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Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3
Old 06-12-2014, 10:09 AM
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This is already two days late, but it's still got one more day before they stop demoing the new games! So anyway, I was hoping we'd post our impressions of what's been shown so far, and what we'll get to see on the last day.

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I've greatly enjoyed the discussion between Nintendo Treehouse members and the game developers so far. A few highlights for me include the following:

Splatoon gameplay (feat. developers)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (feat. Ken, Lilo, and milktea)

Bayonetta 2 (feat. developers)

Mario Party 10 (feat. dead grandma)

If you missed any of the previous days, you can watch Day 1 here and Day 2 here.

This is something I hope they can continue doing each E3 or whenever they have a decent line-up of games to show off. I feel the Treehouse members have also done a great job at simply making all the games look and sound interesting.

As of now the following has been covered:
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Splatoon
  • Project Giant Robot and Project Guard
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Mario Maker
  • Fantasy Life
  • Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Swords and Soldiers II
  • Shovel Knight
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS
  • Pushmo World
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Yoshi's Woolly World
  • Bayonetta
  • Mario Party 10
  • New Mario vs. Donkey Kong
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M
  • Devil's Third
  • Wii Sports Club

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:30 PM
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I'm really glad they've been doing this. It has a nice, informal, personal tone, and the Treehouse folk all seem like lovely people who are genuinely excited about showing off the games. It's a much more in-depth and knowledgeable look at the games than the sort of off-screen footage and press impressions we usually get, and for those that aren't interested, they don't have to watch the live demos during the conference itself. I really hope they take up this format next year. If there's one thing I think Nintendo absolutely nailed this year at E3, it's their format, between the Digital Event, the Smash Invitational, and Treehouse Live.

And thanks for the links in the OP. Couldn't catch everything yesterday due to Smash Bros, but I plan on catching up now.
Old 06-12-2014, 12:36 PM
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Amazingly focused digital event, barrier breaking high energy tournament, around the clock in-house coverage, two round-tables, simultaneous demos across the country...

Yeah, Nintendo totally weren't at this year's E3 at all because they didn't do an awkward, bloated and artificial live presentation.
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Done on a nice note
Old 06-13-2014, 12:04 AM
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Goodbye Erik, Sam, Nate, Audrey, e.t. al.

They turned e3 from lackluster on Tuesday morning to great by Thursday evening.

Hopefully they're all back next year!

And we got some kick ass footage of all the games
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Nintendo really needs to start making this a regular thing. It seemed like it maintained a decent number of viewers and got overwhelmingly positive response. Do it with either old Nintendo games or upcoming ones, I'm sure people would watch either way.

All in all, though, it was an excellent idea. Really helped the E3 excitement carry on through the week. Gonna miss tuning in at work.
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Day 3 can be viewed here if you missed it
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Kinda wanted to bring up another point since 24 hours passed since my last post.

The Treehouse content really helped to do what a lot of gaming media press didn't seem to want to do - Display and flesh out gameplay from the Nintendo games. I understand that this automatically has Nintendo competing with media outlets, but considering they aren't showing a lot of enthusiasm for Nintendo, the Treehouse videos really help out.
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While Sony and basically all the other game companies showed ya videos of the new games for 40-50 minutes,
Nintendo been talking about them for the whole 3 days,
Personal touch, nice and welcoming hosts, and all the guests were game developers.
Other companies should go to conference classes from nintendo.
I Mean come on....ubisoft took half of their time showing SHAPE UP and just dance . thats bull.
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Kinda wanted to bring up another point since 24 hours passed since my last post.

The Treehouse content really helped to do what a lot of gaming media press didn't seem to want to do - Display and flesh out gameplay from the Nintendo games. I understand that this automatically has Nintendo competing with media outlets, but considering they aren't showing a lot of enthusiasm for Nintendo, the Treehouse videos really help out.
I think Nintendo has come to a realization that games media, and the primary target of games media, don't care about them. You can tell that their Digital Event was very much targeted at individuals who at least know a decent amount about Nintendo, be it that they're current fans who own a Wii U, or people who would consider but are holding out. From the initial Robot Chicken sketch, to the Reggie vs. Iwata fight, to the final part of the show being the reveal of Palutena in Smash Bros, it's a lot of things that most people, or even the average "gamer", wouldn't "get".

It's certainly an interesting approach, but a much smarter one than trying to market for absolutely everyone like they were before, if you ask me. It feels to me like they've decided they want the Wii U to target a demographic similar to that of the Gamecube. Will be interesting to see if their game output changes as a result. As we've already mentioned, it's not unlikely that at next E3 alone, we'll be seeing Zelda, Star Fox, and Metroid.