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Welcome back once again to Fanboy Weekly. This week I would like to draw your attention to the upcoming E3 event. First and foremost, E3 the last two years have sucked big floppy donkey dick. Now that weíve gotten the obvious out of the way letís take a look at the question at hand. Given the last two years worth of conferences from Nintendo, should we even keep paying any attention to Nintendo at E3? The short answer is, yes.
Nintendo needs ďDigital PowerĒ
The long answer is yes, but, if they keep going the way theyíve been over the last few years, not much attention. Thatís not to say that Nintendo canít turn it around, because they can. There are a lot of things that they could do. Even if itís just one or two things from the whole to-do list, it would still be enough to merit our attention. Some of these things would include an easy way to watch the conference this year. Between the release of the Nintendo Channel and the fact that it would not be that hard to set up a channel that taps into a live feed of the conference, I would be far more inclined to watch it intently if I could watch it on my Wii.
The next thing that would get me to take heed of Nintendo at E3 this year would be the announcement that Nintendo Power will be going into digital distribution. Given that in the past year or so Nintendo Power has become very bare bones in its presentation since U.S. Publishing took it over, I really donít get that excited to see it in the mail anymore. In fact Iím not even planning on renewing my subscription since I can just as easily go out to the book store on an evening excursion and thumb through it and get everything I want out of it. Digital distribution would be fantastic, though. To pay ten or fifteen dollars worth of points and be given access to a channel that is updated with Nintendo news weekly or even daily would be well worth it to me.
The next thing that would go a long ways towards once again garnering the attention of the core Nintendo audience would be to lay out release dates for the rest of New Play Control games so that we know whatís coming when and can plan appropriately for the games that we want, because letís face it, everyone wants at least one of those games in their hands sooner rather then later.
Again, revive the great franchises
Next would be to unveil some new entries into some of the assorted series I discussed a few weeks back. At least tell me that thereís more F-Zero and star Fox on the way. Show me some Pikmin 3. Or God forbid they even go so far as to tell us some thing about some new upcoming A list series like Zelda on the Wii, or to even drop me a hint or two about whatís in store for Samus would thrill me to death.
Lastly, I would love to see them do what most of us would consider it to be rather obvious: tell me how the Wii Motion Plus is going to be implemented in new Nintendo games. At least tell me that the New Zelda game will use it to control one-on-one sword fighting, or that they will be using it in the new Kid Icarus games, which they might then finally announce or even show since itís been all but confirmed for over a year now.
Or they could top all of that by saying that they understand that their E3 presentations arenít bringing us the news we want and that in order to alleviate this issue they will announce the return of Space World and will be bringing us their truly megaton announcements then. I do not hesitate to say that I would cream myself at the unveiling of the return of Space World and that it would be kept a show for gamers like you and me. Well, now that Iíve laid out my hopes and dreams for E3 this year so that they can be likely crushed or possibly fulfilled, Iíll catch you all next week.
The Fanboy has spoken.