Video gaming fans around the world are experiencing an all time high right now. E3 concluded this past week and with so many new announcements and reveals, it’s easy to see why. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all brought their A-game to the show, and despite a few hiccups in some of the conferences, everyone watching was immediately on board for the either a new franchise or the next anticipated game in a long running series.
Speaking of series, Nintendo has quite a few of them. So many, in fact, that some of them don’t get enough treatment as the more popular ones have in recent years. Regardless, when Nintendo’s E3 2018 Direct ended on Tuesday June 12, they had stolen the show with huge announcements such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Party. But for some fans, this wasn’t enough.
While we are getting an actual Pokemon game on the Switch with Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Evee, where motion controls are mandatory, a few fans of the series were less than thrilled with the announcement and were hoping for a proper, full-fledged, new Pokemon, and new continent to train on. However, the Nintendo Direct came and went without anything new for them.
Another announcement that we didn’t get was a new Animal Crossing game. Nintendo’s treatment of the series has been less than stellar as of late, but the Switch has the potential to re-ignite the franchise to its all-bell collecting glory. The Nintendo E3 2018 Direct was coming up, and surely they would have something for the fans, right? Wrong. Unfortunately Nintendo had nothing new to add for Animal Crossing, leaving its fan base unsatisfied and still waiting.
In addition to all of this, Metroid Prime 4 received absolutely ZERO news this past week. Easily the most hyped game coming out of last years event, Metroid fans viewed this as a rebirth of the franchise on home consoles. Leading up to this years E3 Direct, fans were anticipating new images, release dates, and maybe some actual gameplay. What we got was a huge announcement of nothing. All that waiting for approximately one year and were still left staring at the Metroid Prime 4 teaser trailer from the last E3.
Still, their was a lot of good that came out of this. They still proved that they can make excellent games, and they proved that they can do what they want and still have us salivating for more. Theirs no doubt that Super Smash Bros. Ulimate will dominate the holiday gaming sales once it releases on December 7, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch, but it truly would’ve been Nintendo’s year if they were to make good on their teases. I guess some fans will just have to keep playing the waiting game.
You can watch the Nintendo E3 2018 Direct in its entirety here: