For those who are enthusiastic about gaming, E3 is pretty much the biggest conference of the year. E3 is not only where we find out about new games and get a first look at them, but also where new consoles are sometimes unveiled for the first time. With that being said, let’s dive right into E3 2016.
Xbox One S: Microsoft’s Answer To The PS4
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One S at this year’s E3. The new console has a host of improvements, including a slimmer physique, better graphics, and a whopping 2 Terabytes (that’s 2,000 Gigs) of hard drive space. ArsTechnica mentioned that gamers were less than satisfied with the Xbox One’s lack of processing power vs. that of the Playstation 4, thus prompting Microsoft to create a new Xbox. Their answer was presented at this year’s E3.
Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
If the new Xbox announcement hasn’t wooed you yet, never fear: E3 has more up its sleeves. Nintendo unveiled the new game Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild at E3, offering the latest in a game series that seems to be immortal. The International Business Times discovered that the new Zelda game will be made for the NX, Nintendo’s as-of-yet-unreleased new console. Check out the official E3 trailer below.
Nintendo also made some other exciting E3 revelations, including the announcement of Pokemon Sun And Moon and Paper Mario: Color Splash. Stay tuned, there’s more on the way.
TitanFall 2: Better Than The Original?
As Kotaku discovered, the sequel to the PC and Xbox game Titanfall was also teased at E3. Titanfall 2 will crash-land on October 28 and will presumably be available on the new Xbox One S. But that doesn’t mean you have to despair if you own an older-model Xbox, as Microsoft has already shown that they’re interested in backwards-compatibility when it comes to Xbox 360 games being played on Xbox One.
— E3 (@E3) February 9, 2016
It’s possible the same will hold true for the Xbox One and One S. From the looks of it, there will be at least one (probably more) downloadable content weapons, and the one we do know about looks pretty sick. Check it out, courtesy of E3.
Paper Mario Makes A Big Splash!
Another big reveal from 2016’s E3 was the announcement of Paper Mario: Color Splash. The release of Color Splash is slated for October 7 at this moment. That could, of course, change, but if you’ve been crying over your copy of Thousand-Year Door and wishing for a threequel, E3’s got you covered. And the best part is you needn’t wait til October to get a sneak peek. Here’s what Nintendo Life had to say about the upcoming game.
“Prism Island is being drained of its colour in this action-adventure. Paper Mario’s Paint Hammer splashes paint on anything it hits, so he uses it to bring the colour back to the island.”
Sounds like someone took a Mario Party mini-game and super-sized it. Personally, we find this game a little off-color.
Pokemon Sun And Moon: Get Ready To Game-Freak Out
Perhaps the most widely-awaited game of E3, the next installment of the Pokemon series will introduce several new features. As always, there will be three starter Pokemon and they will be of the fire, water, and grass types. Wikipedia.org found the starters’ names: Rowlet will be the Grass type (with a pinch of Flying mixed in); Litten will represent the Fire type; and Popplio will serve as the water starter. The game will also be the first in the Pokemon franchise to let players choose their game language.
What’s your favorite announcement or new game from E3 2016? What would you like to see big names like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony offer in the future in terms of titles and consoles? If you want to get E3 updates as they happen, YouTube is livestreaming the entirety of E3 at Gaming.YouTube.com (seriously, it’s like you’re there).
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