May 11, 2006


Well, like I assume everyone else is has been doing this week, I’ve been immersing myself in the news coming out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. These are going to be very exciting times. IGN seems to be as good of a source as any for all the latest.

The Playstation 3 coming in at $600 is just bloody ridiculous. What on Earth are they thinking? I can’t ever see myself justifying that purchase at that price. With games and an extra controller to buy, that’s an incredibly hefty investment. And speaking of controller, what the hell do they think they are doing trying to rip off Nintendo with their tacked on tilt functionality? Talk about guts. Did they honestly think people wouldn’t notice what they are doing with that? The whole thing just screams of being a knee jerk reaction to Nintendo’s controller. If they are so confident that people will pay all that money for their system, then why do they seem so afraid that they have to try and copy their competitor’s idea? It really makes Sony look bad, especially after they dismissed such technology as a simple gimmick, but I guess this sort of thing is to be expected from a company that doesn’t seem to have a single original thought of its own.

The Nintendo Wii looks like fun. I didn’t care much for the name at first, but I’ve quickly gotten used to it. I’m pretty much in complete agreement with Nintendo’s assessment of the current state of video gaming. Something disruptive needs to happen, and I think that this system is just the ticket to making a lot of people have fun again. I want one. I don’t know if I’ll do the whole “line up at Midnight on Launch day” thing, but I’m not going to rule that out either!

I think the biggest news, though, is the new Super Smash Bros. It was looking as if they were not going to show anything regarding this game, but then it suddenly came without warning. The preview video is amazing! The graphics look awesome, the music is epic, and I’m sure the game will be a blast. The new characters look great too. Metaknight is super cool and a character I’ve wanted in the series for awhile. Pit is a welcome addition. Zero-Suit Samus is a hottie. Wario is finally confirmed. But then it just takes a dip into the surreal.

Snake is in this game? Snake from Metal Gear Solid? I still can’t believe it! This just blows the roof off of any and all possibilities! Non-Nintendo characters are going to be in the next Smash Bros, fighting right along with Mario, Link, Kirby, and the rest. If Snake is in it, then who else could there be? Pac-man? Sonic the Hedgehog? Mega Man? Viewtiful Joe? Bomberman? Simon Belmont? BATMAN? Well, probably not Batman, but you get the idea. The mind boggles at the potential this game could have. I can’t wait.

What are you excited about at E3? Who do you want to see in the next Smash Bros.? Talk about it.



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