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July 20, 2015

The E3 Report: Nintendo Press Conference Review


After a long delay in writing, I've finally gotten around to sitting down and typing a review for the Nintendo Press Conference. Apologies for the long delay. In the future, if I decide to cover the next E3, I'll make sure to get a team of people to help me.

This review is written in memory of Satoru Iwata, who recently passed away at the age of 55. May he rest in peace.

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Instead of giving a beat-by-beat summary of the expo, I'll just let you guys watch the video above and add my thoughts below:

While Nintendo's digital event format added more control over the actual presentation, it's hard not to suspect that this was done instead of an actual press conference because the giant corporation ran out of viable ideas.

The past is a strong focus in the press conference, so much so that the future is neglected. In the video above, the reader can see that Nintendo placed a lot of emphasis over explaining "why" the games were made instead of giving us a reason to be excited for them.

Half-hearted is the term any gamer would use upon viewing the press conference. From the forced humour to the behind-the-scenes videos dragging on for longer than humanely necessary, it seemed like Nintendo felt filler was the order of the day and decided to serve it lukewarm at that.

If Nintendo can't provide us with a reason to stay excited for whatever they give in the future, they may just lose their audience and stay frozen in the past forever...literally and figuratively. 

While the presentation isn't bad by any means, it just didn't give us anything that sticks. Let's hope for a better year next year...

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