Well, the E3 keynotes are done, and the general consensus seems to be that everyone has something that we can get excited about. While Microsoft, EA, and Ubisoft wowed us yesterday, there are a couple of things Nintendo & Sony showed today that were equally as impressive. Here’s the short, colloquial summaries of the news we got today.

  • David Jaffe & co. announced Twisted Metal for the PS3, despite telling us all before that it wasn’t happening. Jerk. Give me a free copy of the game, and I’ll forgive you. “Describe the game in 5 words” – Chainsaw throwing clowns on motorcycles.
  • DTP announces Venetica for the PS3. It’ll be in Europe by the summer. No word of a US release.
  • Nintendo announces the 3DS, a gaming handheld that does 3D on the top screen without the need for glasses. Incredible technology. No price and date, but we know it has a slide pad, (analog stick) a camera on the inside, two camera on the outside, (so you can take 3D photos) backwards compatibility, the ability to watch 3D films, silent WiFi, the ability to adjust the 3D, motion sensor, gyroscope, and a microSD slot. Seems to be universal love for this handheld. Sub $250, I am buying one day one.
  • Portal 2 announced- for PS3. By Gabe Newell. Even though Valve, in the past, notoriously hated the PS3. Comes with Steamworks so they can update the games on their own terms. Biggest surprise of the keynote.
  • Nintendo announces that the Ocarina of Time will be coming to the 3DS. The highest-rated video game of all time, coming to Nintendo’s revolutionary new handheld? Excitement!
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 shown off.
  • Sorcery announced as a PS3 exclusive that uses the Playstation Move wand. You play as a sorcerer. It’s essentially a Zelda-style dungeon crawler, from the looks of it. Looks super fun.
  • Playstation 3 receiving full 3D HD support for many titles. Requires a 3D HDTV and special, expensive 3D glasses. (The glasses used in the presentation given to the audience was are not the glasses used for the actual PS3 3D.) Kind of a weird move by Sony. I dont think it’ll take off.
  • Playstation Plus announced. $50 a year/$17 a for three months. Gets you exclusive discounts and extras. Free games at no extra charge, LittleBigPlanet for free with it. Full, one-hour trials of every game allowed. You can only keep the games as long as you stay with the service. Starts June 29th.
  • The following games (not only the following, though) will have Move support: Resident Evil 3, Killzone 3, Sorcery, Heavy Rain, PAIN, LBP2. Move coming September 19th.
  • Playstation Move priced. $49 for wand, $29 for nunchuck. Wand bundled with EyeToy & Sports Champions for $99. Minimum purchase required for use: $129. Yikes.
  • Mortal Kombat in 3D.
  • On that note, You have the option to buy a bundle with the $99 bundle and a PS3 for $399. A PS3 is $299 normally. $299 + $99 = $398. The bundle is $1 more? Alright.
  • Sly Cooper Collection. All three games, remastered for PS3. HD 3D compatible. Hell yeah.
  • Nintendo announced Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword for the Wii. A step back graphically from Twilight Princess (looks like Ocarina of Time) but fun-looking too, which is what matters. Coming next year.
  • Cross-party chat coming to the PS3. About time!
  • Killzone 3. HD. Jetpacks. AW YEAH! 3D. Move. February. AW MAN!
  • Uncharted 3, ICO collection, and Horizon (Quantic Dream’s next game) leaked.
  • Gran Turismo 5. 3D. November 2, 2010. You can drive as the Stig!
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta for the PSP.
  • Goldeneye. Yay. Wii exclusive. Aw. Coming this holiday.
  • Kevin Butler shows up at the Sony keynote, cracks jokes for a while. Talks about gaming as if it were a religion. Pretty funny stuff.
  • Two new Professor Layton titles. “Professor Layton & The Unwound Future” for the DS September 20th. “Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle” coming to 3DS. Hell. Yeah.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D for the 3DS. How do we still not have Kingdom Hearts 3?
  • Street Fighter 4,¬†Star Fox 64, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, Super Paper Mario, Metal Gear Solid 3, DJ Hero 3D, Resident Evil, Saint’s Row, Batman, Assassin’s Creed, Ridge Racer, Dragon Quest 9, Kid Icarus: Uprising– all announced for 3Ds. My wallet is crying. They’ve got enormous third party support.
  • Echochrome 2 announced. 3D support.
  • Heroes on the Move for PS3. Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, and Sly Cooper mashup. Playstation Move exclusive, looks awesome.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for DS shown off.
  • Epic Mickey for the Wii shown off.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii.
  • Metroid: Other M coming August 31st.
  • Mario Sports Mix coming to the Wii. Basketball, hockey, volleyball, dodgeball, and more.
  • Wii Party. Mario Party, but with your own Miis. Coming this Holiday.
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Classic Kirby, but in a style that looks as if everything were drawn with yarn. Paper Mario meets Kirby… meets Yarn. This fall.

So there you have it! Believe it or not, Nintendo and Sony announced way more things in two keynotes than Microsoft, EA, and Ubisoft did in three. Impressive! That’s all for our keynote coverage, but E3 isn’t over yet! Over the next two days, we’ll have impressions from the team that was on the show floor, as well as news as we get it.

So what was your favorite announcement of today?

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  1. Nintendo 3DS was my favorite announcement today. I’ve always been cynical of Nintendo, and repulsed by the idea that they were a purely casual company now, but they entirely changed my mind today. They came strong. And the 3DS was their strongest announcement. I can’t wait to get my hands on one.