Posted by Chris Martin 11 June 2014
Nintendo showcases its future at E3 2014: It looks great but there's a catch
Gaming expo E3 2014 is taking place this week in Los Angeles and is just what Nintendo needed to silence critics.
Recently there's been a lot of talk around Nintendo and how its future looks dim following weak sales of the Wii U, its flagship console. Although the Japanese firm didn't announce new hardware at E3 2014, it announced hoards of games which will delight fans around the globe.
As if Mario Kart 8 wasn't enough to change the Wii U's fortunes – the launch was followed by a 666 percent increase in console sales and 1.2 million copies were sold in just three days – Nintendo's upcoming games will keep fans coming back for more.
I'll be the first to admit that the Wii U has been lacking in big name titles since the launch with only New Super Mario Bros Wii U and Super Mario 3D World holding the fort until Mario Kart 8. I'm sure Nintendo is still regretting its launch strategy. Mario is, of course, the star of the Nintendo show but that's simply not enough to keep everyone's attention.
Luckily for gamers, Nintendo announced plenty of new titles during (and after) its E3 Digital Event – essentially a webcast rather than holding a physical press conference. The main titles for DS gamers will be the new Super Smash Bros. Pokémon AlphaSapphire and OmegaRuby. That's great but there are far more upcoming Wii U titles which are of interest to owners and prospective buyers. See: Mario Kart 8 is just the excuse you need to buy a Wii U.
As you would expect, Super Smash Bros. will launch on Wii U but even bigger is the news that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be set in a completely open world. Even if those don't float your boat, one or some of the following games probably will.
Nintendo announced, in no particular order: Yoshi's Woolly World, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Maker, Mario Party 10, Star Fox for Wii U, CaptainToad: Treasure Tracker, Kirby for Wii U, HyruleWarriors, Sonic Boom Lego Batman 3 and Splatoon. It also unveiled Amiibo – NFC enabled figurines which will be playable in multiple games starting with Super Smash Bros. (it's a bit like how Skylanders works).
That's a comprehensive list of joy and excitement for fans everywhere and, from my point of view, means the Wii U has a bright future.
There is, however, a slight spanner in the works which taints things a bit. As if waiting so long for Mario Kart 8 wasn't bad enough, a lot of the games Nintendo announced this week won't launch until 2015 – and we don't even know when the release dates will be during next year. This includes Zelda, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Maker, Splatoon, Star Fox and Xenoblade Chronicles X.
So, more games Nintendo but please hurry them up for your own sake and ours!