E3 is less than two weeks away at the time of writing, which makes this a time of great hype and excitement, despite the fact Nintendo is taking a somewhat minimalist approach this year - The Legend of Zelda on Wii U will be the only playable game at its booth. There'll be two days of streamed content from the Treehouse team (instead of three), albeit without the usual Digital Event and live show in the preceding hours and days. That said, a full day with an extended look at The Legend of Zelda is worth hype in its own right, and we now know that games such as Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Go, Monster Hunter Generations and more are going to be showcased in the live broadcasts. Throw in a 'Pokémon Special', and Nintendo's E3 is shaping up quite nicely.
There's going to be plenty to follow, it seems. Beyond the big N there are other publishers to check out, too, so there could still be some enjoyable moments.
In the interest of being helpful we've produced a breakdown of the key events that you'll be able to follow online. Let's get to it.
Nintendo Treehouse and Developer Broadcast - 14th June at 9am Pacific / noon Eastern / 5pm UK / 6pm CET
The main show from our perspective, which promises "the world's first in-depth look at the game [Legend of Zelda on Wii U], which will also include commentaries by Nintendo developers... game coverage, behind-the-scenes info and plenty of fun." Expected to run all day, this will be a substantial look at the hyped title, and considering how little has been seen so far it promises to be a blowout day for fans. We can anticipate a good look at the world, along with a sense of the innovations and new direction that have been promised by Eiji Aonuma. With this being the franchises' 30th Anniversary year and with the expo floor demos (there are two) adding up to between 60-90 minutes of gaming, it'll be an intriguing watch.
In addition, Pokémon Sun and Moon has been confirmed for an appearance at the start in which new details will be shared.
Nintendo Treehouse and Pokémon Go Q & A - 15th June at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK / 7pm CET
Starting with the Pokémon Go Q & A, we're then going to see the Treehouse team play more upcoming titles. Those confirmed by Nintendo are Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.
E3 2016 Pokémon Special - 16th June at 7am Pacific / 10am Eastern / 3pm UK / 4pm CET
UPDATE: This is on NicoNico and likely a recap of previous E3 showcases related to Pokémon.
Microsoft - 13th June at 9:30am Pacific / 12:30pm Eastern / 5:30pm UK / 6:30pm CET
We can anticipate the usual live conference approach from Microsoft, with plenty of hip t-shirts and proclamations of the best ever Xbox line-up. Speculation is hot that there'll be a slim model for Xbox One, while there are rumours a powerful successor / mid-generation console will also be revealed for 2017 or beyond. Our colleagues at Pure Xbox will be providing full live coverage.
Sony - 13th June at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern / 2am UK /3am CET
Sony is rather mean to its European fans (in terms of timing) courtesy of its quest to upstage Microsoft, and we can certainly expect the usual press conference formula. There'll be gloating over sales figures, plenty of hip t-shirts and proclamations of the best ever PlayStation line-up (that was a deliberate copy and paste). Like Microsoft though the interesting reveals could be in hardware. PSVR will get shown off, naturally, but the PS4 Neo / PS4K is also expected to make an appearance, with leaks earlier this year pointing to an October release for the upgraded system. Our colleagues at Push Square will be covering this one live.
Third-Parties Related to Nintendo (sort of)
Ubisoft - 13th June at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 9pm UK / 10pm CET
Just Dance! Woohoo! There'll be Just Dance 2017, and it'll probably come to Wii U! Don't pretend you're not excited.
Beyond that bombshell we can expect more delightfully cringe-worthy moments, while host Aisha Taylor will likely do a decent job of entertaining us while being criticised regardless on social media. There'll also be Ubisoft games with towers that unlock map segments, with Watch Dogs 2 expected; that one probably won't come to Wii U, or will head to Nintendo's NX system months late with no DLC, because that's a strategy that guarantees sales success.
EA - 12th June at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 9pm UK / 10pm CET
Yeah alright, we're pushing our luck here, but we're dealing with slim pickings, and EA is taking a lower profile approach to its live presentation at E3 this year. We know the company won't be talking about any games for Wii U or 3DS, and despite being non-committal on NX some rumours do suggest EA and Nintendo are at least talking to each other. In any case, we may see sports and Star Wars games, along with the likes of Titanfall 2; maybe if we're all well behaved these are games that could receive overdue and poorly-selling NX ports some day. Live the dream, dear reader.
Other Events of Interest
Bethesda - 12th June at 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern / 3am UK / 4am CET
Bethesda may have a habit of releasing games with more bugs than Klendathu (Google it) but they're also often sweeping, staggeringly ambitious titles. Dishonored 2 is expected to be at the core of its efforts this time, but many fans are hoping that the next Elder Scrolls will be announced, which would certainly light up the internet.
