Why Nintendo Won E3 2014, Even Though No One Wins E3

As our possibly slightly over-wrought splash this week should have made clear, I don't really think anyone 'wins' E3.

That's not to say the world's biggest video games show is anything less than ruthlessly competitive -- but it's not a zero-sum, well, game. The more good titles there are, the better. The the more hype E3 generates, the longer we can luxuriate in its warm glow like a big, creamy, pre-rendered bath. (I like baths.)

And when it comes to games I'm essentially just greedy. I want more, whatever it is. I want to gaze to the distance of Holiday Season 2015, or Q2 2017, or whatever decade a consumer Oculus Rift chooses to arrive, and while away my remaining days on this Earth dreaming of a brighter, higher-definition version of FIFA, and preferably something even more interesting I didn't expect too. I want more good games, please. Preferably now. That's it.

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NYC_Gamer1645d ago

I gotta give props to Nintendo for that conference

darthv721645d ago

Now it begs the question....would they make a robot chicken series with nintendo characters? Even if it was a weekly thing like they used to do for the nintendo channel.

you know there were moments when you could just hear explicit words wanting to come from those little characters.

Apex131645d ago

They are still streaming live experiences at E3. Excellent job!

They really pulled out the stops for gamers even if not a lot of games to see.

Madock1645d ago

Mario party 10
Hyrule warriors
Toad's adventures
Project STEAM
Life story
& the Myamoto projects all as live demos, so there were a few of them

Vs Sony with a CGI trailer for Uncharted as 1st party

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1645d ago

xenoblade chronicles x not xenogears

Madock1645d ago

Appreciated -)
forgot to mention Splatoon as well

KonsoruMasuta1645d ago

I thought it was said that the Uncharted scene was not CGI.

ABizzel11645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Once again you can prefer one platform without bashing the others, and the Uncharted trailers was in-engine and a part of the actual game all running on PS4.

Once again IMO no one won E3. I felt everyone could have done better. Zelda, Smash, and Bayonetta are my most anticipated on Wii U. Uncharted, Bloodborne, No Man's Sky, and The Last of Us from Sony. And both Halo's and Sunset Overdrive, from MS (as far as E3 2014 showings go for all).

Nintendo pretty much confirmed that Western 3rd party support is dead on Wii U. Their main support Ubisfot didn't announce any of their worthwhile games coming to Wii U, Watch Dogs still isn't out and many of the huge 3rd party games such as Far Cry 4, Batman Arkham Knight, Rainbow Six Siege, Assassin's Creed Unity, MGS5, GTAV, Battlefield Hardline, Destiny, Evolve, The Crew, and The Division are all skipping the Wii U, and I'm sure everything EA is working on worthwhile is skipping the console as well. That's not a win IMO.

Exclusively they're finally getting games out, but many of those are 2015, as well as exploratory versions of games they already have out Yoshi and Toad's adventures are New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 3D world exploratory edition, and we've seen games like Yoshi, Bayonetta, Xeno, and Smash for 2 / 3 E3's now.

Everyone had a B showing this year, it was just good to see Nintendo actually trying and not having their usual oddball performance.

AWBrawler1645d ago

How could you ignore the rookie of the year, Splatoon? put that on your list

Madock1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

I wasn't bashing, i was simply comparing 1st party titles from both companies, Nintendo had the above list while Sony and MS had 2 titles each, no actual gameplay (sunset overdrive mind u ), just a cut scene (let's face it, Uncharted is a cut scene then jump then shoot then another cut scene and so on.. not seeing the jump and the shooting was upsetting for me)

And yes Splatoon actually is un missable, added it in a further comment, devil's third too although it's still a 3rd party title

ABizzel11644d ago (Edited 1644d ago )


Nintendo also is going into their 2nd year, so by all means they should have more games, and the games you listed aren't all first party, and are only from the E3 conferences. Regardless of first party or not, and exclusive is an exclusive. It still takes development time, and the producers money to make it, and Bayonetta, Hyrule Warriors, and more shouldn't be on your list if you're limiting it to first party only.

Considering all that was shown and known, exclusives for all platforms were:


Halo 5
Halo MCC (WindWaker HD, was considered an exclusive )
Sunset Overdrive
Forza Horizon 2
Phantom Dust
Fable Legends
Killer Instinct Season 2 (technically DLC)
Shape up (could care less personally)
Dance Central
Disney Fantasia
Project Spark (PC / XBO)

and while not at E3 we still know Quantum Break and Gears are coming as well.


Uncharted 4
Drive Club
The Order
Ratchet and Clank
Everybody's Gone to Rapture
The Last of Us (WindWaker HD, was considered an exclusive )
No Man's Sky (PS4 / PC only thus far)
Planetside 2 (PS4 / PC only)
Deep Down
Grim Fandango
Little Big Planet 3
Let it Die
Natural Doctrine

And we still don't know what most of Sony's first party studios are working on, as well as games such as The Witness, Rime, Shadown of the Beast, and more.

So again it's not as black and white as you make it. And on top of those line-ups Sony and MS also have full support from Activision, Ubisoft, EA, Warner, 2k, Bethesda, and more 3rd party developers who all pretty much proved their passing up on the Wii U.

So add to their line-ups:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfighter (might come to Wii U)
Assassin's Creed Unity (Wii U might get the last gen version)
Far Cry 4
The Division
The Crew
Rainbow Six: Siege
EA pretty much said their done, so their games when they release
Batman Arkham Knight
Mortal Kombat X (might come considering Injustice)
Dying Light
Bethesda (hasn't released anything worthwhile on Nintendo platforms is generations)
And MUCH, MUCH more

So yeah once again, cherry picking doesn't help anyone win a debate. It simply shows you're a fanboy. Nintendo had a good showing for exclusives, but they also proved their Western 3rd party support is pretty much dead on the console.

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Ghost_Nappa1645d ago

Contradictory headline is contradictory

LOL_WUT1645d ago

Just look at who's submitting this article... Not really surprised. Btw anyone else saw those two projects Miyamoto has been working on? Man do they look awful ;)

KonsoruMasuta1645d ago

The other two don't catch my eye but Starfox is looking good. Most of the people who played it said it was good.

thehobbyist1645d ago

Yeah, anyone could say that about a project that barely has a playable demo. I'm not sure if you've ever seen a game in early/pre-alpha stages but it NEVER looks good. Your point is moot.

jcnba281644d ago

Awww look at the little fanboy getting mad at all the positive Nintendo news lately ;)

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