Kairi on E3 2012: Nintendo Edition
June 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Watch the conference at 9AM, start writing at 8PM. Sounds fine, except I can’t remember a blasted thing that happened during the show. Nintendo E3 events all have this problem. Unless you’re a throbbing Nintendo fanboy, their press conferences all tend to bleed together. It’s easy to understand why. “Remember the year Nintendo talked about Mario?” What Mario are you.. “Or that time that one year when Shigeru Miyamoto came out and pandered to us?” Well actually that happens every.. “Or that time Reggie Fils-Aime looked like he couldn’t believe he’s 51 years old and trying to shill Let’s Dance?” NO! No I don’t remember that time!
Of course, this is a hardware year, so we can call this the year they talked about Wii U. Which could have been last year too I guess, but work with me here. Nintendo fans in general seem a little disappointed this year, because Nintendo failed to say all the correct buzz words that cause a reaction in them. They’re like dogs, conditioned to listen for only key terms. “Mario!” Woof! “Pikmin!” Woof! “More Mario!” WOOF WOOF! But then Nintendo left the poor pooches hanging by not saying other words, like “Smash Brothers” or “Zelda” or “Star Fox.” Nintendo hounds are sad puppies tonight. Yep, sorry, I have to cut to the picture.
Wii U is coming in 2012, which is ironic given that most Nintendo fanboys are doing the same in anticipation of it. Most people are of two very different views on it. They either think it’s brilliant, or that it’s a cumbersome looking piece of shit. I lean for option two here. I’m five-foot one-inch tall and I have tiny hands. Nintendo wants people younger than me with even smaller hands to somehow not develop early-onset carpal tunnel using this. I’m not saying kids are incapable of using it, but it’s very telling that many of the videos Nintendo showed involved grown adults handling the Wii U GamePad, not children. Remind me, besides fanboys, what is Nintendo’s target audience again? And no, it’s not the same as using an iPad. I can use an iPad just fine, because it has no buttons to press, styluses to hold, or other screens to look at.
It’s weird because Nintendo is kind of famous for making comfortable controllers. I know the Nintendo 64 bearclaw pad gets some flack, but at age 9 I felt it was just fine. The Gamecube might have the most comfortable controller I’ve ever used in my life (never did like the Wave Bird as much), and I don’t hate the Wii Remote, even with a nunchuk attached. It’s just bizarre to me that they could go from being the industry leaders in comfort to being the industry leaders in causing your hand to cramp up just by looking at picture of their next product. I guess Nintendo wanted a piece of Playboy’s market share.
It doesn’t help that Nintendo showed me absolutely zero games that needed to have this, or more importantly, made me want to own a Wii U. Yea, they showed a tech demo for a Luigi game that seemed like little more than an update to Pac-Man Vs., itself just a tech demo when you get down to it. Otherwise, it was mostly used to look at a map. Next year at E3, for you drinking game fans, just play one for Nintendo’s conference that uses the word “map.” That’s it. It’s probably not as potentially lethal to play as one where you take a drink every time someone says “Mario” but you’ll still be blitzed to the point that you won’t remember your own name.
Ah yes, Mario. We’re getting not one, but two games called “New Super Mario Bros.” Hopefully this means they’ll retcon the previous games in the series to “Old New Super Mario Bros.” The 3DS entry, called New Super Mario Bros. 2 (because Newer Super Mario Bros. sounded stupid I guess) brings back the leaf from Super Mario 3. I’m sorry, but when you set out to make a game and call it “new”, maybe step one should be “include new shit in it!” The Wii U version, called New Super Mario Bros. U (way to phone in the title, Nintendo) brings in Yoshis and the cape from Super Mario World, only this time it’s “new” because it looks like a flying squirrel suit. It’s like asking your wife to dress up like a naughty nurse. I don’t get why people do it, because at the end of the day you’re still getting sucked off by the same person.
I have a theory. I think Nintendo games start off as a game of Mad Libs. Picture it: a bunch of guys in Kyoto pass a joint around, sip some sake, and then try to name animals. “Penguin!” “Flying Squirrel!” “Frog!” “Bumble Bee!” And this is where the power ups in Mario games come from.