Day Two of E3 2009 saw both Nintendo and Sony give their keynote addresses. Much like on Day One, we saw a lot of things we already know a lot about. Nintendo showcased “Motion Plus” and “Wii Sports Resort,” and Sony showed the “Uncharted 2,” “The Last Guardian” (formerly “Trico”) and “God of War III.” Those things are all exciting (and looked great), but what I love most about E3 are the things I didn’t know I cared about until I actually saw them revealed.
Thankfully, both Nintendo and Sony came to Los Angeles with a few surprises, and also confirmed some things we’ve heard rumors about for a while.
Here’s five things that I thought stood out on Day Two of E3.
Team Ninja (of Ninja Gaiden fame) is doing a Metroid game for the Wii. That’s pretty much all I needed to hear. The game will be arriving in 2010, and it looks to be a combination of first-person and third-person action. Reggie Fils-Aime promised that the game would take fans “deeper into Samus’ story,” and from the look of the frenetic combat, the game will be very action-heavy. You can see the trailer over at http://e3.nintendo.com/
Super Mario Galaxy 2
The sequel to the fantastic “Super Mario Galaxy” was announced by Nintendo. Yoshi’s in this game, and some of the gameplay shown involved him inflating to help Mario reach a ledge, and using his tongue to swing across open spaces. The graphics looked great, and the variety of environments shown was impressive. The trailer for this one is over at http://e3.nintendo.com/ as well.
The worst kept secret of this year’s E3 was confirmed by Sony, and they did give us more details about the next iteration of their handheld platform. It’s coming out on October 1, 2009 and will retail for $249. The screen is slightly smaller than previous versions (3.8in as opposed to 4.3). The UMD is gone, and the “Go” will have 16gb of flash memory, which can be expanded through the memory card slot. Sony will be beefing up its downloadable offerings for the PSP, and PSP games will be available to download through the PlayStation Store. “Gran Turismo” will help launch the new handheld, and releases on the same day.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
During the Sony keynote, Kojima talked about the new MGS game that will be coming to the PSP, telling fans it was an all-new game set 10 years after “Metal Gear Solid 3,” and the story involves Outer Heaven. The game is slated for 2010. You can see the E3 trailer here.
Mod Nation Racers
I thought this was one of the more intriguing games shown at Sony’s keynote. It’s like a cross between “TrackMania,” “Little Big Planet” and “Mario Kart.” Players can customize racers and vehicles, and build their own tracks with a very user-friendly track editor. Creations can be shared and downloaded through PSN. Footage of the game can be seen here.
“New Super Mario Bros. Wii,” Rockstar’s “The Agent,” Sony’s new motion controls, and “Final Fantasy XIV” were some of the other announcements made between Sony and Nintendo today.
What did you think were the coolest announcements from day two of E3 2009? Head over to the forums and let us know. We’ll be back tomorrow with tidbits from the Konami and Square-Enix keynotes.