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E3 2009 Wrap up – Sony Keynote June 3, 2009

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Jack Tretton, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, opened the keynote showing a bit of humor by making light of press leaks in the gaming industry – even within his own company. He reminded us of Sony’s ability to provide a quality entertainment experience for everyone and their proven strength over the past year.

PS3 (currently priced at $399.99 for 80GB system, or $499.99 for 160GB bundled) Looking toward the future, Tretton has high hopes for Sony’s continued growth and kicked off the presentation by announcing the upcoming release of the following games:
1.) Modern Warfare 2 (to be released 11/10/09) from Infinity Ward

2.) Final Fantasy XIII (to be released in 2010) from Square Enix.

3.) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (to be released in Fall 2009) from Insomniac Games

4.) Batman: Arkham Asylum (to be released 08/25/09) from Eidos Interactive.

5.) Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer (to be released 11/09/09) from Quantic Dream.

6.) The Beatles Rock Band (to be released 09/09/09) from Harmonix Music Systems.

7.) Lost Planet 2 (to be released in 2010) from Capcom.

8.) Assassin’s Creed 2 (to be released for the Holiday season 2009) from Ubisoft.

Sony revealed there will be 35 Exclusive Titles, including:
1.) InFAMOUS (released 05/26/09) developed by Sucker Punch.

2.) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (to be released in Fall 2009) from Naughty Dog.

3.) MAG (no release date announced) presented by Zipper Interactive.

4.) Agent (to be released 11/17/09) from Rock Star Games.

5.) Final Fantasy XIV (to be released in 2010) from Square Enix.

6.) ModNation Racers (to be released 2010) from United Front Games.

7.) The Last Guardian (no release date announced).

8.) Gran Turismo 5 (no release date announced) from Polyphony Digital.

9.) God of War III (to be released in March 2010).

Jack Tretton began by offering sales figures to tout the console’s continued success in its ninth year, in keeping with Sony’s philosophy of a 10-year product life cycle. He went on to promise the PS2 will have a future, commenting, “We’re committed to this system as long as consumers see value in it.”

Sony announced they are adding nearly 100 new titles, hoping the continued support and development will hook new users and create even more loyal consumers “. . . today’s PS2 owners are ultimately tomorrow’s PS3 consumers,” Tretton pointed out.

1.) Sony announced new entertainment bundles for the PSP, including: Rock Band Unplugged (to be released 06/09/09), Dissidia: Final Fantasy VII (to be released 08/25/09) from Square Enix and Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (to be released 11/10/09) from Ubisoft.

2.) Sony further announced a partnership with Disney to provide bundles specifically targeted to the younger audiences. Leading the charge will be a Hanna Montana that will be bundled with a lilac colored PSP (to be released in July 2009). Other bundles include Pets, Locoroco 2, and Rock Band.

PSP go (click here to view the preview trailer on the Playstation website)
Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai, President of Networked Products & Services Group and President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, gave us the first official look at the PSP Go, again poking fun at Sony’s press leaks, calling the device “. . . the worst kept secret of E3.” Hirai stressed the PSP Go will not replace the PSP 3000 or UMD. Instead the PSP 3000 and the PSP Go will be available 10/01/09 for $249.99, the same price as original PSP when it launched.

1.) Built with digital users in mind, PSP go features 16GB internal memory, the ability to download games and movies over wi-fi via the free Playstation Network. Product specifications show the PSP go to be more than 50% smaller and 40% lighter than PSP 1000, boasting slide-out body to hide controls, integrated bluetooth and a memory stick micro media port.

2.) To help enhance the total experience for digital users on the go, Sony is re-vamping the Playstation store available on the PC. Renamed Media Go, the application replaces Media Manager featuring a more intuitive interface.

3.) SenseMe was also announced. Hoping to improve users’ music experience, the application will analyze the user’s library to create customized playlists based on the mood the user selects.

4.) In an effort to promote developers to create even more content, Kazuo Kirai announced an 80% price reduction on PSP Toolkits.

5.) Going forward, all PSP titles will be available at Playstation Network Store and retail stores.

6.) Video Delivery Service will be available natively on the PSP.

7.) New content will be available from the Playstation Store. Content partnerships will include Showtime, G4, E!, HDNet, Starz, TNA, Magnolia Films, as well as anime and sports programming.

8.) Kazunouri Yamauchi, founder of Polyphony Digital, took the stage to reveal Gran Turismo for PSP (to be released 10/01/09). Running at 60 frames per second, this is a full-size game offering 800 cars, 35 tracks and 60 layout variations of the tracks. The game will offer single-player and mission-challenge modes, as well as an ad-hoc mode that will allow players to race with up to 4 players and trade or share cars.

9.) Hideo Kojimo of Kojimo Productions appeared to announce Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (to be released in 2010). Kojimo assured us he will be an integral part of the games production, both script writing and producing. Further, Peace Walker will be a full-size game, true to the franchise, yet still capitalizing on the PSP format.

10.) Some additional titles scheduled for release on the PSP include: Resident Evil, Little Big Planet, SoCom: Fire Team Bravo 3, Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite, Motor Storm Arctic Edge and Harry Potter.

