So NX is coming out in March 2017. That’s cool. Zelda will launch simultaneously on the Wii U and NX. That’s cool too. Nintendo “allegedly” will only have one playable game on the show floor. Strange, but I cannot say it’s a good or bad thing because I haven’t seen the set up. Nintendo says no NX info at E3:2016 and it will be shown off at a later date this year. Aggravating yes, but not unexpected. At least by me. Being that Nintendo NEVER SAID what date NX would be revealed in 2016 means that I should feel like it’s my fault that I feel disappointed. That’s where the train jumps the tracks for me.
I didn’t think about this until after the show. The thought from some gamers is that Nintendo never told us any precise date that NX would be revealed or released. All they told us is that they would divulge more information about the console in 2016, and left it at that. On at least 2 separate occasions I know of Nintendo stated that they would give more information about NX in 2016. Once before E3:2015, and once again later that year. They never said anything else. Okay. Fair enough.
So there was no confusion about their stance on this. We all heard it and understood it. Just a few days ago Nintendo reiterated AGAIN that they will show NX off later on this year. So I ask this question. Why did Nintendo feel the need to tell us again what they had already told us in the past? They had already stated this twice publicly, and their statement is still the same. Why say it again and this time like last year specifically state that NX information would NOT be available at E3?
I’ll tell you why.
It’s because they knew that they EXPECTED US to EXPECT to hear information about NX at E3 of this year. They knew that investors EXPECTED to hear information about NX at E3 this year, otherwise they would not have bought it up in an investors meeting. Nintendo is not so dilapidated to think they could just go on about their business at E3 (which historically is where Nintendo has revealed 85-90% of their hardware) not saying anything about it at all and not have both investors and consumers alike ask, “Where is NX?”
To suggest that we give Nintendo a pass for this simply because 2016 is “not over yet” and they never specifically said that NX would EVER be shown off at E3 is semantics. For one, in both 2015 and 2016 they had to specifically state to both investors and consumers that NX would not be shown at E3. Two, E3 is where Nintendo always reveals hardware. To suggest that gamers should not have expected to hear something at E3 about new console hardware from a major console manufacturer is like saying I should not expect to hear either ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ or ‘America The Beautiful’ sung before sporting events. Those things are never advertised unless it is a special event like the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star game, NBA All-Star Game, Wrestlemania, etc. where a celebrity is usually singing it.
There are very few things that get me upset. Three of those things are red herrings, ad-hominems, and semantics. Now I can’t speak for other gamers. All I can do is speak for myself. For me, I don’t have a problem with Nintendo holding off on NX information to announce at their own event. There definitely are advantages of doing that and hopefully we see a return of Spaceworld in September. However, just exactly who trusts Nintendo at this point? What can you point to in recent memory to say that is a foundation to which I can trust Nintendo? Even when you look at things such as Nintendo putting out crap titles like Mario Tennis and the Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival game, the high price-tag for LOZ:TPHD (which was just an up-scaled, re-skinned version of a decade-old game,) the over-complicated controls of StarFoxZero, and the very existence of Metroid Prime: Force Federation we are starting to see that even things we come to rely on as being solid have become shaky at best. So why should I trust that Nintendo will do ANYTHING that makes sense at this point?
This is the SAME COMPANY that told you that Zelda would be coming to the Wii U in 2015. Despite the fact that such a feat is completely impossible, yet, they told you this on their own free will and volition. This is the SAME COMPANY that told you that Zelda would be coming to Wii U in 2016. Again, still completely unrealistic considering the fact that development of the game started in mid-2013. This is the SAME COMPANY that showed you THIS……
…..saying that these are graphics possible on the GameCube (and if that wasn’t the message then there was no reason for us to see it at all) and knowing full well that gamers would WANT a Zelda with graphics like this and instead you get THIS……
Windwaker was a great game, but it’s not what we were expecting based off of the seed Nintendo intentionally planted. This is called “bait and switch.” It’s a very common practice used in consumer-based business. We are not children. We understand how business works. I don’t think Nintendo understands that we understand how business works and think we aren’t smart enough to figure these things out.
At E3:2011 we were shown THIS……..
Yes. This is a quicktime-event TECH DEMO. No. Nintendo never told us once that this was a game coming to the Wii U or in development for the Wii U. However, are we going to play semantics to try and defend Nintendo from the fact that not only is there NO Wii U game on this level graphically, but the actual Zelda we are getting looks like this….
Ahh, my good old friend friend bait and switch is back. How you been man? What’s it been like, 15 years we haven’t seen you?
Seriously though, Zelda is looking great but again, it’s not what we were expecting. You do not show your patrons a porterhouse steak and come back with hamburgers. Nothing wrong with hamburgers. They are great for those who like them. They both come from the same animal. However, if your intention all along was to serve me hamburgers then show me the hamburgers. Don’t show me the steak.
Furthermore, just exactly what did we see at E3:2011 on the Zelda and Japanese Garden demos? As I stated, NOTHING on the Wii U looks anywhere near that good. Were those demos even running on Wii U hardware? You have for certain a bald-faced lie about the graphical-capability we were sold on for Wii U, but who is to say that it isn’t compounded with an even BIGGER lie of these games not even running on Wii U dev-kits but high-powered PCs? This is the type of stuff that when it is heard that Sony, Microsoft, or 3rd parties do that they get crucified upside down for it. However when it’s Nintendo, they get a pass.
Finally. You are going to have the show floor at E3 totally dedicated to Zelda for the Wii U. You promised this game twice already to Wii U console owners and did not deliver and now you are going to show it off at E3 as the singular focus knowing full well that Wii U console owners will have to wait 9 months to play that version simply because you want to release it with the NX. I agree with Mizzah Tee in the aspect that Nintendo is pulling an Ubisoft here. We all jumped on Ubisoft’s case when they delayed a FINISHED game just so that it could have a simultaneous release on all consoles. Rayman Legends was shown off as a showcase game of the Wii U to show off the capabilities of the Wii U GamePad. A lot of people made up their minds to buy the Wii U based off of that. Then those people had to wait 11 months to play Rayman Legends on the Wii U. Now we have no idea when Zelda on the Wii U would have launch if not for the NX delay, but considering the fact that the game has already been promised to be released TWICE by now I can say that Wii U consoles owners will have to once again wait 11 months from right now for a game that probably is finished because they want to release it on another console. This is what Nintendo thinks of you folks. It ain’t pretty, but it’s the truth.
So my point is that Nintendo is not trustworthy. Whether some of us want to admit it or not we all have warm and fuzzy feelings about Nintendo grounded in nostalgia from the 80s and 90s. In my last blog I talked about Adam Sessler’s old comments about how Nintendo feels like a child that graduates with honors and then goes into the porn industry. I think a lot of Nintendo fans are in denial of that child entering the porn industry.
Even with all that I said, there is a truckload worth of instances I have not even mentioned where Nintendo has screwed over it’s own fan-base that have stood in the trenches fighting FOR THEM when they were too lazy, too cowardly, or too arrogant to fight their own battles and yet people still want to give them the benefit of the doubt?
Well, that is their prerogative. I don’t understand it but, I don’t need to. I just wanted to make my point clear from where I’m coming from on this. People are going to believe what they choose to believe anyway so I’ll let those people do that and be happy.