Spotlight Nintendo: Review
by, 7th June 2011 at 01:41 PM (221 Views)
DAMMIT, NINTENDO!! WHERE IS MY PIKMIN 3?!?!
Now that I've gotten that out of the way...
I'm not so impressed with the Wii U. First off, I was actually hoping it wouldn't have anything to do with the Wii. Just the fact that it has Wii in the name is enough to make my skin crawl. Not because the Wii is terrible, but let's face it: there is a disproportionate amount of terrible games on the Wii. In the last six years or so, Nintendo has demonstrated an over dependence on "innovative" technology, or, for our more bitter gamers, gimmicks, at the expense of hardcore gamers, emphasizing the "experience." But let's be honest.. How many people are going to want to experience a shitty carnival in their living room? No matter how realistic it is.
The hardware is definitely impressive, and I'm more than happy that Nintendo's finally going HD, but, for me at least, the launch line-up will make or break this console. At this point, it's starting out like the 3DS: a beautiful platform with breakthrough technology that hosts a bunch of shitty games and some downloadables. Nintendo was my first love in video gaming, and I'd love more than anyone to see them drop the gimmicks and reclaim their spot as king. But now, Nintendo is using their unique technology as an excuse to sell less than impressive software; and it's not their fault at all, because people buy it. Come on, Nintendo! Get it together! Bring back the bliss of my childhood!
The only announcement I was very excited about was a new Luigi's Mansion. I was afraid that they dismissed the first as an unnecessary experiment in the Mario universe without the popular plumber, but seeing Luigi get game of his own, in 3D no less, is making me want a 3DS that much more. Still, I'll wait until Paper Mario 3DS comes out before I take that plunge.
Overall this E3, Sony has been the most impressive. With their actually impressive PSVita handheld, some new gadgets for 3D gaming (though I'm still skeptical), and new installments of heavy hitters like Uncharted, Fallout, and FarCry, it looks like Sony's on the perfect track to come back after the terrible start to the year they've had so far. I'm excited for what's coming to Playstation 3, and to a lesser extent XBox, but Nintendo has left me high and dry until next E3.
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