E3 - Nintendo Gaming Thoughts...

I guess I just was not feeling this year's showing by Nintendo. Truth be told, I have been a little down on their last few, so I suppose this was seen as a safer, cheaper way of presenting what is to come - but it felt a little like bowing out to me as well.

There were several titles talked about such as the ever-popular Smash Brothers and Pokemon, as well as a personal favorite of mine - Mario Kart 8. I am sure Super Mario World 3D will sell, but both myself and my family? We have always been more partial to the 2D Mario adventures. That said, the newest Smash Brothers looks very entertaining - what a roster!

There were some titles that the console with share such as Batman, Watch Dogs and Dues Ex - but you can get these on other, probably more powerful systems if you want them badly enough. Or in the case of Deus Ex - you can have it a year ago. It is sort of my issue with Diablo III as a PlayStation 4 title - why wait an extra year and change for it when most people who want to play it already have? That is not motivation in buying a PlayStation 4, nor are the above non-exclusives a reason to buy a Wii U. Bayonetta was a guilty pleasure of mine and if I had a Wii U I would want to play the sequel.

It is great to see some third party support, and games like Sonic and Shin Megami are definitely exciting - but I just do not see enough star power in the games announced to make the Wii U a must-have. More Pokemon, more Zelda, some Metroid, Kid Icarus and more... well, big Nintendo titles. I do not think that all of the Wii U fans have lost faith, but I do not think this presentation did much to instill faith in those who have not yet gone in that direction - especially given the strong showings by Sony and Microsoft last night.

Nintendo had set my expectations fairly low by not having a conference, but instead of surpassing them - they more or less met them. I am still excited about some of the upcoming 3DS titles coming out over the next few months, but the Wii U just... is not making that compelling case to me just yet - and I wish it had. I am not one of those viewing doom and gloom for the Wii U - but I guess I was just hoping for a little... more.

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