Before E3 2016, way before, it was a no-brainer that Nintendo would have some sort of Satoru Iwata tribute. No one thinks that a tribute at The Game Awards 2015 (which was otherwise all sorts of awful) was good enough. Iwata died exactly one year ago, which should still be within the one-year statute of limitations to dedicate time in your E3 presentation to your widely-beloved former president. (It's not like anyone even knows who the current guy is.)
So, when Nintendo's E3 2016 rolled around for the first day, Reggie Fils-Aime shows up. Who got their tribute? “All the victims of the two tragic events of Orlando.” By name, Reggie only mentioned Christina Grimmie, who was supposed to come to Nintendo's E3 event.
After a brief moment of silence he cut to this trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which begins with the line “open your eyes”, as if the problem with all of the tragic victims is that they're just taking a very long nap:
Was Satoru Iwata mentioned once? In the whole E3? If he was, it was in the few hours at the end of Day 1 of Nintendo's covering The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that we were too exhausted to cover. I think it's safe to say he wasn't mentioned.
What's going on? Instead of Satoru Iwata as they should've done, Nintendo gives tribute to someone I've never heard of just because she's famous, died the weekend before, and is at some level a The Legend of Zelda fan. The problems get worse (and start existing, if you don't see any yet) from there.
Petitions were created to have a character in a The Legend of Zelda game named after Christina Grimmie. Why? Because she died. And was a The Legend of Zelda fan. And because she was famous.
Same thing happened after Robin Williams died. The whole Nintendo fanbase was mourning that. Why did they care about him and not some other person who died? Because he was famous and named his daughter “Zelda”, which apparently sets him way above anyone else who died.
I call this “Famous Dead People Privilege.” There are probably a handful of Nintendo fans who die every day (that said, Xbox fans are more likely to be murder victims, according to me trying to find Facebook profiles of murder victims and seeing their Likes). You don't hear about them. I believe that #AllFansMatter, even fans of things like this:
People elevate the deaths of those who are famous over your everyday Joe. That's what drives people like George Zimmerman to constantly go into the news: Whenever Zimmerman dies, he'll trend on Twitter. He'll trend on Facebook. Everyone will talk about him. No one is likely to make a tribute about him at E3, but it's better than nothing. It's a very dangerous societal philosophy, and that's why I believe we need to believe that #AllFansMatter to remove the incentive for people to do dumb things like George Zimmerman.
Apparently, it's very easy for anyone even slightly famous to get the adoration and petition-making of Nintendo fans. Just have a little side-gimmick relating to Nintendo. Bam! It's like everyone's own brother died. (In the grand scheme of things, the name of your daughter falls under “a little side-gimmick.”)
Suppose I die soon. I better declare what I'm a fan of now, so people will write petitions to have me included in games.
Think of the following as a reverse-will. Instead of me giving you my assets after I die, you give me your assets after I die. What will I do with them? Nothing. I'll be dead. ...But I still want 'em:
- I'm a major Ace Attorney fan. I want one of the dudes in a future Ace Attorney game to be named after me. ...Preferably not one of the murder victims, because that's kind of insensitive. You wouldn't want to offend the feelings of a dead guy, would you?
- Punch-Out!! on the NX needs to happen. I want to be an audience member in the crowd.
If Donkey Kong (who's not even dead) gets to be honoured as a full-on fighter AND an audience member,
can't I at least be the more humble of those?
- I want “No More Heroes 3” to be on a Nintendo system. I also want it to exist. I want a shirt design modeled after me. Try not to have a copyright violation.
- I request to never have an amiibo after me. I'm disturbed by the stuff they do with them.
- I want to be a trainer in a Pokémon game. It could be a mainline RPG, or whatever continues the console battle-simulator series. I want a Staraptor and a Bouffalant. They're even both Normal types.
I can look something like this.
(My avatar at The Pokémon Company International's TCGO before I got banned forever.)
I think that's enough requests.
If I ever want to get mentioned in a future E3, I can't go out and die in July, August, or September. I think October, November, and December are also too soon. I need to die a lot closer to June before it starts. After all, Nintendo forgot about Iwata. He died in July. Instead, Nintendo honoured victims of a tragedy that JUST happened that all the other companies (besides Electronic Arts) already covered.
Honour your own president! I mean, literally the last words he said in public was that he was paying close attention to the (disastrous) feedback from Nintendo's E3 2015 presentation, so the next one (E3 2016) would be better. You can't acknowledge him at said event?
So, yes, I would rather have this hierarchy for mentions: Satoru Iwata at number one. Anyone else should have an equal chance of being mentioned. That chance should probably be zero, because there isn't really a place for that at an E3 press conference. Let me re-iterate: Anyone else should have an equal chance. Whether they're famous or not. Whether they're even Nintendo fans or not.
...Because All Lives Matter. Not just famous ones. A hypothetical six year old who choked on an amiibo is every bit as important as Christina Grimmie. Since everyone is important, might as well mention people who are (were) directly part of the company. ...Being Satoru Iwata.
So, because Nintendo didn't do it, we will:
Continue to rest in peace, Satoru Iwata. KoopaTV will continue making the world a better place. As we wrote last year in the best KoopaTV article of 2015,
“In Iwata's honour, I swear that KoopaTV will continue Iwata's positivity and consistent laughter. We will laugh. You will laugh. Whether it be in parenthesis or out loud, we will laugh and enjoy each other's company and make a better world.
That's what Iwata would've wanted.”
Did KoopaTV actually continue Iwata's positivity and consistent laughter? That's up to you. Let KoopaTV know in the comments and Feedback Forms. In the meantime, what do you feel about Nintendo's fans' tendencies to make petitions and only care about when people die when they have some kind of fringe connection to the company? Was it weird to you that Iwata wasn't mentioned at E3 2016? And what do you think about Ludwig's after-death reverse-will? Do you have one?
Hey, it looks like No More Heroes 3 might be on the Nintendo Switch after all, and Ludwig is still alive.
During E3 2017, there were no more tributes to victims of terrorist attacks, despite there being terrorist attacks.
Nintendo continues to believe that all fans don't matter, and apparently their country or race of origin is the determinant.