Sundae Funday: Catching Our Breath After E3

By Ishaan . June 12, 2011 . 10:29am

Sundae Fund– *dies*


I’m not going to lie; I’m kind of glad E3 is over. It was an exhausting week for everyone involved, and it’s a good thing that the expo only takes place once a year. That said, I liked this year’s E3 very much.


I feel like every E3 has a “theme” or a trend, and this year’s theme was that of convenience, between the Wii U and some of the save-transfer functionality between the PSVita and PlayStation 3. I very much like the idea of games being more flexible with regard to how and where you play them.


Anyhow, on to this week’s three stories that you missed! I think different kinds of readers would like to know about each of these, so in case you missed them during the E3 rush, here they are:




Super Pokémon Rumble Will Rumble On Nintendo 3DS In July

The very first actual Pokémon game on the Nintendo 3DS will be a follow-up to Pokémon Rumble on WiiWare. It’s far from the kind of “event game” the Pokémon RPGs are, but we’re still probably going to see a strong 3DS sales boost in July.


Rhythm Heaven Uses No Motion Controls For Samurai Mini-Game

The Last Story and Xenoblade weren’t at E3 — no, that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming — but Nintendo did bring a Japanese build of the new Rhythm Heaven to the show, which Spencer got to try out.


Nintendo Excavate Super Fossil Fighters To Fatten The Nintendo DS Line-up

Despite the fact that the 3DS is out, it looks like the regular DS still has a lot of life left in it, considering some of the games that were announced — and some additional ones which were weren’t — at E3. One of these is Fossil Fighters, co-developed by Nintendo and Red Entertainment. It’s similar in some respects to Pokémon, but with dinosaurs.



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  • MrRobbyM

    This years E3 was slightly disappointing for me but was much better than last year. Can’t wait for Dark Souls, Dragon’s Dogma, Dragons Crown, Deus Ex, DmC, the new Kirby Wii game and of course, Skyrim :) Apparently I like games that start with D.

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      I don’t know. Last year still had some surprises. I remember being all happy about Portal 2 coming to PS3 and being very impressed with Nintendo’s conference last year.

      This year, I give it to Sony, but only because Microsoft and Nintendo’s were awful. Sony wins by having an okay conference that was still lacking in surprises.

  • Knets

    Hope you guys can pick up and find out more about the Playstation Store region lock though. I think that’s enough E3 coverage and would be great to know if the region lock is going to be permanent… I don’t care if we’re locked out until the end of the free contents/welcome back package period, but if it is permanent it’s going to affect imports…

    • What are you talking about?  Japanese store is not yet up.  How are we “locked out”?

      • Knets

        Well, easy. It used to always say that the service is under maintenance, and now it says that this service is not available for your country/region.

        From what I know, its not just that we cannot connect to the Japanese store, but people from Europe were not able to connect to the US store… which is up.

        Of course, further confirmations would be great.

  • Code

    rar, is that a bowl of M&M’s made out of kitkat bars? omo” I want one… right now.

    • There’s either cake or ice-cream filling underneath all those M&M’s…I can’t tell which!

      • Code

        Oh my god, I think this creation will be the end of mankind. I think I have to tempt fate and create this, I’ll see you all on the other side omo;

        • Yea, I gotta say I’m very tempted to try and make this myself. Might be a tad on the expensive side with all that chocolate/ice-cream/M&M’s to buy, but hey…pleasure is never cheap. ><

          • Code

            Yeah true it’s probably way too expensive omo; but it’s pretty badass either way >w<'

  • This E3 was okay, I don’t follow Microsoft too much so it was all on Sony and Nintendo.

    Nintendo has quite a bit of titles I want to play, and the stealth announcements of Pikmin and Smash Bros Wii U was icing on Peach’s cake.
    Wii U is very interesting but I have more questions about it than pure hype. XD

    Vita and its lineup is amazing, I hope they know what they are doing this time I don’t want to see the mess PSP became now… but with the games they announced I’m sure it at least serves a nice start.

