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E3 2018 Thoughts: Nintendo

So... That was interesting.

So nintendo's conference began with a look at some 3rd party games, which look pretty cool. I like those. We got a new Mario Party game with Super Mario Party, which I'm very happy about, seeing as the cars in Mario Party has always been a terrible idea in my view, and so I'm glad that we're seeing a return to a style where everyone moves independently.

Then, Smash. The Smash title announced at the Nintendo direct is now Smash Bros. Ultimate. It honestly looks amazing, with them bringing back every single Smash character frome every single game, tons of tweaks, new stages, and much more. I can't wait to play it in december.

Additionally, during the Splatoon World Championship, it was announced that the previously revealed Splatoon Octo Expansion would be coming tomorrow night (the day after this post is made) and I seriously can't wait for that at all. Octo expansion looks amazing and I know it's gonna be a lot of fun. I've been dying for some more Splatoon anyway.

However, I can't help but feel that it's a bit dissappointing that there wasn't much announced, even though all the announcements were bombshells. I really wish we got a look at Yoshi, a look at Retro Studio's new game, a sneak peak at Metroid Prime 4, or even a new Animal Crossing. However, Nintendo did state the they will be giving more details about games coming next year at a future date, so I can't wait for that. Hopefully then we'll get an Animal Crossing tease.

The only other thing I'd like to note is that I feel that Smash may of taken a bit too long, with how much detail it went into. I'm sure some will appreciate it more than I do though.

I can't complain though. I'm stoked for Super Mario Party and Octo Expansion, and Smash looks fantastic. We also got the announcement of Fortnite coming to Switch today, which was a nice touch that I'm sure will help attract more people to the Switch.

So although this presentation had some hiccups in my view and I thought more could've been shown, I thought it was alright. It did what it was supposed to do and it was executed really well. I suppose the Direct format is really paying off for Nintendo.

(Personal) Rating: B+


E3 2018 Thoughts: Bethesda

So after the terrible show that was last year's bethesda conference, I was cautiously optimistic about this year's conference, and man, did bethesda deliver.

This year's conference started out really slow, and looked to be heading in the same problems that 2016 and 2017's conference had. Then todd showed up. In one conference, Todd effectively went from an internet meme to widely praised, and for good reason.

There was a lot of great humor with this one, with a mock trailer being made in which bethesda makes fun of themselves and effectively takes control of the meme about them porting skyrim to everything by making a video in which they jokingly port skyrim to everything, such as an amazon alexa (they actually made this one despite it being a joke... no seriously), etch a sketch, and a samsung refrigerator. Some of the things that I found cool were the announcement of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Fallout Shelter on Nintendo Switch, and Fallout 76.

I was actually cautious about Fallout 76 being an online game, but it appears that the really thought this one through, as it's only with "a few dozen" players at once, dedicated servers, a "serverless" experience (the game never mentions specific servers and it's all in the cloud), oh, and nuclear weapons are scattered across the map, so that's neat.

Overall, although it was slow to start, Bethesda made a lot of killer announcements this year that I really enjoy.

(Personal) Rating: B+


E3 2018 Thoughts: Ubisoft

Honestly Ubisoft didn't have that much unexpected. Beyond Good and Evil 2 looks cool, I'm not interested in Starlink but the fact that is has Starfox is cool, the Mario + Rabids: Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong DLC makes me want to get the game finally, and the devision 2 looks alright.

There were some hiccups, and a lot of stuff I wasn't interested in, but overall, it looks alright. The funniest part was when someone backstage accidentally had their microphone on and we had some "backstage talk" which was mainly just small talk and some directions over backstage stuff.

It seems like a average Ubisoft conference with extra perks. That's ok though.

(Personal) Rating: B


E3 2018 Thoughts: Square Enix

So Square Enix recently had their E3 conference, and I'm honestly wondering what the point of it was? Like, there really wasn't that much there. A lot of it was stuff we already knew about. It's not a good sign when 90% of your finishing trailer was pretty much one that we've already seen.

I mean yeah, some of the stuff that was shown was cool, but again, so little was announced that I'm wondering why Square Enix even held a conference. Hopefully they'll have more to show next year.

(Personal) Rating: D+


E3 2018 Thoughts: Devolver Digital

So Devolver is apparently continuing the trend of holding a mock press conference making fun of the industry, and it was about as insane as you would expect.

Lots of blood, swearing, and making fun of the industry. This time however, it seems to have gotten a bit more bolder in making fun of industry trends, with Nina Struthers (the host) often going on long rants deriding specific trends, which is quite entertaining.

They actually announced some cool games too. My Friend Pedro looks fun as hell, and Metal Wolf Chaos XD looks hilarious.

Also it looks like their making it a series with the conference ending with Nina Struthers being shot with a machine gun with one of the people that had their hand cut off in the last conference. Then, others are seen around her, and it appears that she's now a robot, with the conference ending with "To by continued... Next year". It looks like devolver will be making fun of the industry for years to come, and frankly, I love all of it.

(Personal) Rating: ??????????????????????