I'd be literally (pleasantly?) shocked to see Zelda U, but you do have a point about timing- waiting too much longer is going to net them little in terms of positive PR
. Problem is the hype cycle, Zelda is so prone to fanboys on both sides going off the rails at every hint of news then, regardless of the final product, no one seems to like it until a couple of years later. C'est La Zelda.
I think with MK8 being the only major release this year until Smash hits stores, a little teaser is about all they'd do for Zelda at E3. Wouldn't be smart to take too much momentum away from the only thing they can actually deliver right now.
3DS could still have a couple of surprises, but I'm not sure what they're planning there... It's the only thing
that's selling for them, but I hear so little about anything outside the Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes and the yet-to-be-announced NFC figure thing, which I assume we'll see a lot of at E3.
If anything, I honestly expect a long, hard sales pitch on the QoL stuff. Maybe not the device itself, but something that's aimed at getting some excitement behind it... Because there's none right now.
Originally Posted by newfmp3
wacky Wednesday rant
As to a new Nintendo console, I'm really hoping they go the exact opposite direction; half of the reason that Ninty has been so successful is based on the value of their systems, especially when compared to their competition. Ignoring the 3DS's initial failure and rebound after the price drop, Wii U is a great example of what people don't want from Nintendo. The $349 price point caused people to scoff and pass on the system from Day 1, popping out a $500+ console would be suicide. Steamboxes (lol), PS4 and XBONE are the high water mark right now, and that's not likely to change even if the Nintendo box was 100% badass, mind melting specs. Plus no one would be ready to develop games for it, ESPECIALLY Nintendo, which is the #1 reason to buy a N system. You'd end up with an immediate lull or outright drought like we're seeing from Sony and MS. Or they could join forces with Steam and blow everyone's minds.... but that's never gonna happen.
If it were me rather than Iwata, I'd be aiming for a $200 or lower price point, a system that's super tiny, sleek, and HD ready, similar to VitaTv. Let it talk to and share/stream content straight from your 3DS/WiiU, track progress with the still-nebulous QoL device daily via wifi or NFC, give the VC library a massive
update (aka things like GBA, Gamecube and DS games) and let the box play anything you own that's connected to your Nintendo Network ID.
Let it use the Classic controller, CC Pro, Wii U gamepad or 3ds as a controller -again, like VitaTV with a vita or DS3- and it's a no brainer purchase... It's ready to go out of the box in minutes, and it works with the s#it you already own (parents rejoice). And it's insanely portable, so once Nintendo figures out how to make a PS+ like service, they'd sell sell one these to everyone. Kids can take it to a friend's, Grandma's house, or just to a different room when someone wants the TV. And I'd KILL to have access to all my games while sitting in a hotel for work travel. It's really the reason my PSP is so handy, I ripped all my old PS1 games that I've never finished and I can play them on a plane, at the hotel, in the toilet, anywhere. If I owned a PS4 and Vita I'd be all over remote play , but playing games on a real TV would win out, no question.
I'm glad to see them doing more things like the freshly announced Mario Kart 8 TV web portal, which is a huge leap into courting the trophy and gamerscore crowd, it'll add a lot of interaction for gamers, I just hope they don't screw it up and gimp it in the way they're prone to do lately (Wii mini).
We'll have a lot to see at E3, but it seems like the slew of pre-E3 announcements this week are going to take a lot of wind out of their sails when the presentation actually happens. I know that financial briefing was 100% awful news, but I have my doubts that they're changing anything by blowing all their announcements now and hoping to distract folks.
It's two different crowds, you need fans to be excited first, then the investors will get the message. Investors aren't going to do much if anything until they see people buying...