E3 2014: Nintendo Press Conference Impressions Reactions

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Nintendo may not have had an actual press conference, but they still came to E3 in force with new game announcements and exciting trailers. You can review all of their biggest announcements in our Nintendo Direct live blog, but here's what stood out to the GameSpot editors.

Making a Hit -- Tom Mc Shea

Mario Maker is going to be a phenomenon. This is such a brilliant concept, and I can only imagine how much of an impact it's going to have. By nurturing creativity within a fun world, Nintendo might be able to capitalize on what Minecraft has started, only in a more familiar place that isn't so intimidating for the creation-impaired. I am giddy at the prospect of what this release will herald. This could be the most important Nintendo move since their family-friendly franchises on the Wii, and it should set them on a great path going forward.

But there was more than just Mario Maker. Kirby: and the Rainbow Curse was one that was particularly close to my heart. I adore Canvas Curse, so the prospect of playing a new version in high definition is almost too much to bear. And that clay aesthetic? Lovely. Finally, of zll the shooter shown during the press conferences, Splatoon was the most interesting. The way it makes movement so important, throwing in layers of strategy as you move quicker through your own paint than your enemy's, is a simple yet smart choice that should make for crazy competition. Kudos to Nintendo for a great show.

Amoeba Bros. - Justin Haywald

Sony and Microsoft had longer shows full of amazing games, but I feel like Nintendo held their own this year. The possibilities of the Amiibo figurine program (strange name notwithstanding) are potentially limitless. I look forward to games where the figurines represent characters I directly control, but even having them as support characters in Smash Bros. is enough to get me to try it out.

And the new Zelda trailer was unbelievable. If the game even looks half that detailed and lush, I'd still be excited, and I feel sorry for any game launching in same month much less the same year. An open-world Zelda game that channels the original game is the kind of system seller that the Wii U needs.

Joy - Kevin VanOrd

I'm not normal, I admit it. When other people were playing Nintendo consoles, I was focused on my Commodore Vic-20 and Commodore 64. When people were playing Zelda games, I was playing Zork and Ultima. My gaming habits were different, so I never developed the adoration others have for Mario and company. I love Nintendo games, but I don't have the same nostalgia that seems to power the passions of so many others. The sight of a new Smash Bros. doesn't fuel my motor. I don't explode with excitement when someone says "Hyrule" out loud.

But even I couldn't contain my joy at seeing Nintendo's digital event. I'm usually the first to accuse Nintendo of relying on the same characters and ideas year after year, but I melted at the sight of a yarned-up Yoshi in Yoshi's Wooly World. The possibility of an open-world Zelda has given me chills--and this is after being very vocal about how much I disliked Skyward Sword. Even Toad's game charmed my pants off, and I have absolutely no emotional investment in Toad! There was so much joy, so much love for the playful side of video games. I was enchanted.

But hey--I'm still me. And it was the glimpse of the not-so-playful Xenoblade Chronicles X that really wound me up. Xenoblade Chronicles is my favorite Japanese role-playing game of the outgoing generation. If the upcoming X can capture the same sense of adventure, it might be the best JRPG of the new generation. I pre-ordered a Wii U, so I've owned it since its launch day. But suddenly, I'm glad I have one all over again.

Don't Let Me Down - Carolyn Petit

Nintendo, I love ya for the really strong assortment of colorful, fun-looking games that you showed off, and I love ya for setting such a different tone from the likes of Sony and Microsoft. A sense of fun imbued Nintendo's goofy E3 presentation from the very beginning, and the games on display exhibited the kind of imagination that made me fall in love with Nintendo in the first place, all those years ago.

For me, the new information about the Wii U Legend of Zelda game was the most exciting part of a consistently entertaining presentation. I'm so glad that Nintendo realizes that the series has fallen into a rut, and is looking to the open-world structure of the original game for inspiration. The glimpse Nintendo offered of the new Hyrule was limited, but tantalizing.

But there was so much more to the show. Empowering people to create their own Mario levels in Mario Maker is an idea that seems both obvious and inspired. Yoshi's Woolly World looks so cozy, I just want to curl up with a hot cup of tea and watch it for a while. And while I thought I'd had my fill of shooters after yesterday's barrage, Splatoon demonstrated that a colorful aesthetic and some creative mechanics can make all the difference. In fact, that sums up my reaction to Nintendo's entire presentation. It brought the color and the creativity, and in doing so, it totally won me over.

