Back in April Nintendo revealed that the much desired future console, codenamed NX, would not be making an appearance at 2016’s E3 conference but instead would be unveiled at a later date and released in March 2017. Tacked on to this press release was a small tidbit that the Legend of Zelda franchise would take front and center for Nintendo as the only “playable game” the mighty N would be presenting at the show. These announcements were received with all the malaise that comes with the internet.
Today Nintendo of Japan let the cap off of a small, but important update regarding Nintendo’s plans at E3 on June 14 to June 15 by adding additional games to Nintendo’s Treehouse live-stream (which you can watch here on PSVG via the “Live Chat” tab).
June 14th beginning at 12:00 PM EST
– The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
– Pokemon Sun & Moon will also make an appearance in the first live gameplay demo after the Zelda demonstration.
June 15th beginning at 1:00 PM EST
– Developer Q&A session for Pokemon Go the much anticipated mobile game.
– Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will be covered later in the day via the Nintendo streams.
The first point I would like the harp on, WERE GETTING TO SEE THE FIRST NEW INSTALLMENT IN THE ZELDA SERIES SINCE SKYWARD SWORD! I understand that Nintendo gave us a glimpse of the game years ago and has since teased us over and over again but that doesn’t change the fact that we know nothing about this game. I for one can’t wait to see what we all can uncover from Zelda’s extended demo and first hand accounts during E3 week.
Not without mention, Runbow popped up on Amazon leaking a retail and more importantly a 3DS release. One of this author’s favorite Wii U games, I’m very excited to hear of Runbow’s inclusion in the 3DS library and look forward giving the game more time in a pick up and play mobile experience. I wonder how many other, however not as important as NX would be, Nintendo system related announcements might still be out there for us during E3 week. There are indie studios out there making games that might make wise of the extra E3 attention. And as Nintendo showcased last year with Earthbound Beginnings, don’t rule out them having something to say that they didn’t “pre-inform” the world to. Mother 3 anyone? Hey we can also hope right?
Additionally I’m excited to see more of Dragon Quest VII & Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. I understand that these titles are not likely to garner the grand sales numbers of a Pokemon or a Zelda title, but they’re not garbage games. Impressions and previews have proved that there’s some entertainment to be had with these games for gamers that give them a try, hopefully showcasing some more of that before they release convinces one or two more 3DS and Wii U owners to take a chance on them.
I for one found today’s announcements as a positive. No they’re not going to “win E3” with these add-ons, but it’s definitely not negative news. What’s your opinion? Let us know in the PSVG forum thread dedicated to Nintendo at E3 HERE
UPDATE: Is Nintendo of Europe teasing DLC for Mario Kart 8? They released the following tweet.
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) June 3, 2016
What could they be hinting? Splatoon character DLC? Callie & Marie and/or the Inklings? A new DLC pack altogether? Maybe even that ever elusive Battle Mode? Oh how I would love to see a DLC battle map pack. Can I hear you say block fort!? Maybe Nintendo has more up the E3 sleeve than meets they eye.