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The Winners And Losers of E3 2010

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E3 2010 has come and gone quicker than you can say Portal 2, but now is the time to take a look back and uncover the winners and losers of the three-day gamers’ paradise.

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Winner: Nintendo

Of the three major press conferences, there’s no denying which one created the biggest buzz. Many analysts are already calling the 3DS the single biggest splash of E3 2010, and the long-awaited Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will bring even more followers to the Wii. Nintendo also announced a flurry of new titles for both systems that included some big, popular names. The company can certainly look forward to a prosperous 2010 holiday and 2011.

Loser: Microsoft

Even with all the innovation and intrigue surrounding Kinect, Microsoft still struggled to make noise at this year’s E3. Of the three powerhouses, Microsoft created the least amount of buzz, possibly a side effect of presenting first at the expo. Many analysts think that Kinect (formerly Project Natal) may have suffered a bit from being talked up too much since E3 2009, creating a bit of fatigue in fans’ minds about the accessory. With no huge title releases past the slowly-fading Halo series, no games really stole the show, either.

Winner: Old School Characters

Mario, Sonic, Link, Donkey Kong, Kirby, and Mickey are all headlining new titles, bringing a 1990s feel back to the gaming world. Nintendo is doing most of the time traveling, with Epic Mickey, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Donkey Kong Country Returns all announced as new releases for the Wii. And don’t overlook the Wii remake of the N64 classic Goldeneye, still regarded as the game that took multiplayer shooters to a whole new level. Now we just need a new Tetris and we’ll be all set.

Loser: Shooters

Call of Duty and Gears of War are both getting new additions to their uber-successful franchises, but for the most part, it seems the buzz surrounding the FPS genre has died down a bit. There were many graphically striking shooter titles shown at E3, but looking past the visuals exposes a lack of quality story lines or character depth. Staying consistent, most of the featured 360 releases are shooters, but past Halo: Reach and the two aforementioned games, there isn’t much to be excited about.

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2 Responses to “The Winners And Losers of E3 2010”

  1. avatar Tiago Moura says:

    Nintendo really did kick Microsoft and Sony’s ass, mostly by sticking to what they know. If they get more indie developers like the 2-D Boy in on the fun, then they’ll really be in business.

  2. avatar J Lawlor says:

    I concur.