Nintendo Outlines E3 Plans for 2016!

A short while ago, it was mentioned that the only playable Nintendo game at E3 2016 would be the Legend of Zelda. There would be no Nintendo NX titles. There would be nothing about the console itself. Nor would there be playable versions of titles like Pokemon Sun and Moon or Paper Mario Colour Splash.

Either way, the internet went crazy over it.

Well now they’ve given a few more details about their E3 plans. To cut a long story short, it will be their sole focus at the show. It will be the only playable game at said show.

And what’s more, it seems like there won’t even be a Nintendo Direct to go with it. Instead, their presentation will start on 9 a.m. PT Tuesday, June 14, when Reggie will introduce Treehouse Live. Which will be dedicated to a day of live streamed footage of The Legend of Zelda. Okay, it will have interviews and other behind the scenes stuff to vary it up a bit, but it’s still all about the one game.

Nintendo of America is also holding a contest on Twitter where a lucky fan can win a trip for two to E3 to play the game. To enter, they must tweet to @NintendoAmerica about what the series means to them, while using the hashtags #MyZeldaLegend and #NintendoSweepstakes. As seen in Nintendo’s Twitter post here:

So what can I say about these E3 plans?

Well on the positive side, this does look like it’s going to be an amazing game. The trailers for it looked really good, the open world aspect seems promising and the Sheikah symbol on Nintendo’s E3 site implies that it’ll somehow expand on the group’s backstory in some way. So for those of us who are Zelda fans, the game shouldn’t disappoint.

sheikah symbol

Above: Something that will excite many a Zelda fan. Especially the ones that like Ocarina of Time or Skyward Sword.

The problem is that not everywhere is a fan of the Zelda series. Sure, about 20 million people obviously are, as seen by the sales numbers. But another few hundred million prefer Mario or Pokemon or Metroid or Super Smash Bros or well… just about any other franchise that Nintendo owns. For these people, Nintendo’s E3 presence is completely uninteresting to them. There’s no reason for them to watch any coverage of Nintendo’s event. So off the bat, Nintendo have restricted their E3 audience to the Legend of Zelda fanbase. That’s not a good move.

There’s also the obvious worry that it could all go wrong. I mean, Nintendo isn’t perfect. They’ve made mediocre games in popular franchises, and they’re going to continue to make them in future. That’s just how the world works.

But with the new Legend of Zelda game being the only Nintendo related thing at E3, they literally have zero room to mess this up. If the game has an underwhelming first trailer or the coverage starts out in a boring way, then Nintendo will instantly becoming the laughing stock of the internet. If the game outright looks bad or broken in some sense… well, now they’ve got a situation on par with Wii Music’s announcement and the rest of the E3 2008 disaster. They can’t afford that to happen, since their reputation is already at an all time low with such hated games as Metroid Prime Federation Force and Paper Mario Colour Splash just around the corner.

They also can’t afford to have Zelda U as a mediocre game because of it’s likely role as a Nintendo NX launch game. A good Zelda game will sell people on the new console, like Twilight Princess did for the Wii. A bad one could just about kill the hype outright.

Either way, it’s a risky move Nintendo are making here. Will a one game E3 pay off? Hard to say. But the new Zelda game just has to live up to the hype now, since Nintendo have no margin for error and are resting their hopes for the next ten or so months on this one title.

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Nintendo New York Is Holding Private Event on May 5th

Well, this may or may not be a sign of any interesting happening. The Nintendo New York store has announced that the second floor will be closed for a ‘private event’ until 1pm on May 5th 2016, as seen in this Twitter post:

So what could this entail? Well, the last time this sort of thing happened, we got a Nintendo Direct out of it. And with the Nintendo NX being a no go at E3 and people’s imaginations running wild, there’s speculation it could be a Nintendo NX related presentation or something. Perhaps either for developers, journalists or retail companies stocking the system.

More practically speaking though, it’s probably nothing that important. After all, why have a Direct only a month before E3? Why show off the new console in a tiny presentation at a Nintendo shop rather than in a large convention where the whole world is watching? What’s more, given it’s happening tomorrow, it seems like we would have gotten a bit more warning if something important was on the way.

Either way, this is all just speculation till proven otherwise. Remember, Nintendo isn’t exactly a company that likes to do things logically at all times, so don’t rule out any possibilities.

What do you think the private event will be about?

