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The biggest news you missed from E3 2011

E3 is a bit like a tornado. It destroys lives, wrecks homes, and there’s a cacophony of information passing by at all times that you can’t possibly soak it all in. You just stick your head in the center of it, look for as long as you can and take in whatever info flew by your eyes in the last five seconds. Due to the chaos, many things happen that can’t be covered in time. You probably heard about Wii U, BioShock Infinite, and PS Vita, but missed some of the little things. Think of this feature as a chance to catch up, to stop and smell the videogame news roses. Take a whiff…


Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Mario Kart 3DS are being made outside of Nintendo

After a shaky launch, it looks like the 3DS library is starting to get good. Ocarina 3D is out next week, Star Fox 64 3D in September, and Super Mario 3D for the holidays. Surprisingly, we found out that two of the strongest looking 3DS titles are being made with help outside of the Nintendo’s strong first party development workshops. Mario Kart 3D is getting design help from Retro Studios and Luigi’s Mansion 2 is being made by Canadian developer Next Level.

Retro’s involvement with Mario Kart sounds pretty simple, as the team is apparently just helping with the Donkey Kong-themed stages, something Retro is an expert in after making last year’s hit Donkey Kong Country Returns. Conversely, Next Level is much more involved in Mansion 2. The same company behind Punch-Out!! For Wii and two Mario soccer games, Next Level began with creating an internal demo of Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS just to test the system. Nintendo was so impressed with the results that Next Level got the go ahead to make a full game that’s scheduled for early next year. All you Luigi fans out there should thank those Canadians for convincing the big N to resurrect the ghostly franchise.


Sonic creators reunite at Sonic 20th Anniversary party

Above: Naka, Oshima, and Yasuhara (Photo courtesy of Siliconera) 

For Sonic fans, the Sonic Generations E3 party was a huge enough deal because Sega was giving out free hats. It was a well attended event with Sonic developers old and new present, and at one point during the evening the Sonic equivalent of a Beatles reunion happened on the main stage. It was the first time in years as far as we know that the core of the original Sonic Team was seen together in public.

Yuji Naka, Naoto Oshima, and Hirokazu Yasuhara appeared on stage together to celebrate two decades of their creation. Naka gets most of the credit for running the original Sonic Team, and he left Sega to form his own company a few years ago. Oshima is credited with designing Sonic and worked with the team until Sonic Adventure before forming Artoon, makers of the regrettable Blinx. Yasuhara is the unsung hero of the three, as he did the lion's share of the gameplay and stage design in Sonic 1-3 and Knuckles, and has since worked for Naughty Dog and Namco. Despite their separate paths, it was sweet to see them get back together for the fans, even if it was only for one night.


Beyond Good & Evil 2 not coming till next generation

It must really suck to be Michel Ancel sometimes. Here you are, working hard on Rayman: Origins, a vibrant platformer that’s looking great as you show it off at E3, and all people want to talk about is the sequel to one of the worst-selling games of your career. As with every Ancel public appearances, he got loads of questions about the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2, and he once more reconfirmed the title’s existence and that it’s not coming any time soon.

The most unfortunate quote was the one he gave GameIndustry.biz, saying BG&E2 “will not be released on the current generation of consoles.” At best we can hope he’s referring to Wii U and perhaps late 2012, but it’s just as possible he means the future consoles from Microsoft and Sony. And then maybe it at least will be a launch game for those systems in possibly late 2013 if we're lucky. At this point we’re so tired of being jerked around by Ubisoft about this game that we’d rather they just cancel it instead of stringing us along with occasional quotes like this one.


New Pokemon game announced for 3DS

Nintendo accidentally mislead a good chunk of its audience into one of the biggest letdowns of E3. When Reggie started listing Nintendo franchises on the 3DS, he brought up Pokemon, which left many watching the press conference thinking a new game was being announced, when Reggie just meant it as a preamble to talking about the free 3D Pokedex on the eShop. Meanwhile, in Japan your wishes were being granted, as a new Pokemon game was announced for the 3DS, though you may want to lower your expectations.

