E3 is just a few days away, and the excitement is just piling up. I'm a Nintendo fanboy so this is an especially important time of year for me. Out of the Big three Nintendo is the most tight lipped. Sony is never able to keep anything secret, and them and Microsoft are more generous at sprinkling their announcements around the year. Not Nintendo though, they make an all out concentrated attack. If you're a Nintendo fanboy or fangirl E3 2010 was an avalanche of awesome, the perfect wet dream. I wish Nintendo was better at spreading their announcements throughout the year, but I can't deny that it makes for a spectacular E3.
What I'm most excited about are the happy surprises, every year a few unexpected games pop up and quickly skyrocket to the top of my do want list. Naturally since I don't know about these surprises yet I can't talk about them, so what I'm most looking forward to is a firm North American release date for some games.
I Just Want Localizations Really
I know most people are hoping for localizations of the Last Story, and Xenoblade Chronicles,
and I'm about 90% sure they will be localized, and although those do look promising I'm more excited for Earth Seeker, Pandora's Tower,Solatorobo & Night of the Sacrifice.
The thing is out of those 4 games I can see all of them being localized and also none of them being localized. I really want to play Night of the Sacrifice
, but I don't think it's going to make it over here. I want to be told flat out whether these games are coming or not, if these games aren't coming just tell me so I don't get false hope.
Valkyira Chronicles 3
Confirmed by labrador retriever extraordinar Lady.
I never had doubt that this was coming over, but I've been dying to play this. VC1 is one of my favorite games ever, I skipped out on VC2 because I didn't like the characters, and a huge reason for my enjoyment in VC1 was the emotional attachment I had for the characters. I've played the Japanese demo for VC3 so many times that I had to delete it off my memory card in order to get myself to stop playing it. Sega didn't have this on their list of games for E3, but I'm dying for this game to be released. If a North American release date isn't announced at E3 my sanity will begin to trickle away. I'll rip off my clothes, jump out a window, and stab a small child.
Grasshopper's and Platinum's 3DS game
Suda 51 said he wanted to make a 3DS game I'm hoping we hear more about it at E3. Atsushi Inaba & Hideki Kamiya of Platinum games have expressed interest in the 3DS as well I hope we hear more about it at E3.
Odin Sphere HD
This was rumored on September 2010, yet we've heard nothing. I just want a confirmation or debunk. I've yet to play this, and I've been holding out on a purchase in case there's a PSN release. I'm perfectly fine with purchasing a PS2 version, but if I can play this in HD that would be nice. I just want a confirmation or a debunk that's all.
Original Move Required Games
When I saw the behind the scenes development videos for the Playstation Move my jaw dropped to the floor and shattered into a million pieces, which was then quickly gobbled up by my cat. I don't have a jaw anymore so that's why I have to type everything. Seriously the move tech is all kinds of impressive. Yet the only games that catch my attention are games I already played on my Wii de Blob 2, No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise, House of the Dead: Overkill Extended cut
. Those games are nice and all, but I don't want to spend $100+ to buy a peripheral for games I can already play on my Wii, or games that are only move optional. The move is so impressive yet it doesn't have anything that really screams must buy to me. Sorcery
looks interesting, but honestly the only thing that makes it interesting is the motion controls if it was designed for the DualShock 3 I wouldn't have even payed attention to it, and when you break down the things they did with it during E3 2010 it didn't do anything that wasn't possible using Wii Motion Plus. Sony has an ace up their sleeve with the Move, they have tech that could create some incredibly deep unique experiences, but they are being timid. If they don't announce some impressive must have games, that use the Move Wand in a way that isn't possible on the Wii, then I think the glowing wand is going to become the newest addition to the graveyard of unappreciated game peripherals, sure it may have sold decently, but it's not getting the proper software support it deserves.
Non-subsidized NGP Games
I like my PSP, but none of my games are first party. The biggest issue with the PSP wasn't the battery life, the awkward analog nub, or the lack of a c-stick. It was subsidizing, and Sony's tepid attitude towards backing up the system with original content. The only two popular original PSP series were Loco Roco & Patapon
, which although awesome were low risk budget games that could have ran on a DS or even a GBA. LBP and Mod Nation Racers
were greatly inferior to their console brethren, the GOW
games were fun, but short and felt distinctly different. Uncharted NGP
will be awesome, but it will not be as good as Uncharted 2 & 3, Killzone
will run smoothly, and boast impress visuals, but it won't be as good as Killzone 2 & 3
. These subsidizing groups are talented, but they are not the same, so these games are missing the extra touch that makes them special. Essentially these subsidiaries are cover bands, they may sound almost identical to the original, but they'll never be as good, because they are living in the shadows of giants. These subsidiaries are talented they should be making their own original games, and the big guys developing games on the PS3 should make original games on the NGP.