Retro Studios Said to be Working on New IP

When it comes to games, Retro Studios hasn’t really worked on too many of their own ideas. They’ve made the acclaimed Metroid Prime games, developed two Donkey Kong Country titles and helped with Mario Kart 7, but the company doesn’t really have any series to call their own.

But it seems like this might be changing! Indeed, according to recent rumours going around, Retro’s next game is apparently a new IP and its coming to the Nintendo NX in 2017.

Here are some tweets about the rumour, from well known video game industry ‘insider’ Emily Rogers:

So what it is? Well to be honest, it’s hard to say. Based on what Retro were doing before Metroid Prime became a thing, some people think it might have something to do with the cancelled Raven Blade RPG. Others believe it might be an attempt by Nintendo to compete in the Western FPS market, a more realistic online shooter to go alongside Splatoon in Nintendo’s library. But those are just what a couple of people on forums and social media think, and are based on nothing more than speculation.

Regardless of the game in question though, is the rumour real?

Well, that’s hard to tell at this point. It’s pretty clear Retro Studios is working on something, and even more obvious that any new game would have to be for the Nintendo NX. It’s also quite clear by now that the staff there are interested in making something new rather than a revival of an existing Nintendo franchise. So the new IP possibility certainly checks out. And the 2017 release? Seems plausible, the company has generally released games two or three years apart (Tropical Freeze was early 2014).

So it’s plausible, but not confirmed by any means.

Still, what do you think about this rumour and the possibility of Retro Studios’ new game being an original IP?

The Nintendo NX Is Being Released in March 2017!

It’s finally here! A release window for Nintendo’s next system, the Nintendo NX! Rumoured for years and smack bang in the centre of dozens of ‘leaks’ on social media sites, the console has now been announced for March 2017. Here’s the official Nintendo of America tweet about it, proving the consoles release month:

It’s also been posted about by other branches of the company, like Nintendo UK:

Nintendo of Europe in general:

And Nintendo of Japan:

But while some sort of update on the system is nice to have, there’s a catch. Because it’s coming in March 2017 rather than holiday 2016, the console won’t be shown at E3 this year. Instead, the focus will be on just one game:

The Legend of Zelda, which is now coming to both the Wii U and Nintendo NX. This will literally be the only playable Nintendo game at E3 2016.

People are not exactly taking this well. Indeed, the outcry about this (some would say suspicious) delay is on par of that for Metroid Prime Federation Force and Paper Mario Colour Splash. Heck, it’s so much outcry that previously pro Nintendo users and sites are going all Michael Pachter on the company and predicting its inevitable doom.

But let’s be reasonable eh? The Nintendo NX is coming March 2017, Zelda is going to be on said system, and it won’t make an appearance (or a big one) at E3 2016.

Nintendo Patents U Shaped Controller Design

Have you ever wanted to play games with a controller shaped like a giant magnet?

Or maybe a somewhat interactive boomerang?

Well if so, it seems Nintendo has patented just the thing! Designed for an ‘exercise controller’ and incorporating gyro, load, acceleration and temperature censors, the device looks absolutely ridiculous. Here’s a picture from the patent:

patent wtf

And heck, another one for the sake of it:

weird controller 2

As you can see, it looks hilariously silly. It’s an ergonomic nightmare (good luck holding that thing comfortably), it’s probably too big to carry easily and heck, good luck finding a place to stash it once you’re done. And dear god, if the Wii inspired toilet humour type jokes, then this thing would inspire ten times more. Heck, the whole design looks like a toilet lid.

Xbox Wheel Controller

Above: It also looks like this Xbox 360 wheel controller. Perhaps a bit too much like it really.

Still, on a brighter note, this is very unlikely to have anything to do with the Nintendo NX. The patent was first filed in Japan on October 16th 2014, with an international filing on September 18th 2015. It was titled ‘Training Implement, Training System, and Input Device’, a name which could refer to just about anything. It could als have had something to do with the Wii U, given that the entire controller is well, U shaped. Perhaps it’s Wii Fit U related?

Either way, if you’ve got a bit of free time (or good Japanese skills), you can read the whole patent here:

Training Implement, Training System and Input Device – PatentScope

But what do you think about it? Does the thing look ridiculous as all hell? Is there any logical reason for a controller to be shaped like this? And what would your reaction be if this turned out to be the actual Nintendo NX controller?


Nintendo patent for U-shaped exercise controller surfaces – GoNintendo