    Now I wait for TGS…

  • OMG that is some really nice looking cake/ice-cream/sundae that you posted, Ishaan! Yum!

  • HistorysGreatestMonster

    For me, the worst news of the week was finding out that the new Silent Hill has a theme song performed by…

    That’s a HUGE step down from Akira Yamaoka.

    • Which is why I’m just going to ignore the theme song, and hum along to Dan Licht. I mean, once in awhile, my favorite anime decides to have unfitting OPs too, but I look past that.

      • HistorysGreatestMonster

        To me, it tells me they are just as clueless about what Silent Hill should and shouldn’t be as the makers of the excretable Homecoming. After that game, and the loss of Yamaoka, I was very much leaning towards not even giving this a shot, but with this news, the game will have to have some of the best word of mouth there has ever been before I give them any of my money.

  • WonderSteve

    I am hoping video games would head towards a platform agnostic approach like what Sony and Nintendo are suggesting at this E3, especially if the game has many “ports.”

    For third party games, if I buy the PC version, it should include the PS3 and XBOX360 version. And for a small fee (10-15 dollars?), I can “upgrade” and get the portable version of the game on DS/3DS/PSP/PSV. This is all possible with digital distribution.

    Let the players decide how to play and enjoy the game.

    • CheckEmBrah

      Digital distribution is the plague that will kill gaming.

      • Apollonis

        That doesn’t even slightly make sense when digital is such a great successful avenue for so many indie and smaller games. Some would argue it’s “saving” gaming, in a way.

      • WonderSteve

        I think that is a pure ideological statement.

        As long as true competition exist, digital distribution is totally fine. It will benefit small and mid size developers. I think PC and smartphones are already hugely benefited from digital distribution.

        It’s a bit trickier on the console side, because you can only get games from one source for a console. However, if more games are totally cross-platform, then perhaps MS and Sony will try to lower software prices to compete. I think that was one reason PSOne won against Nintendo.

      • HistorysGreatestMonster

        Digital distribution, when done right, will keep gaming strong.

    • Apollonis

      Hmm, but then all the platform providers would want their cut of the cash equally, which they wouldn’t get if it were basically the same price to have it on all systems..

      Only way I can see it working at all is like with Portal 2, where you can buy for PS3 and also have it on PC since nobody really “owns” PC gaming.

      • WonderSteve

        Well the prices for gamesare already mostly the same for PS3 and 360. The competition these days are mostly those stupid exclusive DLC. I think the cut of cash could be determined by how many people activated the game on the platform.

        Of course in reality platform agnostic on PS3 and 360 would be difficult, but I think it is entirely feasible for something like: PC, PS3 and PSV

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      It’s a bit unrealistic to expect that competing companies would have the same game available in the same package. I mean, what about a game like L.A. Noire, where it’s only one disc for the PS3, but three for the 360? 

      What I could see, though, and I think would work, would be say, getting the PS3 version of, for example, Dragon’s Crown, and having it include the PSVita version as a download, or vice versa. That would work. If there’s a similar thing for a Wii-U/3DS game, that could work too.

      But including both the PS3/PC/360 versions of a game on one disc? Can’t see it happening.

      • WonderSteve

        No, they don’t all have to be physically on one disc. They just need to give us access to other versions without having to pay the full price of the other versions. This can be done online

        For example, just give us some kind of PSN or Live download code if I have the PC version.

        • HistorysGreatestMonster

          Once again, though, I bring up L.A. Noire. I do NOT want to be downloading 25-50G on my hard drive. I’m already iffy if a downloadable game is 5-7G. I am all for digital distribution, but there’s no reason to make every game digitally distributed. 

  • PrinceHeir

    amazing E3 in terms of showing existing games.

    but new games? nope nada.

    TGS is where is at :P

  • RablaAndrews

    This is my favourite Sundae Funday yet; in more ways than one!

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