E3 Get Off The Hype Train: Nintendo

By: Stephen Chislett

The great conclusion to my mini-series of pessimistic rants about E3. I know I skipped over some conferences, but I mostly aimed to do the big three – plus Fallout 4 – to keep things simple. Anyway, here’s Nintendo.

Board games that aren’t Mario Party

I’ve had this idea brewing in the back of my mind for a while now. Basically, it’s like the retro cups from Mario Kart, but with Mario Party instead. They’d bring back a bunch of cool maps and minigames from the good ol’ days instead of making new gimmicky maps. But then they go and blow it on Animal Crossing and make is slightly less fun. There no mini games anymore, it’s just a game of luck. Did you land on a good space or a bad space? Oh well, too bad. No chance at redemption now. They’re also really trying to push those amiibos. I can understand die-hard Super Smash Bros. fans wanting amiibos, but a casual Animal Crossing board game? I’ll stick to Mario Party.

The entire Digital Event

Looking at it as a whole, Nintendo’s Digital Event was just okay. It wasn’t great, there weren’t any huge announcements, and everything was kind of just pushing amiibos. If I were to choose the things that stood out, it’s Yoshi’s Woolly World, Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker, and maybe Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Everything else is really not worth mentioning. I only really brought up Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival because I wanted to bust out my Mario Party retro idea. So, I did up a jot-noted form of the Digital Event.

  • Skylanders has a specific target audience of younger children–not interesting for the rest of us
  • Tri Force Heroes is Four Swords Adventures minus one
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends is a port to the 3DS
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force is Tri Force Heroes but Metroid
  • Fire Emblem Fates is probably going to be good, but I don’t play JRPGs, so whatever
  • Genei Ibun Roku #FE is…uh…anime?
  • I admit, Xenoblade Chronicles X looks kind of cool
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is great if you liked decorating in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If not, then skip this game
  • YO-KAI WATCH seems a bit too much like Pokémon
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash looks like the other Mario Tennis games, but in HD

That’s about it. This Digital Event didn’t have a whole lot to bash, but most of it wasn’t amazing either. Was it the worst conference? No, but it was the most average. And in business, being average is a fate worse than death.

The puppets were pretty great though.


Ending this series on a positive note. Who couldn’t love the puppets?

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