E3 Domination: Nintendo's newest games
Nintendo Reigns Supreme
E3 2013 has been an eventful time for Nintendo, along with new releases that may have coerced people to buy a Wii U. Since release,my fiancé and I have had a Wii U and enjoyed many hours of entertainment from the system.
As part of the 'Nintendo Experience' program at Best Buy, I recently played a demo of World 2-1 of Super Mario 3D World, the newest Mario game. It was a great experience, filled with the new addition of Princess Peach's return to video gaming since Super Mario Bros. 2. Nintendo has taken the elements of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario 3D Land to bring forth elements of play not seen before. The problematic issues that arose in New Super Mario Bros Wii was that multiplayer did not flow so well in game. You would often bump into another, and it would be hard to follow another player if you weren't keeping up. In Super Mario 3D World, you are now able to keep up and also enjoy smelling the flowers (or Power-ups) and enjoy multiplayer with up to four players. Gamepad functionality works great, and the Wiimote is held vertically similar to Kirby's Return to Dream Land and New Super Mario Bros Wii.
Microsoft brought forth the next generation of their Xbox gaming console, the Xbox One. With the newest system, it will require an internet connection every 24 hours and will not allow used games unless purchased. Microsoft's Don Mattrick has stated that for those without an internet connection to stick with the Xbox 360, which is something most fans would see negatively. To be told to fall back on a previous system when a new system is being produced is problematic. But Microsoft sees revenue in those that do have an online connection, and will turn their cheek on those who do not.
Sony recently announced that the much awaited 'Kingdom Hearts 3' will not be on the Playstation 3 like fans initially thought, but on the Playstation 4 console instead. Not only that, but it will be playable on Xbox One as well. This lead to fans being dismayed because of the Kingdom Hearts series not being Playstation exclusive anymore. Which has been the reason many people buy a Playstation console to begin with. Along with Kingdom Hearts, Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy XV, the newest installment on the newer consoles as well. Originally 'Final Fantasy Versus XIII', Final Fantasy XV is the 15th game in the series, excluding the online games.
Nintendo brought forth Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a new spin on the Donkey Kong series made by Retro Studios (known best for work in the 'Metroid Prime' trilogy), and takes the play style of Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii and 3DS. The addition of Dixie Kong brings forth nostalgia of the Super Nintendo days, and seems like a great addition to the Wii U's game collection.
Many fans are eagerly awaiting The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD on the Wii U as well, with new crisp graphics to mimic being at sea. Nintendo's cel-shaded graphics now seem more defined, with bright sunshine and updated controls for the Wii U. Zelda remakes are no surprise for Nintendo, with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS previously.
Does Nintendo truly have more to give than Microsoft? With the ever changing prices of gaming consoles, the Wii U seems to be the cheapest option, at a rough $349.99 for a Deluxe set, and 32GB memory. The lower option, is $299.99, and comes with 8GB. Compared to Xbox One, Playstation is $399.
What I like about Nintendo the most is the interaction from the company. Satoru Iwata shows up on the Nintendo 3DS SwapNote, a message system offered free, and is friendly to fans. With the release of each game, the producers show up on SwapNote and alert fans. Responses vary from excitement to asking if fans are enjoying the game. Such kind interactions have made Nintendo a genuine company, that cares about its fans. Can Sony and Microsoft say the same?
Below is a picture of free goodies I received at the Nintendo Experience. A Luigi hat, a Year of Luigi coin, lanyards with Wii U on them, and Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Codes that are only given out at special events.
Check out that loot!
For now, Nintendo will always be my favorite company because of the interactions with their fans. From what I have seen with Microsoft and Sony, their reactions with fans seem to be sub-par at best.