Note: I'm taking a page from from my blogging pal Viewtiful Justin's book and making this post about today's E3 2013 Nintendo Direct (watch it here) a stream-of-consciousness affair.
Pokémon X/Y--The game, due out on Oct. 12, continues to look great. I like how the battles have a cartoonish flair to them.
Also, fairy-type Pokémon? That's all I needed to hear.
Super Mario 3D World--Huh. I'm not what I think about that cat power-up. Everything else looks nice and clean, though--like Super Mario 3D Land, but better.
Wait, you mean we can control Peach again? SOLD. That said, I'm not entirely sure about the gameplay. I expected something Super Mario Galaxy-esque, and this isn't it. Still, it seems fun.
Mario Kart 8--I know some will be confused by my next comment, but I thought this one looked really good. Surprisingly good, even. I guess I didn't expect the Wii U version to look quite so ... detailed.
I also really like its F-Zero-esque elements--you know, the anti-gravity stuff.
Bummer about the "spring 2014" release date, though. Wasn't it supposed to be out late this year?
Wii Party U--Zzzzzzzzzzz.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it'll be fun in its own way, but it's really not my cup of tea.
Wii Fit U--That we're still waiting for this game is either a joke or a travesty or both, if you ask me. Seriously, a December 2013 release? It should have been out in December 2012. Sigh.
Art Academy U--Seems interesting enough, although I'm not sure it's something I'll get for myself. After all, I bought both previous Art Academy titles and have yet to really "play" them.
It'll surely be a boon to those who use Miiverse, though.
Third-party Wii U games--Wait, you mean such a thing exists? Just kidding (kind of).
Wii U and 3DS eShop games--Is it wrong that Coaster Crazy Deluxe excited me the most out of this montage of upcoming digital releases? Oh, and Mutant Mudds Deluxe also looks good--well, except for the design of its protagonist--as does Shovel Knight.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD--This one looks much better than it did in the last E3, I must say. The question is: if I buy this version, will I finally complete the game? (Sadly, I got stuck while playing the GameCube original and never returned to it.)
The Wonderful 101--It'll be out before The Wind Waker HD (in mid-September)? You don't say!
Still looks like a lot of fun, of course, but I worry that due to the lengthy delay of its release it's going to receive a rather lukewarm reception--which would be too bad, as it looks really unique (something that can't be said about a lot of Wii U games--or games for any other console, for that matter--these days).
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze--Another good-looking Wii U game, no doubt. I'm not sure I'm up for another Donkey Kong Country game at this point, though, to tell you the truth.
That said, I like that Dixie Kong's making a return to the series.
Bayonetta 2--New hair and outfit(s), huh? Personally, I preferred the longer hair, but that's just me. Still, the game looks over-the-top fabulous, as it should. It's not coming out until sometime next year, though. Boo.
Also, Nintendo/Platinum are going to be smart and release a Wii U version of the first Bayonetta in advance of the second, right? Right?!
X--Monolithsoft's Xenoblade follow-up is as visually impressive as ever. Gameplay looks similar to Xenoblade, which I think is great, although the addition of the mechs should add a bit of spice to that game's formula--or at least that's what I'm hoping.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U--Would you believe I originally (and rather stupidly) believed this last trailer was for the Wii U version of Animal Crossing?
Anyway, both versions of the new Smash Bros. game look really nice to my eyes, although I'm not entirely sure I'm on board with the art style being used for the 3DS iteration. Of course, I'm not exactly the biggest Smash Bros. fan in the world. In fact, I doubt I'll get either version this time around, although I'm keeping an open mind due to the fact that an Animal Crossing villager has been added to the roster.
A few additional thoughts--No price drop or new bundle for Wii U? Also, where's Yarn Yoshi? Or Dragon Quest X? Or first-party 3DS games besides Pokémon X/Y, such as Yoshi's Island 3DS (aka Yoshi's New Island)? What about third-party 3DS games like Fantasy Life or Dragon Quest VII or Bravely Default?
Also, I have to say that I'm getting the distinct feeling that the Wii U is on its way to being another GameCube for Nintendo. There's nothing really wrong with that, of course, especially since the GameCube is one of my all-time favorite consoles (despite the fact that it was a flop), but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a bit disappointing after the success of the Wii.
So, that's what I think of this morning's E3 2013 Nintendo Direct. What did all of you think about it? Did it satisfy you? Disappoint you? Enrage you? Bore you?