You know something is wrong when the most appealing thing in a Nintendo Direct is a launch sale on a Virtual Console game. Yet, that’s exactly what happened to me. I’m watching the May 17, 2013 Nintendo Direct, partly because I want to and also because it’s my job, and I’m not feeling “wowed.” Instead, I came away from it thinking, “Okay, I’m totally grabbing both Oracle of Ages and Seasons for $4.99, but I already knew most of that other stuff. Wasn’t I supposed to hear something new?”
Perhaps I was spoiled by the April 17, 2013 Nintendo Direct. That was an awesome presentation. It had new game announcements, like Bravely Default and Guild02. We saw the surprise reveal of the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel. Not to mention the joy of hearing about the Wii U Virtual Console, which will eventually include Earthbound. Now that was a Nintendo Direct update!
Which highlights even more how this Nintendo Direct fell short. You’d think Nintendo would have kicked it up a notch. I know there’s another presentation coming around the time of E3 2013, but still. The next Xbox reveal is coming on May 21, 2013. This briefing was a chance to steal some of Microsoft’s thunder. If handled properly, it could have had people talking about the 3DS and Wii U all weekend. Instead, I can’t help but think people will forget this Nintendo Direct by the time the day is done.
I mean, just look at what Nintendo brought to the table today. The only new announcements were Sonic: Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. I’m not impressed. I know we don’t know much about the former, but I’m to the point where if it isn’t a “classic” Sonic game along the lines of either Sonic the Hedgehog or Sonic Adventures, I just don’t care. Not to mention the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series pretty much lost its magic after the first installment. Aside from that “news,” we only heard a few new details about Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Game & Wario, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons, New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, Resident Evil: Revelations and The Wonderful 101.
Actually, I’m not sure The Wonderful 101 news even counts. Would it have killed Nintendo to provide more than a release date?
The May 17 Nintendo Direct was just disappointing. I expected more, considering the time of year, Wii U sales and Microsoft’s upcoming announcement. Instead, it feels like the whole briefing was just phoned in so the company could make some announcements before Microsoft. Nintendo should have shown off at least two more major Wii U releases. It should have tried to make this presentation count. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do now but wait and hope the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct is better.
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