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Samus is back and looking good in 3D  (Source: ArsTechnica)

Solid Snake in 3D? Nintendo's keynote felt like Christmas.  (Source: Spill)

The Nintendo 3DS looks sweet -- there's an impressive array of launch titles in the works -- and it comes with gorgeous graphics, network-connected gameplay, and a 3D camera module.  (Source: ArsTechnica)

Kid Icarus 3D is another Nintendo 3DS title to lust after.  (Source: ArsTechnica)

Nintendo's star video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda, was on hand to show off a new Wii Zelda title.  (Source: Giant Bomb)

Zelda: Skyward Sword adds freeform combat.  (Source: Giant Bomb)
Nintendo silences the competition with a killer lineup

Nintendo's rise to the top in the latest round of console wars was nothing sort of shocking.  When the brand suffered through the Gamecube era, many people wrote the company off.  However, with the launch of the Wii and Nintendo DS, Nintendo flattened the competition in terms of profitability and console sales.

Now, at Nintendo's annual E3 keynote, the company has unveiled an upcoming lineup that's nothing short of stunning.  Leading the way is the Nintendo 3DS.  The 3DS reinvents the handheld.  Why has 3D TVs and gaming failed to catch on?  "It's the glasses, " complains Reggie Fils-Aime.

There are no glasses to be seen with the 3DS.  Gorgeous visuals for a handheld, falling between the PS2 and PS1 in quality (plus 3D added on top), greeted viewers of the keynote.  The top screen is 3.5-inch display, while a smaller bottom screen does touch input.  There's new sensors including a gyroscope and a side slider to adjust the depth of the 3D effect.  The unit supports Wi-Fi (according to Nintendo it communicates "without you evening know it") for internet-enabled gameplay.

Nintendo has assembled an arsenal of A-list launch titles and upcoming games.  Leading the way are Kingdom Hearts 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Assassins creed, Metal Gear Solid.  And Nintendo is chipping in Kid Icarus 3D and Nintendogs 3D (which will also feature kittens!).

The handheld even comes with a 3D camera, which uses two lenses on the back of the unit.  That means that the device may even see use beyond the regular gaming workload.

Meanwhile, the company plans to continue its campaign of dominance on the Wii by expanding its list of titles.  The keynote kicked off with the introduction Zelda Skyward Sword.  This title allows you to utilize the nunchuk as a shield and the Wii Motion Plus as a sword for freeform combat.  It brings back popular Zelda weapons -- the slingshot and bow -- and introduces new ones, like a whip.  It will air early next year.

Also coming up is Goldeneye 007 -- the long awaited successor to the best-selling Nintendo 64 title.  The game will feature 16 gaming modes for multiplayer mayhem and eight Bond characters -- just in case you find Daniel Craig annoying and want to get you Connery groove on.  The game will launch in November.

Other top titles include Metroid: Other M, starring everyone's favorite Nintendo vixen Samus, and Donkey Kong.  The new Metroid launches August 31.  The new Donkey Kong title, complete with Diddy and Donkey Kong playable, will launch during the holiday season.

Other announced titles include Wii Party, an NBA JAM exclusive version for Wii, Madden, MLB 2K, mario Volleyball, Hockey, Mario Sports Mix 2011, Just Dance 2, Disney: Epic Mickey and Dragon Quest 9.

Even the old homely DS -- the best selling console of all time -- received some love, with the gorgeously animated Kirby's Epic Yarn.  Also upcoming for the DS is Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, the latest in a line of popular mobile RPGs.  The title will feature real time combat and dual screen boss battles.

Nintendo boasted some impressive numbers -- 22 million copies of Mario Kart for Wii sold internationally, a vast lead in global console sales, and, according to NPD, the distinction of being the console most desired to be purchased.  Also according to the recent NPD study people spend more time playing their Wiis than any other console.

Maintaining a sufficient volume of quality game titles has been Nintendo's weak point in recent years.  High profile titles have pleased, but have been far too infrequent.  If E3 is any indication, that should soon change.  And even with Microsoft's motion sensing Kinect (Project Natal)Xbox 360 Slim, and $149 Xbox 360 Arcade edition -- plus whatever Sony pulls out later today -- it looks to be the star of E3 2010's console war.  We're guessing that within a year or so they're going to be trying to cook up 3D handhelds of their own, but for now Nintendo is yet again placing itself on the bleeding edge of gaming.



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RE: Star of E3?
By afkrotch on 6/16/2010 10:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
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Most notably missing: NO ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT NEXT GEN. (aside from 3ds, but i'm talking about home consoles). This is dissapointing to me, as no current console is capable of 1080p120hz...


1080p 120 hz? Huh? 1080p is a game issue, not a console issue. 120 hz is a tv issue, not a console issue.

Both the 360 and PS3 support 1080p, it's whether the game developers make such.

Both the 360 and PS3 push out an HD signal. It's up to the TV to display the 120 hz.


RE: Star of E3?
By Lazarus Dark on 6/16/2010 10:34:43 PM , Rating: 2
The 360 and PS3 cant do 1080p 120hz as far as I've heard. Currently, the PS3 can only get 3d 1080p at 60hz (which is a headache inducing 30hz per eye)

You are probably thinking about 3d movies. 3d movies only require 1080p @ 48 hz to work (2x 24hz video feed)This seems to work fine for movies, but everyone says 60hz per eye is necessary for games (120hz total)


RE: Star of E3?
By afkrotch on 6/16/2010 11:37:58 PM , Rating: 2
BD players don't output 120 hz. Neither do HD-DVDs. They all push 24 hz, just like your 360 and PS3. It's not a problem with the device pushing the picture, it's the device driving the picture.

For this whole 60 hz per eye, that's 3D. That's the point of those stupid glasses. Each lense is essentially a 1 pixel screen, which turns completely black or clear. It will display 60 hz for one eye, then turn it off for the other. It does this in time with the TV, to give you the 3D effect. Doesn't have crap to do with what is being outputted from the device. Only what is displaying it.


RE: Star of E3?
By Lazarus Dark on 6/23/2010 11:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are saying its okay to output 60hz from the console (30hz per eye) and then have the tv upscale it to 120hz, which would not really do anything. No, I'm sorry, this would give you a headache, 30hz per eye is not enough (and upscaled to 60hz wont improve it). Many new 3D bluray players will output 120hz. Did you say hd-dvd? this isn't 2007, hd-dvds been dead for a while and there are NO 3d hd-dvds.

Look at 3d gaming on the pc, all the Nvidia 3d vision stuff and all the new 3d laptops and pc monitors use 120hz, with 120hz actually being output from the gpu (again, 60hz per eye.)


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