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E3 2014


ON THIS EPISODE: It’s all E3 all the time, today! As you’d expect, we talk in depth about all of the worthwhile announcements from E3, with highlighted pointed on Splatoon, Zelda Wii U, and the amiibo figurine platform.

PLUS: We somehow managed to talk more about the Tomodachi Life marriage controversy, despite that being more or less “over”.

AND: A tiny shred of listener mail rounds out the week, as usual!

This Week’s Podcast Crew: Austin, Jack, and Laura

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Author: Spencer

Another E3 has come and gone, and now it’s time to round up the news of what was announced at video gaming’s biggest show. The Big N was there once again to show off some great new games. Let’s take a look at what they showcased this year, and I’ll give my thoughts along the way.

In 2013, Nintendo shocked everyone by choosing not to have a press conference at E3. Instead, they opted for a special E3 version of their Nintendo Direct series. However, they still brought us news about lots of new games, just as we’d expect if they had done a live press conference. With lots of news about the new Super Smash Bros., as well as announcements of several 3DS and Wii U games coming out that fall, they did not disappoint. This year, they again opted out of having a live press conference, and had a roughly 45-minute-long“Digital Event.” Here’s what they had to show.

E3 attendance is up slightly year-over-year. According to the Entertainment Software Association, 48,900 attendees appeared at the 2014 expo. That’s up a tiny bit from last year’s count of 48,200.

Although attendance grew, the amount of exhibitors shrunk, dipping from 230 in 2013 to 200 this year.

ESA president Michael Gallagher said in a statement:

“The video game industry’s explosive growth and technological innovation were front and center at E3 2014. Video games are the most innovative and engaging force driving our culture and entertainment experiences the world over. Congratulations to our incredibly creative members, partners, exhibitors, and the hundreds of millions of gamers who engaged with the show online and through social media.”

As was confirmed yesterday, E3 2015 will take place between June 16 and June 18.



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