We all knew that this E3 wasn’t going to come calling to any new hardware, any new hardware that wasn’t expected of course. Nintendo’s hardware revolution, the Wii U, had been announced last year but didn’t surpass the stage of model and concept. We’d been let on to know that this tablet controller would stream games from the console, allow you to play without the TV, allow you to throw ninja stars at trees and play digital draughts, but beyond that our imaginations were left to run wild. The examples they gave us may not have been so amazing, but it was undeniable that the hardware truly was.
So, it wasn’t surprising that our slow rising anticipation was for uncovering the actual potential of this awesomely glorified tablet controller. It seems though lately that E3 has a tendency to burst our bubble of high promise by announcing things that are expected, uninspiring, or just downright confusing.
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, that pre-E3 show displaying the Wii U’s design changes, the oddly Xbox 360 looking controller and its sociological aims had been intriguing. Especially Nintendo’s self-awareness of technological isolation, their mention of ‘Alone Together’ and their want to actually tackle the issue and not see it as a necessary sacrifice for technology to advance – that, for the first time in about 5 years, made me sit up straight, then as soon as they slid into connectivity via Wii texting and TV photo sharing, I immediately resumed the slouch position.
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