Nintendo at E3 2013

ImageDespite not holding a major press conference this year, Nintendo still wowed in Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct and the various Developer Directs and sneak peek gameplay and trailer videos since then.

For the Wii U, Nintendo opted to play it safe and announced a large lineup of first-party games, focusing on sure hits such as Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros (a version of which is also being released for the 3DS). All of these games definitely look to be fun, and while not entirely thrilling or surprising me, I’ll be sure to pick a few of them up and try them out.

3DS fans were sure to appreciate the new Pokemon X and Y footage and information, as well, including the reveal of the new “Fairy” type. Being a huge Zelda fan, I was definitely excited to see more footage from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD re-release for the Wii U as well.

Some more Nintendo-released games that Nintendo gamers may be excited about include Bayonetta 2 and Monolith Soft’s latest and as of yet untitled game, announced in the trailer only as “X.”

A wider selection of third party titles will also be arriving on the system soon, including Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, launching this November.

Overall, I feel excited about Nintendo’s announced lineup and definitely have many new games to add to my must-have list! I must admit that, despite the huge Nintendo fan I am, I was left feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the direct. I expected a little more innovation from the mega-house developer. After all, what better time than E3 to opt for “surprise and delight” tactics?

Nintendo’s E3 booth and floor showing looked like a lot of fun, too – I loved the playful, tech-looking layout! I wasn’t able to make it out to any of the Best Buy demo locations, but the games sampled seem to have been fun as well.

How did you feel after Nintendo’s showing at E3 this year? Excited? Disappointed? What games are you most looking forward to next?

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