Last week, Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct discussing the future of the Wii U. They made several important hardware announcements, released a myriad of new trailers, and announcing a few new games as well. Many thought of this conference as a January version of E3, since so many large announcements were made. I would agree with this statement, since nearly every piece of news was incredibly exciting. There are others doubting Nintendo’s decisions, though. Many are wondering what the Big N will have left for the real E3.
First of all, Nintendo made an ingenious decision of holding the press conference when they did. After the Wii U launch, many consumers, including myself, were becoming cynical of the future of the Wii U’s future. There wasn’t enough news before yesterday which could’ve sustained me to E3 for more announcements. These announcements were necessary for me, the hardcore Nintendo fan, and for those who are looking to buy a Wii U. The future of the Wii U seemed uncertain until yesterday, since there were no games slated after June, but thanks to the Nintendo Direct we now know that this is coming.
Some people will say that we already knew that there would be a new 3D Mario and a new Zelda game. Although that’s true, Nintendo Fanboys, such as myself, are irrational. Announcements coming out about two of Nintendo’s largest franchises are amazing. Furthermore, to those who say that we still know nothing of these games; that’s what E3 is for. Brace yourself for June, as we’re getting demos for the new Mario Kart and the 3D Mario game, and I’m sure we’ll be getting a trailer for the Zelda game. I’d also like to point out that there were new games announced and teased yesterday as well. We knew that there was some sort of Yoshi game coming, but we didn’t know that it’s Yoshi’s Epic Yarn. We also didn’t know about Xenoblade 2 or the Fire Emblem Crossover. So, for those who say that Nintendo is predictable; it isn’t.
Nintendo is an ingenious company. Without this conference, fans would have nothing to look forward to until E3. This Nintendo Direct reignites the momentum of the Wii U, most of which was lost in the last two months. This conference also reaffirms Nintendo’s prowess, and makes me excited for all the Nintendo games coming out in the next few years. Nintendo Direct is a great idea; and eventually I hope Nintendo ditches E3 altogether and just holds more Nintendo Directs throughout the year. That is the expert way to relay news to fans.