Tuesday morning, Nintendo had the E3 Digital Event and other than a few highlights (Star Fox, Super Mario Maker) it seemed like a relatively weak event.
Unfortunately, the internet retaliated, mocking and insulting Nintendo’s presence this year to the point where thousands flocked to an online petition to get the games cancelled.
At the time of posting this piece, the YouTube video for Metroid Prime: Federation Force had over 500k views and over 48,000 dislikes as opposed to 4,900 Likes.
Nintendo financially has taken a hit too, with close to a 5% stock drop since the morning of the Nintendo E3 Digital Event.
And in all fairness after watching the E3 Digital Event, I can understand the backlash from the general public as Nintendo’s line up this year did seem rather lacklustre, however, I don’t agree with the execution of it.
I had the pleasure to experience the Nintendo booth at E3 this year and can assure you that this years line up is far from lacklustre. And probably one of my favourite experiences from the show was with Super Mario Maker, which I was fortunate enough to play last year, and have noticed a huge improvement in terms of design and features in comparison. Not to mention how much fun it was to just mess around with it, whether it came to playing some of the ridiculously designed levels or making your own, the game really has a lot of polish and is a great stepping stone, not only in the Mario franchise, but for game design in general.
Nintendo also showed Star Fox: Zero, and while a Star Fox game was announced last year, the only thing revealed was they were making a game. If Nintendo didn’t announce a Star Fox game last year, I’m sure fans would have gone insane with the announcement of it this year.
In addition, Nintendo are constantly rolling out Digital Events every few months, announcing new games or revealing more information about existing ones. Not to mention the titles released recently, like Splatoon, new content for Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS, as well as the upcoming titles like Yoshi’s Wooly World.
Satoru Iwata, the current CEO of Nintendo, has acknowledged the fan backlash via Twitter, taking on the opinions of fans to improve future Digital Events.
.@Nintendo Thank you for watching. We take opinions of this year's Digital Event seriously and will work to better meet your expectations.—
Cheesemeister (@Cheesemeister3k) June 16, 2015
The fact of the matter is this, we can’t expect Nintendo to bring out a new Mario/Zelda/Metroid/Star Fox game every year, they’re not Activision/Ubisoft/EA. Nintendo has always had a certain amount of polish on their games, and we can’t demand that Nintendo start cancelling games that we don’t like the look of. E3 2015 may have not been Nintendo’s best, with new hardware looming and a new full-fledged Zelda game in the works, we need only wait for what Nintendo has in store for the future.