Many of Nintendo's dormant franchises make a return - Doesn't spend too much time on sales figures - Responds to negative assertions such as Wii owners playing Wii sports and never playing their Wii again - Almost entirely devoted to the "hardcore" gamer - Shigeru Miyamoto's learning English
Technical Difficulties during the Zelda presentation - Just Dance 2 (game and presentation) - No Star Fox or Pikmin 3 shown - No new IPs from Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The presentation was a disaster. That said, I'm confident that the game will run smoothly. Mostly they just talked about the Motion Plus controls. The game looked good, and a great deal better than Twilight Princess, but with all the hype that this would be a "Major turning point in the Zelda series" I was expecting to here more information on the story or gameplay changes. Still, looks promising. It was, of course, DELAYED, big surprise there.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Retro's mystery project is finally revealed, and it looks like that IGN rumor was legit after all. Donkey Kong is a big change of pace from Metroid but I think they can do it. I've gotta say, this is the game I'm most hyped for. I LOVE my DKC. x) The trailer looked promising, showing off many varied locations. Donkey is seen carrying Diddy on his back instead of having him follow, so it will be interesting to see the gameplay changes. I am a bit worried though. This game has a lot to live up to and, in particular, I'd really want the music to be as good as (Or preferably done by) David Wise's music. Don't mess up, Retro!
Kirby: Epic Yarn
This whole "epic" thing is getting out of hand. Still, it's nice to see Kirby back on consoles and this looks good. What's first apparent is the change of art styIe Personally I like it, but it's so different that I would understand long time Kirby fans reacting negatively. Not much was shown, but the gameplay looks varied and fun, so let's hope this turns out well!
Mario Sports Mix
Wii Sports 3 with a Mario coat of paint. Volley Ball and Dodge Ball are interesting choices, and it seems Basket Ball is making a return. I don't really have any strong feelings about it one way or the other, but I'm sure that I'll buy it and enjoy it.
Mario Party with a Wii Sports coat of paint. I don't freak out and go on a "Nintendo's abandoned the hardcore gamer" tantrum when Nintendo releases another "Wii ____" game, so I'll probably give it a shot. It looks like it could be fun, but again, no strong feelings one way or the other.
Not a lot is known about this yet, and you'd really have to see it on the 3DS to really have an opinion on the visuals. Still, from what was shown this looks interesting. I personally could have gone without a Kid Icarus sequel but there were a lot of fans who wanted it and Nintendo has delivered. Of course, I'm not against the idea of a Kid Icarus sequel at all and I'll probably pick it up if it turns out well.
I'm still on the fence on this one. I don't have any real attachment to Mickey Mouse despite being a fan of Disney's animated cIassics. However, if it turns out well I'll give it a chance. Today it was revealed that the game will feature 2D sidescrolling levels and characters from other Disney properties (Mr. Smee), which is good news in my book.
Again, I can't really be expected to have a strong opinion until I see the 3D for myself, but we did get some new information today. The top screen will be 16:9 as predicted, will be able to play 3D movies and the system is capable of taking 3D Photographs (which sounds awesome). On top of that it looks like there'll be a strong showing from third party developers. I'm definitely looking forward to this. However, it also comes with a bit of bad news; it seems that the touch control will conflict with the 3D in some way. So maybe there'll be two types of games, 3D and touch controlled. Really it's anyone's guess.
The show got off to a really rough start, I've gotta say, but thankfully they didn't let it ruin the presentation completely. One thing is clear though, Nintendo is devoted to pleasing their "hardcore" user base. Not only do we get Zelda, but Kirby, Icarus, and DKC are all making a come back. The show was more hype than substance, but that's pretty much what E3 is: A hype machine. Overall I'm pretty happy with Nintendo's E3 presentation and what was shown. I'd probably give their presentation an 8/10 despite some down right painfull moments.