Gut Reactions: Nintendo E3 Press Conference

The GameSpot editors chime in on the new Zelda, the 3DS, and more from Nintendo's E3 press conference.

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Day one of E3 has officially started, and Nintendo kicked it off with a bang. Not only did we finally get to see the successor to the Nintendo DS in the Nintendo 3DS, but we got a glimpse of a brand new Legend of Zelda, a new Donkey Kong Country, and a new Kirby adventure. We also witnessed the grand return of Pit from Kid Icarus--just to name a few. How did it all go down with the GameSpot editorial team? Read on to find out.

Tom Mc Shea, Associate Editor

My gut reaction to Nintendo? Holy crap! It was like Nintendo looked into my mind and designed a show around my favorite things. Epic Mickey was the standout game for me. Yeah, from a gameplay perspective, it looks like an ordinary platformer. But the fact that you can alter the story, environment, and even the characters around you by the choices you make sounds incredible, and the artistic design was eye catching. And then there's Kirby's Epic Yarn (what an awesome name!), which just looked incredible and amazingly fun as well. As a longtime Donkey Kong Country fan, I was pumped to see another 2D iteration (made by Retro!) with the awesome music from the SNES classic.

And then there's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. What can I say? I love the art, the controls look smooth (as long as there isn't interference), and the combat actually looks challenging and fun. I'm curious how the overworld and dungeon design will be, but I cannot wait until next year when this finally comes out.

The only negative is that they didn't show off many 3DS games, but the revival of Kid Icarus: Uprising looks fast and fun, so I'm really interested to see what's coming in the future. It's funny how negative I was when they announced the system, but now that it's a reality, I just want to play it.

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Sophia Tong, Associate Editor

Nintendo always has something I want. I just didn't think that it would have so many games I'd be looking forward to. I mean, sure, they're revisiting old franchises, but I absolutely loved Donkey Kong Country, and remember the day I got it for Christmas and played nonstop until the new year.

Kirby's always been as cute as can be, but now that the whole game is taking on that handmade LittleBigPlanet art style, I cannot wait to play the game for myself. I've always been into arts and crafts, so seeing the game come to life on a canvas is like mixing two of my favorite hobbies together.

There are so many great things to take away from the conference, such as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Goldeneye 007…but one thing's for sure: I want a 3DS and I want Metal Gear Solid in 3D.

Shaun McInnis, Associate Editor

I'm still kind of startled by how much I enjoyed the Nintendo press conference. I've been pretty down on it over the past couple years, only recently dusting off my Wii after a long hibernation to play the stellar Super Mario Galaxy 2. (Figuratively, of course--it was boxed up in the closet free from dust.) But I'll admit, this was my favorite press conference of the show by a pretty sizable margin. The new Zelda game that uses MotionPlus really shows what an advantage Nintendo has over Move and Kinect with its ability to attach beloved franchises to new technologies. Kirby's Epic Yarn reminds me of Kirby: Canvas Curse--my favorite DS game--in all the right ways. Add to that Donkey Kong Country Returns, the exhaustive list of 3DS titles in the works (Metal Gear?!), and the twin role-playing game onslaught of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, and the end result is my long-ignored inner Nintendo fan boy bursting to come out. But the best part of all: not a single word about the Vitality Sensor. Oh, Nintendo. I think I'm ready to love you all over again.

Justin Calvert, Senior Editor

I haven't played many Nintendo games in recent months, but after this year's E3 press conference (and given that I still have a sealed copy of Super Mario Galaxy 2 waiting for me at home), I think that's going to change going forward. There were so many things that impressed me at Nintendo this morning; I'm not even sure where to start. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Epic Mickey both looked like a lot of fun, and for the first time ever, I am legitimately excited for Kirby's Epic Yarn. I also can't wait to get my hands on that new version of Goldeneye 007.

I think perhaps what impressed me most about the Nintendo press conference, though, is the remarkable restraint that company shows even when unveiling a huge new game or a new piece of hardware, like today's 3DS. Nintendo doesn't need a fancy light show, it doesn't need celebrities, and it doesn't need to give attendees free hardware to guarantee applause at the end. Nintendo once again let its games do the talking, and at least from where I'm sitting, it had a lot of good things to say about the upcoming year.

