With Nintendo's show finally in the bag, and many of the major E3 events concluded, it's worth checking out the rundown and figuring out where exactly the industry is looking to go as a result. For Nintendo, at least in the short term, the news is pretty good. But it may not stay good for long.
The big news that came alongside Nintendo's show was the revelation that, at launch, the Wii U would have both Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition. Additionally, which came as little surprise to those involved, a new Mario also made its appearance and looked pretty sharp, bringing back some of that retro Mario feel as well as bringing in some new improvements.
While this is a fairly robust launch picture, it's impossible to note that these are last-gen titles, except for the new Mario. That does more than anything to underscore to me that the Wii U will have a serious competitive disadvantage the second the new Xbox and PlayStation systems arrive. However, considering that there's going to be something of a lag, in all likelihood, between the Microsoft and Sony offerings and Nintendo's, it's a safe bet that Nintendo will have a lot of time without competition to combine its unusual controls, decent graphics and unique gameplay. Perhaps coincidentally--or maybe not coincidentally at all--that seems to be the same recipe that the Wii had when it rolled out.
And we all remember how the Wii turned out.
Whether or not lightning will strike twice for Nintendo remains to be seen, but the fact remains that they have a comparable, and familiar, edge to their last round of releases. This may well be a great move for Nintendo, and I'm eager to see how it all turns out.