It's not just in the English-speaking part of the internet that felt letdown. The Japanese-speaking part wasn't exactly blown away either.
Just check out the dislikes on YouTube (above). As of writing, the clip has 5888 likes and 6824 dislikes.
Nico Nico, the popular Japanese video platform, polled its viewers after streaming the Digital Event. (This image says 74,000 viewers, but the figures on Nico Nico are 84,462 viewers).
Via Yaraon, here's the result of that poll:
- 52.4 per cent said it was not good
- 17.6 per cent said it wasn't so good
- 13.6 per cent said it was ok
- 6.5 per cent said it was somewhat good
- 9.9 per cent said it was very good
Typically, Nintendo Directs score pretty good on Nico Nico polls, often getting mostly "Very Good", "Somewhat Good" and "OK" for replies.
I'm guessing because of this poll, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata sent out a tweet in Japanese, stating, "Thank you for staying up and watching. We are earnestly taking into account the various opinions regarding this year's Digital Event, and we will work hard to meet everyone's expectations in the future."
I see that more as we'll-do-our-best kind corporate speak tweet and a way for Iwata to say Nintendo will try to manage expectations better. That's about all we can really expect from a Japanese game exec.
Since Nintendo is not talking about it's new hardware until 2016, this is kind of an off year for Nintendo. Bad polls or not, next E3 is bound to be different.