E3 2008 was disastrous for Nintendo. Not only did they lack exciting hardcore games at the event, their casual offerings weren’t that great either. Fortunately for Nintendo, their poor showing did not hurt them in the pocket books as the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS continued to be bought at a record-breaking pace. Still, the Nintendo fandom has never been so low.
For that reason, Nintendo needs a strong showing at E3 2009. Here are a few steps they could take to help restore their image, especially to the hardcore gaming community.
It is no secret that the online service on the Nintendo Wii pales in comparison to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The combination of friend codes in addition to Nintendo’s overprotective nature has severely limited online play on their gaming consoles. E3 2009 could be Nintendo’s last big chance to turn things around and improve their troubled service with two titles that focused on online gameplay, The Conduit and Monster Hunter 3, set to be released relatively soon.
E3 2009 was an abomination if you were a long time Nintendo fan. There was literally nothing exciting to look forward to in latter half of 2008 for the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo needs to reveal several first-party and third-party games at E3 2009 that will be ready for the crucial holiday season in addition to announcing several titles for 2010 and beyond. Another Mario or Zelda game on the Nintendo Wii should cause a huge uproar at the event.
WiiWare and DSiWare
The downloadable stores for the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DSi are doing okay. However, they are nowhere near their full potential. This is yet another area where Nintendo struggles against Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo really needs to boost its downloadable services buy developing games on them, helping smaller companies with development and advertising the titles more.
Bring Back Mainstream Excitement
Even if they were to renew their focus to the hardcore, Nintendo shouldn’t forget the casual audience. After all, they wouldn’t be in the position they are today without mainstream appeal. At E3 2009, they should announce the next big Wii phenomenon whatever it may turn out to be.
Price Drop Announcement for Nintendo Wii
The economy is awful these days. Nintendo could win over many fans and sell the Nintendo Wii at an even brisker rate with a price drop. The Wii has been at the same price point for three years now since launch. A price drop announcement at E3 2009 would therefore be great.