E3 | LOS ANGELES, CA: At last year's E3, a gamer checks out Nintendo's booth. (Photo: David McNew | Getty)

The Queen of Pokémon In the West, when someone says Pokémon, you think about your favorite Pocket Monster, the cartoons, or the games themselves. The same goes for Japan, but there's something else that comes to mind. Make that, someone else.

Metal Gear Creator Introduces His New ‘Fox Engine,' Teases New Multiplatform Game Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series, didn't announce any new games at Konami's pre-E3 2011 press conference today—though he did announce new versions of his older games. Instead, Kojima introduced us to the new Fox Engine.

The Desolate Video Game Art of Nicolas Ferrand Nicolas Ferrand is a French concept artist currently working on Thief 4 at Eidos Montreal. Previously, while at Ubisoft, he contributed to franchises like Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia.

Dark Souls Will Kick Japan's Ass This September Tough-as-nails Dark Souls will be released in Japan on September 15 for ¥7,800 (US$97). For those that pre-order, a copy of the game's soundtrack and an in-game map are included. Quantities are limited.

Metal Gear , Zone of the Enders Return With HD Collections Konami announced today that two of its most popular franchises, Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders, will be getting HD compilation re-releases on the PlayStation 3 and, for the first time, will also see action on the Xbox 360.

So much news broke last night. So much more to come next week. Can't wait. –Brian Ashcraft

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