If there are words that seem to be ringing true after watching Nintendo’s Digital Event of 2015, those words would be: Disappointment, underwhelming, and milquetoast.
They kicked it off in high gear with Star Fox Zero’s announcement, and some awesome looking gameplay footage that really showed off a heralded return to the classic Star Fox gameplay that we all know and love. Not only that; they announced that Platinum Games, the same folks behind Bayonetta 2, is the developer, so we kicked off with a guns a blazin’ start.
What happened after? Well, let’s just simply say it was almost an absolute disaster. So after Star Fox Zero’s reveal, we were shown a game called Metroid Prime: Federation Force which is being made for the 3DS. The negative reaction to the game was so strong that there’s actually a petition on Change.org calling for the game’s cancellation. Seriously, no joke, it’s a legit petition, but I do not think it’ll amount to anything.
Aside from that, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival looked interesting, though many were quick to dismiss it as a Mario Party knock-off, and another excuse for Nintendo to unleash even more Amiibo upon us when current Amiibo are near impossible to find as is. Not only that, both Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival seemed to do nothing but frustrate fans and add fuel to the fire regarding the notion that “Nintendo doesn’t listen.”
To make matters even worse, they focused once again on familiar turf, games that were already announced, like Super Mario Maker (which does look absolutely awesome) and Yoshi’s Woolly World. These two games are expected to be released soon so it’s natural to want to hype them. But we already know these games are coming and both games look solid, so why devote more time than necessary to hyping the titles? That’s time that could be used to talk about further upcoming titles that were conspicuously absent from the show.
The Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer was a sight to behold, for the first time we actually saw English menus and dialogue in the game itself. The game’s release date is finally set for 12/05/15, which while a long ways away, gives is plenty of time to go reserve the game if we so desire. Not a bad thing at all if you ask me. I get the feeling they’re working on polishing things up and getting a possible English dub done too.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash looked good as well, and could very well serve as a precursor to another Mario Golf game for the console. But the game did look solid, and I am sure we will find out more about it in the near future. I’m pretty sure this game will have on-line play considering its predecessor did. The game also had some interesting features like being able to morph into a bigger version of your character to make matches either easier or more challenging depending on how things go.
A surprise that was accidentally released was Hyrule Warriors: Legends for the 3DS, which is not a straight port of Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U but rather it seems to take cues from Samurai Warriors: Chronicles in that you switch between characters and perform combos. The game has all the previous characters from the Wii U version, and includes Tetra and another character, The King of Red Lions, both of whom can be unlocked in the Wii U version of the game as well.
Then for some bizarre reason, Nintendo decided to show off Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem even though that game is nowhere near close to release yet. Heck, the trailer seemed to be almost the exact same one shown in April’s Nintendo Direct. Why they did this is beyond me. Again, they could’ve, and should’ve used the time much better than they did. They did show Mario x Luigi: Paper Jam though, which is a nifty cross-over title of the two RPG franchises, very cool and looked awesome as well.
However, some titles that we know are coming, like Devil’s Third and Fatal Frame were conspicuously absent from the Digital Event itself, why? I can’t put my finger on this, especially considering that we both know these games are coming to North America and Europe. Believe it or not, Europe already has a confirmed release date for Devil’s Third, 8/25/15, while North America? Still trying to find out when it’s hitting these shores. Funny thing is though; Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water got a new trailer and the official name revealed after the Digital Event was done.
Final Verdict: Nintendo E3 2015:
All in all, I agree with the consensus, the Nintendo E3 Digital Event of 2015 was underwhelming, to me it felt half-baked and needed more time in the oven. So much greatness was held back by many missed marks. Things that would’ve been perfect to show off during the event were instead held off until further notice, and things that should’ve been revealed at the event, were completely absent. Simply put, the whole thing was a mess and when compared to last year’s incredible showing, not only does it come up woefully short, but suffice it to say, the undercooked cake they served left a bitter taste in many a gamers’ mouth.