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Around the Web: Nintendo wins E3, Sony goes VR and Skyrim... again

by Daniel Rosen Jun 14
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E3 is jam-packed with press conferences, new game demos and a constant, unending slew of announcements. It's also an endless well of game news to make fun of and react to on Twitter.

Plenty of social media pundits found this year's E3 to be relatively underwhelming, especially considering some press conferences were just about things we already knew. Microsoft packed their show with games they claimed were exclusive (it's not quite that simple), but dropped the ball when it came to announcing the price of the new Xbox One X.

Luckily, you won't need to buy an Xbox One X to play any of Microsoft's upcoming games. You also won't need one to play Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the bizarre centerpiece game of Ubisoft's press conference.

Ubisoft introduced the game by having legendary Nintendo game designer and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto come on stage brandishing a weapon from the upcoming XCom-inspired game. Needless to say no one saw it coming, but the real surprise was Beyond Good and Evil 2, which is actually real.

B&GE2 has been rumored for years, but we finally have a trailer. No game play or release date, but it's the first glimpse of a game everyone thought was vaporware.

Savor that taste of the hopeful future, because you're about to get hit by a blast from the past. Bethesda showed off not one, but two Skyrim ports at E3, one for the Switch and one for PlayStation VR, cementing that game's seven year status as the Official Game of E3 (tm).

Speaking of VR, Sony's conference was a low-key affair, but had a pretty strong VR focus, with an entire sizzle reel dedicated to their PSVR exclusives. There were a handful of cool titles, like Moss, the mouse adventure game, but the real draw was Final Fantasy XV: King of the Deep, a VR fishing game.

Jokes aside, people were a little more excited for some of Sony's upcoming games, like Detroit, David Cage's next project. Detroit's plot and setting may feel a little cliche, but the game isn't just riffing on classic cyberpunk stories, it's riffing on classic esports memes as well.

Sony closed things out with a look at their upcoming Spider-Man game, which seems to take cues from the popular Batman: Arkham games. The real show-stopper wasn't the gameplay or the villain reveal though, but a flash of Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man at the end of the trailer.

While Sony and Microsoft both delivered strong shows, the Twitter Gaming Intelligentsia seemed to be in consensus that Nintendo stole the show. Nintendo needed a big year to transition into the Switch's first summer and holiday season, and it seems like they nailed it.

Between the crazy Super Mario Odyssey trailer that showed Mario transforming into a T-Rex and the reveal of the first two Metroid games in seven years, people seemed pretty comfortable calling a winner in this year's E3 arms race.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.