E3 has become the industry event where the audience watching live streams at home are expecting to be wowed and surprised by new game after new game at every press release. While it's always fun to see games come out from left field that nobody was expecting in the least, it doesn't change the fact that we see all sorts of really cool stuff every year at pretty much every press conference. So far, I've been most impressed by Nintendo. They're really doing some cool stuff over there, and it's making me really excited for the rest of this year and next year as well. With all of the new stuff, here are a few that impressed me the most.
Zelda for Wii U
We all knew this was going to happen. They told us it would, but man, the little they showed us and told is just great. The fact that the game is going back to the roots of being open world again is great, and having some sci-fi themes in a fantasy game like this? Amazing. I really cannot wait for this game, just like everyone else, it seems.
This game has been out for over a year in Japan, and everything that I've heard about it makes it seem rather impressive. Level 5 makes amazing games, and I'm glad that Nintendo is taking the initiative of releasing this outside of Japan.
Yoshi's Woolly World
We have been shown this game a few times now, but that doesn't make the gameplay that they just showed any less impressive. The look and feel of the game is just so... so damn cute. The ability to eat up yarn to change the environment, as well as eat other players and throw them to other parts of the level is just really cool. It apparently hurts them too. This game is going to be great.
Okay, so this really isn't a game, but I digress. Skylanders and Disney Infinity are really popular now, and it was just a matter of time that Nintendo would make their own version of this toy-in-games trend. What does kind of suck about Skylanders and Disney Infinity is you have all of these toys and can only play them on one game, or in one game and in some less than stellar capacity in the newer version of said game. With Amiibo, you can use all of these toys in a multitude of games in different ways, and they level up in custom ways, making each toy have their own amount of RPG fun in their own right. I want to see what they will do with Amiibo and Pokemon. The possibilities (and money) are endless.
Shooters are what a lot of gamers love to play right now, so it was no surprise to see that Nintendo decided to come out with their very own take on the shooter genre. What they created though is a really fresh look at the seriously stale genre. Keeping the family-friendly feel is really nice too. Now everyone can shoot everyone and everything!
Nintendo really knows what games are about fun and they know how to make their games just that. With all of these games costing hundreds of millions of dollars to make with all of these "deep" CG trailers showing no gameplay and some of the most generic dialogue ever, it makes me smile to know that there's a company out there that's willing to keep things new, by keeping themselves not much different than what they were over 25 years ago.