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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dear Nintendo: You Made My Year

With E3 in full swing and the Big 3's conferences over, it's now and I can make my official impressions of the next year for each of the major game companies. First, let's make a list of everything that excited me at E3 this year:

Official List of E3 Things That Make Me Want to Cry (in a good way): 
    • Miyamoto's Entrance 
    • Wii
      • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (EEEEEE!)
      • Metroid Other M (Team Ninja's take on the series)
      • Pikmin 3
      • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Retro Studios' project since Team Ninja took over Metroid)
      • Goldeneye (remake of the game that redefined gaming when it came out for N64) 
      • Kirby: Epic Yarn (it sounds childish, but it is epic once you see the game play!)
      • Mario Sports Mix (one word: DODGEBALL!)
    • Nintendo DS
      • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
      • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
      • Super Scribblenauts
      • Okamiden (Okami will feel more natural on DS, in my opinion)
    •  NINTENDO 3DS!!! (We knew it was coming, but it was still AMAZING!)
      •  3D without those pesky (and fashionable) glasses
      • Adjustable 3D-ness
      • Slide Pad!
      • You can take 3D PICTURES!
      • Kid Icarus 3D
      • 3D Ocarina of Time 
      • 3D Professor Layton
      • 3D Paper Mario
      • 3D Starfox 64
      • 3D Metal Gear Solid
      • 3D Resident Evil
      • 3D Mario Kart
      • 3D Kingdom Hearts
      • 3D Street Fighter
      • 3D Ninja Gaiden
      • 3D Assassins Creed
      • 3D Movies from Disney, Dreamworks, and Warner Bros.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Rising
    • Portal 2 (XBox360)
Alright, so it is clear that Nintendo's nostalgic presentation really hit home with me. What can I say? I'm a Nintendo fan girl! But why wasn't I excited about the others?
First of all, Microsoft was to much about Kinect (ind of a stupid name). Where are the big kid games? The only games I saw were sequels, three-quels, and continuations of franchises that have had success in the past. Most of the Kinect games I saw seemed kitschy and hands-free versions of games we've seen on Wii and from Sony's pre-Eye Toy hype. I will admit that I was excited for Metal Gear Solid: Rising. The sword mechanics look awesome, unlike anything I've seen before. I'm really excited to get to play with it and see how it works. I'm also excited about Portal 2, since, well it's Portal, but also because it's 4 times as long as the original.  I will also say that if I had unlimited money, I would buy Kinect. I think that movies without remotes are awesome, and I would get it just for that. But as a gamer, I NEED buttons. I just need them. 

Alright, now let's look at Sony. They were WAY too defensive! They all but attacked the other company's ideas. Also, it must have been hard to follow Nintendo's anti-glasses 3D campaign when that was exactly what Sony had to offer. I can't take it seriously when they provide their own competition. Why in the world do they still have the PS2 on the market? Their motion controller, Move, also has a stupid name, although it is admittedly better than Eye Toy. And seriously, the glowing ball on top.... no way. I just can't do it. I didn't see too many games that I was excited about either, excepted the ones that are on PC and XBox360 as well. 

So, I'm going to have to say Nintendo takes the cake. I will say however, that their line up runs purely on nostalgia. If you didn't love the past Nintendo games, this won't seem that exciting for you. But for those hardcore fans who stuck with them through their Casual Gamer Wii Madness dry spell, this is what we've been waiting for. I was a bit scared when they started with the new Zelda, I was kind of scared. But then it was just big announcement after big announcement. It didn't really hit me until the end when Reggie listed off all the stuff they announced. Oh man, it was amazing! I could go on and on about any one of the titles listed above, but I'll spare you the gushing.

Comment below and tell me what excited you most about E3!