On Wednesday, the power briefly went out at the Los Angeles Convention Center, sending E3 2019 into a brief moment of darkness. While the outage only lasted a few minutes, television monitors and internet routers went down, an obvious snag for the video game expo. But Nintendo was prepared in a delightful way when that interruption knocked its Treehouse Live stream offline for a few minutes. Error, the villager from Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, picked up the slack and did his duty as a referential technical difficulties screen. It was a nice touch, and we’re glad Error’s still getting work. … [Read more...] about When the power went out at E3, Nintendo was prepared
Doug Bowser’s first E3 Nintendo Direct delivered a sight gag four years in the making. The new president of Nintendo of America elbowed a certain less successful chief executive (Mushroom Kingdom division) out of the frame when Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi introduced him. Bowser joined Nintendo in 2015 (a move we called “the perfect hire”) and took over Nintendo’s North America office when longtime E3 all-star Reggie Fils-Aime retired in April. So, putting a tie on Bowser (but not Mr. Bowser) and confusing the two is some kind of contender for longest “wait for it ... wait for it ...” punchline ever. Props to Koizumi for milking this further with the “are you related?” toss to Doug. We’ll trust him that, yes, he does get that all the time. Bravo, guys. The only way this joke could have gone better is if Nintendo hired Doug Thwomp. But really, what was Bowser growling on about before he was so rudely interrupted? … [Read more...] about At E3, Nintendo riffs on Doug Bowser’s name in the best way
E3 2018 officially starts on Tuesday, June 12, at 11 a.m. PT, when the doors to the Los Angeles Convention Center open for the show. But before then, there’s plenty of news coming from publishers like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. The pre-E3 festivities kick off on Saturday, June 9, when Electronic Arts hosts its annual EA Play event, complete with a livestreamed press conference. From there, it’s a whirlwind of news events from — in order — Xbox, Bethesda Softworks, Ubisoft, PlayStation and Nintendo leading right into E3 2018 proper. Here’s a rundown of the biggest E3 events, and when and where they’ll be livestreaming. This page will be updated with additional details as publishers finalize their schedules. Electronic Arts When: Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET What to expect: Electronic Arts promises news on the next Battlefield, BioWare’s Anthem and its EA Sports lineup during its EA Play 2018 press conference. If you’re in … [Read more...] about E3 2018 press conference and livestream schedule
The battle for our nerd eyeballs is about to begin. What could the big guns have set for E3 2018? Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox are about to go war. It’ll be a largely nice war, of course, fought with over-wrought platitudes to players and practiced soundbites to the media – but the fight is on. Most important are the games, obviously. They speak louder than any words. On this page, we’re going to run down what could be coming from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony at E3 2018. We originally published this page back in May, but now E3 is a matter of days away, it’s time for an update. We’re just dealing with the first party, in-house output here (we’ve got a separate page for third party speculation), and we’re only considering known properties – hopefully all three companies have some all-new stuff for us to get excited about too. Anyway – let’s kick it off with PlayStation. PlayStation: The Last of Us Part 2 and dreams of … [Read more...] about E3 2018: what games will PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox show?
Nintendo never seems to compete with anyone but itself. This ability to get away with playing by its own rules must be frustrating to everyone else in entertainment who isn’t called “Disney.” 2017 was a particularly good year for Nintendo and it’s self-made luck, as the gaming giant kept making moves that were so confident yet weird that we were often left wondering if anyone behind the wheel knew what they were doing ... or if perhaps it was all part of a secret, master plan to take over the world. Here is a short list of bizarre things that never would have worked for Microsoft or Sony, but that Nintendo made look easy. In no particular order, how the hell was Nintendo able to win at some much at the same time it: Discontinued its most popular product The NES Classic was a wonderful system, and every shipment sold out the moment it hit store shelves. The hardware was always impossible to find, and Nintendo looked like it would be able to control allocation … [Read more...] about Nintendo owned 2017, and all it took was a series of bad mistakes