Iwata E3

E3 is over, finished, done for another year. It was three days (four if you consider the 'day zero' press conferences) of gaming madness, with information overload and the main console manufacturers, publishers and developers doing the equivalent of jumping around screaming "look at me, please!" for a sustained period. Utter madness, but wonderful for gamers, as we had well-paid executives and game makers actively seeking our attention.

There was plenty to enjoy, it's safe to say, whichever camp you were following most closely. Nintendo, for its part, certainly adopted a rather unique approach this year, once again ignoring the established practice of a large-scale live presentation in favour of its Digital Event, live Super Smash Bros. Invitational and over 20 hours of live demonstrations from the Treehouse team. It was a notable diversion from the standard formula and, of course, the somewhat minimal and cautious appearance in E3 2013.

Though opinions will vary, it'd be a stretch to suggest anything other than Nintendo pushing its message with gusto at the event. Combining the various factors with the extensive press appearances of Reggie Fils-Aime, and two developer roundtables, certainly paints a picture of the company chasing headlines and aiming to make an impact. There were new games, fresh IPs and the Amiibo toy range unveiling to generate excitement, and there did seem to be reasonable mainstream press attention for the latter; that was likely one of Nintendo's main goal. It can be argued that the big N also successfully kept its dedicated fans entertained throughout, with its Treehouse broadcast often achieving similar view figures to the official Twitch E3 coverage.

Those are some brief perspectives, and we have a final look back at E3 on the way, but we want to know what you thought of the event. Did Nintendo get it right, did you enjoy its various events? We also have that most alluring or, depending on your perspective, annoying question — did Nintendo win E3? Don't worry, we'll have answer options for those of you that don't approve.

So, share your views in the polls and comments below; one of the polls is a repeat from our day one equivalent, too, to see whether Nintendo's day two and three efforts swayed your opinion.


Which Nintendo event at E3 was your favourite? (1,164 votes)

  1. Nintendo Digital Event57%
  2. Rolling Nintendo Treehouse live broadcast12%
  3. Super Smash Bros. Invitational8%
  4. Details from the Super Smash Bros. roundtable1%
  5. Details from the Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. roundtable1%
  6. I can't choose, I loved them all20%
  7. I didn't like any of them2%

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What was your favourite Nintendo reveal? (1,169 votes)

  1. The Legend of Zelda Wii U38%
  2. Super Smash Bros. reveals and Invitational8%
  3. Hyrule Warriors1%
  4. Splatoon19%
  5. Bayonetta 1 & 24%
  6. Mario Maker3%
  7. Devil's Third1%
  8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker5%
  9. Xenoblade Chronicles X6%
  10. Amiibo figurines for multiple titles2%
  11. Yoshi's Woolly World3%
  12. Kirby And The Rainbow Curse1%
  13. Mario Party 10  0%
  14. Star Fox announcement for Wii U6%
  15. Project Guard and Project Giant Robot  0%
  16. Code Name S.T.E.A.M.2%
  17. None of the above1%

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How do you rate Nintendo's overall E3 performance? (1,167 votes)

  1. Brilliant, Nintendo absolutely nailed it54%
  2. Very good, a solid effort from the big N39%
  3. I'm not sure1%
  4. Not bad, but it still could have been a lot better4%
  5. Meh...1%
  6. Terrible, I was really unimpressed1%

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Who do you think 'won' E3? (1,149 votes)

  1. Nintendo63%
  2. Sony2%
  3. Microsoft1%
  4. None of them2%
  5. It matters not who won and lost, it's the taking part that counts3%
  6. Gamers were the biggest winners18%
  7. Bleh, I don't like this question10%

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