Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event back in June had a theme of “Transformation,” with Nintendo showing off a variety of spin-offs and new takes on games. The presentation was widely criticized, with many fans feeling that it was underwhelming and that certain titles (Metroid Prime: Federation Force in particular) were not what they expected or wanted.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime defended the game, stating that changes to the formula have to be made to keep games
fresh and appealing. In a more recent interview, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto expressed similar sentiments, saying that Nintendo needs to change game formulas for new hardware, and that the lineup of games shown at E3 was meant to surprise the audience.
“In terms of Metroid, yes, it wasn’t exactly what fans expected. With Animal Crossing [Happy Home Designer] we have a new type of gameplay but it is still the same franchise – perhaps not along the traditional line of what you expect but what we always try to do is work with the hardware we have.
“If you look across the line-up of what we have for this year we’re using the amiibo cards, amiibo, the [Mario Maker] editing tool, two screens. Both the new Metroid and Zelda: Triforce Hero titles are new in terms of their gameplay.
“Even moving on to the year after, we’re always thinking of ways to surprise the audience.”
— Shigeru Miyamoto
Looking at the combination of Nintendo hardware, software, and accessories that will be available this year and next, are you satisfied with the lineup? Do you think Nintendo is doing a good job of keeping things fresh, or have they missed the mark with some of their recent changes? Sound off in the comments!