Don't you just love this time of year? The final weeks leading up to E3 are full of speculation, leaks, and just general frenzied discussion about what the video games industry is set to be like for the next 12 months. The latest tidbit to make its way to the forefront is that a Castlevania game is in the works for Nintendo's portable 3DS system.
Nintendo will allow Spike TV's cameras into its E3 press conference next month. The cable network has confirmed that it will carry the presentation, in its entirety with no commercial interruption on June 5 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. MTV2 will simulcast the event. Spike and MTV2 join G4 in tapping into what could be the largest television audience for the E3 press conference circuit to date. Nintendo will arguably the most anticipated because of the Wii U.
Although it may be best known for some of its graphically intensive game franchises on more powerful systems like the PS3 and Xbox 360, Capcom certainly has its hands in the Nintendo cookie jar. So there's no doubt that the publisher will have some titles for Nintendo's platforms to announce at next month's E3 trade show, but none of them will be playable.
Although not officially announced, it is now all but confirmed that the next entry in the very popular Lego video game series will be a block-toy adaptation of the Lord of the Rings movie franchise. Eagle-eyed enthusiasts noted that on the packaging for a new line of Lord of the Rings Lego toys, there are references to a related video game.
It appears there may be a fox-fronted space shooter game on tap for Nintendo's upcoming home console. According to a leaked report, the game will be unveiled at next month's E3 trade show. A lot of eyes are expected to be on Nintendo during the four-day event, since it will be the only company showcasing new hardware. Even so, it won't be entirely new.
For Nintendo, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo will be all about new hardware - the Wii U was introduced last year but no one has really seen what its true potential - what it will actually bring to market on day one - is. So that's Nintendo; but what about Microsoft and Sony? They have a much bigger challenge if they want to prove their sexiness this year. There won't be a PS4, so what will Sony show?
After Sony and Microsoft have already confirmed their spot on the E3 press conference calendar, Nintendo has finally begun sending out invitations for its large-scale media event. Just like last year, the company will give its remarks at 12:00 noon Eastern Time on June 5, literally right before the E3 show floor doors open. It will be the final one of the major three pre-E3 events.
Not that it should come as much of a surprise to anyone, but Nintendo has apparently made it official that it will unveil a brand new Mario Bros game for its upcoming Wii U platform at the E3 trade show in June. Perhaps more than any other character in the history of video games, the mere presence of Mario is enough to make a new console worth buying. At least, that has been the case up until this point. We'd have to assume the Wii U will be no different.
It's less than two months before the biggest event in gaming happens in Los Angeles. E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, will bring in lots of news and video game goodness from June 5 to June 7, but we all know that it's the day before, when most of the major companies hold their high-octane media events, that really matters. And Microsoft will be the company that sets the E3 bar this year.