it's time to get through Friday and start enjoying the finer things in life! I sure hope you all have some wonderful plans for the weekend. Watch out, Friday...we're ready for fun! See you in a few, short hours.

Okay...so Nintendo isn't doing the traditional press conference at E3. It's certainly shocking news, but the more you think about it, the more you can see what the decision was made. The only ones that are really impacted by this move were the press that would be attending. Everyone else would be watching from home anyway, so what does it matter if it's on stage live or pre-recorded? We're still going to get the same awesome content!

So yes, there may be a bit of sadness lingering, but it's time to focus on the fun stuff. Nintendo set the date and time for their Nintendo E3 Direct. It may be a bit early for our friends on the West coast, but at least this time around we have a couple weeks to prepare for it! Take off work, get out of school and clear your schedule now. Nintendo is ready to show us why the future of Wii U is bright!

At least, that's what we hope happens! Nintendo has had some issues with platforms before, but it seems like the problems with Wii U are higher than ever. Nintendo managed to turn around the 3DS quite a bit. There's still work to be done, but they're no strangers to taking lemons and making lemonade. It's time to do that with the Wii U, which might be why Nintendo has already told us that all the big guns will be shown in their conference.

Will there be surprises as well? This is Nintendo, so it's safe to bet that they'll spring a few top-secret details for us. More importantly, this is the showcase Nintendo needs to put on in order to turn around the public opinion of Wii U. Hell, it could be the start of a soft relaunch for the system. Some people don't even know what the Wii U is. This is the time to educate them and prove that they'll need one this year.

How high do you think the stakes are for Nintendo with this upcoming E3? What are they going to do to hype up the Wii U and get people interested? Will there be anything for those that don't usually enjoy the typical Nintendo brands? Will we see a new IP or two? Every E3 presentation is an important one, but the deafening wall of Wii U distaste is quite high. Nintendo needs to break through in a big way, with E3 certainly being the place to do it. If Nintendo doesn't manage to pull off a huge and entertaining Wii U showcase, how much trouble will they be in?

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24 May 2013 03:48

Without a doubt, this won't be Nintendo's most important E3, because LAST year's E3 was Ninteno's most important. It seems Nintendo didn't get the memo. It was the biggest E3 disaster ever, topping the 2006 Sony debacle. It wasn't full of as many youtube-able, silly "riiiidge racer" and "hit the crab" type moments, but it was even more shockingly empty, especially when compared to Nintendo's knockout 2006 E3 software lineup.

So no matter how much they bring to this E3, it can only be about rebuilding the company that was blown apart last year. Hopefully they do a good job, because so far it looks like the big 3 are dead set on crashing the console market to dust one or two generations before it's natural end.
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24 May 2013 03:50

juantendo wrote:
but to tell you the truth i dont care if Nintendo only sold a couple million consoles as long as that dosent mean the end of the company. At the moment they are the only ones that sells what video games are all about, having fun with your friends next to you. i have my smash bros, zelda, metroid, mario's, pokemon and the rest of nintendo franchises that i love. no graphics whore is ever gonna change that. believe it RMC, no one should worry about this.


This. Is. Great.

Couldn't agree more. As long as Nintendo is around making games I'll be happy. I feel like every system they've released since SNES has gotten so much backlash and yet they continue to create fun, innovative games that people love.

N64 was shunned for using cartridges, and yet it managed to launch not only Mario 64 and 3D platforming, but also the Super Smash Bros. series; I'd also go so far as to say the N64 really cemented Mario Kart as a franchise for Nintendo.

Game Cube was written off as being under powered, purple, and too much like a kids toy, but it launched Luigi's Mansion, Pikmin, Animal Crossing, and really solidified Smash Bros. into the series it is today.

Lastly, with Wii, Nintendo was laughed at for it's "waggle" gimmick the system still sold strong and really had some fantastic games. Mario Galaxy was incredible and we got one of the most amazing 3D Zelda games ever. Also, I would say Nintendo really did a fantastic job of energizing the "retro" market with the Virtual Console even though it eventually received such harsh criticism.

