Nintendo E3 2015 Digital Event is the Nintendest thing ever
Even if you’re not a Nintendo fan, you have to respect the company’s insistence on doing things their way. Boldly, stubbornly, perhaps even foolishly, they have never been afraid to go in directions that defy conventional wisdom. Perhaps nothing embodies that quality better than their E3 2015 Digital Event. It simply has to be seen to be believed.
For the past few years, Nintendo has skipped the huge E3 media showcases in favor of smaller digital events. Similar to their periodic “Direct” briefings, their recorded presentations offer a quieter (and much cheaper) alternative to the Sony and Microsoft extravaganzas. Nintendo has also used these online events to poke fun at themselves, embracing the goofy, meme-tastic image that gamers have crafted of them over the past decade. Nothing, however, can prepare you for how far down the warp pipe of crazy Reggie, Iwata and Miyamoto go at the beginning of this year’s presentation. You will never look at Nintendo’s holy trinity the same way again. I promise.
Usually, we break up these drawn out events into Trailerpalooza summaries. But this time, it just doesn’t seem fair. If you cut out the musical number at the end (yes, there’s a musical number), Nintendo’s Digital Event only runs about 45 minutes. It’s packed with new games for the Wii U and 3DS, including Star Fox, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and Super Mario Maker. It’s also endearingly off beat in that quintessential Nintendo way. If you are (or were) one of the Nintendo faithful, it’s definitely worth watching. Also… a basket full of yarn Yoshis. You’ll see.