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Weirdness: The Wacky World of Nintendo at E3 2013

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The Villager is a homicidal sociopath, apparently

With another E3 coming to an end, we've once again seen Nintendo produce some quirky moments. It must be one of the few multi-billion dollar corporations with executives willing to pose in somewhat bizarre setups, either in front of the obligatory over-sized props or, on occasion, playing a bit of dress up. With that in mind we've decided to collect a few examples, beyond the now traditional arrival in a big car.

Iwata doesn't look too pleased...

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata normally finds a genuine smile, but we wonder whether the cat ears and paws were a step too far for the head honcho after a long day dealing with interviews and investors. Super Mario 3D World producer, Yoshiaki Koizumi, is looking slightly happier with his yellow paws. In truth Mario's outfit is a lot better, and we doubt those paws will enable Nintendo's powerful figures to scamper up flagpoles...

Monkeying around

The eagle-eyed among you will have already spotted this picture on Nintendo Life, but it's absolutely one of our favourites from the show. Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime are being silly enough, but the wonderful Shigeru Miyamoto, with delicious subtlety, transforms a fun picture into a brilliant one with his antics in the background. Possibly the best image to come out of E3 this year.

The Deadly Villager

The unveiling of The Villager from the Animal Crossing franchise in Super Smash Bros. came as a surprise. But it seems the internet has decided that the character's impassive, unchanging face — along with the glint in his eye — is likely to be a sociopathic homicidal maniac. He may not look dangerous, but as the montage of memes below shows, some think he is.

Six wonderful seconds of video

During a longer video with Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen, Shigeru Miyamoto decided that he would imitate a Bulborb. Classic footage was born.

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So those are some of out favourite wacky Nintendo moments from this E3, and by all means share yours below.

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User Comments (31)



NintyMan said:

All of a sudden, Tom Nook is happy that he's not constantly portrayed as a ruthless businessman.

And I still love that Donkey Kong photo. There's also this one.



Auracle said:

I love the playfulness of these guys. How many other executives do you see wearing cat ears or playing with stuffed animals?



DreamOn said:

So glad the gaming industry isn't just what you get at Microsoft conference just executives looking at you like money in their pockets after they sell u their next-gen violence.



ricklongo said:

It's lighthearted moments like that, which fit so well with the mood of their wonderful games, that keep us forever enamored with Nintendo.



Shambo said:

the 'all about games and experiences' mentality would've had no credibility without the nintendo faces being playful. now all i need is non-specific action figure and doshin in smash bros -and no others taken away please...- and i'll feel like i'm 12 again. much as i read of people being disappointed by this year's nintendo e3, i'm quite satisfied. by the end of this 'next generation', i will have my money's worth for wii u, and a beautiful new generation nintendo games library added to my collection



BrightBeing said:

Miyamoto is by far the shining light that guides Nintendo. With his child-like play, you know that he is in the right career. A playful genius.



sinalefa said:

Iwata is cheating. He chose the Luigi cap instead of wearing cat ears.

But yes, it is nice to see them relax a little. Even if it is their business, they don't take games seriously. And yet still deliver some of the best on the market. I guess that passion translates to the games themselves, making them so awesome.



ACK said:

It's pretty incredible that Miyamoto has been able to maintain such a playful, joyous demeanor after years in such a soul-crushing, spirit-sapping industry. Then again he does spend his days ordering pikmin around and crushing them with tables when they don't make his tea right...



ACK said:

@Raylax: I know it's a joke, but Kirby'll probably don the villager's wicked 'do and possibly his snazzy shirt. Mega Man Kirby is like a dream come true. But Wii Fit Trainer Kirby... That'll be something to behold.



Twilight_Crow said:

Just seeing so many developers with those ears and paws is hilarious. This are very lighthearted people. Miyamoto in the barrel is just oh so amazing.

I am not disappointed with Nintendo, this was was a hard E3, they have to play safe, I mean these are hard times for the whole video game industry. And yet they still found it in themselves to be nice and funny. I love Nintendo. But the creepy villager is creepy, and he does have an axe, and a net, and a shovel...

@ACK LOL Now I can't take that image from my mind. Miyamoto, the evil Pikmin overlord!



Araknie said:

Don't...attack my eyeeees!
I want Miyamoto saying that while launched in a DK barrel...i'm strange.

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