If anything, I guess Wii didn't launch any new or inventive IPs, but that doesn't mean the games weren't fun and exciting. I really think all Nintendo needs to do is keep doing what it does best, making fun games that everyone can enjoy.
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24 May 2013 04:28

You know what the problem with hype is? You set your self up to be truly floored for an event and inevitably find your self disappointed when they fail to deliver your own personal fantasies.

I would argue for people to not get too hyped up with this Nintendo Direct and somehow imply that if Nintendo fails to deliver what you specifically desire that it means the WiiU and Nintendo is doomed. The problem with this E3 is that we already know about a number of games that are going to be featured there. A 3D Mario platformer, Mario Kart and Smash Bros. are all givens, and we can expect more information about X, Bayonetta 2, SMT X Fire Emblem, Yarn Yoshi and Sonic Lost World. That's a lot of games to talk about already and although I would expect some new announcements like Retro's new game I would be satisfied with this event if it mainly just went into detail about those games.
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24 May 2013 06:55

Since Nintendo is not hosting a keynote for E3 I think everyone is overreacting a bit. It seems like everyone is expecting Nintendo is going to have the best E3 ever when in reality it is probably just going to be 50/50. The first 50% I expect to see/heard games that we already know about and the other 50% will be about upcoming features, a few "new" games and whatnot. The reason why I believe this will happen is because Nintendo is really committed to the Nintendo Direct rather than E3. I am going to predict that Nintendo will release MORE info via Nintendo Direct by themselves than E3 itself. I am also going to bet that we will get another Nintendo Direct a few weeks or 1 month later after E3. Even though E3 is an exciting time for games and stuff but people forget that the last several years of E3 hasn't been MIND BLOWING. Hell, PAX Expo is rapidly becoming bigger and bigger every year than E3. The E3 that I know and Loved is long gone because today's E3 is all about sequels, remakes, and marketing.

Here is more proof why E3 back then will always be remembered than the E3 of today because for the past 5-8 years of E3 were absolutely forgettable in my opinion within a week or two, sometimes less.
http://www.armchairempire.com/Features/ ... inpage.htm
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24 May 2013 09:37

The stakes are insanely high. I might be the only one, but the way content is revealed and shown in Nintendo directs, puts me to sleep. I will often skip to a part where new gameplay is shown just to skip the insanely slow pace Iwata seems to take in them. I just can't wrap my head around new IPs being released without a deafening roar from a crowd accompanying it. It hypes them up, it hypes Nintendo up, and last but not least, it hypes me up.

It's the reason I own a 3ds and now a 3ds XL (because my circle pad broke and I'm not paying 85 dollars, Nintendo's win) and I thought it would be the reason I would consider buying a Wii U if any. Now I have to somehow figure out how to derive enjoyment from Nintendo directs before E3 and I know I'm not the only one.

This is all on the Nintendo side of things and not even considering the competition. Nintendo has a lot to lose, but it will make for an interesting change of pace.
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24 May 2013 09:39

I don't know that I would say it is the "most important EVAH!" for Nintendo...but it is extremely important that they get this one right. Our latest Nintendo Direct shows that they DO have things to announce...but I think they did it in the wrong way. For example, the Sega/Nintendo relationship info and the new Sonic main-series game that was announced should have come much later in the Direct, towards the end, to give it added punch. Also, I think Reggie needs to show a bit more excitement and emotion when he's delivering his info, more like Trenen (?). I want to see someone who genuinely appears to care for and be excited about what he is announcing. Iwata seems to do this to me, and so does Trenen...but Reggie, as much as I like him, appears a bit stilted and stale. Don't give me a big, fake seeming smile...give me a REAL smile...show some excitement about what you are announcing. I think he could have done a MUCH better job of revealing the Best Buy/Nintendo partnership to showcase unreleased Nintendo games to the public. That is HUGE news...no other company has EVER tried something like that...and yet Reggie kind of ho-hummed the info out there in something like an "oh, by the way, we are doing blah" statement. We want the old "kicking ass and taking names" Reggie back...not the Reggie the Businessman. Show some life and excitement about what you do, about what you are showing, or its hard for the viewer to get excited too. I think they have plenty of info to hand out, so much they may have to pick and choose what to show. More info on already announced...but very few details given...games. Info on upcoming games that no one knows about yet (Nintendo has GOT to know how excited folks are for more on Retro's hidden game). And I have no doubts that Nintendo has some surprises up their sleeve as well. I think their problem could be in their timing and presentation of the info. Wow us Nintendo! I know you can do it...you just have to go out there and let it (the games) shine!
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24 May 2013 09:49

