Tuesday, June 11, 2013

E3 Nintendo 2013 Presentation

For those of you that missed the live coverage of Nintendo's E3 Direct, here is the video:

I'm really fired up for the new Smash Bros. title for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Especially since the announcement of Megaman as a playable character. His inclusion is a more than welcome addition to the Smash Bros. family.

It would seem that even the nameless "Villager" (now the mayor in the latest Nintendo 3DS iteration of the franchise) from Animal Crossing is getting the "star treatment" as well. If you notice his moveset, it is loosely based around the tools that one can utilize in the Animal Crossing series to make improvements to the town. I like how in the intro video, the character speeds off the moment he gets the invitation to join the fray, almost as if he's petrified that he's been selected. Yet, we see him not long afterwards with a smug look on his face after capturing Mario with his net. Also worth mentioning, with regard to his use of the net, is that it reminded me of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, in that the character Spike, from Ape Escape, also utilizes a net in a similar fashion to knock out opponents.

The Wii Fit U Trainer on the other hand is a bit more "questionable" however...

The reason I say that the Wii Fit U Trainer is a "questionable" choice is because although I am more than supportive of the inclusion of female characters into the Super Smash Bros. universe, I find that this pick is somewhat demeaning to female gamers. Her appearance alone is somewhat off-putting in that she's wearing skin-tight yoga pants (which enhance her posterior), a sports bra-like tank top that is also form fitting, and her moves involve stretching limbs in awkward poses. One has to keep in mind that this a fighting game...she's not a fighter, she's a yoga instructor. Her poses (in my opinion) look far too provocative. Granted a similar issue was involved with Zero-Suit Samus in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but she was wearing a full body suit and her moves were intended to be more tactful and combat heavy. Granted, I've taken my fair share of semi-perverse snapshots in-game with Princess Peach and Zero Suit Samus, I don't think that Nintendo sincerely bared the ability to take snapshots in mind with this character's appearance. Granted it's still unconfirmed whether or not we can record gameplay and take pictures like we were able to do, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but I've come to sort of expect that feature to be included. If it is not, I'll be severely disappointed.

Honestly, there are a slew of other, more appropriate picks that simply would've been a better fit. For instance, Lucina from the recently released game Fire Emblem: Awakening would have been a welcome addition as well as Krystal from Star Fox Adventures, Star Fox: Assault, and Star Fox Command.

I'm extremely excited for Bayonetta 2 (even though I've never played the first title) as well as Monolith Soft's Wii U game, titled "X".