A follow-up to the WiiWare game Pokemon Rumble, Super Pokemon Scramble looks like a fairly simple fighting game where wind-up toy versions of famous Pokemon battle against one another. The most interesting improvement over the original is it features Pokemon from the fifth generation this time around, meaning you can at last have the cutesy toy battle between Darumaka and Victini you’ve longed for. Super Scramble hits the 3DS store in Japan late July, and we’d wager we’ll get it pretty soon after that.

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  • Spybreak8 - June 19, 2011 2:42 a.m.

    For all the CE out there, just wait. Aside from Mass Effect, that's just me, I've waited on all my Collector Editions and have made off handsomely at the same time. That Halo cat helmet, 60 bucks on Amazon as a DotD.
  • kachigop - June 18, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    I guess I'm in the minority here, but I died a little bit inside when I heard GameCube was getting shelved. Some third-party designer needs to make an all-inclusive Nintendo console than plays NES, SNES, N64, GC, and Wii games. Maybe even some Gameboy features. Get on that internet.
  • D0CCON - June 17, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    @usmovers_02 You can still play the maps on the remake's disc. An article did mention that you could use the maps on Halo Reach, but you don't have to. Reach isn't required.
  • therawski - June 16, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    Beyond Good & Evil Forever (dur) Halo 1 HD Shockingly Reasonable $39.99!!!??? I'd give em maybe $5 for it if it included free online play, so guess what?
  • RedOutlive10 - June 16, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    No Beyond Good & Evil 2... There's your proof that there's no god in this world.
  • Hipopapotamus - June 16, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    I would happily pay more than 15 quid for an hd billy hatcher. I would even go as far as to say i would sell my soul for it
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 16, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Cool stuff, too bad about the no NGC though. As for Pokemon, I've always wanted a console version in the same style as the handhelds, but with a huge world, and just more content. None of this Snap, Trozei, Pinball crap.
  • Darkwun - June 16, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    i thought that would be the case with the wii u, but a shame to have it confirmed. i have about 50 or so gc games n my tv is getting CLUTTERED with consoles, and it sucks i have to keep my wii around just for gc games. also the BG&E news makes me wanna cry... i agree, this teasing is killing me, just fuckin cancel it already and stop toying with my emotions!
  • Robusken - June 16, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Wait...so that was the big Pokemon game they kept hinting at? Lame >.>
  • erikslev - June 16, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    BG&E 2 is perfect for the Wii U because of the controller and how it will mimic a camera perfectly.
  • usmovers_02 - June 16, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    $40 is way too much for a HD remake that requires Halo Reach to play the multiplayer.
  • LOZ4EVAH - June 16, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Dang that sucks about the GameCube games. i first experinced the Metroid Prime series using the backward compatibility of my Wii
  • SonicX_89 - June 16, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    It was very weird for me to see that the article mentioned Nintendo has 1st party developers, even though I knew they had them. I kinda forget that not ALL of the games that come out of Nintendo aren't produced 100% internally.
  • philipshaw - June 16, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    The news that we won't get a new beyond good and evil this gen makes me sad. I was playing the HD version last night and that game is still great
  • jmcgrotty - June 16, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    GrandTheftAuto, what they actually meant, and you aren't taking into account was the price of the game compared to the quality of the games. No way in hell should any game the quality of any Halo game ever cost more than $20 (U.S.). (Note: Yes, I know this is not what the article really meant. Don't bother correcting me. Just a failed attempt at humor.)
  • insertdisk - June 16, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    Someone needs to take the initiative with making games cheaper. If I was EA i would put battlefield 3 at least £5 cheaper.
  • GrandTheftAuto - June 16, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    Wait WHAT? Halo games overpriced? Alright i get it why the special editions of all the games are expensive but from Halo 3 to Reach (incl ODST) must be the cheapest 360 games that i got at release (Sweden)
  • Limbo - June 16, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    I actually play Gamecube games on my Wii more often than actual Wii games. Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion, and Wind Waker never get old.
  • GameManiac - June 16, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    I don't have any Gamecube games, although there were a few that interested me (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, etc.) If I do get a Wii U, and decide to play Gamecube games, at least I'll still have my Wii.
  • garnsr - June 16, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    This article could have used some proofreading. I recently used my Gamecube to play Gameboy Advance carts. Wii can't do that, I wonder if they'll bring the Castlevania and Metroid games out on the store?

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