E3 2011- Nintendo Press Conference and Wii U Details

Nintendo had the biggest news of E3 this year, the reveal of Wii U the successor of the Wii. The high-definition Wii U has a new controller that includes not only traditional controls but a touch-screen, speakers and a camera. Users can play games on their TV, the controller or sometimes both.

After a few Nintendo consoles didn’t have adequate third-party support Nintendo made it a point to highlight games for the Wii U such as  LEGO City Stories and Darksiders II. There are also games that appeal to more serious gamers that tend to buy the more mature games and not the casual Wii Fit crowd such as Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed and a few EA sports titles.Wii U will be released sometime between April and December 2012 and not much concrete information about big first-party games except for a Smash Bros. game for the Wii U and the 3DS.

The rest of the press conference focused on the 3DS and upcoming games like Kid Icarus: UprisingMario KartSuper Mario, and Starfox were all promised, as well as the appearance of Luigi’s Mansion 2. And the much anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii was promised a holiday 2011 release date.

Specs: Continue reading →

E3 2011- Sony Press Conference

Sony’s Press Conference

E3 live coverage: Stay tuned to G4 and G4tv.com as well as E3 Insider for live streaming

Playstation Vita Handheld

Playstation announced their new touchscreen 3D handheld “Playstation Vita”, once called Sony NGP or “Next Generation Portable” when its existence leaked a while back. PS Vita’s only internet provider will be AT&T and the name of the device’s connection suite will be called “Near”.

“Vita means “Life” in Latin, and was chosen, according to Sony, because they feel the device “enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. SCE is aiming to transform every aspect of user’s daily life into an entertainment experience.

AT&T’s mobile broadband network excels at delivering data with high speeds nationwide, which is what we need for powering the social and connectivity features built into the PlayStation Vita portable entertainment system,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America. “PlayStation Vita will give users the opportunity to engage and connect with one another while delivering the kind of rich and immersive gaming experiences unimaginable on any other portable device on the market today.”
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PS Vita will cost $249 for the WiFi model (price of the Nintendo 3DS) and $299 for the model with both WiFi and 3G. The price in Europe will be €249 and €299, respectively. The handheld will be available during the 2011 holiday season everywhere and has 80 titles in development.

“More interesting is the announcement of the Party system. It allows players to voice chat via headset or built-in microphone in party rooms across any game, similar to Xbox Live’s party system. They also reaffirmed the Near system, which is also similar to Xbox Live’s friend features. [Destructoid]” Continue reading →

E3 2010 Part 2- Nintendo World Domination

Nintendo clearly triumphed at E3 this year.  The Kinect (previously Project Natal) is cool and all and no one really seems to care about the PlayStation Move much.  But we already knew about both of them so all they did at E3 was show us some gameplay.

There were rumors about Nintendo developing a 3DS so (no surprise there), BUT what did get me in a frenzy was the incredibly amazing list of 3DS games.  The release date is up in the air because these guys just can’t seem to get it right.  First it was announced to be released March 2011 but recently I heard October or before Christmas which makes the most sense.

Outside of the handheld realm, Nintendo announced a new Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii.  They also showed us the new The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which they have been teasing us for almost a year with the concept art.

When I heard rumors of a Super Scribblenauts I wondered what else could they add to the 22,802 words they already had.  One word: ADJECTIVES!!!  To put the cherry on top they also included combo words. Ever seen a “gentlemanly red raptor“? You will also be glad to know everything that was broken in the first Scribblenauts is fixed in the new one.  I’m already giving myself a migraine trying to think of the most random yet extremely amazing adjective word combos for Super Scribblenauts.

Here’s the some of the games coming out on the 3DS that caught my eye:

  • DJ Hero® 3D
  • RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS
  • SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final)
  • Madden NFL
  • The Sims™ 3
  • Bomberman franchise
  • HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D “The Naked Sample”
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)
  • BloodRayne: The Shroud
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Dragon Ball® franchise (name not final)
  • Gundam® franchise (name not final)
  • PAC-MAN™ & GALAGA™ (name not final)
  • Animal Crossing™
  • Mario Kart™
  • Paper Mario™
  • Star Fox 64™ 3D
  • Kid Icarus™: Uprising
  • Sonic (name not final)
  • DRAGON QUEST® franchise
  • FINAL FANTASY® franchise
  • KINGDOM HEARTS franchise
  • NINJA GAIDEN® (name not final)
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad Infinity Gauntlet
  • Saints Row: Drive-By
  • Assassin’s Creed™ Lost Legacy
  • Full list here

Here’s some trailers and gameplay of my favs:

Kirby’s Epic Yarn– I always liked Kirby because he was cute, pink and had an incurable sweet tooth. Now he’s made of yarn!

Donkey Kong Country Returns

The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword

Epic Mickey

Super Scribblenauts

3DS gameplay

3DS commercial

E3 2010 Part 1- PlayStation & Xbox 360 Goodies

E3 had a lot going on this year but all the hype revolved around Nintendo and their announcement of the 3DS coming early 2011. I will do a separate post on Nintendo’s E3 goodies.

Microsoft showed off Project Natal the Kinect which is like the Wii minus the Wiimote.  It does a fabulous job of making you look like a complete fool while having tons of fun.  It’s set to be released Nov. 4th 2010.

There’s also the PlayStation Move which looks like it doubles as a sex toy.  If it has any kind of shock vibration-feedback you might have to be 18+ to purchase it… I’m just sayin’.

***Please let me know if any of the release dates are wrong, I blame it on Google.***



Here’s the breakdown of PlayStation and Xbox 360 E3 stuff that I care about:

Dance Central– RD: Fall 2010

Little Big Planet 2– RD: Nov. 2010

EPIC CUTENESS!

Def Jam Rapstar– RD: Oct. (go to 6 min mark to see the gameplay)

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage– RD: TBA

FOTNS is over the top everything and that’s why I love it so much.  WATA!

God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP)- RD: Fall 2010

inFamous2– RD: TBA (more than a year away)

Metal Gear Solid: Rising– RD: TBA

Dead Space 2– RD: 2011

Mortal Kombat– RD: 2011

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds– RD: Early 2011 (gameplay video)

Halo Reach– RD: Sept. 14th, 2010

More:

Assassin Creed: Brotherhood- Single and Multiplayer

Resident Evil 5 PS Move Gameplay

Twisted Metal

Sonic 4

Silent Hill