It's all about the new consoles. Everything you could possibly know about Sony's Vita (formally NGP) was launched in one gooey, yummy mess. Yes, Vita stands for life. Unfortunately, Sony hasn't confirmed if the console will provide said life like a bottle in an RPG, but what we do know is that the console will throw every bell and whistle into a simple compact form. That includes a rear touch panel (yes, rear end goodness at last!), some kind of motion control and 3G enabled internet connectivity. All while looking like the PSP had a baby with a PSPGo.
Nintendo hit back with a little ditty of its own, the Nintendo Wii U. Stupid name? Maybe, but if you say it fast enough it sounds like Ryu ... much better.
*Ahem* So the Wii U is largely an upgraded Wii console, maintaining the simplicity while expanding motion and touch control with an inbuilt screen in its touchpad/gamepad setup. It's an intriguing concept, but hard to explain, so head on over to youtube and check out some of the videos, specifically Zelda HD. Safe to say, there's plenty of horsepower under the hood.
But the most important thing, despite all this hardware and fancy terms, are the games, and there's plenty of them. LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted, Wipeout and more will get the Vita treatment. It's been confirmed that the likes of Batman: Arkham City, Super Smash Bros. and the next Darksiders title are among many in pre-production for Wii U ... so pre, that the trailer used by Nintendo at E3 used footage from other consoles. Very early days yet.
As for other consoles, there was plenty of 3DS to speak of, including the reveal of Luigi's Mansion 2 and confirmation of a portable Smash Brothers title in the future. Sony also showed off a portable 3D TV for its PS3 system
Zelda celebrates 25 years in the business. Expect a host of celebratory specials over the course of the year, including Four Swords on DSiWare, an orchestral score released on CD and a tour across the globe to celebrate said music. Plus by the end of the year we will have the last big Wii title, Skyward Sword.
Finally, the weirdest moment of E3 (besides Kobe Bryant failing at NBA2K12) was Sony's reveal of their wireless provider partner for Vita ... AT&T. For those of you not in the know, they are the 'fastest' provider in the US, and the worst at the same time. Iphone users know what I'm talking about.
Coming up, a rap on all the other juicy details you may have missed.
Finally all those gaming addicts can sigh in relief that they'll never be called again "you have no life!". ;-)
To me, there will only ever be one Vita.
I loved Wii U. But I think that's just maybe a Nintendo fanboy speaking in me.
Wow, i'm pretty amazed at little I care about any of that stuff. I barely feel like I belong to the gaming community. Certainly not to the E3-following variety, anyway.
All those inventions sound to me like nothing more than a really long string of synonyms for "gimmick". I don't see any of those having a useful life of more than a couple years, and I certainly don't see any of them doing any serious good for gaming at large.
I guess it's hard to keep a steady stream of actually useful inventions after you have the pressure of doing something equally awesome to their previous inventions. Anything after the D-pad, analog stick and vibrating controllers are purely gimmicky. Yes, I'm looking at you Wii/Kinect/Move! ;)
I say controller rumble is a gimmick, too. But at least its invention gave us this.