E3 2011: What We Want to See

E3 2011: What We Want to See

As mature gamers, Christmas Day doesn’t really hold the thrill of surprise for us anymore. So we have to make do with trade show E3, the ultimate spring showcase for the video game industry. At E3, we learn what companies have been constructing through the barren winter months. Anything can happen, and it often does.

With the rumor that Nintendo might be showing off the Wii 2 at E3 2011, this year’s upcoming E3 is suddenly worth anticipating. But one big announcement does not make for a completely filling show. Here’s what we’d like to see at the event in June.

Wii 2: “Hey, isn’t this a given?” Not quite. Nintendo hasn’t confirmed that the Wii 2/Wii HD/whatever will be at this year’s E3, and the company probably isn’t going to make any promises between now and summer. After all the rumors and hearsay, we’ll be very let down if we don’t catch a glimpse of the new Wii. In fact, we’ll probably be very irritated with Nintendo if nothing shows up, and that would be a little petty because Nintendo never promised us anything in the first place.

The NGP (Next Generation Portable): Sony’s next handheld, the NGP (capable of PS3 grade performance), will be the Nintendo 3DS’s fiercest competitor next to Apple. How does it play? What’s coming for it? How does that posterior touch-screen thingy work? Is the system sexy and game changing? Most importantly, how much will it cost?

Core Games for Kinect and Move: Core gamers and motion control schemes can get along! We hope we’ll see proof of this at this year’s E3 in the way of some Microsoft Kinect and PlayStation Move titles. A playable demo for Project Draco, the core-focused Kinect game by Yukio Futatsugi, wouldn’t hurt our feelings.

A Playable Demo of The Last Guardian for PS3: This follow-up to the PlayStation 2 masterpiece Shadow of the Colossus is the PlayStation 3’s most mysterious and coveted title. We know so little about the game beyond the fact that it looks gorgeous. Will we get a chance to interact with the boy and his baby monster charge this June? We hope so.

More Info About Sonic Generations: This new offering from Sega, which pairs up a retro Sonic the Hedgehog with his newer, sleeker self and places them in familiar Zones from Sonic games gone by, looks positively intriguing. We want to know more. Better yet, we want to try it out. Are we hurtling headlong into a world of disappointment? Maybe, but we intend to enjoy the ride.

More Info About Super Mario 3DS: Game Developers Conference 2011 gave us a quick, motionless glimpse of a Mario game that’s in production for the Nintendo 3DS. We think we need a Super Mario fix at this year’s E3.

More Info About the Nintendo 3DS Lineup Beyond the Initial Push: That segues into our next point: Come E3 2011, the Nintendo 3DS’s “launch lineup” will be out the door. What’s next for the Nintendo 3DS now that its birth pangs are done?

More Info About The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Zelda games are big, big news, but it’s kind of stunning how little we know about this Wii title. With any luck, we’ll be able to really sink our teeth into Link’s next adventure this June.

About Nadia Oxford
Nadia is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She played her first game at four, decided games were awesome, and has maintained her position since. She writes for 1UP.com, Slide to Play, GamePro and other publications, and is About.com’s Guide to the Nintendo DS.


  1. I’m pretty sure Project Cafe has been confirmed for E3.

  2. Nadia Oxford

    (The joys of writing a post days in advance, lol)

  3. I would love to not only see the “Wii 2” but also some games that are in development. I need to know, as a hardcore gamer, if this is something to get excited about. Nintendo, I beg you, please don’t show a party game or HD Wii Sports as the first software. This will immediately demolish any hopes of recapturing the hardcore market. I have heard rumors of GTA V being in development, lets see it!

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