Nintendo wasn’t satisfied just bringing you one press conference, so they broke the Wii U into two, and added an extra 3DS conference.
The unfortunate part of this strategy is that none of the conferences packed any major punches. While the main Wii U conference was satisfying enough in my opinion, this 3DS event fell completely flat.
To give you a quick run-down, everything in the header was teased, or briefly demoed. The titles that were live demoed were Castlevania: Mirror of Fate, Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario Sticker Star, New Super Mario Brothers 2, and Epic Mickey Power of Illusion.
Overall, the tech demos were pretty painful to watch: not because the games themselves were bad, but because the presenters were beyond cheesy, and worst of all, they were extremely boring. The dev demoers talked about such groundbreaking features as “menus”, and “touch screen capability”.
But all is not lost! There were a few announcements, fortunately. Alucard will be a playable character in Castlevania: Mirror of Fate, and New Super Mario Brothers 2 touts coop. According to Nintendo, 70% of 3DS owners are online, and buy on average 4.7 paid games on the eShop.
After the event, “No Animal Crossing” and “No Fire Emblem” started trending worldwide on Twitter. It’s absolutely clear that Nintendo needed to introduce some heavy hitters, and I’ve already seen many “trading in my 3DS” tweets. Although that could just be all talk, most people seemingly agree that Nintendo’s 3DS Event was in fact uneventful.
Thankfully, Fire Emblem’s stateside release was accidentally revealed as a stateside release after the conference.