PC Gaming Show - 13th June at 11:30am Pacific / 2:30pm Eastern / 7:30pm UK / 8:30pm CET
There was criticism of this one's debut in 2015, which seems like all the more reason to tune in. Dodgy presentation aside, it could be a good way to catch up with some of the year's most anticipated PC games, with the likes of Creative Assembly and Blizzard Entertainment down to appear.
Reveals From The Show Floor and PR Departments - 12th to 16th June
It's surprising how much gets announced outside of the major press conferences and live streams, with plenty of publishers bombarding our inboxes with announcements and assets; when they're relevant we share them with you. It'll be worth keeping an eye on publishers such as Natsume, Capcom, Koei Tecmo and more besides, and our on-site staff will be trawling around the show floor to sample any new 3DS and Wii U games that are available. Nindies and general Indies will also be at the show, so there could be some fun announcements out of those too.
So there you have it, the festivities of this year's E3, while the public E3 Live event will also be fun for locals that go along. We'll be going all out, as always, to share the news here on Nintendo Life, while our sister sites will be doing the same to cover Sony and Microsoft.
We'll naturally live blog for the various relevant streams, and take perverse pleasure in waiting for the Just Dance 2017 reveal in the Ubisoft event, among other shenanigans. We hope you'll join us.
"It's not just Legend of Zelda with a bit more Legend of Zelda."
Uh, yes it is. Don't flat-out lie.
To the casual eye at E3 this year, Nintendo is dead.
I'm afraid this year might be a little slow compared to last... at least for me. All the hype will be behind VR, PS4 Neo, Battlefield One, and Infinite Warfare, the next open world Bethesda game, and whatever secret Microsoft has up their sleeve. In short, nothing I'm interested in.
I think it's a given Nintendo has something more than Zelda to show, but nothing groundbreaking. Maybe we'll see more of Paper Mario: Color Splash or Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Again, nothing I'm interested in.
@RainbowGazelle I don't think ive ever been more depressed about E3. Granted the size of the demos for Zelda are impressive and covering one game concisely prevents misinformation about other products occurring due to focus.
But...yeah its...a thing? Ill be watching the third parties to cringe and Nintendo to feel depressed, and Sony to watch them wave their genitals about at Microsoft and wonder where the none mature games are.
Nintendo and Sony for me I guess. Shame that Sony is on a Monday morning, the day before my last exam this year too... Looks like I'll sleep super early and try and convince my parents to let me stay up. Just hoping the PS4 Neo has BC with PS3. As for Nintendo, I'll watch Zelda stuff for sure but not too much. Just hope they'll give us a direct soon. At least we get Pokemon tomorrow.
I still think Nintendo will make some surprise announcements. It's very Nintendo-like of them to announce things out of left field.
Shouldn't take long.
Edit: I was wondering how you stretched the article out so far. You can draw a line through about 75% of it. Sony, Microsoft, EA, Bethesda, PC Gaming Show and more have nothing to do with Nintendo and their E3.
First time since 2008 that I ain't even bothered to watch the event. I'll just browse Nintendolife and read the disappointment from people's comments. No hype train for me
@BLPs You're not the only one. I can't believe how little Nintendo actually has to show.
I'm excited for Zelda U, of course, but I'm curious if Yacht Club Games has anything to show off this year; last year they revealed the Shovel Knight amiibo, and months prior, Plague of Shadows was shown for the first time, but lately they've been silent...
It would be a nice extra to have some 3rd party games announced as coming to the NX. That might increase confidence a bit.
This will be the year where I will side more to Sony than Nintendo. Sorry Big N but I was expecting a big turn around from last E3.
Wait! Is that something other than Zelda at E3!? Never mind. 'S a mirage.
@allav866 I want me dat plague knight amiibo and that specter knight quest!
@RainbowGazelle I'm Nintendo fan but to my eyes Nintendo is dead this E3.
Microsoft, Ubisoft and Nintendo for me though just like last year I may be playing Halo while having the Nintendo stream in the background.
I'm more interested in Microsoft then Nintendo this year. I'll still see about other side announces, if there are any. But otherwise... they might as well not be there.
"...while host Aisha Taylor will likely do a decent job of entertaining us..."
...seriously? The conductor of the Ubisoft Cringe Train? No thank you.
I'll be on vacation during E3 week so I'm not watching the conferences this year.
