Big N Rumblings: What’s up Nintendo’s Sleeve?
Shortly after E3 2010, the bloggers and tweets strongly urged Nintendo to stick to its day job. A choppy main-stage presentation that culminated in a non-functional demo of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was bad, but next month “the big N” has something entirely different to tell us. This time, let’s hope it works.
It was reported yesterday by the Dow Jones that Nintendo will be holding a trade show on September 13th in Tokyo, and that details about the 3DS would be discussed therein. How ambiguous. It doesn’t take a mind reader to speculate on what will be discussed, and since I match that description here are some very possible points of business for the show:
3DS redesign and more
It’s a little out there, especially given the company’s less-than-stellar launch, but there are whispers that Nintendo might bring out a 3DS redesign, with the main improvement being the addition of a second joystick control. Whether this would resemble a peripheral or an entirely new system update remains to be seen.
That’s as grounded as the rumours come. There has also been speculation of additional games being announced, an amendment to the focus of the handheld platform so as to spotlight the core game mechanics and less 3D (but it’s in the name!) and even a follow up 3DS system. The last of the lot is scary to even think, could Nintendo do such a thing in their right minds without further alienating fans that purchased the system at launch?
Wii U Launch Details
Pricing in all regions? A solid launch line-up? Playable demos? There are still more questions than answers surrounding next year’s biggest news in console gaming. Could this be the opportunity to let consumers know the W5H of Wii U? With Tokyo Game Show taking place a few days after (and Nintendo’s absence from the event) it might not be a bad idea if their aim is to steal some thunder from TGS.
It’s a Hoax
Though this trade show has been reported by Dow Jones, Wall Street and other American media, Nintendo of America has not confirmed the event is even taking place. With most publishers gearing up for a strong holiday season, it’s very possible that this could be little more than an announcement blown out of proportion.
It’s a Bust
How funny would it be if all of these rumours were the hopes and dreams of disappointed consumers and Nintendo just wanted to let us know that there will be a green 3DS available this holiday season? The answer is not funny. Not funny at all. No news may be better than minor news for a company whose year has been plagued with luke-warm reception and long-term promises that less and less people are willing to buy into.
With the anticipated release of competing Playstation Vita, now is definitely not the time to disappoint. All eyes will be on Nintendo next month in Tokyo if they do indeed take the stage.