Hell noooooooooooooo! BUT it's going to be that fun. :lol: Hey Nintendo we have toons of great first pary games: greatttttttt! Hey Microsoft we have Canal + for Europe! I just can't wait for that :lol: But hey Mister Patcher where are you? We want to hear you about the doom Nintendo and glam TV set box one! :lol: The big three are gone, it's now Sony and Nintendo only since tv boxes are just... tv boxes to watch Canal + and porns too! Nintendo plays Mario and Sony GT, xbox1 does not have TMC yet! :lol:
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24 May 2013 09:50

We can guess what Nintendo is going to show off, but you can bet we're all going to be surprised - very surprised. I'm not too concerned at the moment. Nintendo have a lot under their sleeve. I think we've only seen the tip of the ice berg, and I'm anxious to uncover the rest. Cautiously optimistic!
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24 May 2013 09:51

Nintendo barely needs to do anything considering that MS just screwed up long before the show started. Plus let's face it, Nintendo has seemed to care less and less about E3 due to the Directs letting them reveal info whenever they want. I don't get why people are trying to act like this E3 is so important for Nintendo when in fact it's NOT.
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24 May 2013 10:01

Why even write an article like this?
Why is everyone so Squirrely?

I have never been let down by Nintendo.

Me thinks the hype machine has shaken some of the pillars at Gonintendo.
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24 May 2013 10:03

To put it bluntly if nintendo doesn't have a good E3. The wiiu will be the gamecube of this generation. will nintendo be in finnacial trouble if they don't? nah, but it certainly won't help.
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24 May 2013 10:08

Not the most important, but very. Hopefully they just focus on games. Can't wait.

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24 May 2013 10:08

Eggplant Magicianna wrote:Why even write an article like this?
Why is everyone so Squirrely?

I have never been let down by Nintendo.

Me thinks the hype machine has shaken some of the pillars at Gonintendo.



Does the Virtual Boy say hello now, or later? :P hehe But seriously, you ARE right. Nintendo is a great company, and I have pretty much always been happy with what they've done. Heck, I even liked Wii Music...it was great to fool around with it with my kids (they loved making songs and CD covers for them). I'd love to see an expanded Wii U Music, which let you actually do what the first one was supposed to: CREATE your own music. If they would keep it the same and just add that in (touch pad controls for adding in notes, piecing together song scores???), it would really make for a pretty damn good "game" I think. I can just imagine being able to create NEW songs...share them online...add Miiverse integration somehow...it would just be FUN. But yes, Nintendo rarely disappoints me in their console offerings...can't wait to hear more from this and other Nintendo Directs!
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24 May 2013 10:19

Well... This is a very important E3 for sure. And they have been keeping things very close so far, like Retro's game and in-game footage of Bayonetta 2 etc... So I feel like it's the silence before the storm! And this could very well go out with a BANG! And after the disaster of MS's XO unveiling I have a feeling even more eyes are on Nintendo now.

Damn this wait is HARD!!!
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24 May 2013 10:29

Eggplant Magicianna wrote:Why even write an article like this?
Why is everyone so Squirrely?

I have never been let down by Nintendo.

Me thinks the hype machine has shaken some of the pillars at Gonintendo.


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24 May 2013 10:40

^ Well, to be fair, that DID put a smile on my face.
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24 May 2013 10:50

I have yet to splurge on a Wii U. That's mainly because I'm being extra careful with my money now. Not picked a great hobby in that regard granted. What I see from this E3 probably won't make me immediately jump in. It will however make me think about treating myself with one come Christmas.

