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Published on June 17th, 2017 | by IceCube

E3 2017: Nintendo Showcase Review

Rocket League
…is coming to Nintendo Switch, just like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. For all the criticism of the Wii U strategy and praise for how much “better” the Switch approach is – their strategies sure are similar. That strategy is: release a few titles on launch then pad out the rest of the future with re-releases of games that are over a year old. That said, I agree that Rocket League is actually the ideal re-release for the Switch console and their audience. Playing oversized soccer with novelty vehicles is a Nintendo must-have.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2
I really liked Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U. It was far from perfect, but it had fantastic artistic direction, and was one of the better games on the console. This new sequel, however, looks really terrible in comparison. The art style has changed to some terrible Kingdom Hearts style, while the gameplay looks like it’s from the Tales series. That’s not what this series is about, and the two strengths of Xenoblade Chronicles X is now GONE. The trailer also featured the worst voice acting I’ve heard in years. Similar quality dips happened with the new Fire Emblem Echoes game on N3DS – with a huge nosedive in art style, design and concepts. What’s going on, Nintendo? I’m now disinterested in both series, leaving me with no reason to grab a Switch.
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Kirby
Another Kirby game coming to the Nintendo Switch. It looks like just a simple fun platformer for a very young audience. Not my thing but I’m sure there’s an audience out there for it. Watching it makes me crave Nintendo reboots of their better NES/SNES games.
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Pokemon RPG
Pokemon is shit. It’s popular and it’s shit. It’s a shit cartoon. It’s a shit premise. It’s a shit everything. It’s shit that it’s so stupidly overrated. And it’s shit that the millions of noobs that jizz all over this game will reward it’s shitness by buying their shit, thus encourage more shit to be produced from the Pokemon toilet factory.
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Metroid Prime 4
BOOM! Metroid, a true love of mine since the original NES game is finally coming back. As “anti-sequel” as I am, this series is one of few that are worthy of a reboot. The first-person “Prime” games were never as good as the side-scrollers, but I have faith that if this game remains a first-person shooter, they should make it right. Right now, all we got was a logo.
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Yoshi
Looks like a very clean but uninspired 3D platformer starring Mario’s mount. It looks nice-ish but feels kinda bland. Token game.
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Fire Emblem Warriors
Sometimes, crossovers with the Dynasty Warriors series games work, like (surprisingly) Hyrule Warriors. Most of the time, however, they don’t and this looks like the latter. As pointed out above in the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 impression above, the awful new art style is being carried across to this crossover, giving it an ugly look.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC
Following the popularity of the base game, it makes sense to see the game get extra DLC. It was an overrated game which earned bonus points on review scores from a media who all-too-badly wanted a nostalgia hit. From an unbiased point of view, there are lots of flaws. Regardless, it’s popular, and deserves the DLC, which includes new armour, masks, and trials.
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Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo proves that the ideas are limitless when it comes to shifting game IP’s into new directions. At this stage of the Mario life cycle, however, it comes across as quite desperate, scraping the barrel and grasping at straws. I’m sure it’ll be a fun experience, as we’ve been forced to resign to the fact that Mario will never go away. Here, Mario throws his hat at enemies and morphs into that enemy. Ok.
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Metroid: Samus Returns
Wow… The only thing better than one Metroid game, is two of them. This entry for the Nintendo 3DS is a side-scroller and re-imagining of the old Gameboy game Metroid II: Return of Samus. I love this idea, because very few people played that Gameboy game, despite having been designed during the Metroid glory days. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one.
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REVIEW SCORE

Top 3 Positives
– Metroid Prime 4 is something to look forward to
– Metroid: Samus Returns restores faith in the Nintendo 3DS
– Rocket League is the perfect game for the Nintendo audience.

Top 3 Negatives
 Nintendo still can’t get developers to port games to their console in alignment with PS4 and Xbox One.
– Nintendo still can’t escape their own limited game range.
– Nintendo still has nothing to offer a wider audience of potential Switch supporters like me.

Although the happy-go-lucky loyalists will continue to praise Nintendo, who can “never do wrong”, let’s be real: They are still lacking. We’ve grown too used to their inability to produce new IP’s, or (at least!) spread their wings by resurrecting some of the OTHER golden age titles they own. We’ve moved past the anger stage and have been long stuck in the acceptance stage – but that is no reason to let Nintendo off the hook. They COULD be creative. They COULD invest in more game variety. They COULD bring back different games. They COULD develop new IP’s. But they do not… so they fail again.

Score
D

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