Yes, I believe that Nintendo has a strong possibility of winning this year’s E3 without hardly attending it. Many of you are probably scratching your head at the notion of Nintendo being this years best console manufacturer at E3. I really do not see the other 2 winning this year, and especially not Microsoft. After their recent announcement on used games, DRM , and needing to connect once ever 24 hours I think they blew their chance. Sony is being awfully quiet about their policies, but I really find it hard to believe that they will not adopt a similar policy.
We know all there is to know about the WiiU, and they do not adopt any of those policies. I’ll take a moment to quote Patrick, one of the writers here at OmniGamer “Y’know, while everyone waits for Sony’s position, Nintendo currently has a pro-consumer machine on the market. But no games…” True, the Wii U is lacking in games right now, but I think Nintendo is about to turn that around. They did with the 3DS, a handheld that when launched had no stand out titles. Until Nintendo started pumping money into more 3DS development. I actually talked about that in my article The 3DS is Set to Become a Powerhouse.
We already know of some of the titles that Nintendo intends to show at E3. We know that they will show at least 2 new Mario games, as well as a new Super Smash Bros., an entry to the Mario Kart series., Bayonnetta 2,We can also expect to see the long awaited Pikmin 3, and many others. Rumored to be shown at this year’s E3 include a new HD Zelda title, new Starfox title, and new Donkey Kong title. Those are all that first party titles that we believe we can see for the Wii U, and although a lot of third party publishers have dropped support, their are some lining up to develop for the Wii U. Sega, Capcom, and Disney are there just to name a few.
Besides showing a lot of games the other way Nintendo is poised to win E3 is by reaching the people that matter, their customers. At Best Buy they will be hosting over 100 Wii U stations, where customers can try any of the game announced at this year’s conference. They are also involving more of their customers by hosting these Nintendo Direct events. Also, get this, the Wii U is backwards compatible. I know that may be a hard thing to comprehend, but the Wii U will let you play physical games from the Wii. We know the Xbox One won’t do that, and the PS4 can’t do that because it won’t be using the cell architecture.
The Wii U is key to Nintendo winning E3, but only because of how it launched and because of how they followed up with it. Although we believe that they will focus a lot on the Wii U; they also cannot ignore the 3DS. They need to keep the development machine going, and I believe they are. We are expecting to get more information on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2, which is a game along with Pokemon X and Y that will drive the sales of new 3DS units. You also can’t forget that for the first time we will see a Super Smash Bros. on a Nintendo handheld.
Nintendo seems to be doing everything right, but are not getting any love from the industry. Because they will not have a conference at this year’s E3, a lot of people are just writing them off. That would be a horrible thing to do. Nintendo is really the only console manufacturer poised to have a great E3, and I think they will. That is unless we see a Steam Box of some form