It's that time of year again. E3 is upon us and it's time to see what the Big Three have been up to, to make us drool, pant and make us break down the internet. Let's start off with the Nintendo E3 conference. Nintendo's showing wasn't anything real major. No big software improvements or any real big names stood out in their conference. There were some interesting high points that are worth being covered:
Super Mario Maker is coming September 11th:
Have you ever played Mario and wondered who the hell thought of this level? Or have you ever seen the video that continuously circulates social media of the hellacious level of Mario that would make a grown man retreat into the fetal position? Well then, great news! You will now have the ability to make levels in Super Mario. An 8-Bit Mario Amiibo was also announced to accompany the game that will transform the player into an extra-large Mario in the game.
Skylanders and Nintendo join forces:
Nintendo and Activision have surprised the world and partnered together. This partnership will bring Nintendo characters to Skylanders games. New Amiibos are coming to Skylanders for the Wii U including a new magma version of Bowser that breathes fire. Amiibo lovers, parents and friends of Amiibo lovers prepare to part with some money. No official date has been announced.
Starfox is back:
Starfox Zero is on its way back this holiday season. The Nintendo 64 classic will be heading to the Wii U just in time to do a barrel roll with a new generation of gamers. You'll have access to a variety of vehicles including a drone and a walker ground unit. The focus will primarily be on flying. Shigeru Miyamoto stated he wants players to feel like they are flying an actual plane. So be on the look out.
Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes is coming to 3DS:
A multiplayer spinoff of the Four Swords series will be a puzzle game. You can work together to solve puzzles and fight your way through the dungeon.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer coming in Late 2015:
If you are looking for blood, guts, violence and everything else you'd expect from a majority of games, then this is definitely not the game for you. The Animal Crossing franchise is a break from the stereotypical game. You can play as your favorite cute animals while decorating your home and designing it. Its scheduled release date is September 25th.
Metroid Prime Federation Force coming in 2016:
Nintendo is continuing the Metroid Prime series with Metroid Prime Federation Force. The game will focus on four player co-op missions, as well as, some 3 on 3 sci-fi sports battles the first being shown in the trailer called Blast Ball.
Get wrapped up in Yoshi's Woolly World:
This time around the loveable Yoshi is a cute yarn creature. The new Yoshi lets you unravel enemies and interact with your stitched environment. There will also be an Amiibo (including a plush Amiibo). You'll also be able to turn Nintendo characters into weird Yoshi shaped creatures. This game is scheduled for an October release.
Mario Tennis is being served up this holiday:
Join Mario and your favorite Nintendo characters this holiday season for a game of tennis. Random power ups, crazy jumps and competitive moments with your friends and family. What more can you ask for?!
Don't toss out the Xbox 360 games just yet:
Microsoft has brought backwards compatibility to the Xbox One. Originally this was taken off the table when the Xbox One was in development. Now a year and a half later Microsoft has gone back to the idea and chosen to make backwards compatibility a thing on the Xbox One. By the end of the year 100 of last generation's games will be compatible with Xbox One.
New Customizable Controller:
The new "Elite" controller is a more standardized version of the Xbox gamepad. Its controls can be remapped and its directional pad can be swapped out. It works on Windows 10, as well as, Xbox One putting it in direct competition with the Steam controller.
Marvel at the large world in Halo 5:
E3 offered a better look of Halo 5, which was shown for the first time last year's E3, showing off its cooperative combat and it's over-the-top cinematic graphics. They've introduced a new multiplayer mode called Warzone. The maps in general are larger than previous version of Halo. Halo 5 is scheduled to come out in October.
Time to ReCore:
ReCore is a game made by Mega Man co-creator Keji Inafune. It's described as a cross between Stars Wars and Wall-E. An Xbox exclusive slated to come out spring of 2016
HoloLens and Minecraft are officially joined together:
After showing off a Minecraftesque demo for Microsoft's HoloLens headset it has now become office. You can create a pixelated world wherever you want just by using gestures and voice commands to build it. You'll get to know more about AR Minecraft this summer.
Gears of War 4 will arrive late next year:
Gears of War, the once Epic Games series that was recently acquired by Microsoft, is getting its first non-Epic installment. It's slated to come out for the holiday season of 2016.
The Last Guardian has arrived:
The conclusion of the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus trilogy that has been rumored for the E3 for the past few years has never appeared until now. It was set the tone for the day for Sony with a short, highly cinematic gameplay demo. It is scheduled to be release some time next year for PlayStation 4.
Arrow meets Jurassic World:
That's essentially what you get with Horizon: Zero Dawn post-apocalyptic robot dino hunting with a bow and arrow. There is no release date for the title right now. It's being developed by the same studio that brought you Killzone, Guerrilla Games.
Hitman is back:
Hitman is making its way to the PS4 with the next line up in the series. There doesn't seem to be a big difference between this version and all previous versions. Since there isn't much information, we will keep you up to date on anything else we find out about this title.
Street Fighter V punches through your wall early next year:
Street Fight V, the next saga in a classic fighting game series, will be arriving March of 2016 to Playstation. Those of you that are itching to get a glimpse of it can get an open preorder beta in July exclusively for the PS4.
Destiny gets a big expansion:
Destiny has gotten a couple of expansions but it seems The Taken King will be the biggest so far. It will include a new map, new gear, and a new strike mission amongst other things when it arrives in September.
Final Fantasy 7 and Shenmue:
This year is a good year for Japanese game fans. Not only are we getting The Last Guardian, but we will be getting, not a port, not a remaster, but a REMAKE of Final Fantasy 7. It will be coming first to PlayStation 4. Shenmue also has a third installment up on Kickstarter (which to date is at $3 Million+ and rising having reached its goal will definitely be coming out).
PlayStation Vue expands:
PlayStation Vue will be moving beyond its starter market and in to San Francisco and Los Angeles. It's also going to allow all users to subscribe to specific channels instead of buying package deals like regular TV.
All in all, this year's E3 was a great experience and showed some great promise in the gaming industry and as a fan of console gaming, things are looking up and we're enjoying the ride.