Let me start out by saying this…prejudging anything makes a fool out of anyone. Going into this year’s E3, a lot of foolish “gamers” completely dismissed Nintendo’s presence at E3 period, let alone their conference. Hell, most of those same people dismiss Nintendo in gaming period. Enter E3 2010. I had long before decided I was going to the Nintendo Conference for a few reasons. First, I knew that even on TheBitbag there would be people writing Nintendo off. Thus, the volunteer list of TBb members going would be sparse. Secondly, Nintendo invited me like they do every year and I respect any company that reaches out to me. In fact, I was not going to jump through hoops to get to any conference. Why put in work to just get the opportunity to be invited to a press conference only to have to put in even more work and give them free press?
I will admit, I was expecting a conference in line with what I saw last year. I thought Nintendo would show or mention about four games that are marketed toward my demographic and strategically place them in the conference’s time-line in order to make me watch the whole thing. The problem with that is the other twelve plus games would be games not meant to be played by my demographic. Honestly, Super Mario Galaxy 2, new Golden Sun game for the DS, a mention of a new Zelda game, and Metroid: The Other M made E3 2009 for Nintendo for me. All three of those games were intricately placed in the show to get me paying attention because I assumed Nintendo knew that the vast majority of the games were meant for people nothing like this dapper chap.
E3 2010 however Nintendo seemed to want to show gamers that their Modus Operandi is one simple, yet potent thing; Games! I dare anyone who watched Nintendo’s E3 2010 conference to argue that to me. Show me a man that does, and I will show you a fool. It is really simple. Nintendo came and directly addressed their nay-sayers. When I say directly, I mean they said, verbatim, what you hear internet trolls and fanboys say about them. They then followed with a numerical and/or statistical fact to shut them up. It was priceless. Remember people, men and women lie, numbers do not. I could strongly suggest you go watch the conference for just that segment alone, but that was just the appetizer. The actual meal was steady dose of games. I mean an absolute cornucopia of games. Seventy plus games were announced by Nintendo that day alone with more coming through out E3. Their game list is of such a high abundance, they started announcing games right after the conference because they couldn’t fit them all in.
The real kicker about these games is that again, Nintendo seemed to have listened to what they heard gamers saying about themselves. One of my complaints about Nintendo is that they sit on a plethora of franchises and characters they know fans want games of and yet they just keep them in the vault. It would seem that Nintendo heard my statements. They are reaching into said vault to bring gamers the games they long for and deserve. After all, when it comes to quality first-party games Nintendo is unparalleled. The reaction of the crowd present spoke volumes as well. The shown games garnered either applause or full out celebration. Some titles got this as soon as the people simply figured out what franchise or character is featured. I wish people could have seen the atmosphere when the new Zelda and Donkey Kong games were announced. Metroid Prime really wowed people as well, especially at the Nintendo booth post conference. Do not even get me started on the reception Kid Icarus got.
Finally, for dessert, Nintendo displayed the Nintendo 3DS. Before I delve into this, let me start by saying that Nintendo had an uphill battle in garnering my interest for the Nintendo 3DS. There are many iterations of the Nintendo DS already. It has only been out for six years and yet we are already on have four different skus for this handheld. The Nintendo 3DS will be the fifth. I still remember when I first laid eyes on the Nintendo 3DS. I was none impressed. How did Nintendo change my views on the Nintendo 3DS? They simply showed me features and their future software line-up. The Nintendo 3DS has the ability to take photographs in 3D, show movies in 3D, allow users to control the level of 3D and even nullify it, improved internet features, and improved graphical abilities period. Then, they listed the vast 3rd party support they have garnered and the crowd was pleased. They sealed the deal with a splendidly timed and executed trailer for the new Kid Icarus game. I am not exaggerating when I say this either; people in the audience were brought to tears. Personally, I don’t see how. I was far too geeked after watching Icarus’ true 3D air combat.
This conference was spot on. E3 is about video games, and Nintendo delivered that in excess. They addressed the fanboy propaganda that fools spread on the internet. They shut up their haters. The Nintendo 3DS was the cat’s meow of E3. It literally had a ridiculously long line just to get in its ridiculously long line of people waiting to try it out. The Nintendo booth was packed to the maximum, period, the whole show. I really pity anyone who passed on the Nintendo conference for whatever reason they could possibly come up with. The best thing Nintendo said at the conference to me was that real 3D gaming does not require special glasses. They are proving this with the Nintendo 3DS. I still remember people who called the Nintendo Wii and even the DS a fad. Here we are, almost five and six years later respectively and this “fad” is still going strong. I really have to give Kudos to Nintendo for what they did this year. My expectations for their conferences has increased and I hope they maintain this mentality they displayed.