E3 2012: Nintendo Is “All About the Games”

Today at their E3 Press Conference, Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime promised attendees that the company’s focus was “all about the games.”

And he wasn’t joking. After all was said and done, Nintendo announced and displayed a litany of new games headed our way on both the Wii U and the 3DS, including Pikmin 3, Scribblenauts Unlimited, two new Super Mario Brothers games for both platforms, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and an all-new Wii U title called NintendoLand.

On top of that, it looks like Nintendo is embracing the more mature titles and bringing them to the Wii U to play as well, including Darksiders II, Assassin’s Creed 3, Batman Arkham City, and the all-new Ubisoft title ZombiU.

On the games front, Nintendo did not disappoint. Although many of these games had already been rumored or announced previously, it was great to see Nintendo roll out a massive roster of games to boost both platforms. The most curious part of the conference, however, is the fact that no formal release date was announced for the console, so we’re not completely sure what will be a launch title and what will not.

But we do know this; Nintendo is planning to use the Wii U controller’s unique capabilities to enhance gameplay mechanics, adding a new spin to many of these previously-released games.

After the application and feature-heavy conferences from Microsoft and Sony, it was refreshing to see Nintendo get down to what we all really care about: the games. Of course, the Wii U has been promised to be a new sort of entertainment hub on top of a games console, but at the end of the day, we care more about the games we can play than the movies we can watch or the internet browsers we can use. Our consoles are gaming devices first, entertainment centers second, and to see Nintendo exemplify this through their title-heavy conference was a breath of fresh air at this year’s E3.