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.
E3 is shaping up to be a pretty big show. More companies will be having presentations. There’s rumored to be some big surprises coming from the console companies. Also the Nintendo World Championships is making its glorious return! E3 this year could possibly be bigger then ever before.
That said, one notable key player will be missing E3 this year. According to IGN, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata won’t be at E3 for a second year in a row. Last year he missed E3 do to illness. This year he’ll be in Japan working on other things. Here’s what Nintendo said:
Nintendo’s focus for E3 this year will be showcasing the many games we have coming for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Mr. Miyamoto and other members of our development team will be in Los Angeles to explain these games and the unique experiences that each offers. Mr. Iwata’s focus in this period will be on other areas of our business that require his presence in Japan.
We all know that Nintendo has had many new business ventures in recent times not to mention they’re working on the NX. However, I have a feeling that Iwata wouldn’t have skipped E3 this year if E3 wasn’t so successful for Nintendo last year. Either way, we won’t be effected much and if last year is anything to go by, letting the Treehouse do their thing will lead to an awesome show.
We all know how horrible the Amiibo’s have been handled. Buying Amiibo’s isn’t just something you can do casually. No-no my friends. You have to hunt those suckers down! Amiibo hunting isn’t for the feint of heart either and is something that gamers have to do across the globe. It requires dedication, knowing when and where things go on sale, really quick mouse clicking reflexes, and a fast connection to the interwebs.
Unfortunately, even with all of those skills, a high amount of luck is also required. Most people interested in Amiibo’s have been completely out of luck for the various waves. Amiibo’s have quickly become the hardest to find items this gen in gaming. While there are many factors to the shortages, the biggest factor is the supply was entirely too small from the get-go.
Well, there’s some good news. A few days ago, Nintendo announced on their Facebook page that a new supply of rare Amiibo’s are coming in the next week or so. Recently, Toys R Us started restocking Lucario and King Dedede as well as will be restocking Marth on May 29th. Best Buy is rumored to be restocking Meta Knight and other various rare Amiibo’s on May 29th as well.
If you’re looking for the rare Amiibo’s, you may want to hit up those stores.
Today, Rodea: The Sky Soldier director Zin Hasegawa and game creator Yuji Naka were in a video interview about their upcoming game. In it, they answered various questions about such as what the game has in common with their previous games and where they come up with their ideas. I recommend giving it a watch. Check it out below.
The final company has announced their plans for E3 2015. Who’s that company you may ask? That would be Sony! Sony announced that their conference will be held on June 15th at 6PM PST. In the background image they used, there’s the traditional Playstation buttons however there’s also the number 2. There’s no way that the number 2 would just appear in that image. I have a feeling it’s a hint at something. Let’s start the speculation! What do you think this means?
Lately, things at Sega haven’t exactly been good. Sonic Boom didn’t live up to expectations and they started doing mass layoffs earlier this year due to them being financially strapped.
Well, it only gets worse. Because of all the things that have been happening, Sega won’t be at this years E3. Here’s what a representative had to say:
Over the next months, SEGA of America will be focusing on the restructure and relocation to Southern California, and we have decided to not attend E3 with our own booth this year. With the majority of our bigger titles launching later in 2015/2016, particularly those from our AAA studios Relic Entertainment, Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly, we are concentrating our efforts for some of these major announcements after our relocation. Instead, we will be collaborating with our various business partners for this year’s E3 show.
It’s sad to see them in the position they’re in. All is not bad though. This will help them save money. Also from the sound of it, they’ll still be at E3 just in others booths. They also still have other games on the way, such as Total War: Warhammer. Hopefully we’ll see Sega get back on track.
This years E3 looks to be quite different then previous years. Two more companies have announced press conferences this year which is unlike previous years. However, there are some constants. One of those being EA which, to nobody’s surprise, announced they’d be holding a press conference. The EA conference will be held June 15th at 1:00pm Pacific. We can expect to see more on Star Wars: Battlefront, more on Mirror’s Edge 2, and possibly more on Mass Effect. Not to mention, there will likely be surprises and of course established series’ getting new games. It won’t be too long now. E3 is less then two months away.