E3 2017 Blog

The E3 Gaming Expo is one of the gaming industry's long time showcases to introduce games to the press and other outlets. Introduced in 1995 to counteract the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and it's poor treatment of video gaming companies, The E3 Expo is now the premiere event in the video gaming industry, it's Super Bowl Commercial of sorts.

Being a retro-gaming site, covering the E3 event is somewhat interesting. Personally, a few games introduced hold a little interest, but my specialty is strictly retro gaming. Approaching this meant we could cover CES and E3 from like the 1990s and see what impact some of the games released then have had on us. Then Nintendo introduced their answer to the recent AM2R fan-made Metroid 2 remake. Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS looks like the official Metroid game we've been waiting for. It's going to be fun seeing how that stacks up to the fan made game!

Nintendo has of course been active at this event, with the Switch in desperate need of hardware. They introduced a new Kirby game (Kirby Switch) which looks to be a 2.5D platformer (and very...pastel). New 3d Yoshi game, a bunch of new Mario titles for the 3DS and Switch (none of which are 2d), Metroid Prime 4 (Switch), a new Pokemon title for the Switch, and a River City Ransom sequel for the 3DS (or 2).

The long awaited Sonic Mania is also due for release in August for multiple systems. I'm personally getting it for the PC and plan to spend quite some time attempting to get through it. There was also a new Sonic game introduced for all the platforms (including Switch) that's more a 3D adventure. Xenoblade chronicles, a new FFXV DLC pack, and Skyrim for the Switch and PS4 (VR version) round out some of the high name RPGs.

Some of this is fascinating, but as a retrogamer, I tend to go more towards what's on the horizon for indie developers and the E3 is somewhat limited in that aspect. However, it's always nice to see that once extinct game genres (especially the 2D platformer and beat em up) are making slight comebacks with the newer systems. I know I didn't cover everything here, but as a random blogger that isn't getting a press pass and time off work to fly out to LA for E3, I have to deal with mostly second hand information. Hoping 2017 will be a great year for retro-styled games. If not, there's always a way to dig out the old classics.

Thanks mostly to IGN's E3 Recap and the E3 Wikipedia Article for the history lesson on the E3 Expo!

-Metallic Joe-

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