With E3 being over now, it’s time to soak all the information in, analyze it, and give our opinions on what we saw during the event. One thing is for sure though: E3 was the most excited Nintendo fans have been in a long time. In this article we are going to have each staff member give a short paragraph on what was their favorite things that Nintendo did or showed at E3 2014. This is Nintendo Enthusiast’s E3 Staff Picks.
Shawn Long: If you follow me on Twitter (@ShawnLong85) you already have an idea of what my top picks for E3 were. While many may disagree with my picks, I focused on how Nintendo showcased their diversity at the event. My top pick for the event was the darkhorse surprise that not a lot saw coming: Devil’s Third. Everything I saw from Itagaki’s Wii U exclusive was the most Anti-Nintendo game that has been on a Nintendo platform in a long time and the kicker is that Nintendo is the backer behind this. Bloody, funny, over the top, and filled with a full fledged Single and Online Multiplayer experience, Devil’s Third is my most anticipated game. Other surprises: The polish of Bayonetta 2 and inclusion of original, Splatoon, and Mario Maker. I literally enjoyed everything Nintendo showed at E3, and the style of presentation was top notch. Finally: Robot Chicken sketches. Just fantastic.
Jonathan Harrington: I really can’t choose anything but Xenoblade Chronicles X. It’s a spiritual sequel to my favorite game of all time; nothing else had a chance. An intriguing story, a massive world, stunning visuals, great looking exploration and combat, an involving atmosphere: yes please. Though Zelda definitely comes in second. The ideas and visuals on display really excited me, even if we didn’t get actual gameplay. Splatoon is number three; I’ve wanted to see Nintendo take on the shooter genre for a while now, and it surpasses my wildest expectations in terms of creativity. Also, the Smash tourney was one of the most fun things I’ve watched in ages. Nintendo killed it this year.
Elia Pales: Since I was on the show floor, I actually played every 1st and 3rd party title available to play, meaning I did not touch X, because Nintendo foolishly did not make it available for play. Therefore, going off of just what I played, I would have to say that Yoshi’s Whooly World was easily my favorite title, followed by Smash, Bayonetta, Hyrule Warriors, and Sonic Boom on the 3DS. For the nonplayable stuff, Xenoblade Chronicles X looks fantastic, as well as Devil’s Third!
Dakota Lasky: While Nintendo had a ridiculous amount of quality gaming jam-packed into its E3 booths, Splatoon stood out among them all. I’m a diehard Smash player and even Splatoon surprised me as being a more polished and exciting game in its current state. Splatoon was the only game I played more than Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Its fresh, fluid, smooth, and unparalleled in its hype. The game is begging for a healthy competitive scene. It has the speed, movement options, pace, and offense to be enjoyed at any kind of level. I’m extremely excited for the full release. I think this could be the next big IP for Nintendo fans to love.
Andy Whitefieldbaum: I’d love to choose The Legend of Zelda as my top pick, but as all we saw was that small glimpse it wouldn’t feel right. I’m going to go with Splatoon, the biggest surprise no one saw coming. What shocked me the most was that this game is actually made in house and not by some unknown western developer Nintendo paid to make something which could appeal to shooter fans. There seems to be a little bit of mixed feelings towards the game such as tactics, controls, content etc. This is Nintendo, they’re going to pack the game full to the brim like they always do, just hope the “first-half 2015″ release date from the official fact sheet doesn’t suffer. When I was watching the reveal trailer I was already planning my tactics with my boyfriend as we watched on in awe. I could also give an honorable mention to Amiibo which doesn’t appear to be getting the attention it deserves. Please read my article to find out exactly why this isn’t just a Skylanders clone. This E3 as opposed to last year’s as filled me with optimism as there are a ton of amazing titles coming to the Wii U over the next 18 months.
Well there you have it folks. Do you agree with our top picks? Be sure to voice your opinion in the comments below!