Nintendo’s E3 Conference: Beats Microsoft, Loses to Sony

Nintendo’s E3 Conference was good, not great. Unfortunately, it needed to be great.

I won’t lie, the Smash Bros. announcement was by far the thing that excited me the most in the entire conference. When Mega Man was revealed on the roster, complete with a variety of move augmentations and his classic Mega Man 2 music, I did an awkward sort of clapping motion to communicate my pleasure. However, aside from a couple of other exciting updates and announcements (Mario 3D Land is one of my favorite 3DS games, so I’m pretty stoked for 3D World), there wasn’t a whole lot here to justify an adoption of the Wii U…yet.

And that’s the entire problem. Nintendo continues to squander its lead, and now, arguably, already has less momentum going for it than the PS4. With worse graphics and less basic functionality (such as no blu-ray or even DVD player), Nintendo needed to use its lead to establish itself in living rooms. It hasn’t done that yet. While the lower price point is certainly nice, there hasn’t really been a big reason to invest in one yet.

Now, come 2014, when all the heavy hitters start getting released, it will be a different story. But I walked into today thinking that the PS4 will be the only next gen system I purchase this year, and I leave the same way.

2 thoughts on “Nintendo’s E3 Conference: Beats Microsoft, Loses to Sony

  1. I agree. I’m fine with my current Wii and there’s really nothing about the Wii U that has made me want to go out and buy one. I find myself more excited about the games coming out for the 3DS than the Wii U, which is where most of money will be going to.

    Xbox One turned out to be a huge disappointment for a next gen console and the Playstation 4 has convinced me why I need to finally invest on a Sony console. It’s a shame because I did like the Xbox and I never thought I’d finally add a Playstation console with what I currently have. Things change.

    1. I’m super disappointed too – I was looking forward to my gamerscore carrying over to the new Xbox 🙂 But alas. it’s funny, because I speak my disappointment over the new direction of Xbox, and people accuse me of fanboy-ism. The reality is, I’m like the anti-fanboy – someone who used to favor Xbox, but has totally switched sides because of the repeated disappointments of One.

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