Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo show off new games at E3 in Los Angeles

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s annual trade show, ends Thursday in Los Angeles. Studios have introduced several new titles this week:

Developers are looking to impress with a big portfolio of games that are all-new — many of the biggest titles at this year’s show are original and not just the next chapter in a blockbuster series, as they have been in past years. . . [Microsoft’s] include Quantum Break, a title that will also have a tie-in with an Xbox TV show, the open-world shooter “Sunset Overdrive” and “Ryse: Son of Rome,” a first-person sword fighting game — originally made as a Kinect title, now with a combination of controller and voice control. . . Sony, meanwhile, said that it will have 20 exclusive titles in its first year, ranging from big studio titles, such as “The Order: 1886,” a new, steampunky title that imagines what may have happened if the Industrial Revolution had made machines of war rather than commerce. The conference also showed off more of Destiny, a new first-person shooter from Bungie — the former Microsoft studio that recently handed off its “Halo” franchise.

Hayley Tsukayama

Sony and Microsoft have also been in competition at the conference, as both are putting new consoles on the market. Continue reading here for more on how Sony’s PlayStation 4 compares to Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Nintendo also let attendees try out new games:

Nintendo showed off the cartoony strategy game “Pikmin 3,” anti-gravity racer “Mario Kart 8,” 2-D platformer “Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze,” 3-D platformer “Super Mario 3D World,” slick action sequel “Bayonetta 2” and a speedier rendition of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” for the Wii U. For gamers who couldn’t make it to E3, the titles will be on display at more than 100 Best Buy Co. stores in North America this week. ¶ The company also flaunted — but didn’t allow attendees to play — a new installment in the fighting series “Super Smash Bros.” The new edition will feature such characters as Mario, Mega Man and the female yoga trainer from Wii Fit.

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The trade show has featured celebrities, including Drake, Aaron Paul, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are converting their animated comedy “South Park” into a game, “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” which Ubisoft will release this year.

For coverage of Apple’s annual developers’ conference, which is also this week, continue reading here.

Max Ehrenfreund is a blogger on the Financial desk and writes for Know More and Wonkblog.
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