The first time in years that I'm not looking forward to E3 :/
This will be the first year I can watch most of the conferences without any interference... well, I have a summer class during a bit of them, but I can keep up with most of it, thankfully.
Got to be honest, this years E3 doesn't have me excited at all. I'll be looking at the news articles on here, but for the first time in years, I have no urge to watch the conferences.
Wow that was a sad read. Bad, to worse, to whatever comes after - worstestest?
I can't wait to read all the NL articles comparing this E3 to last E3 to see which was worse.
No matter how good Zelda U turns out to be, they can't expect it to carry an entire 3 days conference.
Glad I don't own a PS4 yet, gives me something to look forward to.
@RainbowGazelle I wouldn't say Nintendo is dead, but rather delayed. I'm beyond hyped for E3 and Nintendo's showing of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (and NX). The biggest let down is that we are going into this E3 knowing that the game likely won't be out until NEXT E3.
My hopes for E3 from Nintendo:
-Zelda U gameplay footage shown
-Ocarina of Time HD for Wii U to commemorate 30 years of Zelda (man I feel old now).
-Mother 3 on VC for Wii U and or 3DS.
-NX reveal with sizzle reel.
-Mario Galaxy 3 for Wii U reveal with Holiday 2016 release.
-Additional Splatoon content reveal
-Additional and final Mario Kart 8 content pack reveal with Fall 2016 release.
-Star Fox Zero classic controls update patch (to appease the masses)
-Exclusive Nintendo themed action platformer game involving all amiibo characters.
-New or remastered F-Zero game for Wii U.
What will actually happen:
-Zelda U gameplay footage shown
Will be watching Nintendo's E3 presentation, as well as Sony's. But I'm not really that hyped. For the first time ever since I started paying a lot of attention to E3.
Hoping for some surprises under Nintendo's sleeves...
Nintendo's showing leaves me a little sad but I hope EA gives me a healthy dose of Andromeda
@rjejr Totally agree! My PS4 is waiting in the basement for Father's Day. That day can't come soon enough!
I don't understand, how are people going to be disappointed watching Nintendo's E3? Now before you get angry, I'm not saying Nintendo is about to have a good E3, but where is the disappointment going to come from?
Right now the disappointment has come from the plans themselves. If you're actually watching the Treehouse presentation, you know what it's going to be, and so the only way you can be disappointed is if you don't like the look of Zelda. Now, that's entirely possible, but there's no way of knowing that before hand.
And there are people that justify this.
Also, the title is very misleading.
This e3 is gonna suck for Nintendo.
@Nico07 Nothing in your list is going to happen. Mother 3 is a slight possibility, but nothing else.
I'm not even being pessimistic, it's just a fact at this point.
Yeah, I don't really understand the logic behind this decision, but I'm tired of getting mad over it, so... yeah, I might check out your all- day showing of one game (that you rely on way too much already), Nintendo. Just hope you have some more stuff that you hold secret or something... but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Personally I don't see this e3 ending well for the Big N. The new Zelda will be good, but it really cannot possibly live up to the quality it'll need to be for it to be pretty much Nintendo's only game they're going to show in depth. A lot more can go wrong than can go right, for example let's say the "new gameplay" in Zelda is universally hated, what then? Nintendo cannot backtrack on a game with that much dev time now, it'll be market suicide for Nintendo.
Once their Zelda3... er e3 plans were announced I lost all interest. The treehouse stuff bores the hell out of me as I really only need snippets of gameplay for my hype as I'm not a fan of watching people play video games. In addition to the rather dry commentary we end up getting.
I will say this, it's nice they're up front with how bad their e3 will be instead of trying to stretch 10 minutes of announcements into 50 minutes of disappointment like the last 2 years.
What's worse is that as much as I want to see footage & info on the new Zelda, I don't want to see too much. I'd rather experience it myself when I eventually play it. So technically, I only want to see about a few minutes of E3 this year
I'll check in (though mostly from here) but there is literally zero hype for anything nintendo or otherwise.
Nintendo and Sony for me. But I'm keeping my expectations very, VERY low for door number one.
If the next Elder Scrolls is announced, Zelda will have some rather big competition in terms of awesome open-world magic.
@Sakura I'd love you to be right but no way a 3rd party will be allowed to reveal any NX games/footage before Nintendo!
"that one probably won't come to Wii U, or will head to Nintendo's NX system months late with no DLC, because that's a strategy that guarantees sales success."
Salty, but true.
I would lose my mind if Bethesda announced ES6, but only if had a new engine. The current one is way past its prime.
