Well, there's Megaman.
And the Villager.
And the Wii Fit Trainer.
All in glorious HD.
All Nintendo had to show us this year was what they stood for. And if Nintendo stands for bright and vivid characters, then they certainly got their point across.
Featuring Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, The Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, and most importantly, Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo showcased an eye-popping plethora of titles, filled with fresh colors and plenty of new and fresh ideas. Not to weigh too heavily on this sugary-sweet visual treat, however, they also presented us another look at Bayonetta 2 and X, two more mature and gritty titles that show off other aspects of their console's capabilities. It was quite the set of titles- no major bombs dropped, aside from Smash Bros., which many already knew was coming. But Nintendo didn't really need to drop bombs this year- they just needed to show continued support in a console that has had a bit of a rough launch. With all these titles releasing in the latter half of 2013 and undisclosed points of 2014, it seems like the underdog might just pull through, after all.
But it's not just that Nintendo showed games today- it's that they showed games that look genuinely fun to play. Bayonetta is over-the-top and fun, just like The Wonderful 101. Mario may be the same old mechanics from 3D Land (a game I personally despise), but there's plenty of new material in there, plus multiplayer. Donkey Kong looks to improve on the first installment by breaking into the third dimension, X just looks awesome, and Smash Bros. is Smash Bros.. In honoring their franchises, they present us with gaming possibilities that look familiar but also add something new. They also stay committed to their franchises- we can always count on a new installment of our favorite character and not have it bogged down by delays or just plain lack of interest. But Nintendo is also about something new, too- and that's why we get titles like X that push art direction and exploration into new territory. That's why we appreciate The Wonderful 101 and its crazy mechanics.
Nintendo does what Nintendo does. They make games- games that rely on consistent characters and themes to establish their gameplay style, but unique games, even so. When some cry foul and say "rehash", fans will say, "something new". And that's undeniable- there is always something new happening in Nintendo games. The same model is applied to most other franchises anyway, so it's not exactly a valid complaint.
Now, would other franchises have benefited from a showing? Sure. It would be nice to see Metroid, F-Zero, or Paper Mario get a showing. But let's take a step back and ask ourselves this- is this a bad E3 showing? Not at all. It's pretty damn good- and it's certainly got me hyped.