Impressions from Nintendo at E3 2012

I’m going to keep this brief for now, but I think there’s a lot to talk about from Nintendo’s showings this year; both because of what Nintendo revealed and what Nintendo did not reveal. Nintendo held two separate conferences this year (one for WiiU and a second for Nintendo 3DS) and my first reaction to both was disappointment. I am disappointed that the games I most wanted to see are not at the show, and Nintendo made some strange decisions of which games to feature at their events. Some of the most exciting and interesting game announcements have been made after the press conferences through interviews. Specifically, I felt that Project P-100 for WiiU and Fire Emblem: Awakening for Nintendo 3DS should have been featured at the press events.

However, once the dust settled, my reaction to Nintendo’s game lineup changed for the better. I’m not extremely excited about what was shown this year, but I am satisfied. I’m satisfied with the WiiU’s launch lineup and the capabilities of the platform itself. I am satisfied with the holiday lineup for Nintendo 3DS as well, but I am still not convinced that I need to rush out and buy one.

In particular, I am very pleased to see Pikmin 3 finally revealed. I have never been a huge fan of the original games, but the announcement has renewed by interest in the series enough that I plan to play through Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2 soon.

The other highlight of Nintendo’s lineup is Nintendo Land. When the game was first announced, I was not interested and simply wished that Nintendo had devoted that stage time to something focused more on “core gamers”; something like The Legend of Zelda. However, when I saw the games being played and began reading impressions from people playing the demos my interest grew. For the first time, I am excited about a mini-game collection being released and, as long as Nintendo doesn’t choose to sell the game separately for $50, I plan to purchase it.

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My Expectations and Predictions for E3 2012

Last year, I wrote multiple articles before and during E3, but my expectations for E3 2012 are much lower. My expectations for Sony and Microsoft are especially low. At the very least, I am looking forward to hearing more about Nintendo’s WiiU, but I’m unsure if I will like what I hear. Nevertheless, I am interested in hearing more about some video games that have already been announced, and I also have a couple of predictions (though I do not think they are anything groundbreaking). Continue reading

E3 2011: What I Want From Nintendo

E3 is just a couple of weeks one week away, so it’s time to start thinking about what to expect. Rumors are already flying and everyone is making predictions. Now, it’s my turn. Rather than making predictions based on rumors from questionable sources, I’m going to detail what I want to see at E3 this year. I may venture into the “this will probably never happen, but I want it” zone a bit, but this year there is plenty to be excited about without making wild guesses.

I’ve already looked at what Sony and Microsoft could have to offer this year at E3, and now it’s time to talk about Nintendo. We already know that Nintendo will be announcing a new gaming console this year and that the console will be playable on the show floor. But Nintendo is famous for making surprise announcements that no one expected, so there are tons of possibilities. Continue reading

Golden Sun Dark Dawn Review

In 2001, Golden Sun was a brand new, unproven role-playing game from Nintendo. The game’s mix of clever puzzles and Final Fantasy-style battles quickly turned the game into a must-have title for Nintendo’s new Game Boy Advance. The critically acclaimed game ended with the story only half finished and the promise of a sequel that would complete the tale. Sure enough, in 2003, Golden Sun: The Lost Age picked up where the first game left off.

After two well-received games it seemed that Golden Sun would become the newest Nintendo franchise to receive regular sequels that built on their predecessors.

That never happened. Continue reading