With the spotlight shining brightly on Sony and Microsoft yesterday, following the announcement of prices for both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, we thought it only fair and reasonable to give Nintendo their fifteen minutes of fame.
Attempting to bypass the fact that the company has no hardware to announce (it’s Wii U was released earlier this year and has so far failed to light up the console industry), the Japanese manufacturer has said that it’s all about the games. The Wii U has struggled for sales since its launch and the blame for this has almost entirely been placed on the lack of quality games to be released. Games manufacturers are seemingly unwilling to invest the time and effort required into making games for the system.
With so few games being launched by other companies, Nintendo has taken the bull by the horns, grasped it by the collar, and taken the decision to author and release several of their own games. They showed some of them off at their E3 booth yesterday.
There are, of course, the usual suspects in Nintendo’s gaming arsenal making an appearance. Mario Kart 8 is an anti-gravity version of the cult kart driving game and the company also let players get their hands on Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze. Mario made an appearance in 3D platformer Super Mario 3D World. Pikmin is also getting an upgrade with the launch of Pikmin 3, as is Bayonetta in the form of Bayonetta 2. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is an updated and upgraded version of the game specifically for the Wii U.
The whole Nintendo affair was a little low key, but the majority of gaming eyes were on the presentations from Sony and Microsoft as the pair gear up, ready to duke it out in the next round of console wars.
Sony stole a march on its rivals and gained the upper hand in a number of areas. After Microsoft announced that its Xbox One would cost £429 in the UK when released, Sony said that the PS4 would cost just £379, a marked difference in price. Microsoft said that it would be impossible to play pre-owned games and that gamers would have to go online at least every 24 hours. Sony said that pre-owned games could be played and there was no need to log on to the Internet. What’s more, the PS4 has a more powerful GPU too.
Both companies have clearly set their stalls out but were you excited at the Nintendo game announcements?