@BensonUii GBA games on 3DS would be nice, especially Fusion and Zero Mission.
@Dakt The tagline was just an attempt at levity, plus I was pointing out other things that can be watched, related to Nintendo and otherwise.
@ULTRA-64 Ah, you may well be right about not showing NX footage . That really wouldn't make sense, but I was thinking maybe they show footage for PS4, Xbone, PC and also say that it's coming to NX too at some point. It's more than a little sad that that's my greatest hope for E3 this year. Looking forward to Zelda, whilst simultaneously tempering hype levels for all else.
Just because Nintendo isn't Showing any games, doesn't mean third parties won't show games...
Then again, I can only guess. what mysteries and excitements the showfloor will hold, and I regrettably won't be able to make it too that annual video game circus, but perhaps I'll make it one year....
I'll dip into a bit of the Nintendo Zelda coverage, but it's the Sony and Microsoft conferences that I'm most excited about (and I don't even have a PS4 or Xbox One)
@rjejr I haven't jumped on a PS4 either. If they do a Rise of the Tombraider bundle for $299 I will most likely go for that.
Meh, someone wake me up after E3...
@MERG Well that's a very nice Father's Day gift. It would be too much stress for me though, I'd spend all of E3 saying - please don't announce a price cut, please don't announce a price cut. And then worrying about PS4k. Right now I'm hoping for FFXV bundled with a new PS4k. I'm always in wait mode, though even I can't wait until March 2017 for NX, I need video games as Christmas gifts. The lack of NX info isn't helping much either.
Do they mean Aisha Taylor or Aisha "Tyler"?
Because if it's the latter, I'm DEFINITELY tuning in!
@rjejr Well, it was supposed to be Father's Day/end of middle school for my son but his attitude towards school lately doesn't warrant that so...all for me! I worry about a price cut but I figured screw it...just take the plunge. This will be my first non-Nintendo console. I just grew tired of missing great games. Now come March it will be tough to convince my wife about an NX when I "just" got a PS4.
@Sakura That would be a great idea, they don't have to reveal what the NX is but I'd love to see some games for it.
I am pretty excited for E3 actually as I consider myself not just a Nintendo fan, but also a gaming fan in general :+).
I am looking forward to Nintendo and Zelda U information, but I am also excited for many of Square Enix games like the Kingdom Hearts and the Final Fantasy gams as well as Dragon Quest too ^^.
I am also excited for to see how the VR and AR technology are improving, and what sort of games will be made for VR and AR devises that will chance how gaming looks :+).
No matter what happens during E3, I don't think I will be too disappointed in general .
I like the large amount of sarcasm in the topic. Bravo NintendoLife. I would like to also remind everyone: I believe Kimishima is the one that forced E3 to be nothing this year. I'm not really all that happy with anything he's been doing lately and this just feels like another thing he screwed up.
I'll watch the Zelda stream and maybe something else, but I usually only care about Nintendo at E3. I think they may hold a direct in the coming weeks before or after E3 to show off games that are not Zelda. Plus, new Pokemon Sun and Moon info arrives tomorrow! I'm actually more hyped for that than Zelda, which just shows how far Nintendo has fallen.
I already knew this year's E3 was going to be a massive disappointment from Nintendo's point of view. Any hype I had has long since been destroyed when they said NX won't be revealed and that there was nothing more that Zelda being shown.
For some reason I really have little interest in the Legend of Zelda, which is odd because I have been waiting 2 years to see some proper gameplay footage and now it is here, I really don't care. Mainly because I know it is all they have on show.
And for those who have commented about the possibility of multi platform games having the NX name listed in the trailers along with the other consoles/PC, don't get your hopes up. I am amazed that that arcade racing game that was revealed yesterday was allowed to mention it was coming to a console Nintendo has yet to show.
@MERG Well I say enjoy your gift, worry about March, and the missus, in March.
A number of those days/times are wrong compared to the E3 site (only checked UK ones)
@rjejr Thanks! And I will
Sold my Wii U on eBay but still kind of interested to see if Nintendo have any surprise announcements!
This people are depressing. I'm personally counting the days, can't wait to finally see the next Zelda, even if that's all there is. Since I no longer have so much time to play games. I don't need that many new games. If given the choice though, I would have preferred to see something, anything about the NX, even if just how the console looks.
Will there at least be a trailer? All I want is a good teaser trailer and the title to get me excited, nothing more.
