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Published on June 13th, 2013 | by APant1


APant1′s Magical Mystical E3 2013 Predictions Wrap-up

Last month, I decided to dabble into a little but of fortune telling where I tried to guess what was going to happen at E3. Now that this E3 is already in the history books, I can grade myself on how well my prognostications from one month prior went.

Nintendo:  I bet on an open world Mario and a more mature Zelda. No word on the Zelda game other than the Wind Waker remake, but we did get Super Mario 3D World. The names keep getting more and more confusing, but this is a Wii U game that looks like equal parts Super Mario Bros. 2 for the NES and the 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land. None of the features were announced for the next Smash Bros other than a few new characters. I was totally on-point guessing that Nintendo was at rock bottom, since we got the Villager from Animal Crossing and the Trainer from Wii Fit. Both look awesome, but seriously? The real shock came from Megaman, who I like a lot more than Sora, so there’s that. I thought he would be out of bounds because of all the other fighting games he’s in, but I couldn’t be more happy. They even got all the best weapons! I’m screaming like a little girl again!!

Sony: Someone at Sony obviously reads this, because after my dull prediction, I was completely blown out of the water. When I joked to friends that the only way they could get me to buy a PS4 is to announce Final Fantasy XV AND Kingdom Hearts III, I had no idea they’d actually do it. Thinking back, I was just being really optimistic about the $399 price tag, but that is what it’s going for, and they took some serious jabs at Microsoft by announcing that there would be no DRM or restrictions on used games. Color me impressed, you have my money whenever you want to take it.

Microsoft: This was before they announced anything at all on what I was calling the Infinite, now the Xbox One. People are already calling it the X-Bone, so I guess it’s just serendipitous that “boner” is a fantastic synonym for mistake or goof-up. It’s launching at $499, so a hundred more than the PS4, the hardware is thought to be not quite as powerful, and it has a much more restrictive policy about used games and internet authentication. They didn’t toss the word “cloud” around their conference as much as I thought they would, but they did use “exclusive” a lot. I’m beginning to think they don’t know what that word really means.

Conclusion: I’m no Nostradamus, but I’m getting a PS4 at launch and maybe even a Wii U sometime down the line; the shows were that good.

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