E3 is nearly upon us, and much has been said concerning the importance of this year’s event. Sony and Microsoft will be showing off their powerful new consoles, while Nintendo lurks in their shadows, pulling out much-anticipated and desperately needed software for its newest entry. It has been suggested the future of console gaming is hinged upon what happens at — and after — E3 2013.
Nintendo is faced with a particularly steep challenge; one largely of its own making. The Wii U is not selling. Hardcore gamers, unimpressed with its comparatively weak power and lackluster title lineup, are staying away; either showing no interest at all or waiting for a price drop that may never come. Casual audiences, meanwhile, by and large do not know the Wii U even exists, and those who do can see no reason to invest in the hardware when their old Wii or current tablet or smart-phone suits their gaming needs just fine.