I love that this lousy website finally admitted that things probably will skip the WiiU, after all this time. They love putting the "it might happen!!!" in their articles even if we all know it won't happen. Lol @ Watch Dogs 2. Anyone notice how Ubisoft games only last the public like 3 weeks before everyone moves on? Besides the WiiU craziness, the game came and went like a B rated movie and stores filled with used copies. Yay more things for Gamestop in the future to put in their 3 for $10 used trash barrel.
hmm it might not be a bad way to go, what if they did show other games like federation force, color splash and a few others. no one would even talk about them over zelda most likley tbh.
Wow. This was sad like really sad. And really pathetic.
@kenrulei This is the internet (the place that survives on negativity) so I'd say the opposite would happen (Zelda getting ignored over backlash from the other games).
So, they're gonna stream Zelda U for an entire day? Do they plan to spoil the first half of the game or...? That's what I'm worried about and I might not watch the stream for that reason, instead I'll just keep checking Nintendo Life and other sites for info that's not spoilery.
@hylian-pudding It may just be an hour stream.
I won't bother with E3 this year. I have exams to revise for.
Even then, I probably still won't bother. xD
that or they will go back and re show the area but from another way you could do the same objective with it being open world
@RainbowGazelle Haha, I'm glad yours was the first comment. That article subtitle is very untrue as far as Nintendo is concerned. Especially after Nintendo has outright said it.
Eh, judging from what they've been concentrating on for the last five years or so, chances are that even if Nintendo had a proper, respectable E3 line-up, I'd only care about Zelda and the inevitable MOTHER 3 announcement anyway. Hoping for some VC related thing but I'm not holding my breath.
Aside from that, all I really want out of E3 this year is Red Dead 3.
@Solid_Stannis The VC downloads for E3 week in NA will probably be Spirit Tracks and Majora's Mask.
And here I thought we couldn't get any lower then E3 2015 for Nintendo. But they found a way to make it worse....
I am still really looking forward to seeing what Zelda is going to be like but I am disappointed that there is no Digital Event.
I visit this website a lot, but I never really comment on things.
But, my word there is a lot of negativity in the comments, and I completely get why, but still.
Personally, i'm more hyped for this years' E3 than I was last year.
I fully expect there to be a slight NX tease at the end of the Zelda presentation. My thinking is as the presentation ends there is like a 5 second teaser of Link from the NX version. He slashes the screen and then as the screen tears you see a date 15/9/16 (random date) and that's when we'll get our first NX direct
Outside Nintendo gaming, I am deeply worried about the effect of the Neo on the industry. the "leaked" document says the developers have to create separate versions (on the same disc) for the two consoles. That seems like a rather huge increase in work and costs as it effectively another platform. IF the Neo is successful it could drag console gaming into the same rapid generations we see in tablets/laptops, with MS and Sony constantly leap frogging one another instead of all new systems which will create confusion as to when a customer needs to upgrade and frankly could push most "core" gamers toward pc, why drop 400 every few years to get the best "console" experience when you could spend a little less (like AMD's new card) and get the best PC experience with mods and cheaper games.
sorry rambling rant over.
Paper Mario:Color Splash, Federation Force, Zelda U, some unannounced 3DS/WiiU games(probably not full AAA games but who knows), and I doubt this one will happen but I hope they announce an online multiplayer star fox patch!
Not keeping up with Nintendo news all that well lately.
But to get this straight:
Again, no E3 conference.
If i got that right, not even a Direct ?!
Zelda is their only game they will show off (in that, letting people play a demo)
And...nothing else ?
Yeah, you can sugarcoat that all day long. That isnt even funny anymore.
We all got suprised how well their Stream events worked compared to an on-stage presentation.
But this "minimalistic approach" as you guys call it...
Lets put it mildly: Should Sony and / or Microsoft react to this and hint at or even put out the big guns Nintendo could lose that little bit of mainstream credibility they have left.
And we've all seen how well Sony's spontanious e3 reaction worked out for Microsoft....
I'll be willing to bet they are lowering our expectations with Zelda being the only playable game so they can ome out and announce something big that's not playable. Mario Galaxy 3? Sunshine 2? It would certainly make headlines.
@Einherjar theres a lot of talk that the NX was meant to be there this year hence the large amount of floor space but the new prez decided to delay the reveal (and by extension the launch) until they had more content to show (and not stock footage from the Wii U's initial reveal) leaving this giant gap, it seems there will be a crap-ton of Zelda there such as 2 different and 30+ demos.
but yeah at least officially this is nothing at Nintendo E3 2016. Honestly I doubt MS will point anything at Nintendo, Sony has to be their target this year and it has to be good. why waste ammo on a non competing entity when your behind by 50%
@abbyhitter I agree it would be uncharacteristic of Nintendo to not have a surprise announcement or two. After all Earthbound Beginnings, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, and the Zelda Twilight Princess HD were all fairly last minute announcements. Even WindWaker HD was reported to take about only six months in development. I will be surprised if we don't get a few surprise announcements for things releasing on Wii U this year from Nintendo at this E3.
