E3 09: Top 10 things you need to know about today - Tuesday edition

Maybe you’re overwhelmed by our constant barrage of tweets and our relentless live blog updates from the floors at today’s Sony and Nintendo press conferences. Maybe you’re drowning in the sea of E3 info that’s flooding the web. Or maybe you’ve got a life and don’t have time to waste reading previews and staring at screenshots for games you’ll never care about. That’s why we’ve filtered out all the bull to bring you the exciting news that matters the most. So please excuse our smelly hands and enjoy the announcements you need to know about from day two of our round-the-clock E3 coverage.

1. The console war has been replaced by the peripheral war
Nintendo revealed the new Vitality Sensor, which makes unprecedented and unparalleled leaps forward in videogame pulse-reading technology. Nintendo claims that (beyond all the obvious uses for reading a pulse) it will have the ability to detect nervousness and how focused you are while playing a game.

Above: Nintendo cleverly corners the videogame pulse-reading market with the Wii Vitality Sensor 

Not to be out accessorized, hours later Sony revealed a prototype for a wand capable of being motion-tracked by the PlayStation Eye. It had a nice glowing orb attached to the top of the a big black rod, which looks absolutely nothing like a dildo. The demo featured the not-dildo-object being swung around while an onscreen virtual sword, baseball bat, flashlight, and several other mundane objects mimicked the wand’s movement, before transforming into virtual laser whip. No word yet on whether or not motion control will actually prove to be fun.

Above: Two guys show you how to have fun with their special wand 

2. New Super Mario Bros Wii adds evil co-op
We were prepared for the worst when Nintendo’s press conference began with a demonstration for New Super Mario Bros Wii. The stage shown in the demonstration featured what appeared to be nothing more than a slightly redesigned version of the first level in the original New Super Mario Bros - only with four people and a new propeller suit. Um, okay? Oh and you can carry/knock other players around and collect points together. Great? So wait, will this be just a modified port of a DS game for four people?

Above: More of the same? We say nay 

Actually, not at all. These are definitely new levels (meaning: different from the DS version) with new power-ups like the Penguin suit (freeze enemies). Oh and you can play the game single-player or up to four-players with drop in/out mechanics. Multiplayer also promises some competitive aspects. What we mean is that you’ll need to work together to progress through levels and you gain points towards one collective score, but you can also keep people from going through pipes or you can just knock them off ledges to make sure you’ve got the top score at the end of the round. Sounds fun and a little evil. We don’t know about the other Care Bear casual gamers out there, but we plan on tossing our friends into flying turtle shells, stealing all the power-ups and charging ahead to get everyone’s coins.

3. Final Fantasy XIV announced before FFXIII releases. Heads explode
Flying in the face of schedules and traditional sequence, Sony announced that Final Fantasy XIV will be released in 2010 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, but did not specify if it was coming before or after its precursor, Final Fantasy XIII, which is also due out in 2010. We can only responsibly assume XIV will be released first.

The trailer for FFXIV was full of the flashy combat and sleek renders FF is known for, but it lacked any indication of what the game will be like to play. The biggest clue came at the end of the video, when the word “online” appeared under the game’s title.

4. Nintendo throws a bone to hardcore gamers with Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Another M
Nintendo’s presser continued to hammer home the point that gaming isn’t just for hardcore gamers anymore. But President and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage to calm our growing worries that Nintendo stopped giving a crap about the people who love, ya’know, real games. After a brief intro, he almost seemed to say, “Here ya go. Have Super Mario Galaxy 2. Now leave me alone.”

And to be fair, Galaxy 2 looked pretty damn good. During the demonstration, we saw Mario defying gravity as he flew past asteroids and strode along the underbellies of planetoids. One huge thing was different, though. That’s right, Yoshi will appear in Galaxy 2, and he’s packing a whole lot of tongue. Now you can ride the huggable dinosaur while in space. Looks like Yoshi can use his tongue to whip around platforms and even balloon out to float. It also appears Mario’s got a new top power-up that enables him to drill through surfaces.

Above: Mario grabs Yoshi by the back of the head and rides him hard. Now that’s what we call hardcore

The conference closed on a high note, with a presentation by Team Ninja, who showed off a little bit of Metroid: Another M. The trailer mixed impressive cinematics with hot gameplay and appears to be delving more into Samus’s past. Gameplay footage included third-person action with Samus shooting charge shots, bicycle-kicking a baddie, throwing an enemy to the ground, platforming, first-person shooting, and finishing moves, making Metroid: Another M, the most hardcore Wii game Nintendo on show this year. The bad news: You’ll have to wait until 2010.