Randolph Ramsay, Editor | GameSpot AU

Nintendo, I've missed you. Your last few E3 press conferences have been pretty hit and miss when it came to content that I actually cared about, but this year, nearly everything you showed had my geek juices bubbling. Kid Icarus: Uprising on the 3DS looked awesome, Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii will surely suck days out of my life, and Epic Mickey is looking better every time I see it. And what about Kirby's Epic Yarn? I've been hoping for the little pink ball of awesome to get his own full-fledged game on the Wii, and it's great that Nintendo is giving him the chance he deserves. The only slightly sour note could be the motion controls in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I'll have to reserve judgement until I get hands-on, but some of the Wii Sports-like controls worry me a little bit. But if anyone can make these types of motion controls work in an epic 15-hour-plus experience, it's Nintendo. Hopefully.

Brian Ekberg, Senior Editor

If that wasn't a home run, then Nintendo's E3 2010 press conference was definitely a triple with men in scoring position. For as many games that Nintendo showed today that hold absolutely zero interest for me, there's one or more that I can't wait to get my hands on. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, and Epic Mickey all look amazing (that Steamboat Willie level had me grinning with glee). And Kirby's Epic Yarn has perhaps become my most anticipated game of this show, which amazes me, considering I've never played a Kirby game before for any considerable length of time.

If the Nintendo press conference had ended with Donkey Kong Country Returns, I'd have still thought it was a great show. That they saved the best for last--the impressive unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS--put this over the top for me. Having stood in the snaking line for a long time in order to stand next to the pretty lady holding the pretty handheld system, I can say it was absolutely worth it. The top-screen 3D effect just simply works just as promised: no glasses required. The demo didn't feature actual gameplay (instead, it focused on still or lightly animated pictures), so I'm curious as to how games (and movies) will look in action. Nonetheless, Nintendo achieved exactly what you'd hope for with an E3 press conference: It made me want more.

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Giancarlo Varanini, Editor-at-Large

Outside of announcing a Wii HD (probably never going to happen, folks), Nintendo had the best E3 press conference you could hope for if you're a Nintendo fan. Still, what struck me the most about the whole thing was the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword wasn't even the most noteworthy thing there. That's not because it wasn't impressive in some aspects--I definitely like the visual style since it's almost a mixture of light cel-shading from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker combined with the more realistic look from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. But since the presentation was mostly focused on controls (that we've known about) and not the overarching aspects of the game, the demo itself just wasn't all that exciting.

That being said, Nintendo countered with some really nice surprises that appeal directly to those who worry that Nintendo's abandoning its roots. Kirby's Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns are both platformers, and they're both spectacular for different reasons. I love the visual style for Kirby (despite being worried that it almost looked too similar to the horrible Yoshi's Story, initially), and Donkey Kong Country looks exactly the way I would want an updated game in that series to look. Plus, it's being developed by Retro Studios--the company that did the impossible by making a full 3D Metroid work and work incredibly well. Oh yeah, and Epic Mickey? It's now one of my most anticipated games for the year. Lastly, for the 3DS, it's exciting to see such great support from developers already, and I'm interested to see just how well the technology works.

Guy Cocker, Editor | GameSpot UK

Nintendo definitely had an impressive E3 2010 showing. The Zelda demo may have been mired by technical issues, but the company soon hit back with a procession of AAA content. Wii games Epic Mickey, Goldeneye 007, and Donkey Kong Country Returns all struck a chord with the core audience, while Kirby's Epic Yarn was a quirky but charming concept.

But it was the Nintendo 3DS that everyone was waiting for, and Nintendo didn't disappoint. The hardware looked familiar but new, with impressive technology, such as the ability to take 3D photos. The demo of Kid Icarus: Uprising showed off great graphics, but it was the long list of publishing partners that really sealed the deal for me. DJ Hero 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Batman, Assassin's Creed Lost Legacy, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, Ridge Racer, and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D - The Naked Sample games are all coming for the system--a formidable list of games that mean the console will be a day-one purchase for many.

