And last and certainly not least of the pre-E3 shows, we have Nintendo. The venerable old masters of Japanese video gaming. A company I've repeatedly called "Gaming's Mad Scientists." Nintendo are so mad they made players install a phone app to voice chat. Nintendo are so mad they disabled online co-op in Mario Maker 2, because it has leaderboards. Nintendo are so mad they would rather drip-feed the eShop with old games nobody asked for instead of rolling in easy money. "They called us mad! Mad, they say! We'll show them with a string of baffling anti-consumer decisions, and then we'll see who's truly mad! Muahahahaha!!!"
For the first time since 2004, Nintendo will head into E3 without their now former President of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime. His body was ready... ...to go lie on a beach. His successor, Doug Bowser, is already a fountain of a thousand memes by virtue of his name alone. This is a new era for Nintendo. Stakes are high. Will we see new hardware? Will we see new games? Will we finally get Mother 3 in the West? We're about to find out.
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