Everybody knows E3 is changing. All you have to do is take a look at Nintendo to see this. The Best Buy events, the digital events, the tournaments, etc. Nintendo has definitely changed how they do E3 and it worked. However, Nintendo isn’t the only company that’s doing things differently for E3.
Last year, Sony let fans in the US watch their press conference at various movie theaters. Well, it was quite successful for them. As a matter of fact, it was so successful that they’re doing it again and expanding on it. This time the event will be in over 75 movie theaters in every state in the US. This will include Alaska and Hawaii as well as it will be in three cities in Canada.
For those going, they’ll be giving out Playstation prizes and you’ll get to watch an exclusive 30 minute post show event hosted by Geoff Keighly. Tickets will be available for order here on May 27th at 9AM Pacific.
The white Xbox One is about to make its return in an even sweeter bundle then before. The Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle was announced on Major Nelson blog recently. It’ll sport the same, awesome, white Xbox One as the Sunset Overdrive bundle. The bundle will go for $350.
Unfortunately, no release date has been given for it however some retailers are already taking pre-orders for it. Remember, like the Sunset Overdrive bundle, this white bundle will be in very limited quantities. If you want it, you may want to go check that out as soon as possible.
When it comes to the two Wii U SKU’s, it became clear early on that the 8GB model just wasn’t going to sell the way the 32GB model did. Besides the lack of storage, it also lacked several useful pieces of plastic and the digital deluxe program, the latter of which is no more.
Well, Nintendo is now discontinuing the 8GB White Wii U in Japan. However, they’re replacing it with a 32GB White Wii U which launches in June. There was talks about the 32GB White Wii U quite some time ago. It’s amazing that they haven’t done this sooner. You would think that in the first year they would have taken the 8GB model off the market and introduced a model with more storage. Anyways, the 8GB model had its run but it’s definitely time to replace it. Hopefully, we’ll see this have an impact on the sales.
Remember that Smash Bros Invitational tournament that went down during E3 last year? Well the tournament winner, Gonzalo “Zero” Barrios, has won 34 consecutive Smash Bros tournaments. He’s good. Apparently, he’s so good that people put a bounty on him.
The founder of Community Effort Orlando, Alex Jebailey, is giving away $250 to anybody who can knock him out of the tournament Alex’s group is hosting. This is completely separate from the normal prize money you’d get by winning the tournament. All you have to do is knock Zero out.
To add to that, Chris Brown, the Smashboards owner, has also added another $250 to that bounty. That’s $500 just for beating Zero. That’s some pretty hard ball they’re playing there. I can imagine this will bring all the dirty tactics and venom.
Gamestalk, a Japanese gaming site that talks about rumors, posted some images of something Square Enix will allegedly be showing off at E3. What’s interesting though is the screens appear to be Shenmue related. Gamestalk is speculating that the screens mean the could mean they’re both remastering the original two games and finishing the trilogy.
Ok folks, remember, this is just a rumor. Nothing official. Shenmue is a series that has gone quite some time without a new entry. We’ve also heard numerous rumors about the series over the years but nothing has come of it. So, take this with a grain of salt. Finish the heavy breathing now. Ok. Alright. You good? The other “evidence” is after the jump.
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In what has to be the most appropriate turn of events ever Bowser is new the VP of Sales for Nintendo. No, not that Bowser. That would be crazy. Doug Bowser has been named to the position. He will be in charge of a number of different sales related functions such as In-Store merchandising, Retail Strategy and Retail Marketing. He will also manage Nintendo’s key retail customer relationships and will oversee retail marketing for the Nintendo World store.
Previous to his job at Nintendo he worked for Electronic Arts. He started at that company back in 2007 and was most recently their Vice President of Global Business Planning. That role left him in charge of forcasting sales for console, PC and mobile sales. He’s also been an employee of Proctor & Gamble.
In his role he will report to Nintendo of America’s Executive VP of Sales & Marketing who said, ““Doug Bowser is an outstanding addition to our Nintendo team, as he brings a deep blend of both consumer package goods and video game sales experience. I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to ensure the broad Nintendo product lineup of hardware, software and accessories are strongly represented throughout U.S. retail points of distribution.”
This has to be the greatest move Nintendo has ever made. They should leverage this at every opportunity they can.
Great Scott! LEGO Dimensions has already confirmed that Back to the Future will be one of the featured playsets for the game when it launches later this year. Christopher Lloyd is featured in this most recent video for the game and reprises his iconic role of Doc Brown from the film series.
Yes, the Lego Delorean is pretty fantastic. You also get to see some footage from other properties like Lord of the Rings, the DC Universe, the LEGO Movie and Back to the Future. It’s a pretty great spot!