Nintendo sure is bring this e3 down. At least I can go to a theater and see sonys conference. It was pretty good last year.
@Totaldude911 better chance of HD versions of those, it sounds like Nintendo wasn't expecting to need Wii U software for Christmas and such doubt any "surprise" wii u titles will be new games but bundled remasters, those don't take long at all (Wind Waker HD took 6 months apparently).
Think the keyword in their press release is PLAYABLE, so i'm expecting either a surprise reveal or the NX will be there behind closed doors
I could see a sunshine sequel to show of pretty NX graphics (fancy light tech always impresses). Its worth remembering during the Super Mario Galaxy 2 launch they said the only reason they did a 2nd was because of "all the unused ideas they had". The interviewer followed that up "is there anything left this time?" and the guy shook his head.
@Stuniverse its easy to be hyped for Nintendo's E3 this year, it cant really be worse than it sounds on paper lol
I think in terms of general gaming this year will either be an important year (mid gen consoles, VR, PC gaming over taking) or be remembered as a quiet year in a few years.
Honestly I wish they'd take a page of Bethesda's Fallout reveal and launch. It created hyper and wonder pretty quickly and before it could drop off heres the game. compare that to say Division, we lived with knowlage of that game (and others) for years
At least there's Zelda U and probably MOTHER3, my two most favourite game series. That along with Tokyo Mirage Sessions + Terraria later this month, and Paper Mario and a ton of indie games for the rest of the year, I'll be busy enough with the Wii U until the NX launch.
Back in SNES, N64 and Gamecube times I was able to complete 90% of my games. On Wii and Wii U there's just too many good games to play and the games nowadays are huge (Smash4, Hyrule Warriors, Xeno X, Devil's Third) I'd be happy if I beat even half of my collection, so this pause/delay/not-much-to-show doesn't affect me at all.
Good games take time to make, good consoles as well.
Zelda turns 30 this year and is going openworld. There won't be anything else as good as Zelda U this E3, so Nintendo is still alive and ruling the business. Numbers are numbers but quality is quality.
@abe_hikura Well, i didn't mean direct offenses from MS or Sony with Nintendo as a target.
But the NX is kept so utterly silent, its reveal being pushed back further and further and no plan B to bridge the gap.
That is an All-In gamble on Nintendo's part. And truthfully...maybe one a little too risky.
Like i said in a different thread:
If the rumors are true, and the NX matches current gen consoles in terms of tech, all it would take is Sony or MS teasing an even more powerful system in "the near future" for Nintendo to completely fall to pieces.
No mainstream buyer would bank on yet another "inferior" Nintendo console when its competitors are already on the horizon. Add to that, that their utter radio silence is killing the hype train pretty good.
My point is: No E3 show can have its benefits. It lets you look at your competitions cards and react to that accordingly.
But you have to play catch up in terms of hype afterwards.
But we pretty much know that Nintendo will, again, fall behind in terms of tech, rendering them even less of a competitor this round.
E3 is pretty light for everyone this year. Aside from a few release dates I am hoping for, this is the least excited I've ever been for E3.
I'm interested in Sony's e3, I might watch Nintendo presentation,but ill be busy that day and most likely read the the headlines.
"to the casual eye at E3 this year, Nintendo is dead"
No, it's the other way around. To the hard-core Nintendo fan this E3 is dead for Nintendo (although there is a huge difference between having a dead e3 and having one of the biggest games of the generation- it's pretty lame that Zelda is the only playable game they have, but let's not pretend this game is not absolutely huge... because it is.
For everyone else, they're going to see Zelda U/NX plastered everywhere they look.
@JaxonH Have to disagree, the Sony conference info is what everyone else will see wherever they look not Zelda U/NX.
@Nico07 If Mother 3 DOES happen, then what translation will they do? The Fan Translation, on the condition that it no longer gets distributed for free via the site? The Internet Piracy Watch Dogs of Nintendo Strike Again!
People are gonna see Sony's conference every year regardless. And MS. And EA. And Ubisoft. And everyone else.
But if there's one game that grabs the attention of every body from all corners of gaming and even non-gaming, it's The Legend of Zelda.
Having a few smaller titles isn't going to change how big this game is going to be. Remember when Smash Brothers was the major focus at E3 for Nintendo? That's all you saw anywhere you looked. This is going to outdo even that, I imagine.
