Understanding Nintendo's E3 Digital Event

 What went wrong and was it okay? 

Nintendo's 2015 E3 Digital Event left a lot of fans feeling lukewarm about the future of the Wii U and 3DS. Earlier this year, Nintendo made it clear that the new Zelda game for Wii U would not be making an appearance this year at E3. Still, most fans believed this was not true and that Nintendo would surprise us with some never before seen footage. Well, not only was Zelda absent but there was no reveal of a big new game for the Wii U. Sure there were the announcements of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival but these smaller party-esque games were not enough to compete with the likes of Sony's 'The Last Guardian' or Microsofts 'Gears 4'. 

The event was full of Nintendo charm  

The event was full of Nintendo charm  

As promised, Star Fox did make a Wii U debut in the upcoming 'Star Fox Zero'. Coming Holiday 2015, this game features traditional on-rail shooting and an art style that seems reminiscent of Star Fox 64. The game also feature an Arwing walker variant as well as the beloved Land Master. Overall the game will feature many vehicular combat options but still, this game was not enough to hold the entire presentation together. 

The Arwing Walker Variant (Originally in the unreleased Star Fox 2) 

The Arwing Walker Variant (Originally in the unreleased Star Fox 2) 

For the most part the Direct only focused on previously announced games. There was a lot of Mario Maker, now officially named Super Mario Maker, Yoshi's Whooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and more. Nintendo even announced a partnership with Activision to bring a few exclusive characters to their upcoming Skylanders SuperChargers. These characters will serve as both Skylanders and Amiibos. This deal is significant because it marks another effort by Nintendo to expand their IP in other markets. 

New Donkey Kong Skylanders Amiibo Hybrid  

New Donkey Kong Skylanders Amiibo Hybrid  

In the end, Nintendo's Digital Event was filled with charm and tons of games but unfortunately there was not much that we had not already seen. The presentation ended with the announcement of an 8-bit Mario Amiibo and a commemorative 30 year anniversary presentation dedicated to Mario. It seemed as though this was leading up to a final announcement, perhaps the much anticipated Super Mario Galaxy 3 or the next evolution in 3-D Mario games. Unfortunately though, this was the end of the event. It seemed very underwhelming and many fans took to the Internet to express their disappointment (surprise surprise).  

New 8-Bit Mario Amiibos  

New 8-Bit Mario Amiibos  

Perhaps the reason for the lack of news is because Nintendo is winding down the Wii U in preparation for their upcoming console (codenamed NX). The Wii U has proven to be very unsuccessful for Nintendo and creating more big budget games does not seem to help propel the console (i.e. Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros. for Wii U). 

What do you think of Nintendo's Digital Event? Let us know in the comments!  

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