Eurogamer Expo 2013: Nintendo, good show (old bean)

Nice to see this guy in action on the 3DS

Nice to see this guy in action on the 3DS

I was suitably impressed this year with the Nintendo stand at the Eurogamer Expo, and unashamedly, it took up a lot of my gaming time on the Friday. For a company that’s well over one hundred years old (albeit a different one now to what is was back then) it’s good to see it keeping up with these young whippersnappers in the world of gaming.

The range of games on offer to play was fantastic, I managed to get around to a few on both the Wii U and the 3DS, this was a feat in itself given the queues (especially for Mario Kart on the Wii U and Pokemon X/Y). The games ranged from indie classics to new up and coming releases on the Wii U and 3DS. It also inspired me to purchase a 3DS (XL in the end, thanks twitter), and left me with a long list of games I wanted to purchase for it. Including making me want to return to a franchise I’ve not played since the ‘blue and red’ versions were out.

See below for a gallery of Nintendo related shenanigans, and a few high lights, and one low light, which, to be fair, wasn’t even Nintendo’s fault.

High lights:

The staff, enthusiastic and helpful, although not always entirely knowledgeable about Nintendo as a whole, they were friendly and welcoming, giving you plenty of space to play the games.

A few of my favourite titles from the stand – Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds (3DS), Sonic Lost World (3DS), Putty Squad (3DS), Wind Waker HD (Wii U), Mario Kart (Wii U).

The free swag (from collecting stamps) was fun, as was the DIY Mario scenery for taking photographs.

Low lights:

Standing in the queue for Mario Kart on the Wii U but being deafened by that atrocious ‘Scan’ DJ stand at the same time. I think he got the point when we asked him to turn it down. (Ed – Polite version) Nintendo FM my arse.

The gallery above shows some of the indie gaming area with the 3DS, the swag wheel, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Breeze, Wind Waker HD, Sonic Lost World, Mario Kart 8 and a few of Link between Worlds. And just in case you were wondering, here’s a small wish list of games for my new 3DS, it should take me about 3 years to, eh, collect them all.

Pokemon Y

Animal Crossing New Leaf

Super Mario Land 3D

Ocarina of Time 3D

Luigi’s Mansion 2

Mario Kart 7

Putty Squad

Legend of Zelda, Adventure of Link, Mega Man (Virtual Console)

A great show all round and a great display from Nintendo. Thanks for reading and let me know what you thought of Nintendo’s presentation at this years Eurogamer in the comments below, plus any other game recommendations for the 3DS!

A few links, in case you needed them!

Eurogamer

Eurogamer Expo

Nintendo

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