Microsoft wooed its followers with some beautiful new hardware, Sony serenaded its fans with tons of exclusives and spectacular gameplay, Bethesda gave us games like Prey and Quake, while Ubisoft and EA continued to impress with some innovative new IPs. It's been a great E3. Even still, it's clear who won 2016.
Starting with a pretty uneventful Pokemon segment, Nintendo turned everything around with a truly spectacular demonstration of [The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild](tag:2725625), which ultimately went on to win Game of the Show from IGN. It's a bold new direction for the developer and they promise to infuse their future projects with the same innovation.
How Mario will follow 'Breath of the Wild' on the NX
"We're always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you'll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two. Maybe next E3 we'll be able to share something," Shigeru Miyamoto said in an interview with IGN.
While Nintendo has welcomed the new direction for The Legend of Zelda, Miyamoto stated that Mario is a very different beast. The Japanese giant wishes to advance the Mario formula, but this is a series that reaches a far wider audience, and the developers pride themselves on how approachable Mario games have remained.
"It's kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approach-ability and accessibility of those games," Miyamoto said, noting that having new people join Nintendo has allowed them to look "at the conventions with fresh eyes." - IGN
With these "fresh eyes" we could see Nintendo release a Mario game that none of us can predict. After all, the company really wants to make an impact on the gaming industry with its new console.
"A new way of playing games."
Set to arrive in March 2017, the NX is a console we know little to nothing about. Shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, Nintendo chose not to have the NX at E3 but will rather unveil the future of the company at an event later this year. But, according to NoA president Reggie Fils-Aime, it'll be worth the wait.
In an interview with IGN, he made it clear that Nintendo is not like Microsoft or Sony and its prerogatives vary drastically:
"For us, it's not about specs, it's not about teraflops, it's not about the horsepower of a particular system. For us, it's about the content.
"We're focused on bringing our best entertainment to both the Wii U as well as the NX in the future. So for us, whatever Microsoft and Sony are doing in terms of talking about new systems, that's for them to fight out in that red ocean."
Nintendo coming out fighting!
With these two statements in mind, fans can look forward to the NX introducing not only a new way to play Mario games but offering a whole new perspective on how gamers interact with the medium. We honestly couldn't be more excited for the NX and the future of the console industry. Do we have another something that'll impact the industry in similar ways that the Wii or Nintendo 64 did? Can Nintendo get back on top again? We'll have to wait and see.