Sony to Get Over the Obsession of Making a Portable That Mirrors a Console
The “console experience” has been around since the Gameboy. Portables have been able to replicate consoles for a long time, but that's not why people like them. Portable gaming is a distinctly different flavor, and that's why I prefer portables to consoles. The reason the DS sold so well, and has a huge following was because it was able to do things that were not possible on a Gamecube or Wii. If Sony keeps trying to replicate the current state of consoles, it's just going to keep going in circles and not go anywhere. What's the point in playing a slightly inferior version of a game on a smaller screen when I can play a better version on a nice big television? I'm not sure where Sony stands on this, signs are showing they could go either way. I just hope they've learned something. I want to buy an NGP, but I need new IP's from first and second party development studios.
This won't happen, but a man can dream
and a PSN release of the original
I asked if Double Fine would talk about Psychonauts 2 and kitty cat Beverly
said they would. I don't expect it to be announced, but Tim Shaffer has said that he's "ready" to make Psychonauts 2. If they did by some miraculous way get funding I would be infinitely delighted. I would also like a re-release of Psychonauts on PSN or 3DS, I tried playing it again, but I forgot how buggy and laggy the PS2 version was so I wasn't able to enjoy it the same way I use to.
Animal Crossing & Mario Kart 3DS
Mario Kart Wii was a disappointment, the rubber banding AI, and blue shells ruined the game for me ( I get hit 2-4 times with a blue shell per race). I feel like Mario Kart Wii was not completely finished, I had some fun with it, but I was left wanting more, I'm hoping the 3DS iteration fills that cavity. I didn't pick up City Folk because it looked like a lazy rehash of Wild World, and I nearly collected everything in Wild World so it seemed pointless. I'm hoping this new 3DS version has a ton of new features. It doesn't have to be a major overhaul just more stuff to do, and more unique items. Even if this one is a lazy port too I'll take it. Something about wasting hundreds of hours collecting furniture, and hitting the animal residents with nets is really appealing to me.
Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove
This game has been getting so little attention, I'm really excited about it. I love quirky music games, and this is going to be another one to add to the list. The last time
we saw this game it was still a DS game. We've seen very little on the 3DS version, and I'm hoping we hear more about this game at E3.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2.5
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva is one of my favorite games ever, I have an unholy addiction to this game. If you're unfamiliar with Miku's music here's some good
. Project Diva is seriously the best music game I've ever played it even has nods to Valkyria Chronicles & Space Channel 5. Crypton Future Media has decided to bring Miku to North America, I think now would be a perfect time to localize Project Diva 2.5. It would be very easy all they need to worry about is the menus. If this stays a JP only game it's not a big deal because the the PSP is region free, but importing games is expensive it would come around to $80 USD with shipping. That's the reason I hadn't boughten Project Diva the 2nd, I was waiting for a price drop.
Also this would make the DLC readily available to us in the U.S. In order to get the two DLC packs for Project Diva 1 in the U.S. You have to jump through all these hoops, make a JP PSN account, buy JP PSN cards which are marked up, and in the end you pay about $30 to $40 per DLC pack. If the price was readjusted for the U.S. It would only be $10 or $15 for pack. If you're going to bring Miku to America do something worthwhile. Release her CDs, figures and games here, we don't want to see her in car commercials, that just pissed everyone off.
On a side note I will not buy an NGP until they announce Project Diva the 3rd.
More XBLA Games on PSN
I'd like to play these on my PS3 Fez, Dust: An Elysian Tail, BattleBlock Theater, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.
Games Added to the Nintendo Selects Line
Nintendo announced a budget game line and I'd like these game to be added to it Super Paper Mario, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Super Paper Mario came out 4 years ago, and I don't want to pay $50 for it.
New Cel-Shaded Game
I'd like to see a reveal of a new cel-shaded game, I am a cel-shaded game whore, and will play almost any game that is cel-shaded. Also I'd finally like to see a good dinosaur game, one where you walk around as a T-Rex and eat people. I remember repeatedly playing the demo to a Jurassic Park game that wasn't very good, but I got to be a dinosaur so I didn't care. Seriously why are there not more dinosaur games? I want a game where you can smash buildings, throw school buses full of screaming children, and glide around on rocket skates, who wouldn't want to play that?
The 3DS has taught me that cats need a bigger presence in video games, I was planning on getting Nintendogs, but when I found out that cats were only a minor feature I decided not to. I realized the reason I really enjoyed playing Find Mii was because I get to stab ghost as a cat, what an amazing Idea. If somebody combined this and made a cel-shaded game where you play both sides of a dinosaur invasion in a town inhabited by cats, that would make for a game that I would never stop playing.
E3 With Destructoid/ E3 With Friends
So last year's E3 was really good, but their was one thing missing for me, and that was people to share my excitement with. My best friend was out of the state and working at the time, so we didn't get to talk about it until a week later. So I had no one to share my excitement with at the time, I've meet quite a few D-toiders who share the same interest in games that I do, so I'm looking forward to squeeing with joy right beside them. Excitement is best shared with friends.