Above: Metroid: Another M 

5. Sony plays down the PSP Go leak, but it still looks kinda lame
Days before Sony’s E3 press conference, leaked footage from the June 2009 video of Qore made its way around the internet pre-empting Sony’s official reveal of the new PSP Go. But Sony’s Kaz Hirai played it cool, jokingly referring to the new device as the “worst kept secret of E3.” Here’s everything you need to know:

Above: Kaz Hirai called the PSP Go an “object of desire” for users of digital content 

The sexy system specs for your object of desire:
- 3.8 inch screen
- 43% lighter than the PSP-3000 (so you don’t have to worry about the rippling biceps you built up from carrying your old PSP around)
- 16GB of Internal Flash Memory
- Built-in wi-fi
- Bluetooth support
- No UMD drive
- Memory Stick Micro slot (aka the ‘M2’ slot)
- Download/play music (because iTunes and your iPod are worthless)
- New ‘Sense Me’ application will create playlists for you based on your mood (because you’re too dumb to make your own)
- Download/play movies (because let’s face it, your TV sucks)
- On sale in North America and Europe October 1, costing a WHOPPING $249/ £249

Above: Leaked footage from the June 2009 Qore video that set the internet on fire before Sony could officially reveal the PSP Go


  • jar-head - June 3, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    all the good stuff is comming later this year, but all the Great shit is comming in 2010
  • silvereye - June 3, 2009 6:34 a.m.

    I want half life episode 3 and i want it now! Come on Valve its been a year and a half sinc episode 2, why wont you come out with it? Why?
  • revrock - June 3, 2009 4:43 a.m.

    This is great! how much more could we ask for? A new Metriod, 2 new Marios, and that Rockstar Ps3 exclusive???? It is going to be an expensive year. Best console war since the 16bit days, I dare say!
  • iKOemos - June 3, 2009 4:35 a.m.

    Peace Walker is going to make Rising it's bitch
  • TanookiMan - June 3, 2009 4:11 a.m.

    I remember torturing my older brother playing Super Mario Bros 3 on NES by battling him every chance I could and stealing his turn. Looking forward to doing it again on the Wii :)
  • Koouunn - June 3, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    psp go is retarded. I DONT like
  • Ramijiman - June 3, 2009 2:57 a.m.

    "It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a monster. Kratos will make you his bitch" I lol'd
  • sgloomy - June 3, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    I agree with Kubes, PSP GO is waaay too expensive for a system that is not that much improved, although i am not really sure if the controls work any differently, BUT holy crap, waiting for God of War III is going to be extremely painful, the game looks (really really really really)^n good!!!
  • NanoElite666 - June 3, 2009 2 a.m.

    What, no mention of the new Golden Sun game? That was probably THE single most surprising thing I saw in all three conferences (since I absolutely love that series), and was one of the few interesting parts of Nintendo's conference in general. The Uncharted 2 showing was fantastic. Made me want the game right now. And, that chopper looks closer to a Hind than an Apache. :P
  • kubes - June 3, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    btw psp go should only be 200 dollars
  • johnthe5th - June 3, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    oh wait you beat me
  • johnthe5th - June 3, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    First! Mario Galaxy and Metroid look awesome. I dont't think ill be needing to buy an xbox anymore!
  • kubes - June 3, 2009 1:40 a.m.

    even tho all this stuff is simplified i still have read everything thing there is to read on gamesradar and its great
  • iLoveKFC - June 4, 2009 8:13 p.m.

  • ian edgar - June 3, 2009 11:49 p.m.

    The psp go is the same price as a wii? Nobody will buy that, especially the people in England who have to pay nearly twice as much. recaptcha: smugness Dries. It sure does.
  • Moschetto - June 3, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    Nice move, Sony. I would have been very likely to buy the Go if it had a lower price point than the 3000, but now that I know it's not only more expensive, but ridiculously so, I'll be sticking with my DS.
  • Harmon20 - June 3, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    well, I guess Nintendo hasn't forgotten its core audience after all.
  • MoonPig - June 3, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    "It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a monster. Kratos will make you his bitch" what if ur a penguin
  • imawesom3 - June 3, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    awesome sauce!
  • AuthorityFigure - June 3, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    Looks like there are some games on offer for all levels of nostril enthusiasts.

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