Nintendo gave us a well-presented and all-around enjoyable E3 Digital Event. There isn\’t much I could complain about and there is a growing consensus that Nintendo\’s event may be the best from the show. However, I thought the presentation was missing five important announcements that would have brought the conference to a whole new level.
1. GameCube Virtual Console
Many people, including myself, were hoping Nintendo would announce that they\’re bringing classic GameCube titles to the Wii U\’s Virtual Console. This would make perfect sense, considering they already have plans to support the GameCube controller alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The GameCube has a smorgasbord of games — Luigi\’s Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, etc. — that I know young gamers today would appreciate. I expect and hope Nintendo will be revealing their plans to roll out a GCN Virtual Console in the coming months.
2. More Classic Games Coming to Wii U eShop
Since the launch of the Wii U, its Virtual Console library has been seriously lacking in games, especially compared to the original Wii. Nintendo has slowly but surely been cranking out some notable titles. However, during their E3 Digital Event, I was ready for them to give us a full lineup of eShop releases — sadly, they did not. Where is Sonic the Hedgehog? Where is Metal Gear? Where is any N64 game, for that matter? We know they\’re coming, but the question is, “How soon?”
3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora\’s Mask 3D
This would have been the reveal of all reveals. Majora\’s Mask fans worldwide are literally begging for a 3DS remastered edition. I\’m really surprised it had no mention during Nintendo\’s conference. With the relatively recent release of Ocarina of Time 3D, you would think Nintendo has the assets needed to make the game. During E3 last week, Nintendo possibly hinted the remake at the end of their Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament when gaming sweetheart Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, came out on the stage with a giant Majora\’s Mask. She had previously collaborated with Nintendo to support Ocarina of Time 3D. Nintendo knows about the avalanche of websites, fan pages, and forums crying for this game — sooner or later, they\’ll give the fans what they want. In recent news, job listings emerged that lead us to believe the game is under development.
I think I speak for everyone when saying it\’s time for a new Metroid! The last time we saw Samus Aran was in the 2010 Wii game, Metroid: Other M. Unfortunately, it left a bad taste in the mouths of Metroid fans. It\’s time for a palette cleanser! Recently, Nintendo commented on the subject to assure us they haven\’t forgotten about Metroid. They elaborated by stating that they want to do a first-person Metroid and a side-scrolling one. Showing off either one, let alone both, would have fans ecstatic.
5. Wii U & 3DS Cross-Buy Functionality
In order for me to play Super Mario Bros. 3 on my 3DS and Wii U, I\’m obligated to buy the game twice. This has been a real annoyance in many gamers\’ lives, especially those who have had a taste of the PlayStation digital ecosystem. Believe me, I am happy to support such a legendary company like Nintendo. However, if Nintendo were to allow cross-buy functionality, my wallet would be a lot happier and I would have some extra change for Virtual Console releases. Now that both consoles share the player\’s wallet, I hope that cross-buy will come next.
What did you think about Nintendo\’s E3 Digital Event? Was it everything you could have hoped for? Or was there something missing? Tell me what you think in the comments section below!