Nintendo are, by all accounts, in a dire situation. The Wii U is doing dismally, and the 3DS’ sales aren’t good enough to sustain the company. Although they’ll be somewhat encouraged by strong Mario Kart 8 sales, Nintendo’s executives will be going into E3 with an air of trepidation: this could well be their last chance to save the company. As with last year, they’ll be eschewing the traditional keynote speech, instead opting for a more low-key (and cheaper) Nintendo Direct briefing, but that won’t stop the torrent of announcements. Here’s what you can expect from the struggling gaming giant at E3 2014.
Let’s say you’ve never played a video game before and you decide today’s the day to change that. You’re all geared up and you choose a game that looks totally awesome. You make your way through the introduction and now it appears that you’re going to get a companion in the game. You think you’ve struck gold. Heck yeah, a minion! Halfway through the first mission with your companion you’re trying to kill your newfound minion yourself. That’s because your companion falls into one of the categories of Video Game Companion Suckage.