E3 is a time for a lot of huffery and puffery about video games, much of which turns out to be true — just not all of it.
The bluster is biggest when a new console is being launched. Promises are made or at least implied. Then the system comes out. So. The Wii U. It just came out. Let’s rewind to the Nintendo press conference of E3 2011. During that conference, Nintendo showed the Wii U for the first time, explained the system’s bizarre controller and even got 10 prominent people who make games to praise the GamePad.
Who were these people and what did they deliver?
You can watch the video above, as it aired during Nintendo’s conference.
Or you can read the list below. Each person gets a ‘Yes’ next to them if they announced or released a Wii U game. They get a “No” if they did not.
Nine out of 10. So close to perfection!
- Peter Moore, EA. Yes (EA released Madden, FIFA, and Mass Effect for Wii U)
- Karthik Bala, Vicarious Visions. Yes (VV developed the Wii U version of Skylanders Giants)
- Danny Bilson, THQ. Yes (A post-Bilson THQ put out Darksiders 2 for launch.)
- Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft. Yes (Weird asterisk on this one: He promised Assassin’s Creed and Ghost Recon Online. The latter is MIA. But Ubi did deliver ZombiU, Rabbids Land and Just Dance 4 to complement ACIII.)
- Martin Tremblay, WBIE. Yes (Warner Brothers released Batman Arkham City and the next guy’s game on launch day.)
- Jeremiah Slaczka, 5th Cell, Yes (This occasional Kotaku columnist’s studio released Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U.)
- Katsuhiro Harada, Namco Bandai. Yes (Namco released Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Tank Tank Tank for Wii U)
- Ken Levine, Irrational. No (Odd? A month later he told IGN that his BioShock Infinite studio had “no plans to do any games for that platform.” BioShock Infinite comes out in February for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, but Nintendo themselves can’t yet explain why it’s not announced (coming?) to Wii U. I reached out to a PR rep for any comment and no update was to be had. Oh well.)
- Warren Spector, Junction Point. Yes (His team’s Epic Mickey 2 came out for Wii U on launch day.)
- Frank Gibeau, EA. Yes (See Peter Moore.)
I guess it is to be expected.