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E3 2012 – Nintendo's Press Conference Starts Strong, But Is Ultimately Lackluster

E3 2012 – Nintendo's Press Conference Starts Strong, But Is Ultimately Lackluster

by Jake ValentineJune 5, 2012

We’ve waited so long for Pikmin 3, it was a great idea for Nintendo to start their press conference debuting footage from the anticipated game. That’s one of the few good moves they made this morning.

Yesterday, we talked about how the games themselves stole the show for Microsoft and Sony. I wish this was the case for Nintendo. Sure, we saw, in various capacities, 23 games for the upcoming Wii U. Third party surprises like Mass Effect 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, expected and anticipated releases like Batman Arkham City Armored Edition and Scribblenauts Unlimited, as well as Lego City showed great promise for the upcoming console. But they key word here is showed; there weren’t any demonstrations, aside from a scripted sequence for Just Dance 4.

We expected some big things from Nintendo and we came away disappointed. It was almost as if they were overly arrogant in terms of the quality of their game line-up, asking us to come to their booth and see why surprises such as Nintendo Land will capture our hearts. In addition, we saw a brief glimpse into the future of the 3DS, but they claim to have more announcements lined up for a press event tomorrow night. Still, we’re banking a lot on their word, and when Microsoft and, especially, Sony backed up their talk with demo after demo, you can’t help but be disappointed with Nintendo‘s showing thus far.

Oh, and remember, there was no announcement of a release date or price point.

The show floor opens up today, so we’ll be back to let you know how it actually feels to, you know, play the games.

About The Author
Jake Valentine
Jake Valentine
Born in Boston, residing in Cincinnati, and playing far too much Magic: the Gathering.
  • Gecko.King

    Pew pew!

  • anon

    there was never going to be an announcement of price point or release date. you’re fucking spoiled whiny bitch and this article proves it because “oh, no! i didn’t get what i wanted! i’m gonna cry and cry until Nintendo gives me what i want and then cry some more because i’m a spoiled whiny lil bitch!”

    you’re a worthless piece of shit.

  • D3ZZY

    My daughter is turning 5 this Thursday, and we decided to get her a Nintendo DS as a gift. She played with one that belongs to her cousin and loved it. She is just learning to read, so some of the games that are rated E are still over her head. Any suggestions about games that would be age appropriate for her?

  • Coffee t

    the price cut will lower the nintendo 3ds’ price to 170 dollars… but a used nintendo 3ds.. how much wuld a used one cost than? im thinking 120 dollars?

  • Mark M

    From the news of AK2i,i know they will released a new AK2i for 3DS specially,,it was said that,the new card doesn’t need any optional update,that’s the big difference with Acekard 2i 3DS .By the way, i see there still have a card called,Acekard3,can it for 3DS as well ? Thanks.

  • Oilers

    Im being OCD but i just bought a 3ds and put my finger under the plastic of the star, home select button thinking it was covered but a plastic packaging sheet.

    Was i scratching and something i shouldnt have or should it come off?

  • Jeracoo L

    Since i like creating the models in autodesk 3ds max, i would like to know how can i export the model onto autodesk maya because i also like that software when creating enviornments and more.

  • Joe M

    Can the pull and to folio fit a nintendo 3ds with a nyko battery pack? and if it can’t, do you know any other nintendo 3ds case that can fit a nintendo 3ds with a nyko battery pack. I don’t have a nintendo 3ds know but i am planing on getting one, and i was also planning on getting the nyko battery pack and the pull and go folio. but i need to know if it can fit in the pull and go folio.

  • Arminator

    I’m writing a story that involves a group of teens playing a Nintendo. However, I haven’t used a Nintendo in many years, and therefore do not know what the buttons do on the controller. Help is appreciated. Thanks!

  • Splash Log Level 2 Again

    I was just wondering because the dsi has a nintendo points card for it and the 3ds has a cash card. So how does the cash card work for the 3ds? What’s the difference?

  • ericmreitz

    I have a 3ds and these games: super mario 3d land, ocarina of time 3d and mario kart 7. I’m going to get luigi’s mansion dark moon, paper mario 3d, nsmb 2 and professor Layton and the mask of miracles.
    What other good franchises are there on the 3ds? I like the style of mario and zeld and prof layton, but I want something new.

  • Keaton

    I know the 3DS version has static background images and a slightly degraded graphic. But does it have all the moves, characters, voice taunts and dynamic fights? It’s maybe a minor thing, but I’d like to hear the fighters taunt each other. Thanks for every answer!

  • Thomas Lopez

    I want to download a nintendo points generator for my DSi, but I don’t know how. Please tell me step by step.

  • forahobby

    I just purchased a Nintendo 3ds while ago, and it came with a cradle charger. I can either charge it by plugging the charging cord into the cradle charger (with the 3ds inserted), or I can just plug the charging cord directly into the 3ds (like I always did with my old Nintendo DS or Gameboy SP). What is the difference between the two?