The Top 7… E3 no shows

4. Is the Wii Vitality Sensor dead?

A full year ago Nintendo wrapped up its surprisingly pleasing press conference with a head-scratching, utterly baffling reveal of the Wii Vitality Sensor. The device looked like it came right out of a hospital, and other than measure your bio-energy (or whatever it was supposed to do), no clear reason for its existence was given. No games, nothing. Everyone simply nodded and assumed Nintendo would come back this year with some inane mass-market game, like Wii Health.

Above: Why?

Imagine our delight when Nintendo avoided the topic entirely. No one asked why, because no one cared. Instead, we got an amazing new handheld and several killer new games, most of which have nothing to do with motion controls or ridiculous peripherals that have dogged Nintendo’s offerings for so long. The best part? Ubisoft made their own.

Above: No really, why?

Yes, Ubi seemingly tried to beat Nintendo to the punch and come out with its own feel-good add-on at the same time. And guess what the reaction was to Innergy, the breathing game? A big fat yawn, that’s what. Can’t wait to read those Innergy leaderboards and find out who the world’s best breather is.

Above: Wow, this guy’s really good at breathing

Nintendo is in such a strong sales lead at this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if it showed off the Vitality Sensor to mess with people, just to see if anyone would copy it. They never had any intention of doing anything with it at all. When 2009 was filled with Natal and Move hype, someone at Nintendo could have easily said, “Dude dude dude dude… we should totally make something up, like some dumbass thing that reads your heartbeat and keeps score, just to make everyone else think we’re working on some amazing new thing that’s gonna sell a million copies*”

*roughly translated from the original Japanese

3. Beyond Good & Evil 2

You’ll have to forgive the gaming press for rallying behind Beyond Good & Evil. It was part of our job to play through the action-puzzle-stealth-photography caper. We’re firmly aware of the game’s greatness even though most of the gaming populace isn’t. Knowing the nature of the business, we were as shocked as anyone when Ubisoft announced it was going ahead with a sequel in spite of its grand scale commercial failure. Amidst the inner office cartwheels and celebratory high fives, there was certainly cause for trepidation.

Above: O’ Uncle, Where Art Thou?! 

It’s been TWO YEARS since the Beyond Good & Evil 2 trailer was unveiled, and it’s been almost all speculation and whispers ever since. Recent rumors of Michel Ancel quitting and BG&E2’s coinciding “on hold” status had us holding a cautionary breath, but they were quickly - and officially! - dispelled by Ubisoft. Ancel’s name was even brought up in tandem with the newly announced Rayman Origins during Ubi’s E3 conference.

Above: Leaked footage is all we have to confirm the game even exists… and that was over a year ago!

As one of the planet’s leading publishers, Ubisoft is well-oiled machine of French efficiency! Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, and any title that can include Tom Clancy’s name get announced and they hit their release date almost every time. What Ubi says, happens. And We can see how the continued adventures of Jade and Pey’j might have to take a backseat the aforementioned blockbusters, but what better place would there have been than E3 to break the BG&E blackout than in front of an audience that would’ve been cried batshit tears of fanboy joy?!


E3 E3 2010 Top 7


  • TheHolyHandGrenade - June 27, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    Darn, i wanted an Oblivion MMORPG/ Elderscrolls V revealing.
  • Grif - June 27, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    I was sort of hoping for a Mirror's Edge 2 announcement. It got the green light shortly after the first game came out, but not much since. Dice is working on big DLC for Bad Company though, so maybe that's why.
  • Shagnasty - June 26, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    No Golden Sun DS... Hopefully they're remixing it for the 3DS!
  • BadCompanyBrik - June 26, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    You got my flame guns fired up when you mentioned Bungie, then I realized you were talking about their new project, not bashing Reach. :D But on that subject, if you've spent some time around the 7th Column (Bungie's community), then you realize that it's not Bungie's style to bombard you with as much information as humanly possible in one press conference. However, there is something... I keep it in my bookmarks and check it daily. PS My recaptcha is "the immature". Are you trying to say something to me GR?
  • Kytl - June 24, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    I was disappointed that The Last Story and Xenoblade were no shows, but Nintendo still had a great E3 showing anyway.
  • FunkSoulBrother - June 24, 2010 11:26 a.m.

  • ShrimpyMan - June 23, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    Pokemon Black and White?
  • jmcgrotty - June 23, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    "HL2: Ep3? Come on! Has everyone forgotten about us Half-Life fanboys already?" Trying to.
  • BAbaracus1983 - June 23, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    Nice list, though it's a good guess that these developer wanted to hold onto to some these other announcements for the upcoming months. With a Gamescomm and TGS still on the list, there's plenty of time to showcase these current MIA titles. Not to mention they'll get the full limelight treatment they deserve.
  • ReasonableFanboy - June 22, 2010 11:43 p.m.

  • admjwt - June 22, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    y isnt ffv13 on this list. i cud honestly careless about ff14. they rly shudve showed versus instead. SE has disapionted me
  • soren7550 - June 22, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    I'm surprised that ME3 or even Perfect Dark 2 wasn't mentioned, seeing as rumors that both would appear at this years E3 were going 'round.
  • WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny - June 22, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    No Elder Scrolls V, makes me a sad panda.
  • wiitard07 - June 22, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Is anyone else sad about no new Rainbow six game?
  • awesomedudes - June 22, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    what about saints row ?
  • Leadman - June 22, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    I was really hoping to hear something about Elder Scrolls V
  • russman - June 22, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Maybe the breathing game can have a special "breath like vader mode", couple that with a wii-mote and it's a Darth Vader simulator? Huh? Huh? No. More likely Ninty was teasing to see if Sony would unveil a 3D, HD version of it.
  • Raymond09 - June 22, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    well, for me, I think it's a good thing because there's alot of games releasing this fall. medal of honor, fallout new vegas, littlebigplanet 2, assassin's creed brotherhood, call of duty black ops, nfs: hot pursuit (?), gran turismo 5 (maybe), halo: reach, etc. alot to buy, alot of $$$$
  • philipshaw - June 22, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    I have to agree with the top 2. I knew Rockstar wasn't at E3 but I expected to see something of The Agent at the Sony Conference. I was so angery that The Last Guradian wasn't shown,I was even wearing my Ico t-shirt when watching the live stream
  • JosefMotley - June 22, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    no-one but confused reviewers care about dull stealth/stealth/stealth game Beyond Good & Evil. we did play it, it just wasn't very good, suffering at first from being underhyped and now having being completely overhyped by everyone in the gaming press for about five damn years now, bored of it. just throwing that out there

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