There is an absolute and veritable plethora of news flooding in from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) occurring right now in Los Angeles, CA and I would be neglecting my duties to not at least comment on some of the biggest happenings of the gaming world. Arguably the most colossal news has come from a little Japanese company that you might have heard of, one who has its roots in Hanafuda cards and dates back to 1889.

Microsoft Kinect, a mostly casual gamer’s motion control system that requires lazy gamers to actually get off their ass and jump around the room to play games? Playstation Move, a too-little-too-late attempt to cash in on the success of the Wiimote and to compete with Microsoft’s Kinect? No, the real thief of the show is this little guy:

Pretty, isn’t it?

Mad scientists and pioneers that they are, the folks at Nintendo have designed a device that displays 3D video without those annoying 3D glasses (provided it’s at the right angle and distance away, which is still in the fine tuning stage). Microsoft and Sony are probably soiling themselves, thinking, “Wtf? All we could do was offer software updates and give people glasses.” As a friend of mine said, “They missed the boat on motion control and they’re gonna miss the boat on 3D, too.” I’d also like to add that they were behind the times on analog sticks, too, thank you N64.

So anyway, Nintendo rolls out this shiny new device and by this time, gamers already know what to say and it sounds something like, “Well that looks pretty cool, but it’s totally gonna suck because it’s Nintendo and Nintendo never has any good games for its systems.” So what does Nintendo have in their presentation? A list of all of the developers and games already slated for 3DS release. It looks something like this:

Bomberman, Shin Megami Tensei, DJ Hero, FIFA Soccer, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, Contra, Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil, Professor Layton, BloodRayne, Kid Icarus, A Boy and His Blob, Gundam, Dragon Ball, Galaga, Ridge Racer, Super Robot, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Nintendogs, Pilotwings, Star Fox, Paper Mario, Sonic, Super Monkey Ball, Chocobo Racing, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Dead or Alive, Dynasty Warriors, Ninja Gaiden, de Blob 2, Assassin’s Creed, Battle of Giants, Driver, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, something Batman, and something LEGO.

Now that’s actually an incomplete list, but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that if you can’t find something on that list to be excited about, you probably don’t actually play video games. Seriously. The last time Nintendo had a system this hot with developers was the Super Nintendo. Actually, let’s take a look at the list of best-selling Super Nintendo games, courtesy of Wikipedia:

1) Super Mario World; 2) Donkey Kong Country; 3) Super Mario Kart; 4) Super Street Fighter 2; 5) Legend of Zelda*: A Link to the Past; 6) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest; 7) Street Fighter 2: Turbo; 8 ) Star Fox; 9) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island; 10) Dragon Quest VI; 11) Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble; 12) Dragon Quest V; 13) Final Fantasy VI; 14) Final Fantasy V…

Bold is to emphasize the games that are getting installments on the 3DS or rumored to be getting ports (*Zelda is not confirmed, but an Ocarina of Time port is a strong rumor), plus I would bet money on impending Mario and Donkey Kong games. Add to this some fan favorites (Bomberman, Kid Icarus, Contra, Pilotwings, etc.), some popular games from other systems (Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Ridge Racer, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, etc.), and some totally brand new stuff and we are literally talking about a second golden age for Nintendo. If you are like me and still think that the SNES and its library made for one of the greatest consoles and gaming eras ever, if not the absolute best of each, then you probably already soiled yourself and/or need immediate medical attention (if you did/do I have to ask that you please clean up or call 911 as appropriate).

As if that weren’t enough, Nintendo dropped several other nukes today regarding games on the Wii, including new trailers for Donkey Kong Country Returns, Metroid: Other M, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. And a revamped, remade, Wii-exclusive Goldeneye. Oh, and they finally have a trailer for that DS Golden Sun that everyone’s been waiting for.

Meanwhile, Microsoft folks are hopping around like idiots to Kinect and Sony is unveiling a motion controller that looks like a glowing lollipop and a paid PSN Plus service that amounts to paying to rent demos. I think the victor is clear in this case.

In all fairness, Twisted Metal X looks pretty cool and I’ll certainly be getting Gran Turismo 5 when or shortly after it comes out now that it has a November release date. But really…good show, Nintendo.

This blog post brought to you by your childhood.

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