As we approach E3 again my mind wanders to the E3 of last year and how each companies' promises or previews panned out. Microsoft and Sony seemed to be on about their respective motion control systems, neither of which I was interested in. Nothing interested me at Microsoft's conference actually, since I seem to only remember a lot of Kinect showcasing and maybe some Halo: Reach
? As for Sony, the creator of my most used current gen system, there was more to be interested in but not much. Uncharted 3
was a given, but they didn't have much to show for it and spent the most time discussing Move or PSN services. Portal 2
was the best announcement for me (and as soon as I picked it up PSN went down). Then there was Nintendo. I have to admit, they put on a great show and got me hyped up for almost everything they showed, aside from Wii Party
(which didn't even look that bad for a "Wii" game). I got Donkey Kong Country Returns
, Kirby's Epic Yarn
, Epic Mickey
, Metroid: Other M
, and a 3DS and yet for some reason I feel like Nintendo didn't deliver the quality promised in their conference.
Metroid: Other M
was the most fun to play of that lineup, but the hardest for me to watch. I admit, I never got into the older Metroid
titles but I loved the Metroid Prime
series and was looking forward to Team Ninja's installment. It looked fun. It was fun. But then there was the dialogue and the voice acting that ruined it for me. One January evening after I beat it my friends were over, and as a form of entertainment I showed them the worst parts of the game and we laughed and laughed. But on reflection, it really wasn't that funny, it was really sad. All I can really hope for is that they don't give Team Ninja the reins for the series again.
Then there's Epic Mickey
, which initially reminded me a lot of the 3D platformers of the Playstation/N64 (even PS2) era when it was first shown. Sadly, it didn't quite impress me. It was fun, it was fairly unique, but it had a lot of problems (namely that darned camera) that prevented it from becoming something special. This may be yet another of so many examples of the failure of 3rd party developers to achieve real success on a Nintendo console.
Lastly, there's the 3DS. I picked it up with my boyfriend the night of its release and we had decided to hold off on the games until June when the big titles we were actually interested in were scheduled to come out. The system itself is a nice little system, I love the look and feel of it and mostly the promise of actual functioning online gaming. But then there's the all too apparent lack of games and the 3D gimmick. Until I really play a game with the 3D I won't be able to say how I feel about it, but initially it hurt my eyes quite a bit. There's still the updated graphics and the lovely analog stick, but what do I have to look forward to playing with it. The lineup full of familiar titles, Mario Kart
, Star Fox 64
, Paper Mario
, Ocarina of Time
, and while some are actual new games they are nonetheless familiar. Even my favorite game of all time, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
is getting it's own redo on the system even. I won't lie, I'm extremely excited for almost all the games, even the ones I've played before but I can't help shake the feeling that Nintendo isn't moving forward maybe the way I'd like them to be.
I realize this whole post is basically just me spilling out my uneasy feelings about Nintendo, a company I truly want to believe in, but I'm sure some of these feelings do not pertain to me only. Titles like Kid Icarus: Uprising
give me hope though, and I'm excited to see what they have to say at E3 in a few weeks. Project Cafe definitely looks....well, different. I don't know what to think yet but I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us.
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