In line for Nintendo's booth, Terence Polk checked his smartphone and chitchatted about what he'd come to review. "Super Mario 3D World," he said, because he was skeptical—not because he was thrilled by what he'd seen in Nintendo's presentation. It was the second day of E3. In Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Polk, 30, is not an industry analyst, a retail buyer, or a games writer. He works for Wake Forest University, and bolted right at 5 p.m. for the local Best Buy to see "The Nintendo Experience," a coast-to-coast showcase of unreleased games taken directly to the masses, rather than filtered through the opinions, to say nothing of the packed schedules, fatigue or personal pique of guys like me. It opened after work hours today. It returns on Saturday afternoon. (This link has all the details.)