You've read our thoughts, but what were your impressions? Let us know what you thought of Nintendo's presentation in the comments below!

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Conjuration
Conjuration

What do I think? I think Nintendo just sold another Wii U. I'm impressed with what I saw at E3. Mario Kart is cherished in my home, but one game wasn't enough for me to buy a console. This showing gave me enough reasons to go get one.

I know in the long run a PS4 will most likely be the way to go, but it looks like Wii U now has the potential to be their best console since the late 90's.

paech5oS
paech5oS

"Sony and Microsoft had longer shows full of amazing interactive movies"

FTFY

gazza1995
gazza1995

the new legend of  Zelda looks AWESOME.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Nintendo did an excellent job with their presentation yesterday. By large I felt they did better than both Microsoft and Sony. I personally felt Sony's press conference was extremely boring, even if they did announce some excellent stuff. However, I am now more excited for games coming out on Wii U than any other platform. Zelda looks absolutely amazing, and I am super exited about the gameplay possibilities. 

Laki-Magi
Laki-Magi

Splatoon was easily the most impressive and unexpected thing to have appeared, and is the game I'm most anticipating right now.  But I think that the treehouse conversations, the open, almost intimate style with which Nintendo talks about its games on the side-stage, that really draws me in and elevates an awareness about just what is inspiring about their work.  The sense that it's not over, either, is extra-appetizing, as well.

The_Deepblue
The_Deepblue

Just from that short Zelda showing, I am optimistic that this could turn out to be the crowning achievement in the franchise, if not Nintendo's greatest work. That's saying a lot, but I am basing this on Nintendo nailing the open-world approach that Anouma discussed. The teaser was breathtaking, and it'll be sad if Wii U cannot pick up good sales and the new Zelda is played by "few" people, especially if it lives up to its amazing reveal.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

"They should have a real conference" they said.

"No conference? Aw man!" they said.

kimjong-un
kimjong-un

Best lineup of games at E3 2014. Go Nintendo!

adrdeju
adrdeju

I rate this years conference like this.... Nintendo was first and second place (Wii U & 3ds). Xbox and playstation came in tied at turd.

el_marto2003
el_marto2003

I'm guessing starfox as a fall 2015 release and zelda for the holiday season.

RJS86
RJS86

I already knew that I'd be buying the new zelda and anything new from monolith soft, they didn't disappoint at all. What surprised me was splatoon, the game looks great but sadly may not appeal to hardcore type competition

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

bore fest, why did I waste my time with this crap. -_-

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

OMG. Splatoon looks like an absolute blast.  I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Madkramdam
Madkramdam


The new open-World The Legend of Zelda that is coming in 2015 looks great.
The new captain toad game looks interesting. Further realy no big suprises.

darkfiercelink
darkfiercelink

was hoping for more zelda and some shin megami tensei x fire emblem

but zelda and xenoblade look incredible, splatoon look fun as heck 

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Splatoon looked very interesting, taking a card from titanfall in the "reinventing movement" department.  

You know, the new multiplayer Fable mode, even though it's an XBox exclusive, could be brilliant with the WiiU gamepad.  Oh well.

I am very curious how Zelda puzzles will be changing with the open-world approach.  If an area can be approached from any angle, how on earth do you make a puzzle out of it?  Even in Portal you had an "entrance" door and an "exit" door, but it looks like no such thing here.  I'll be watching that one.  Also, laser tank monsters.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Probably the best E3 Nintendo has had in years.  I was actually impressed by quite a few things.

PikminWorld
PikminWorld

I really enjoyed the presentation though, I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the games that were announced, felt like there were too few but, I definitely am looking forward to the games shown. Indifferent with some like Splatoon which could turn out very well. I think Nintendo did their best getting as many games ready to be shown. 2015 will be a great year.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

Out of the 3 I honestly thought Nintendo did the best. Just sucks most of what they showed won't be available until 2015, but I think that pretty much goes for every system.

warriors30
warriors30

I think Nintendo's conference was entertaining, kind of charming and very funny (at times), the intro fight scene (plus Luigi death stare) was hilarious...I didn't care for the games though.

