Episode 127: The E3 2016 Megamix

On June 26, 2016 by Jason Rechtman and Jose Angel Salado

Episode 127: The E3 2016 Megamix

So much for just one game. While Nintendo’s booth at this year’s E3 may have been focused on only Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the company still had a few surprises in store for us fans. In this episode of the Random Nintendo Podcast, we break it all down, starting with anecdotes from the show floor, our full hands-on impressions of Link’s anticipated new adventure, and what the game’s design choices may tell us about NX. From there, we shift to all the big news Nintendo shared over the course of the expo, from new games like Mario Party: Star Rush and Ever Oasis to the latest on Paper Mario: Color Splash and Pokemon Go. We then conclude the show with in-depth impressions of Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the surprise finale of Nintendo’s eventful E3.

How would you rate Nintendo’s performance at E3 2016? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll share our favorites next episode. If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to us on iTunesGoogle Play Music, or your podcasting app of choice, and follow us on Twitter @RandomNintendo, as our E3 coverage isn’t over yet! Next episode, we’ll be sharing hands-on impressions of a slew of upcoming eShop indie games.

As always, we’ve included links below for more information on the games and news covered in this episode. Each link also lists a time stamp so  you can find the segments that most interest you. Enjoy!

(Special thanks to Stephan E. Sanchez for his assistance with this episode’s audio.)



2 Responses to “Episode 127: The E3 2016 Megamix”

  • Satoshi wrote on July 9, 2016 at 8:44 pm:

    Hi Jason and Angel.

    Thank you as always for a wonderful podcast! I really enjoyed hearing about your experience/adventure at E3. It sounds like you had a great time and I was glad that you managed to get to the Zelda demo on the first day. And I totally don’t blame you for not going through the line the second time even if you could have. I saw that people were literally running to the Nintendo booth on the last day.

    Personally, I think Nintendo quite frankly knocked it out of the park at E3! I absolutely loved everything they showed about Zelda and the way they went about it. The Treehouse Live presentation was spot-on. They made the game interesting even after hours of showing on the Great Plateau and when you consider its only 1% of the map, the game is intriguing and mysterious as well. Plus, there’s so much of the story that we need to see, from the “Resurrection Chamber” to why the world is in ruins. Zelda truly maybe live up to the its promise of being a totally new version the classic adventure. I certainly believe that it will. That said, I will play it regardless of course.

    What I most love about Nintendo’s “one-game E3” is that as much as people derided Nintendo before E3 over having only Zelda. Or that Nintendo is doomed, they only have one thing to show. Is the Zelda was universally praised as the best thing out of E3 this year. Both IGN and GameSpot arguably the two biggest video-game-centric websites, gave Zelda “Game of the Show.” Plus Nintendo’s game was so bright, colorful, and refreshing; such a huge contrast to most other games shown at E3. It truly was a Breath of fresh air. (I didn’t realize that was a pun until after I typed it, sorry.) At E3 Nintendo truly reminded everyone they are truly a master of their craft and truly unique. Everything they showed made me happy. Oh, and the game looks beautiful, like a painting or an anime in motion.

    I just really enjoyed your whole discussion of E3 and appreciated your on the ground perspective of the show.

    Everything Nintendo’s just shown makes me even more excited for whatever the NX is. I’m definitely buying Zelda on NX, but I may pick up the Wii U version just as collectible item. I just can’t wait to see what Nintendo has to show us next. Oh and Ever Oasis looks pretty great!

    Thanks again for a great podcast! Appreciate all your hard work and can’t wait for the next show! Thanks again!

    • Jason Rechtman
      Jason Rechtman wrote on July 27, 2016 at 5:34 pm:

      Hey Satoshi, thanks for the kind words and sorry it took me so long to get back to you – things have been a bit busy lately!

      It is gratifying to see Nintendo essentially stick it to the haters by still dominating E3, even with just one game. I know that sounds a bit fanboyish, but honestly it just re-enforces the idea that nobody should ever underestimate Nintendo. We saw this proved at E3, we saw it proved with Pokemon Go a few weeks later (although, to be fair, that’s more Niantic and The Pokemon Company than Nintendo), and I suspect we’re going to see it again with NX. Nintendo’s always at their best when the pressure’s on, and I think the one-two punch of Zelda at E3 and Pokemon Go taking over pop culture right after really exemplifies that.

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