It's-a me, Mario!
Of course, no games event would be complete without an appearance from the family with a plumber mascot. E3 2011 was huge for Nintendo, who after blaming customer ignorance for a lack of 3DS sales, had much ground to make up. The company did so in style, though, unveiling its next platform as Wii U, taking Nintendo into the realm of HD and wowing spectators with an all-new touchscreen control pad.
Killer Freaks from Outer Space
Most of the clips Nintendo showed of future Wii U titles were actually footage of games running on Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms, however publishers are working on Wii U titles already and some have struggled to contain their excitement.
Games such as Ubi's Killer Freaks from Outer Space, Ghost Recon Online, Darksiders 2 and Dirt are all heading to the platform, as well as Batman: Arkham City, Smash Bros, and no doubt a predictable collection of other Mario-themed titles.
Batman: Arkham City
For now, though, the impetus is with 3DS, which will be awash with games in 2010. A tripped out version of Mario Kart will arrive soon, while there's a return to slightly more-realistic driving simulation Riiiidge Racer.
Other favourite 3DS ventures include the annual Super Mario release, a sequel to Ninty's ghostbuster Luigi's Mansion 2, dimension dropping Paper Mario and high-flying Kid Icarus, which features a multiplayer AR experience. Oh and there's a replenished 3D version of Star Fox 64 too. Now that really takes me back.
With the eShop finally up and running, 3DS customers have access to much more as well. The handheld will communicate with the Wii U, continuing with this year's theme of cross-platform playability.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Of course, it would be wrong to forget to mention our little green friend Link, who celebrates his 25th anniversary this year. To commemorate, Ninty has prompted his return in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, set for a Wii release this winter. Put that in your ocarina and smoke it.
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From the Comment Nazi :)
Hope i'm wrong
I so wan't BF3 to be a gfx and game-play upgrade to the PC BF2, but who are we PC owners kidding... it's just one more xbox game... small maps, low ram usage, low CPU/gpu usage, but will struggle on my i7 960 :(
Mirror's Edge 2??!!
I really hope there is a Mirror's Edge 2 in the works, the first is one of my favourite games of this generation. Hopefully switching the engine won't change the over-saturated and colourful look of the first.
Errrr . . .
. . . BF3 announced something akin to Call of Duty Elite ??
Surely you mean "EA announced that BF3 will have the same statistical analysis available as BF2 did 6 years ago".
Or even that some of us have been ripping the log files from our CoD servers and creating Elite style databases for a number of years.
Star Wars Kinect?
I know I haven't seen much of it, I just saw a video of two guys playing Star Wars Kinect...but it looked really quite dreadful to me. Maybe I missed something but where was the motion beyond silly 'pushing'-type arm waves? One guy only seemed to be able to move by headbutting the air.
Maybe I missed something, but it looks like a dreadful waste to me.
Here's waiting for the non-Kinect remakes of X-Wing and TIE Fighter.,,