Nintendo had a tall order this year: make up for last year by giving, as Fils-Aime put it, “a proper introduction” to the Wii U tablet controller. As we’ve mentioned, that also meant giving short shrift to their latest handheld. Unfortunately it also meant delivering a press conference that failed to announce any groundbreaking returns of the series’ most beloved characters (beyond Mario in yet another side-scroller). The conference was certainly more reassuring than last year due to Pikmin 3 alone, but most of the rumored heavy hitters were absent.
Following the extensive parade of title cards and sizzle reels of games that would be released on Wii U after other consoles – and an in-depth gameplay walkthrough of a single ghost-hunting mini-game – came what seemed to be the tease we were all waiting for. To close out the show, Fils-Aime directed everyone’s attention to the big screen for one final send-off.
Smash Bros.? Zelda HD? Donkey Kong? Metroid? Nope. To the disturbed and stunned silence of all present, the world was treated to b-roll of a fireworks display taking place in Nintendoland. Words simply cannot express.