E3 is one of the most exciting weeks of the year for video game fans. Gamers are overloaded with info on all the sequels and new franchises that will hit console for the next year and beyond. Not all news is good, however. Here are 5 things that flopped at E3 2013.
Most Nintendo fans went into E3 hoping the company would release a 3D Mario follow-up to the Super Mario Galaxy games. What they got instead was Super Mario 3D World. This sequel to last year's Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS seems more like a fresh coat of paint than the new game fans were clambering for.
With rumors running rampant about Retro Studios' newest project, gamers were expecting a bombshell along the lines of a new Metroid Prime. Retro's game ended up being Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. While the original was very well received, another 2D platform was the last thing gamers wanted for the WiiU.
Ever since the tech demo at the WiiU's unveiling showed a high definition Legend of Zelda for the first time, Nintendo fans have been desperate to see a full new game. Instead, Nintendo is remaking The Wind Waker, adding better graphics but leaving the game mostly untouched from the GameCube original.
One of the biggest benefits of buying a PS3 was its ability to play online without paying a subscription fee like Xbox Live. With the PS4, this is no longer the case. PS4 owners will have to pay around $5 a month to play games online.
After the announcement of required internet connection and used game fees, the last thing the Xbox One needed was more negative press. But after announcing a $499 price point, many people declared it the final nail in the coffin. The Xbox One has been branded overpriced and consumer-unfriendly, leading to speculation that the PS4 will dominate the hardcore market,
The good tends to far outweigh the bad at E3. But this same disparity makes anything that garners a negative reaction stick out that much more. Whether Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft can recover from these setbacks remains to be seen.