I'll probably be content with my 3DS and last-gen consoles if it fails to hook me in.
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24 May 2013 11:12

Neji wrote:To put it bluntly if nintendo doesn't have a good E3. The wiiu will be the gamecube of this generation. will nintendo be in finnacial trouble if they don't? nah, but it certainly won't help.


I can only hope you are right. I loved the Gamecube and all the awesome games for it.
We obviously are getting a ton of new Nintendo games. Nintendo is so loaded with cash, they are pretty much incapable of losing money on anything ever. 3ds selling throught the roof.
Is there a problem I'm not seeing?
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24 May 2013 11:24

@Eggplant Magicianna
People are just worried and rightly so with how the Wii U's launch was and how all of the media was saying how bad the Wii U is.

But X1... it just dug it's own grave. I don't think we need to worry as much as we are.

Look at what X1 makes you do:
-Pay full price for a used game
-Must connect to the internet once every 24 hours even for single player games
-Must install EVERY game

All Wii U has to do is let everyone know games are coming and I'm sure it will be fine. PS4 is the only real competition this time around.

Well.... unless people like getting ripped off by M$.... dammit.
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24 May 2013 12:19

Though I believe I understand why Nintendo is handling E3 the way they are this year, I will still miss the excitement and anticipation of an actual live event. I watched the reveal of Twilight Princess the other day and all the shouting, clapping, cheering, and true excitement of those in attendance gave me a chill even though I was watching a YouTube video.

While I'm happy as hell with my Wii U, I'm also hoping that Nintendo blows the roof off the E3 event with a presentation that has us all standing up and cheering.
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24 May 2013 12:50

It's pretty important when you're about to announce that you're dropping support for your console and joining Sony.



:angel: <--- This emoticon shows that I kid, I kid.
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24 May 2013 13:09

Grimnall wrote:Though I believe I understand why Nintendo is handling E3 the way they are this year, I will still miss the excitement and anticipation of an actual live event. I watched the reveal of Twilight Princess the other day and all the shouting, clapping, cheering, and true excitement of those in attendance gave me a chill even though I was watching a YouTube video.

While I'm happy as hell with my Wii U, I'm also hoping that Nintendo blows the roof off the E3 event with a presentation that has us all standing up and cheering.


This is why, after each Nintendo Direct (but especially those where they give us big news like the last one) I like to snoop around online to see if I can find videos of groups watching the Directs, just to see people's reactions. I personally think part of Nintendo's reasoning with going this route is something I touched on a bit ago on this same article: Nintendo just doesn't have very excitable people working for them. When you see folks from MS or Sony get up on stage, they move around, they seemed pumped up for what they are unveiling (even if its sometimes forced), and they almost always seem to have more real emotion on display than what we see from Nintendo on stage. I wonder if it has something to do with being from a more staid and reserved Japanese culture corporate head and headquarters than the other two companies. While this can lead to a feeling of belief in their products from Nintendo...it doesn't do much to show EXCITEMENT for what they are doing. I'll say it again, I miss the old "kicking ass and taking names" Reggie. Then, Reggie showed some real interest and excitement for what was going on on stage. Lately, he has been more the Businessman Reggie...professional, maybe slightly smirking, but not REALLY engaged with what he was talking about. Nintendo needs to get back to that personal excitement and enjoyment for their products. They need to show they love and want them as much as we...the consumers and Nintendo fanbase...do.
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24 May 2013 13:32

Already got work off for it and I hope Nintendo blows it out of the water. They need to.
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24 May 2013 16:59

It's now or never. They had the last two years to convince people to care and they pretty much botched that. Nintendo themed Mini-games was the big reveal last year and tech demos before that. Can't get any worse than that when trying to hype up a new console although one could argue what MS did was just laughable. The fix for them is simple. Show off the games people want to see and drop some surprises from left field.
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27 May 2013 00:31

They will deliver, the question is only 2 parts: how long it will take, and how much can they deliver?

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