Until yesterday, I figured that the real winner of E3 was Sony. Though the only people who should be “winning” are the fans, as with every year, I judge it based on the power/interest of the announcements of each company. However, I do not have a Switch, and most of the things discussed were on the Switch. Though it is on my radar to get one, and now I have a few more reasons to love Nintendo. Some honorable mentions are the new Amiibos [though I admittedly do want the Wedding Dress Peach, that’s just fantastic] and the Breath of the Wild DLC. That doesn’t interest me in the least … only because I don’t have the game or the console yet. And even if I did, I would not have gotten far enough to appreciate it. It’s good news though for Breath of the Wild fans, who definitely will want some new content, and the increased durability of the Master Sword is for sure a good thing. But these aren’t the biggest announcements. No new consoles that I saw, no price drops … just really good games.
The biggest one? Pokemon on console. A core Pokemon game on a damn console. The thing I’ve been harping about literally, for years, is finally coming to pass. I kept saying that if they did it, it’d be like printing money. And it’s on the Switch, which is a portable console! I don’t know if it’s going to be Ultra Sun/Moon, or if it will be the “third game” in that set [Stars? Space? Who knows?], but it’s going to be a very big deal. People who have been on the fence for the Switch, I forsee changing their mind based on their love of Pokemon. When I heard “new Pokemon” I immediately thought “Oh great. Another Mystery Dungeon, or Stadium”, and though I love Stadium, I wanted a core game. And that’s what I, we, got! I absolutely could not be more excited for this. I do still have a lot of work to do in Sun and Moon [I got distracted, and honestly, it didn’t grab me like some of the others did]. I also hope sometime this year we hear about a Diamond/Pearl/Platinum remake. It’s getting to be that time, and it’s my favorite Gen! What if that’s what comes to the Switch …? Pokken Tournament wasn’t enough, nor was Ultra Sun/Moon! Thank you, Pokemon Company.
Next, let’s talk Metroid! I have very fond memories of going to my neighbors house to play Metroid, until I got a copy of my own, sometime later. Metroid, Metroid 2: Return of Samus, Super Metroid? These were my bread and butter! I adored Super Metroid with a fire that I cannot adequately explain. My favorite game type outside of RPGs are Metroidvania’s probably, and when I saw that the 3DS is getting a Metroid game, for a brief moment I was filled with terror. That washed away when I saw it was “Metroid: Samus Returns”! The gameplay showed me what I figured it might be: A remake of Metroid 2: Return of Samus. Sure, they forced a C&D on the person who made the fan version of Metroid 2, and while that is amazing, I do like that there is a legit Metroid coming. I’m not crazy about Metroid Prime though. I was never any good at it, and I didn’t like the Gamecube, so when I saw Metroid Prime 4, I was excited just because it’s Metroid! Maybe I don’t like change, but I prefer the 2D games. I’m more than willing to give it a shot though.
There were lots of other announcements though! Some more on Fire Emblem Musou, which is going to be crazy awesome. I love the Musou Franchise, which everyone without a doubt knows, and so seeing the Fire Emblem series, which has so many fictional, incredible battles… that’s going to be fun. But will it still include permadeath? That’s the major question I have. There’s a cute new Yoshi game coming, but it’s not on my radar at all. Wasn’t a big fan of Yoshi’s Island. However, there’s a new Kirby game! And it looks to be in the more traditional side-scrolling Kirby style that I adored so much as a younger man. And as an old man! Not all that crazy about Super Mario Odyssey. I’m not sold on it quite yet, but there’s time for that to change. With all of these things in mind, I think Nintendo had more positives than negatives, than any company I’ve looked at so far. In order, I’d have to say Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft. But that’s just my opinion!
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