It's Nintendo flagship title not only for this generation but for the generations to come. Believe me people are gonna know about it. They might not know anything else from Nintendo but they're going to know Zelda
@Mr_Zurkon I'm halfway thru the TR reboot - I played 1/2 about 2 years ago and just started up again b/c it was on sale for $5 last week - and that game still looks good and is impressive. The new one I'm expecting to be good as well. Will probably play U4 first though, and FFXV, and R&C, so it will be awhile. Which is fine, I like buying games the day they hit $20. I am looking forward to it though.
Will be interesting if Bethsedsa does a new ES, I own Skyrim but I'm only about 15 minutes in, opening cut scene, and that was good way back when. A new one only on PS4 and X1 could be nice.
@JaxonH Have to disagree there, you're totally overselling its importance nowadays. Also all there needs to be is a cringeworthy trailer and we'd already in Mighty No. 9 territory.
Wait for e3 and we shall certainly see.
If this game can't grab people's attention at e3, then it wouldn't matter if they had 1,000 other games at E3, none of them would make a difference either.
@Grumblevolcano "Have to disagree, the Sony conference info is what everyone else will see wherever they look not Zelda U/NX."
Took you a lot of big brained geniuses to figure this out, didn't you? Sheesh. (-__-)
Between the rumors of mid-lifetime new hardware for Sony and Microsoft and the lack of anything outside of Zelda (which I don't care the slightest about) for Nintendo, I'm not watching any of the conferences.
Just hoping for some solid info on Scalebound.
@Vee_Flames Seriously, mainstream gaming news sites will hype up every single thing Sony does.
The fact that Shenmue III was treated as a "hype" announcement purely because Sony hyped it up should tell you that.
>related to Nintendo
This article made me laugh so hard
E3 isn't going to be great for me. The 3DS is my main console. How hard would it be to scrape together a mini direct about upcoming 3DS games? That would at least be SOMETHING...
This year's E3 can be summed up in one sentence : "See games you saw last year all over again." Who wants to bet on Sony showing a trailer for The Last Guardian with a release date of 2017? Or Microsoft showing another cinematic trailer for ReCore?
They started the WiiU era by showimg that Zelda tech demo many years ago and they are going to close it sadly by showing the same (supposed) game....
All that expectations and excitement for this console got lost, year after year...
This is the first time I couldn't care less about E3. Nintendo dropped the ball by not showing the NX and only showing one game, that pretty much ensures everyone will ignore them. And everyone else's conferences have been so mediocre that they're just not worth watching anymore.
Plot Twist: The NX has been a red herring this whole time, and they'll be doing the shock reveal of the mysterious "MH" portable. It'll be like the Saturn all over again.
ooh it's so close now. but the actual game is what, a year away? ugh
@MitchVogel LOL! If it really turns out like the Saturn... Then we're not getting a new Nintendo console next year. WE'RE GETTING IT THIS MONTH! Yeah, boiiiiii!
Never thought I'd see the day where a possible Crash Bandicoot reveal on PS4 is more exciting than anything Nintendo has planned.
Ah well, we'll always (maybe) have the NX reveal at Nintendo World.
I do seem to remember a more recent article with Miyamoto (I think) where he mentioned they have some "unfinished business" with the Galaxy series. Whether or not that means ideas they are gonna use in completely separate 3D Mario games (which is pretty likely), we can't know for sure.
I'm really hoping for a few surprises at E3. I know Zelda is going to be the main focus and the only game on the show floor, but they need to announce at least one Wii U game, aside from Color Splash (which a majority of people could care less about), for the latter half of the year. Even a HD remake of Sunshine or the Galaxy games would please a lot of fans.
I'm also hoping to see another 3DS game or two announced. Seriously, they can't disregard the system that is keeping the company afloat... right?
Reeeally hoping Nintendo has a few surprises in store; just something besides Zelda. I still can't believe they'd be that assuming about the series' popularity with Nintendo fans. Not everyone is into the series.
Also hoping they remember Metroid's 30th anniversary is this August. Zelda's gotten plenty of attention for its anniversaries...
Still watching their stupid event, but I'm not going to be happy.
The only thing that excites me other than the new zelda game is the NX.. I think Nintendo should talk about what games they are making for it, just to give us "something".. OH! And scalebound. I want to play scalebound
I don't even want to see extensive coverage of the new Zelda. Just a small teaser so it's fresh when I actually play it. I'd be interested to see a comparison between the Wii U and NX versions, but that isn't going to happen.