In short, Nintendo just put its E3 booth at the top of most GameSpot editors' "must-visit" list.

Jane Douglas, Section Editor | GameSpot UK

A real crowd-pleaser from Nintendo. It will have a won a lot of goodwill back from those "core" gamers who've been feeling left out by the emphasis on the casual. Wii Party was completely overshadowed by Goldeneye 007 for the Wii, which looked impressive, and homecomings for Donkey Kong and Kirby. Kirby's Epic Yarn was really charming, so I can't wait to see more of that. And then the 3DS was as strong a finish as Nintendo could have hoped for, with that lineup of third parties on board to make 3DS titles (Resident Evil! Metal Gear Solid! Saints Row?!) and Kid Icarus looking spectacular. Even the two camera lenses on the lid for taking 3D photos is neat extra. The Nintendo booth is going to be swamped.

Andrew Park, Managing Editor

I was both impressed and surprised by what I figured, going in, would be the most predictable press conference at the show. Nintendo had some very, very promising-looking games for both the Wii and DS. I didn't get to try the 3DS myself, so I'm still on the fence there, and while Zelda and Metroid didn't make a great showing, Kirby's Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns both looked terrific. I have to also say that it's really weird to watch a 2010 video game press conference where the most exciting games are, of all things, 2D side-scrollers. I'm also just really happy to see Kirby back in the saddle as the hero of his own game. That guy's great.

Kevin VanOrd, Editor

Nintendo didn't get off to the best start. Perhaps there was indeed lots of wireless interference, but regardless, I came away from the Zelda demonstration wondering: "Where's the fun?" Well, Nintendo did indeed bring the fun, and it overcame its iffy beginning by delivering one surprise after another, to the point where I was giddy with excitement, wondering what might be coming next. Consider this: The GoldenEye remake could have been a headliner, but instead, even that game was overshadowed by Kid Icarus: Uprising, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, and what could be a legitimate contender for my personal game of the show, Epic Mickey. As Tom Mc Shea is fond of pointing out to me, "It's Warren Spector!" Well, I am convinced Spector's still got the magic touch. Epic Mickey looks fun, it looks inventive, and it looks beautiful. More licensed games should take these kinds of chances.

Everything else was icing on the icing. I am not fully convinced yet that the 3DS will be amazing, but a number of important franchises will be landing on it. (Metal Gear, Ridge Racer, and… Saints Row: Drive-By?) Nevertheless, Nintendo had passion for what it presented and showed us what's most important: games. Good games. Games that matter. Games that look fun. That's the kind of press conference I can get behind. Score: 9.0. (Superb.)

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Laura Parker, Features Editor | GameSpot AU

Unlike other publishers that shall remain unnamed (rhymes with "Schmicrosoft") Nintendo really delivered this E3. No controller-free gimmicks, no wise-cracking celebrities, no remakes of 1980's handheld infrared-emitting targeting devices. Just a good old press conference (you know, like in the old days?) where people talked about video games. And pretty good ones at that. I think this was one of Nintendo's best E3 lineups, starting with the long-awaited new Zelda game for the Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I was impressed with how the game controls on the Wii: Nintendo hasn't gone too crazy with the motion controls, allowing players to use both the nunchuk and Wii Remote with the Wii MotionPlus and making the whole thing actually look cool by assigning a sword and shield to the controllers, among other commands.

I was also impressed that Nintendo stuck to its guns and echoed last year's E3 press conference company line, which Miyamoto proclaimed to be something along the lines of the essence of good game design is a game that can be played by everyone. This tied in with a whole bunch of casual titles (Mario Sports Mix, Wii Party) and eventually led up to the most exciting announcements of the entire day: Donkey Kong Country Returns and an OMG totally cute Kirby game that involves yarn. Only Nintendo could pull that off, by the way, and by the looks of the trailer, it has well and truly surpassed itself in the cute-and-innovative-gameplay department.

I also look forward to Miyamoto and Iwata jumping out of my 3DS sometime in the future, as per the closing demo.

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@ b_darwich_hayes Can't say that any better.

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Niiiiiice Donkey Kong Country. Brings back some memories, god I loved those games (mainly the second one).

