We here at Lo-Ping are pumped for E3, we know you are too. You’re an avid gamer who likes to stay up to date on the latest and greatest news of the industry, whether you’re reading up about it on a website or watching a live stream of the Video Game Awards show, suffering through all the celebrity crap just to get to the new game trailers.
We’ve decided that we’re going to get the E3 ball rolling a little early with this six part series which covers everything about the show; from its humble beginnings to our most beloved (and worst) memories of the expo, as well as spilling the beans on the rumours and what we each expect to see from each of the big three conferences.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
It seems that all eyes are focused on Nintendo now that we know a new console will be revealed to the world on June 7th. A successor to one of the biggest selling consoles of all time, it is vital that Nintendo find the perfect middle ground with this unveiling. The long serving fans of the company have felt somewhat abandoned over the last five years but at the same time a new audience has been discovered which guarentees financial success in this barrage of party games and motion controls. Nintendo must find a way to satisfy each group with promises of exciting new ways of playing AND announcements of much loved franchise returns such as Pikmin and F-Zero as well as new IP’s to freshen things up because there’s only so much Zelda and Mario that we can rely on for a strong experience.
What we know about the console so far? Well its codename is Project Cafe and it has been stated to be more graphically powerful than both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360…that’s about all we know. There are rumours that a touch screen will be added to a controller but that’s about it, all we have for now are these images that could easily be fake but there’s not much else to go on…for now. (Click images to enlarge)
As for games we should be seeing a bit more from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, hopefully without any technical hiccups like last year. The new Super Mario 3DS game which was teased last year is also likely to be shown.
Speaking of 3DS, there’s a good chance we will be seeing more from Resident Evil: Revelations as well as Kid Icarus: Uprising. Nintendo has to regain a lot of lost ground with this handheld, many people have felt completely underwhelmed with the lack of high quality software and E3 is their best shot at convincing the public that their money was well invested.
You can never really know what to expect from Nintendo, they are masters at keeping secret their software projects. We may get a new Super Smash Bros or maybe a new Wii Music game (hopefully the former). But one thing’s for certain, Project Cafe and the 3DS have both everything to lose and a lot to gain, regardless of which camp you fall into in this gaming industry of ours, everyone around the world will be watching Nintendo make the next step in gaming.
After six weeks we’ve finally came to the conclusion of our E3 countdown, with just one week to go until the main event it seems that all we can do now is sit and wait…actually screw that thought, let’s go and do what we do best, let’s stay up long into the night promising ourselves “just one more game”, let’s go onto forums and let our hidden fanboy persona run amok, let’s stock up on Monster energy cans and snacks for the long week ahead.
But most importantly, let’s enjoy everything about it.
This is Lo-Ping and we’ll see you on the other end.