The Week in Review: Who 'Won' E3?

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The word "game" implies something with a winner. And the planet's biggest gathering of video games, and those who make them, fairly begs for one, too.

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Just like every year, it didn't take long for a consensus to form on E3 2010's champion. Sony took high marks for presentation - Kevin Butler's call to arms, Gabe Newell's announcement of Portal 2 on the PS3, and Sweet Tooth's ice cream truck pulling up onstage for Twisted Metal. Microsoft had a strong showing with Kinect and all that will go with it - plus the revelation of a new Xbox 360 model available this week, which required an Apple-esque level of secrecy and message control. But it didn't say when we'll get how much Kinect will cost, a detail far more important to the public than the device's new name.

Ultimately Nintendo came out ahead with several core-appeal titles and a very compelling, if not surprising, unveiling of the 3DS, and a who's who of publishers and titles aboard for its launch. The proof of the 3DS' impact could be seen in the morning mob scenes and multiple hours-long waits falling on Nintendo's booth in West Hall, just to get a look at the new all-in-one 3D handheld.

This is by no means the end of Kotaku's E3 coverage. We'll be providing more hands-on, impressions, news, notes and perspectives from the four-day gala into next week. For now, revisit the highlights of E3 2010 while they're still fresh, and continue debating for what this year in gaming will ultimately be remembered.

DISCUSSION

TwinTiger
TwinTiger

As much as I loved the Nintendo presentation, and the fact that I will most likely buy each and every title they revealed (with exception of the Mario Sports game) I still feel like Nintendo has refused to invest in new IP.

Zelda, Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus, Kirby, Goldeneye, Golden Sun, Metroid, Dragon Quest.

There isnt an original IP in the bunch. All remakes or sequels. I love them all, but I can't help but want more from them; to take more risks.

My friend and I had a discussion a while back: When was the last time Nintendo had an original IP? (we're talking first party)

We could only think of Pikmin. And that was in 2001.

I put it to you Kotaku, prove me wrong: Has Nintendo had a truly (first party) original IP since?

I didn't see the Sony or Microsoft presentations, but I haven't heard nearly as much [positive] buzz about their presentations. Nintendo wins.