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what might be the price of the 3DS any ideas.I HOPE ITS UNDER 200$ or its gonna fail big time like the PSPGO

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even if you hate nintendo with all your might you can't deny they beat out MS's infomercial and sony's stuff we already knew. If someone told me nintendo's show would be the most hardcore out of the big 3 I would have just laughed in their face.

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This was indeed Ninty's year. I just wish I was at E3 to experience all of this. 3DS is going to be awesome. That and Skyward Sword :D

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DK!! Donkey Kong is here!! omg the best conference how may memories i gonna cry :P

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Nintendo and the "Reg-inator" have stolen the entire freakin' show. Not only the unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS and the return of Pit from Kid Icarus, but the sneak peek of games were simply mind blowing. I'm gonna buy myself the 3DS when it's released here in the 'States!!!!!

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@MasterDalton says the guy with a Halo picture...

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Donkey kong looks good and old school

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Kirby is for little girls. Donkey Kong is for little boys. Try and convince yourself that anyone but fanboys care

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All of you who claim to be "core" games need to shut the eff up. Core isn't measure on the graphics, amount of blood or guns and ammo you see. Core is measure on the diversity of games you play and you enjoy, and to me, Nintendo is the only one who delivers that. Mario can be everywhere, he can have 1000 games alone and I won't ever get tired of him. Zelda is just AMAZING. I know Miyamoto had some problems showing it, but who cares! The game is still in the works so I'm sure he will work it out. Amazing graphics and music, and loved the title! And Kirby, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Donkey Kong coming as well. What else do you want!? A game type for everyone. You want shooters? You have Goldeneye. You want adventure? Zelda and DK will deliver. You want colourful things? Kirby will do it. Nintendo really outdid themselves this year. I'm so glad they didn't put Cammie, and they got away from the hardware! They delivered what everyone wants: GAMES! QUALITY GAMES! No more hardware and accessories to collect dust. Nintendo, you guys are amazing. And the Nintendo 3DS just looks great. I'm really proud to be a Nintendo fan.

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Jesus, I had to do something at 9 today, and then I find out Nintendo's E3 Con was actually good?! Having a life is definitely problematic... XD

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Nintendo walked the walk, while the other two kept talking what Nintendo has already been talking about for years. Follow the leader.

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nintendo just blew my mind with the conference. looks like nintendo is going to be getting all my money for next few coming years. Just cant wait to pick up a 3DS

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It was a great conference, despite the technical difficulties. Nintendo wins!

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My biggest problem is that all the new 2d platforming games would be xbla or psn games and cost only 15 bucks but since it is on the wii it is 50 bucks. No offense, I loved donkey kong country back in the day but making us pay 50 bucks for another 2d platformers (which obviously cost much less to make than full AAA games on other systems) just seems criminal now. Same thing with kirby. Plus is anyone else sick of all these old franchises, people yell at cod and halo for making a bunch of sequels but nobody ever yells at nintendo for making a million mario, and zelda games. I want new stuff, and this is a complaint for all the companies, I want new experiences and want to see real innovative games. Finally, stop with the motion controls!!!! zelda looked horrible with the spotty motion controls. (and don't get me started with kinect, which just looks useless)

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definitely the best conference of the show. unfortunately, Sony fell really flat, and microsoft was terrible. I havent been this excited for Nintendo in a long time. I cant wait to read about the floor demos, especially Zelda.

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Sorry Nintendo I will not be picking up a Wii but! i will be picking up a 3DS ^^

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fanboy or no fanboy, Nintendo took e3! i haven't even played most of the games they talked about but if you've been listening to communities, this is what they wanted. Nintendo>Sony>Microsoft, kinda like last year inreverse

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Still no F-zero wii? :(

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Epic Mickey and my favorite, Donkey Kong Returns makes Nintendo the best E3 conference.

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I am always amazed at how the games press are, deep down, Nintendo fanboys. I guess its all the great memories from playing all the great titles when they were kids. I, for the life of me, as a hard core gamer cannot figure out how games like Zelda and Kirby are called "hard core" games by the games press. Having played some of the Nintendo titles that are for the "core", ie. Zelda & Galaxey, I found them boring and asthetically geared for kids. I will admit some of the Nintendo stuff looks fun and I will buy some to play with my boys but I didn't see anything that grabbed me as a game that a core gamer (who grew up on Atari 2600 and skipped the Nintendo generation) must have.

