E3 2012: Analysts Seem To Be Very Peeved At Nintendo‘s Info-Lacking Conference, But It Seems They Are The Ones At Fault
According to a recent report from VG247, yes, many analysts (including our blessed Michael Pachter) and general gamers are rather begrudged at Nintendo for their very lax E3 press conference, which, aside fron games, seemed to be missing essential details from all aspects – most notably a price revelation, official release of console tech specs and most importantly, a launch date for the console. Although we‘ve apparently received a questionable leak of the tech specs from yesterday, Nintendo has yet to comment on this situation, practically still leaving everyone at ground zero – absolutely clueless of the solid facts we needed most. It seems to everyone that Nintendo had the world at their very feet with all the hype and curiousity being flung about on the Wii U – yet they blew it with a comparibly sub-standard showcase, and failed to seize their chance to own this year‘s show. Here’s a quote from Michael Pachter, obtained via the same VG247 source linked above:
[quote]“Overall, we were disappointed with the Nintendo presentation, as many key questions about the Wii U remained unanswered, a year after the console’s official introduction, and less than seven month’s before its scheduled release [...] We would have liked additional information on Wii U’s technical specifications, release dates, and pricing.” [/quote]
But hold your holy horses right there; a recently dug up statement I‘ve appropriately recalled at this time states that the people who did get their hopes up for this kind of info reveal at E3 were very wrong to do so, and seem to be the ones to blame here – not Nintendo. And here‘s why:
Roughly two months ago prior to E3, we got an official statement from none other than President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, telling us not to be expecting any information concerning price or release to be even slightly shown at this year‘s press conference – and with no price or release info, they probably sure weren‘t planning on giving you a glimpse of the hardware specs just yet either. Here‘s a quote from the man himself below, obtained via GameTyrant:
[quote]“We will showcase the final format, and discuss the details and the software lineup for this year at E3 2012 [...] Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3.”[/quote]
So, first and foremost, this was a definite no to any expectations that may have risen, albeit one that seemed to be clearly overlooked. And secondly, since price and release date revelation at E3 hasn‘t been practiced in the past with consoles being launched around the seasonal period (which includes the Wii U), as clearly stated here, pray tell why everybody seemed to be expecting the protocol to be magically reversed this time? With this, we all have absolutely no basis to be head-over-heels in disappointment at Nintendo over this particular issue at this time and, bottom line, it seems to me that nobody was paying enough attention at that time.