I think the biggest reason for the criticism is that most of the "big" titles have been shown in Nintendo directs before, such as the Xenoblade X, Mario Maker, and the FE games. Nintendo didn't have any big bombs to drop because they were announced earlier. There is less hype in one day but more spread across the year. I think I prefer it this way, but if they find a way to make E3 even more hype without sacrificing the directs' hype, I'm all for it.
Zelda U will likely be shown in a direct before next E3, and people will likely say that E3 wasn't hype.
Star Fox has gamecube graphics
a handful of lackluster new games announced (multiplayer 3DS Zelda, mulitplayer 3DS Metroid Prime, Mario & Luigi Paper, Animal Crossing amiibo party, and Mario Tennis Wii U)
amiibos amiibos amiibos.
that was about it.
But I don't think it was as much of a disaster as everyone is saying.
There's some awesome games coming out in the next 6-9 months for Wii U and 3DS.
All this while obviously prepping 2 new platforms.
They could have blown everyone's minds and announced stuff that will be out for NX in 2017 or whatever, but stuck to what is realistically being released soon. It's not like NX is not getting Zelda, Mario, etc. how much better would the conference really have been if they said "new metroid in 3 years" and showed a logo and nothing else?
Just saying... It wasn't an amazing conference but it wasn't terrible imo.
Nintendo sold me on a n3DS and then announced literally nothing to make me feel justified in my purchase. I handed them $200 for literally nothing. Shame on me, I guess. And shame on Nintendo for duping fans like this.
We will take it seriously....enough to take your money for the NX and let it die a death like the WiiU.
Seriously though, I do hope they rebound with the NX, and I really hope it is the console/handheld hybrid that's been bandied about, and is comparably powerful to other systems for the home part. Have that, plus a real account system where people don't have to buy the same game for the 100th time, and/or make virtual console robust with a subscription service a la EA Access but with the metric farkload of beloved games in Nintendo's back catalog.
Edit: How in the world DIDN'T they drop the WiiU price? That seemed like an elementary move at this point...