It’s common knowledge that Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event didn’t go off as smoothly as they had hoped. Many hardcore fans were left disappointed and angry at what they saw, and the lack of major titles had many scratching their heads. Since then, Miyamoto, Reggie, and Iwata have came out to discuss E3 with the media, yet the way they have done so has not settled with many, including myself.
There’s a saying that goes “don’t throw stones in a glass house”, and that saying rings true with Nintendo tenfold when addressing these comments. Sales for the Wii U have not been up to par, and with these comments that Nintendo’s big three made, it seems as if they were more focused on criticizing their competition than actually working on their own future.
Let’s take a look at a few of their quotes and I’ll give my point of view on each.
On VR / AR:
“For Nintendo, we always go beyond the tech to make sure that the experiences we do are fun and they’re social, and I think those are the two key opportunities today on the VR/AR space. Are they both fun and social? I don’t think that’s there yet.”
I agree that VR can be a bit anti social, and that’s something that needs to be addressed, but I take huge issue when he addresses it as not being fun. Many, many people have had their time with VR and so many of them love it.
I’ve heard beautiful ad exciting stories from many people I respect about VR that have gotten me excited about this new wave of gaming, and to hear Reggie speak this way just kind of sounds like sour grapes to me. I know he’s entitled to his opinion, but this just seems like not the right time to address a negative opinion.
Let us not forget when it comes to being “social”, the Wii U does not allow for voice chat, something the competition does very well.
On the Metroid game flare up:
“What the fan at home saw was something in the Metroid Prime universe that they weren’t expecting. The reaction has been negative. There’s no sugar coating it…This is an example where fans who aren’t able to get their hands on the game may be at a bit of a competitive disadvantage. Everyone who has played what we are showing regarding Metroid Prime, they’ve come across really pleased. [all I] ask is that fans trust us.”
The internet hates the new Metroid game, plain and simple. While I don’t really care about the series, I can see how this would piss me off as fan of the franchise. This wouldn’t be a big deal if it was releasing between two major Metroid games, liek Pinball did, but fans have been clamoring for a new Metroid title for years and this is what they’re given.
This game could have been a new IP, but they decided to slap the Metroid title on there the give it some clout. This just doesn’t sit well with me and I really feel for the true Metroid fans who have wanted a real experience for their Wii U, but got this obscure title for their 3DS instead.
On the competition:
“I got the general impression that [Sony and Microsoft] were showcasing not only the products for this year but also many products for next year or the year after and, because of that, introductions for many of their software titles were done visually, not with playable demos”
Miyamoto does have a small point here, as some big games weren’t shown off with demos, but that’s not the point. Many of the games that were simply teasers still got the owners of their respective consoles excited and happy to own that box.
There’s nothing wrong with getting your customer excited for what the future of your console holds and the awesome titles down the line for it. I was hands down most excited by Horizon and that’s a game that we won’t see until 2016 at least.
Nintendo fans deserve to be shown why they should be looking forward to the future and they simply weren’t told why at this year’s E3.
“One thing I should say about Nintendo’s E3 booth is that, unlike the other booths in general, most of the visitors to our booth were smiling and actually picking up the controllers and playing with our games,” he told investors. “So, this was one big difference because a number of the visitors to other booths appeared to have spent a lot of time just watching game videos.”
Again, this just comes off as sour grapes. Yes, it’s awesome that the games at your booth were all playable, but what’s wrong with teasing and showing off games that will come out next year and so on?
This doesn’t seem like a good idea to say things like that when the PS4, a console that the Wii U has had a year lead on has almost sold more than your box has.
These “videos” got people so excited and to me, that’s what E3 is about. Yes it’s awesome to play the games, but E3 is about that hype train rolling through each year and creating that special buzz. That’s what those videos did to perfection, and to knock that seems like something that Nintendo should stay away from.
All in all, I get like this with Nintendo because I love them. They have the best characters, some of the best first party games, and the creativity there is something special. I just don’t like when their big three open their mouths and say something stupid like these quotes suggest.
it would be different if they were in “first place” in the consumers’ minds, but many view Nintendo as the third option and the console sales of the Wii U reflect that. I want Nintendo just shut up, and go back to what makes them so special, making great, innovative games, not talking.