My personal E3 press conference top 3:

1 - Xbox (good pacing and nothing but games, games and more games)

2 - Nintendo (for the reasons mentioned above)

3 - Playstation (Lots of interesting games and good variety but the pacing was terrible and some presentations were longer than they needed to be, e.g. Little Big Planet 3!)


combigotes
combigotes

Nintendo Win this E3 IMO. Splatoon was a fun surprise. Take that CoD!! Funny Characters, a good idea here and there, alternative no-violent fun and a lot of  paint... Congratulations Nintendo!

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Nintendo had the best press conference by a mile. Nearly everything was entertaining. Showed us what we wanted. Very little CG in the trailers, no statistics or any of that BS. Just gameplay and developers discussing the game with highly entertaining corporate fighting and robot chicken shorts.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

eh nothing impressive really. the usual. Nobody won E3 this year. no bombs were dropped. no surprises. Just the usual stuff.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Maybe I'll be playing on my Wii u this year? I missed the presentation to watch my daughter be born today

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Maybe this will be enough to convince Tom McShea to buy a Wii U. 

howiex89
howiex89

I'll never likely get a wii u, its not for me, but that paint game did look fun! 

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@chipwithdip I really wouldn't be surprised if both Microsoft and Sony do something similar to what Nintendo did in the future.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@RJS86 It depends on how the game works online. If it runs smoothly and they feature various modes it could be pretty cool. I think a CTF mode would be pretty fun. They would have to turn off the jump feature. Hopefully they'll add some map packs and a story mode. 

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

@darkfiercelink Almost forgot all about Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem. Can't wait for Nintendo to get some of these games out, including that one!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@spacecadet25 I have to say I agree w/ you on that! I mean, I remember the excitement I had when the Wii U was first announced, at what seems like oh-so-many E3s ago, and remembered thinking maybe Nintendo's got something right. Then obvious.....well, we all know very well what has happened to the Wii U since it's launch and subsequent continued struggles to keep the Wii U afloat.


Long story short, needless to say I had for a while had slowly lost my interest in the Wii U. But by god.....I have to admit that this E3 Nintendo has really stepped it up and proven w/ their digital conference that Wii U CAN truly be relevant and I gotta say they did in awesome humorous fashion w/ that added touch of Robot Chicken skits. For the first time, in a long time, I can be excited again for this little Nintendo home console--I'd even go so far as to say it's genuinely sparked my interest back in considering a purchase of Wii U again.

I definitely mad props to Nintendo this year for E3, it seems 'by golly' they've finally got it (right that is, lol)! Now let's hope they keep that momentum going! Personally, I think the only next logical step to sweeten the deal even more would be a price drop--not at the moment of 'RIGHT NOW!', as the Wii U has picked up some brisk sales since Mario Kart 8's release--I'd won't be surprised if we heard of that later on in the year (who knows, maybe TGS?), especially as the holidays approach. 

galceex
galceex

Watch the Nintendo Treehouse's they announced a few more games and will be announcing more tomorrow woth another treehouse that starts at 9:30 a.m. PT @ e3.nintendo.com/treehouse

Tranula
Tranula

@RyogaRod  And out of all 3, Nintendo should be the best at the show.  It needs it.  To bad they didn't show a side scrolling Metroid RPG.  I would buy this system tomorrow if I new they were planning that.

dmauas
dmauas

@Darkmoone1 I totally agree. Out of all the press conferences, it was Nintendo's that I enjoyed the most - it was brilliantly paced, felt so fresh and fun, and it had me smiling the most. The games looked amazing and the presenters were so lighthearted and fun.

I can't wait for all those amazing Wii U games - I intend to play each and every one of them! And as a PS3+PS4+WiiU owner - I feel the greatest about owning a Wii U right now! ^_^

For me - Nintendo has won this E3.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

You mean Splatoon, that game got my interest and looks so fun in terms of graphic and gameplay.

RJS86
RJS86

@bunchanumbers @RJS86 I agree, it's the "cuteness" I'm worried about. looks more like a party game which fits with most nintendo titles so it's not necessarily a bad thing 

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

@Tranula @RyogaRod Metroid was the one thing that was missing. They pretty much hit everything else though, Zelda, Bayonetta 2, the Mario Maker is going to be Epic, and Xenoblades looks sweet! PS4 and X1 have some great multi plateform games coming out and a few exclusives, but Nintendo made me the most excited about their upcoming games. Only on the Wii U!

ACMC85
ACMC85

@EasyComeEasyGo I know, it just seems so amazing and different. But, I don't want to get overexcited. I have been disappointed by recent shooters. Rage was fun, if not the revolution everyone wanted it to be.