Feature: Catch Up With Ten of the Nintendo Treehouse E3 Demonstrations
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Nintendo's multi-faceted approach to E3 this year did much to earn praise, as it ignored convention and produced a series of videos and events that played up to its strengths. The Digital Event was stylish, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational was raucous fun, and there were two roundtable events that generated plenty of buzz. That said, this writer's personal highlight (all 20 hours plus of it) was the Nintendo Treehouse rolling broadcast.
Considering the number of hours and range of games put into the three days of E3, it was an impressive logistical achievement from the Nintendo of America team. We'd seen some members of the previously-secretive department in Nintendo Direct videos, but this broadcast brought a human-touch to E3 and also demonstrated just why the localisation work of these professionals is so highly regarded. They simply love games and what Nintendo stands for, and that shone through. With guest appearances from multiple developers, from luminaries such as Shigeru Miyamoto to download developers such as KnapNok Games and Yacht Club Games, there was plenty to enjoy.
Of course, not everyone could sit watching the broadcast for entire days at a time, and Nintendo has kindly uploaded various demonstrations and segments for viewers to enjoy. You can check all of them out — organised under their particular games — below. If more are released in the coming days we'll provide a follow-up summary.