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I definitely liked Nintendo's Press Conference more than Sony's. Nintendo hit home with GoldenEye, and I can't wait to try out the new Kirby and Zelda games. The only thing I could still ask for is a new Star Fox, but I never really got into that series anyway. Totally psyched about Metroid!

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I really want to see the 3DS live in action. Maybe Nintendo should send some demo's around the country?

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...Nintendo...wins...E3..this..year!!!!

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I totally agree, Nintendo's show impressed me big time. Pretty much everything I saw, I wanna play!

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Nintendo did it again. Kirby, Donkey Kong, "Mario Galaxy 2", Zelda...Nintendo 3DS...HOLY CRAP!

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i see MS bribery is still working unbelievable

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Everything was good :] best show

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i only watched the last 15 minutes :cry:

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LEAVE ZELDA ALONE!!!

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Nintendo hit the nail on the head with the 3DS, the games they talked about are series that have never seen much light on a Nintendo console (MGS, Assassin's Creed, etc.) Going into the conference, there were 2 or 3 games I was interested in, now I want nearly half-a-dozen games, for the Wii alone. This year's line up will be on my Wii atleast until next year.

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DONKEY IS BACKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ha! I saw Brian Ekberg in the audience during the live show and he was all smiles after seeing Kirby! And lo and behold, he says he wants to play it.

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I enjoyed it a heap... was cringing at the Zelda stage demo... but, I have faith in Miyamoto and the team to deliver

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Did I saw the same conference , it was lack luster , or maybe Im immune to nintys overdone catalogue of games , the only thing that I saw cool ws Metroid other M because truth be told was the only non kiddie game there (ok fine Goldeneye too , but somehow it tells me it isnt going to be like the awesome goldeneye of yore)

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I am a 100% with Nocoolnamejim. There were some interesting things to see here but overall, casual gamers are the main interest of publishers today and it shows on all big three conferences. Quite a big disappointment to me, I'm afraid.

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Best show

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The show was so awesome I resisted my urges to pee for about one hour!

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No Xenoblade announcement for U.S yet though,,,,,

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Best part of the conference waas the fact that there was no vitality sensor.

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good to know that soccer mom camie dunaway didnt appear

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nice to see link back in action. i hope the wii's features make this an enjoyable experience.

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I watched it live It was simply the best show in E3 or sth? I mean the others were good.. But this brings something REALLY new ! 3D SCREEN without having to wear glasses !! wow !!! Gonna buy that 3ds!

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Last time a Nintendo E3 Press conference shocked me this much was in 2006, when they showed the first actual Wii gameplay (with Twilight Princess, no less). This time, the least amazing part of the show was the Zelda gameplay feature by Miyamoto-San. The technical issues mared what was should have been one of the highlights of the show. But that was just the first couple minutes. The rest was just jaw-dropping. Specially the Kid Icarus trailer, and Iwata-San's speech on the 3DS. Great games, new, amazing hardware, landmark franchises... everything was just perfect. Cheers, Nintendo!

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Easily their best show in years.

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Astonished to see Epic Mickey so popular among the staff here. Nintendo's E3 was pretty good. Loved what I saw from that new Kid Icarus game and Dragon Quest IX and was mildly interested in the latest rehashes from the rest of their 1st Party Franchises. But to say that they came back to core gamers? Not. A. Chance. In fact, NONE of the three conferences did. There was one game after another aimed at the casual crowd in my opinion during this entire E3. It's the Casual Gamers Apocalypse and I, for one, anticipate spending a lot of time revisiting some of my old favorites over the next couple of years...sadly enough.

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That was a fantastic show, Nintendo. :) I love it. The 3DS video that they did with Mr. Miyamoto, Mr. Iwata, and Reggie was so funny. :P

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Kirby and DKC are looking GOOD. I cannot WAIT to play these. Metroid Other M and Galaxy 2 would keep my busy until then.

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Nintendo won this E3, if you ask me.

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