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Submitted by jcnba28 77d ago | opinion piece

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. (3DS, Halo 5: Guardians, LittleBigPlanet 3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, Zelda Wii U)

NYC_Gamer  +   77d ago
I gotta give props to Nintendo for that conference
darthv72  +   77d 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.
a_adji  +   77d 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.
Madock  +   77d ago
Bayonetta
Smash
Mario party 10
Hyrule warriors
Kirby
Yoshi
Toad's adventures
Xenogears
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  +   77d ago
xenoblade chronicles x not xenogears
Madock  +   77d ago
Appreciated -)
forgot to mention Splatoon as well
KonsoruMasuta  +   77d ago
I thought it was said that the Uncharted scene was not CGI.
ABizzel1  +   77d 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.
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AWBrawler  +   76d ago
How could you ignore the rookie of the year, Splatoon? put that on your list
Madock  +   76d 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
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ABizzel1  +   75d ago
@Madock

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:

MS:

Halo 5
Halo MCC (WindWaker HD, was considered an exclusive )
Sunset Overdrive
Forza Horizon 2
Crackdown
Phantom Dust
Scalebound
Fable Legends
Inside
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.

Sony:

Uncharted 4
Bloodborne
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
Entwined
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:

Destiny
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)
GTA V
Evolve
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_Nappa  +   77d ago
Contradictory headline is contradictory
mezati99  +   77d ago
what a stupid title
LOL_WUT  +   77d 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 ;)
KonsoruMasuta  +   77d 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.
thehobbyist  +   76d 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.
jcnba28  +   75d ago
Awww look at the little fanboy getting mad at all the positive Nintendo news lately ;)
uth11  +   77d ago
lmao at the headline
fattyuk  +   77d ago
No one wins?

I'm a gamer and I won! because its great for our industry to have this sort of exposure and we saw a lot of games.
MysticStrummer  +   77d ago
No. I clearly won.
LOGICWINS  +   77d ago
You're BOTH wrong! I won..clearly!
Slick81  +   77d ago
Right nintendo won but no one won lol
nosferatuzodd  +   77d ago
Nobody won but nintendo lol thats fanboy ligic for you lol
All though in a weird way I agree I think nintendo did a better job but I wouldn't go has far has to say they won
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DanaBlack  +   77d ago
Damn E3 2015 is gonna be beast! Possible showings:
Nintendo: LoZ gameplay, Starfox gameplay, maybe Pokemon Open-World Wii U and new Mario World Adventure?
Sony: Uncharted gameplay, possibly GOW, possible revival of Old IP and GT7?
Microsoft: Halo 5 gameplay, GeOW showcase, maybe a Rare revival?
Illusive_Man  +   77d ago
Nintendo>=Microsoft> Sony.

Fact is Ninty and MS have games coming this year. Sony showed a lot of 2015 games and LBP, TLOU, and DriveClub are good games in their own right but they aren't better than anything from Ninty and MS in 2014.
InTheZoneAC  +   76d ago
Nintendo/M$ has nothing on The Last of Us or Little Big Planet

And you're talking about 2015 games, why does Mario Maker take so long to release?
voodoochild346  +   76d ago
The last if us is a port of a year old game. Little big planet wins awards and gets high review scores but doesn't sell systems. Smash brothers is smash brothers. Halo always gets sales. Mario Maker takes a long time to make probably because Nintendo doesn't just crap out games(yoshi's new island being an exception).
jholden3249  +   75d ago
You're kidding right? Little Big Planet might be good for Sony's standards, but compared actual GOOD platformers on Nintendo consoles, even the worst Nintendo platformer is still better than Little Big Planet. And TLoU is a cross-gen port of a year-old game.

You're telling me a port and a mediocre exclusive outshine all these exclusives?

Pushmo World
Wii Sports Club
Shovel Knight
Hyrule Warriors
Bayonetta 2 (with Bayonetta 1 included)
Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker
Super Smash Bros 4
Mario Maker
Sonic Boom
Zelda U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Yoshi's Wooly World
Splatoon
Mario Party 10
Star Fox
Project Guard
Project Giant Robot
Mario vs DK
Devil's Third
Amiibo NFC Figures

Now look, I'm not bashing Sony- I've owned a PS4 and Vita since launch, even an Xbox One for that matter. And I'll happily buy that port of The Last of Us, and MAYBE Little Big Planet (which I think sucks but this new one kind of looks good). But you've gotta be out of your mind to even BEGIN to think Nintendo didn't curb check the heck out of both Sony AND Microsoft this year.

It wasn't even a competition. It was a BLOWOUT. Give props where they're due. Say you like Sony, you're excited for your port and your Sony platformer, but Nintendo took them to school this E3. Tip your hat to them, and move along.
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InTheZoneAC  +   76d ago
Mario Maker and Zelda, what else was there?

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