Nintendo’s second [third?] conference just ended. Tonight focused only on 3DS, which is fine with me. Nothing, that I can recall, was revealed at this conference, which is a bit strange, but they showed a nice bit of gameplay, and a few new things that weren’t shown before in those games.
Anyway, here are some quick impressions from what I remember seeing…
Castlevania - Looks like a lot of fun mechanically, even though it’s a bit bland graphically. Swinging with the whip and the overall pace of the game look great.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 - This is one of my favorite games being displayed this year. The personality of the original looks intact and it just looks like they are really expanding the original game in the right places. I just hope that “3 mansions” doesn’t translate into “a game that over stays it welcome.” A few years ago I would’ve said, “Nah, it’s Nintendo, you can trust them!” but today I just get flashbacks of Spirit Tracks.
Epic Mickey - I can’t put my finger on why, exactly, but this looks like a lot of fun. I think I’ll be waiting for it to hit the $20 bin before I pick it up, though.
Paper Mario 3DS - This is up there with Luigi’s Mansion as my most anticipated game of E3. The diorama presentation is still extremely charming. I love that they ditched the traditional battle system and have gone in a completely new direction. Also interesting that the leveling system is, basically, the “find an item - you’ve leveled up!” mechanic that Zelda basically uses.
New Super Mario Bros 2 - Still looks good. Still looks like Mario. Multiplayer Co-op through the entire game looks as frustrating as it did on Wii.
Kingdom Hearts - It looks like the PS2 Kingdom Hearts. I’m glad people still really enjoy this series, but I’m done and this is not showing me anything to win me back. Well, nothing except Olivia Wade’s character from Tron being in it, but that’s only because I love Olivia Wade.
Lego Batman 2 - zzz
Rabbid Crap - Rabbid crap.
Heroes of Ruin - I want to like this, but that trailer looked incredibly dull.
And then there was other news - the top five downloads on eShop are all free downloads (Is that a good thing?), Pokemon Black & White 2 is coming (we remember)… and I’m sure other tidbits where mentioned, but I’ll be damned if I remember them right now.
What wasn’t shown was a 3DS remodel, which is very disappointing. Hell, I’d even take a new color. But, if nothing else, this reinforced that there are some incredible games coming for 3DS, even if the conference as a whole seemed unnecessary. Why did they show any 3DS titles yesterday if they were just going to show them again today? Why not spend that time showing P-100 or the other Wii U games that are on display on the floor but didn’t get any time yesterday? Only thing I can figure, which I’m pretty confident is probably the fact, is that this show tonight was for us, the gamer. Retail buyers were not going to make their way to a second showing after spending an hour yesterday with Nintendo. Tonight was to show us gamers, “Here are these great looking games that we wanted to show you more of!” and for that I appreciate it. Would it have been nice to see Animal Crossing get a date or for Nintendo to reveal a completely new title? Yeah. But, they could have just shown what was shown yesterday and called it a day. I appreciate the extra effort on their part.