Who Won E3 2011?

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Although it’s not advertised as such, make no mistake about it: E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is very much a competition. The videogame industry is growing increasingly competitive, especially when consoles offer such similar experiences. The three current contenders – Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft – bring out the biggest guns they have for this annual convention and gaming sites across the web are obsessive in their coverage. Before the affair is over, people are already praising one company and criticizing another, trying to decide on a clear “winner” of the show.

With E3 now wound down, let’s take a look at what each company highlighted and, if possible, crown one of them champion.

Microsoft

Microsoft was first out of the gate and, in my opinion, the clear loser, spending the large majority of their time focusing on the Kinect. While the Kinect is definitely a success, it’s aimed at a more casual audience, which those attending E3 and watching the keynotes are not. This is a device that was given to audience members of The Oprah Winfrey show. This is not something that dedicated gamers want dominating their favorite past time. And yet that’s exactly what happened with the Microsoft keynote. And with two of their biggest announcements – Halo Anniversary and Halo 4 – being leaked before the conference, the Microsoft keynote didn’t really have any big bangs.

Sony

Next up was Sony. While a good portion Sony’s keynote discussed their upcoming adventures in the 3rd dimension, something I personally couldn’t care less about, they did unveil the Vita, which seems to be a pretty solid piece of hardware. And at $249.99 (for the wi-fi version), it’s a lot more affordable than everyone anticipated. Throw in some talk of PlayStation suite and an incredibly solid showing of Uncharted 3, and Sony didn’t do too bad – especially considering we’re fresh off the intrusion debacle. I don’t know if gamers are willing to forgive and forget just yet, but Sony put on a good show.

Nintendo

And then there’s the big “N” and the announcement of the atrociously named Wii U. I’ll be honest, when Reggie announced the name of the new console, I was ready to write off Nintendo as dead to me. Then logic prevailed as I realized that the name is a powerful selling tool and that to drop it would be a bad business move. As far as what I think of the system itself, I’m still not sure what to think, which seems to be the general consensus. The hardware is undoubtedly impressive, but how it’s going to fare as a gaming machine remains to be seen. It’s still too early to speculate. There’s potential there, but the Wii had potential, too, and was largely squandered a a gimmick. The rest of the briefing was dedicated to the 3DS, where they unveiled a few exciting titles, namely the new Super Mario Bros.

Last year’s E3 belonged to Nintendo by a pretty wide margin. This year is a much closer race between Sony and Nintendo, possibly too close to declare a clear victor. Nothing at the show really blew anyone away, but Sony’s briefing was probably the most solid. At the same time, whether it’s positive or negative, the Wii U is what everybody seems to be talking about, so Nintendo deserves due credit for creating big buzz.

And the E3 2011 winner is: Not Microsoft.

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Dylan Duarte is a freelance writer who's covered film, television, videogames, and of course tech! He's also an aspiring screenwriter and likes that watching movies is considered "work" because of it. You can follow him on twitter @dylanduarte, but be warned that it's mostly the nonsensical ramblings of a potty-mouth.

  • http://twitter.com/QuoteUsChrisG Chris Garcia

    I agree that Microsoft hasn’t done too much that is impressive, and Sony has some catching up to do in terms of security. Something that Microsoft has done very well, why else does it dominate the computer industry? Nintendo was something I hoped had more this time around, it seems to be the same ol’ same. They are pretty quiet when it comes to big announcements in my view, but when they have the name power and recognition. Who cares about PR.

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