June 15, 2010

Daily E3 wrap: Nintendo and Sony

Oh man. What a day it was! So yeah, Nintendo basically obliterated everyone and stole the show. They win. Is it possible to give a grade higher than A+? Because that's what they get. Seriously, it was perfect. This was the day Nintendo fans have been waiting for for years. I really don't know where to begin, but I must try!
So Nintendo opened up their show this morning with Zelda. A complete, comprehensive demo of Zelda: Skyward Sword to be exact. It's developed for MotionPlus and from the ground up with motion controls in mind. It looked very pretty, too. Actually, the look is hard to describe. Link, once again, is a grown man but the world is significantly brighter and more colorful than Twilight Princess. Its like a blend of TP and Wind Waker. Actually, just check this out:

Nice, eh? After that... well, things just got all the sweeter. After showing off Wii Party (think Mario Party with Miis) and Mario Sports Mix (volleyball, hockey, dodgeball, basketball), Nintendo went straight to the core. They announced a remake of the classic Goldeneye 007 and the crowd went wild. They showed off an impressive demo of Epic Micky, which is now on my radar. How about a new Kirby or DK Country from Retro? Totally unexpected. Of course, Metroid was shown off and it's never looked better. The new Golden Sun for the DS was shown for the first time in a year. Then the 3DS was unveiled. Wow. And, yup, they totally used it as an excuse to revisit old franchises. The first game announced? Kid Icarus: Uprising. It looked amazing! Oh, and almost every Nintendo franchise got a new game announced, except for F-Zero which would have kicked ass in 3D and Pikmin 3 which everyone was expecting. Sure it's absence was surprising, but Nintendo more than made up for it. Seriously, check out this list of announced 3DS games:

  • DJ Hero 3D
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Super Street Fighter 4 3D
  • EA FIFA Soccer
  • Madden NFL
  • The Sims 3
  • Unnamed Music Game from Harmonix
  • Bomberman
  • Contra
  • Frogger
  • Metal Gear Solid 3D
  • BloodRayne: The Shroud
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Harvest Moon 3D
  • Dragonball
  • Gundam
  • Ridge Racer
  • Pac-Man
  • Sonic 
  • Super Monkey Ball
  • Dragon Quest 3D
  • Final Fantasy
  • Kindgom Hearts
  • Dead or Alive 3D
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • de Blob 2
  • Saints Row: Drive-By
  • Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy
  • Driver
  • Ghost Recon 
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Batman
  • Animal Crossing
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Mario Kart
  • Paper Mario
  • PilotWings
  • StarFox 64 3D
  • LoZ: Ocarina of Time 3D
And that's not even all of them! So, yeah, asses kicked and names taken. Good job, Nintendo. You've reclaimed your rightful place on the throne and restored our faith in gaming. 

Sony's biggest surprise is pictured to the left. A new Twisted Metal that has literally been denied was announced! Also demoed, inFamous 2, Dead Space 2, Killzone 3 (which I must say was impressive),  with trailers of Portal 2, Final Fantasy 14, and more in the many, many montages of games shown off. Sony seems to be the king of those. So quite a few new games were announced or shown off for Sony's two systems, but it was also just as much about 3D and Move. Quite honestly, 3D does not impress because you'll need a 3D tv and those stupid glasses. Move underwhelms also. At this point, it doesn't seem to be able to do anything that the Wii doesn't. On top of that, most of the games looked Wii-gimicky. Except for a game called Sorcery. That looked cool. Sony did have an impressive lineup of games, though. It was strange that The Last Guardian was completely missing, but Sony still gets a solid B+. 

Videos incoming... it's going to be intense.

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