I am waiting for the follow on article...
A Nintendo Fan's Breakdown at E3 2016's Press Conferences and Events
@Moon all they do talk about is 3d games. Be happy your not w a w iiu gamer sheesh 😒
Yeah, @MrPuzzlez, it's Aisha Tyler. @ThomasBW84, any chance of a correction?
Let's not sugar coat it - it's just Zelda and Nintendo are going to have a terrible E3. This clearly wasn't part of the original plan and I doubt it's going to be that interesting with everything else going on.
In all honesty, I think it's better to be a bit more honest and critique Nintendo where they need it, because right now they don't seem to have much of a clue.
But on the plus side, at least it won't be as bad as the AMD PC Gaming Super Show.
Mother 3 reveal would be great! Available for download that day. Just maybe.
Admittedlt I don't really know how E3 works, but if there's no Digital Presentation, and no Live Conference, and just a Treehouse Zelda U stream, where are we going to get these 'surprise' announcements from Nintendo?
My only hope is Nintendo is going to drop a Direct on us a couple of days before E3 starts.
im going to try not to sleep in on tuesday cuz im very excited yay zelda
Microsoft: Xbox One Slim? Xbox 1.5 Scorpio? + games.
Sony: PS4.5 Neo? + games.
Nintendo: No NX + NX/Wii U Zelda demo + spoilers.
"It's not just Legend of Zelda with a bit more Legend of Zelda"
For Nintendo... it is.
@doctorzzim Have to disagree there, given how many delays the game has had I'd say the Mother 3 hype would be bigger.
@abbyhitter I agree and I was thinking the same thing. I totally anticipate something popping up like, "by the way, here's this "game" that we just finished last week; and it'll be available next month".
Honestly though, I'm not that excited about this year's E3. Probably the first time that I've felt this way. Months ago, I was very excited to get my first glimpse of the NX...but Nintendo went and squashed that!
@rjejr Pokemon twitter account confirmed Sun/Moon and Pokemon Go for Treehouse Live. Looks like only the digital event portion which is now Treehouse Live is the Zelda only part.
@Grumblevolcano I always knew they'd have more than just Zelda U, but then Pokemon has always been it's own thing when it comes to advertising and marketing. The NOA twitter feed has Skylanders, no Pokemon, and I feel pretty confident about the Wii U Edition having something Nintendo related, either body parts or amiibo.
If "body parts" sounded weird you can go watch the Skylanders vid, it's straight out of Spore. DK and Bowser are still in the game as well.
Part of me still thinks Nintendo is hiding something. Zelda at E3 while everything else digitally stream, like a Nintendo Direct.
Just my 2 cents.
Will all of these be live stream here except for pc
@ThomasBW84 are we having live stream for ubisoft and EA
@RainbowGazelle uh,, I live in a PAL region and I find most casuals don't even know of E3's existence, so really, its more an American thing.. Nintendo isn't dead, more like most casuals in PAL regions know more about Nintendo than E3.
@HSuzumiyaVI I meant to the casual E3 viewer, who only watches the live presentations.
@RainbowGazelle my point stands, a vast majority don't know E3 exists.
at least we have that deal starting tomorrow. that's what i am looking forward to along with the Pokemon info for tomorrow. And then on Wednesday I'm excited for the other games they are showing off and that Pokemon special. And I will be watching Sony's presentation since I plan on getting a PS4 sometime this year. I asked my dad to get it for my son and my hubby for their joint birthday (we'll see if that happens). If not I'll get it in August. It all depends on what else I need to get. I have a bunch of games preordered for it.
Excuse me for being behind with the news, but am I right in thinking all Nintendo is showing off this year is Zelda and Pokemon?
They're also showing off Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Paper Mario: Color Splash, and a few other things.
There's also rumors of more Mario Kart 8 DLC on the horizon, though whether or not that'll be shown at E3 as a surprise is completely up in the air.
But basically, no, it's not all Zelda and Pokemon. That's a common lie that's being spread around to make it seem like Nintendo's got only one or two games to talk about at all this year.
I just hope Zelda's Wii U/NX's combat allows for 1:1 Wii Motion plus combat and/or analog stick slashing options. Either of those will ensure combat's challenging and engaging.
@RainbowGazelle To the casual eye, E3 barely exists at all.
Nintendo has done a fantastic job of showing the gaming world that they do not matter.
I missed the first 40 minutes of Nintendo event, because on the front page it says 6.pm WEST, while actually it was an hour earlier.
@Quorthon How stupid you look now, man. Lololol. 😉
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