Nobody expected Nintendo to come out swinging, but that’s just what they did. Between the Metroid and Pokemon announcements, first party goodies like Mario, Zelda, Kirby and Yoshi, as well as awesome third parties like Rocket League, FIFA, and more, this was an amazing showcase from Nintendo.
Other mediocre showings included Destiny 2, the new Call of Duty, and a startling lack of independent content. To make matters worse, the audience wasn’t very excited this year, and every time the producers would cut to an audience reaction we would get some hype-killing display, like somebody yawning, on their phone, or just generally seeming uninterested, which is such a stark difference from last year’s display. At least Xbox put their audience in matching t-shirts….
Right off the bat, Microsoft started their conference off by announcing that their console, previously nicknamed “Scorpio” was officially coming out this year and is called the Xbox One X. Now, while this name might seem cheesy at first, I actually think this is a smart move from Microsoft, for what they’re going with this console cycle. Rather than taking the typical stance of releasing a new console and killing off the previous one, (RIP WiiU and 3DS) Microsoft decided to create a console family out of the Xbox One generation.