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.
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.” [G4]
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 →
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.
When I heard rumors of a SuperScribblenauts 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 SuperScribblenauts.
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)
The Sims™ 3
HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D “The Naked Sample”
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)
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
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)