PlayStation Network
1.) Nearly 50 PS1 classic titles will become available on the PlayStation Network, beginning with Final Fantasy XIII.

2.) The EA Sports Complex launched in PlayStation Home in April 2009. Sony is working to expand offering to include content for franchises like InFAMOUS, Buzz, SoCom and Little Big Planet, as well as titles from publishers EA, Ubisoft, Activision, Capcom, Namco and Eidos.

Sony introduced their new controller (still in development) which features a sphere at the top of the controller. The system camera is able to track the sphere’s movement 1:1. Tracking precise movement, targeting and character mapping, the new controller reacts to different angles no matter where the player is.


E3 2009 Wrap Up – Nintendo Keynote June 2, 2009

Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s Executive VP of Sales & Marketing opened the keynote announcing the company’s goal to “create surprise.” Commenting, “Now, once in a while, surprise breaks down the door in a form of absolute innovation; something so amazing that everyone instantly recognizes it. And sometimes it sort of creeps up on you; a grin, or a shout buried in the middle of a level. Today, we will bring you both.”

Nintendo Wii – New Games
1.) New Super Mario Bros. for Wii allows for co-operative or competitive play for up to 4 players, including the ability to pick up and carry other players, and player ranking. In addition, the game will allow players to switch between individual and co-operative play. To help accommodate co-operative play, the screen will pan wider if players are separated by a little distance within the level. Nintendo also introduced a new feature in the propeller suit. New Super Mario Bros. for Wii is scheduled for release for Holiday 2009.

2.) Wii Fit Plus’ release provides 6 new strength and yoga activities, allowing players to customize their routines and repeat activities. Fit Plus will even track the calories burned. There will also be 15 new balance games, including juggling and skateboarding. Wii Fit Plus will ship as a package with the Wii Balance Board, as well as stand-alone software and will be available in Fall 2009.

Nintendo Wii – Motion Plus Controller
Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President & Chief Operating Officer continued the keynote with the announcement of the Wii Motion Plus controller. Claiming to be more aware of the remote location and the angle at which it is being held, the Motion Plus controller will offer better precision and more natural gameplay.

1.) Wii Sports Resort (scheduled to launch 07/26/09), EA Games Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, EA Games Grand Slam Tennis (to be released 06/08/09) and Sega Virtua Tennis 2009 (to be released 06/09/09) will capitalize on the Motion Plus controller. EA Games Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 will even ship with the controller on 06/08/09.

2.) Supporting the Motion Plus controller, Ubisoft’s Red Steel 2 will be playable only with the Motion Plus controller and will be bundled with the controller when it releases.

3.) Square Enix announced their release of Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, to provide an interactive gaming experience exclusive to Wii to be release later in 2009.

Nintendo DS – Games
1.) Square Enix is also releasing an exclusive version of Kingdom Hearts for the Nintendo DS 09/29/09.

2.) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story for the Nintendo DS is scheduled for release in Fall 2009.

3.) Golden Sun is also making its return on Nintendo DS with a release date in 2010.

4.) James Patterson Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion, created by THQ and based on the books, is a new intellectual mystery game scheduled for release 10/13/09.

5.) Ubisoft announces Cop: The Recruit for future release. No launch date was announced.

6.) Style Savvy is a fashion game aimed at pre-teens and twenty-somethings. No lauch date was announced.

Nintendo DSi
1.) Flip Note Studio allows users to create animations and broadcast the movies and will be available in Summer 2009.

2.) Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again provides players with the ability to design levels with full control. Players will also be able to share these new levels locally or via Nintendo wi-fi connection. Mario vs. Donkey Kong will be available for download via DSiWare 06/08/09.

3.) Warioware DIY gives players the opportunity to create their own games. Players will then be able to share their games with other Warioware players.

4.) Nintendo DSi Camera with 10 editing lenses will allow users to automatically upload photos taken with Nintendo DSi to their Facebook profile beginning Summer 2009.

5.) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was also announced for future release on the Nintendo DSi. No launch date was disclosed.

Future Innovation
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Global President introduced the Wii Vitality Sensor, still in development. The sensor is a fingertip accessory for the Wii remote that measures a user’s vital signs. Future applications will focus on enhancing a user’s relaxation experience.

Exclusive to Wii – Third Party Titles
1.) The Conduit, from Sega will be released 06/23/09.

2.) Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Dark Side Chronicles is also coming down the pipe for future release. No launch date announced.

3.) EA’s Dead Space: Extraction, was announced for a 09/29/09 release.

4.) Nintendo partnered with Team Ninja to develop its own new game for Wii, Metroid: Other M, scheduled for release 2010.

5.) Nintendo teased us with a trailer for Super Mario Galaxy 2, a full 3-D Mario adventure to be released sometime in the future. No lauch date was announced.

Reggie Fils-Aime ended the keynote, summing up the announcements very well . . . “Bringing you names that are so familiar, but revitalized to make them new again.”

For more information including these, and other Nintendo E3 announcements, and for game trailers, check out their dedicated E3 press page.