Nintendo’s new console will steal spotlight at E3
by Chris Pittman
cpittman@annistonstar.com
May 18, 2012 | 9139 views |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was recently annouced that the release of the first-person shooter game “BioShock Infinite” will be delayed until February 2013 to allow the developer more time to polish the title. I’m all for that, but “Infinite” was literally the only game I was looking forward to this year.

This was a big burst to my gaming bubble, and I’m not the only gamer not in love with “Call of Duty.”

Luckily, the biggest gaming convention of the year is less than a month away. Surely I will find something special to fill that void.

All of the hotshots in the gaming industry will convene in Los Angeles next month for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Many of the biggest announcements in gaming are made during this annual event.

Nintendo is in the driver’s seat as they will likely be the only company to announce a new console. The reunveiling of the Wii U should be a sight to behold, especially since a new Mario game has already been confirmed to be at the show.

Expect the big N to make tons of announcements for the 3DS. The handheld already has a strong lineup, and a few more big releases could make it the machine to have this year.

Microsoft will surely continue to push Kinect as the future of games.

The biggest question mark falls on the company’s usual sure-fire hit, “Halo.” The fourth iteration in the series is the first developed outside of Bungie. 343 Studios will need to blow everyone away with its vision of the character Master Chief, or Microsoft might lose a chunk of its hardcore following.

Sony would be wise to put the focus on the PlayStation Vita. Sales for the new portable have been dismal, and the software outlook is rather bleak at the moment.

The machine is extremely powerful and the OLED screen makes visuals pop out like no other hardware. Let’s hope Sony can add some killer software to take advantage of the system’s horsepower.

Third-party titles from EA, Ubi Soft and Capcom will likely share the spotlight as well.

I’m most excited to see how Nintendo handles the Wii U. The company didn’t exactly blow people away with the 3DS, though the handheld has made strides over the past six or so months.

New Mario, Star Fox and Metroid games would be enough for me to buy the console on day one.

I’m also eager to see how Sony and Microsoft handle their next-generation consoles. The current rumor is that neither will mention the successor systems this year. I find it hard to believe that both would sit back and let Nintendo announce a brand new console without at least hinting at their own futures.

I’m also hoping that Microsoft will have a few non-Kinect titles for the Xbox 360. A pure focus on the mediocre non-controller method would be enough for me to avoid them for the year.

The new “God of War” and “The Last Of Us” could be all Sony fans need for the year.

The company is also developing a “Smash Bros.”-type game. Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t have the lovable characters like Nintendo, so I find it hard to get excited about this one.

Everything is shaping up well and it looks like this year’s E3 might be the best yet.

Of course, I say that every year.
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