Nintendo Treehouse (Tuesday) E3 2016 Review – Breath of the NX
#TeamNinja – It’s Nintendo E3 review time! Alright, so…. I’m not honestly sure how to go about reviewing this. Instead of a traditional press conference, or even a Nintendo Direct, we got 6+ hours of live demos of the new Zelda title with a few minutes of Pokemon thrown in. TL;DR – well… that.
Two Games, Zero Nonsense
Nintendo opened with Reggie coming on stage, saying their entire focus today would be on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and not to expect anything else. Even a look at their press kit shows that they only plan on focusing on Zelda.
The show proceeded by continuing to pass the scene between various hosts and guests from Nintendo, showing various aspects of the gameplay.
This was pretty cool – we got to see a lot of gameplay and learn a lot about the game and how it plays. But honestly? I went from super hyped for the first Zelda game I wanted to run out and grab to being tired of it and not wanting to hear about it anymore. It went back to looking like every other Zelda game, which it wasn’t supposed to do.
But that’s probably my fault for watching the entire stream. It wasn’t fully meant for that.
For those really wanting to learn what to expect in this huge new game, there was plenty of great details given throughout the show, so you’ll wanna skim through the stream archive.
Read my write-up of the Zelda coverage for lots of details and tons of screenshots!
We also got a look at Pokemon Sun & Pokemon Moon! It was short and sweet, but it was nice to see it given some love. We didn’t see too much that we haven’t seen before, besides the new Battle Royale mode. It looks like a really great way to mix up Pokemon competitive multiplayer. Read more about it on my writeup post.
But that’s it! They gave us a little Pokemon and a LOT of Zelda, and didn’t waste any time on anything we didn’t want to hear.
But where’s NX? Where’s the new console? What?!
The more observant among you may have noticed that the Zelda demos was, in fact, being played on a Wii U unit. This is good because it shows they didn’t completely abandon it, and shows that the game we’re looking at is the Wii U game – not a super-powered NX title to be downgraded for the Wii U.
But they weren’t afraid to say “NX.” Aisha said it during Ubisoft’s show and Reggie said it when announcing the Breath of the Wild would be on Wii U and NX. But where is it?
We have no idea. To be fair, Nintendo did specifically say that all they’re focusing on today would be Zelda, so we may hear more from them tomorrow or Thursday. We’ll see…
New Amiibos and Amiibo functionality was shown for Zelda, and new Mario Amiibos are coming, as well. Whoo. Let me put them on my shelf.
NXT LVL E3 SHOW
I would have loved to hear anything about NX at all, but I’m still hoping to hear more about it later in the week.
Nintendo’s show was long, and it got boring. But they showed us a TON about a game we’ve seen nothing about since the Wii U launched, and stuck to their goal. I’ll give Nintendo Treehouse E3 2016 a 7/10.
— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) June 14, 2016