Nintendo’s E3 2012 Press Conference – What We Thought

Nintendo’s just sauntered off the stage in LA, and now we’re parsing what they showed off. Besides the Wii U, there were games for the new console, games for the 3DS and talk of Wii U features. So what did we think? Here goes:

Ron Whitaker: Nintendo hit the stage today with a huge chance. Microsoft had a really lackluster showing, and Sony’s offering was good, but not great. A strong effort from Nintendo could have put them in the enviable position of having the best conference at E3. Unfortunately, the Nintendo of recent years showed up again, and we were left with a convoluted mess.

The expected Super Mario Bros. Wii U title was shown, alongside a new Scribblenauts title. People seemed excited about the reveal of Pikmin 3, but I never could get into those games. LEGO City Undercover was the big surprise for me, showing off open world gameplay, and non-gimmick uses of the second screen on the controller. Unfortunately, it was lonely. Conspicuously absent? Zelda, Metroid, and any other franchise that might make a launch day purchase of the Wii U palatable.

There’s no launch date for the Wii U, aside from a vague ‘holiday’ statement from Reggie. Instead of extolling the great games they’re making for Wii U, we were treated to lots of time spent showing off gimmicky features in Batman: Arkham City, a game that’s been out for over a year, and a minigame collection called NintendoLand. While I realize this us Nintendo’s market, if they really wanted to expand into core games as they’ve claimed, they needed more firepower. Sadly, they just didn’t have it.

Grade: D-

Matt Hughes: There haven’t been a lot of big surprises this year at E3 so far, and Nintendo certainly did nothing to buck that trend. Opening with something as underwhelming as Pikmin 3 was a terrible sign. We saw a lot of the same Marios and Luigis (where were the Zeldas?) that not only appeared to lack an ounce of innovation in terms of non-gimmicky gameplay (a 2D Mario for your new HD system?), but failed to truly justify the configuration of the WiiU tablet and it’s console counterpart.

What could have made Nintendo stand out was some brand new IPs or the announcement of a brand new HD Zelda game. Instead, we learned that Nintendo will finally try to use the internet by implementing Netflix, Hulu, etc, and tons of info about the MiiVerse and NintendoLand that certainly don’t appeal to this gamer.

Nintendo has a loyal fanbase and caters more towards them than anyone else. I’m sure there were some things at the conference to get those players excited, but I have to believe that even they were disappointed. From a personal standpoint, I’m quite worried about the direction Nintendo is heading (which appears to be in a circular direction) and how it will compete when Xbox and PlayStation bring out the big guns next year.

Maybe Lego City Undercover looks cool…

Grade: D-

We’ll have to see what Nintendo has on the floor. Stay tuned to our E3 channel for all the latest news from the show!

Now it’s your turn – tell us what you think!

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2 Comments on Nintendo’s E3 2012 Press Conference – What We Thought


On June 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Sorry if this double posts, it doesn’t seem to be sending for some reason.

I’m honestly not surprised that Zelda didn’t show up. Unless they were working on it at the same time as skyward sword, there’s no way they’d have had enough time to develop anything worth showing yet on that front. I have no doubt there will be one at some point, just not right away. Metroid I’ll give you though, I was expecting they’d do something in that regard, and I was surprised nothing came on that front.

Something that is to remember though is that nintendo seems to be doing a 2 part E3 this year, having their main conference be for the Wii U, and a second hour long something specifically for the 3DS tomorrow. So it’s possible we’ll see something big come on that front yet.

I’d definitely agree they spent way too long on their wii sports replacement, nintendo land. I can understand why it’s being made, but I do wish they spent more time on other things. In general though, the Wii U does look like it has promise. It seems to me like they’re trying to take some of the complaints they had about wii motion controls, and trying to find a way to do better with it (such as how it was turning into a new way to button mash). Hopepfully it won’t have the same “no good launch titles” issue the 3DS had, but we’ll just have to see what happens at the rest of E3 I guess.

One thing that nobody, including nintendo, seems to have touched on though. Everyone probably saw the skype-like thing they showed in their pre-E3 video. To me though, it brought up something else. The controller alone gives the new system all the same capabilities as the kinect, and still does more. And considering microsoft’s conference was pretty much the all kinect hour, to me it’s nintendo shooting their whole conference in the foot with a sidenote. Unless they do nothing with it of course.


On June 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Have you people learned anything. Zelda is a game that will be released at the end of the console cycle. It happened with Twilight Princess for Gamecube. Skyward Sword for the Wii and the new one 5 years from now. Dont buy the wiiU. Wait 5 years.