E3 2017: Nintendo
1 Strengthen your body. Staying in good health is the basis of everything
My first thoughts upon watching the opening to Nintendo’s E3 2017 showcase were that their new demographic seems to be athletes. We opened on a montage of weightlifters, strength trainers, boxers and sportspeople all passionately getting ready for their next event. Much as, I would guess, Nintendo themselves do to prep for E3. But then there were those who seemed to not be training for anything in particular, just groups of friends hanging out at the beach or downtown. Maybe those athletes aren’t all career players then. Maybe some of them just do what they do for the love of it.
This is a message that speaks to me.
There are many schools of faith for which total body fitness is a matter of spirituality, especially in east Asia. You take care of your body, mind and soul because all are emanations of the same sacred whole: Health and wellness of the body is the same as health and wellness of the spirit. This is an ideal to which all of us can work towards, and when we train to improve out bodies it is very much like honing our awareness through meditation. Training is, in fact, a form of meditation and staying strong and in good health are blessings to be grateful for. Training your body is also a form of self-improvement. It is yet one more tool we can use in our quest to become better people every day.
After the opening sequence, Reggie Fils-Amie introduces the show by musing on the nature of competition in athletics, and in video games. For many gamers, he says “fun and battle are always locked together”. The game is a challenge to be overcome. But, he reminds us, games can be much more than that. Games can be “a journey to other worlds”. For Nintendo, and for Shigeru Miyamoto (and for me), this has always been true, because it speaks truth. Reggie says to “close your focus, and open your mind” and asks us to remember that it’s not “where you can take your game, but where your game can take you” that’s truly important. This is, and always has been, Nintendo’s philosophy, and mine as well.
2 Childhood’s End
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 got full reveal trailer. This is a sequel to the original Wii Xenoblade Chronicles (and its re-release on the New Nintendo 3DS), rather than the WiiU Xenoblade Chronicles X. Watching the trailer a few thoughts struck me. One, everyone has Northern English accents for some reason, continuing the series’ tradition of counterintuitive English dub choices that seem to evoke the famously barmy Sixth Generation era of JRPGs Xenoblade seems at once a loving tribute to and evolution from. But secondly, a story about a quest to return to a vanished utopia built upon a constructed World Tree strikes me as a poignantly apt note for a game born from, and supposedly made for, the Japanese anime fandom.…