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10 Things We Would Like To See At E3 2017

Written By: Elliott S. Thomas

June 7th, 2017

01. More Nintendo 3DS Games

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The Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse of portable gaming. It got off to a rocky start only to become the most popular gaming device currently on the market. With new hardware revisions and a steady stream of new game announcements it's clear that the 3DS will be around for many years to come. That's why I'd love to see a ton of new 3DS game announcements at E3. The "little system that could" has a lot of life left in it.

02. Sea of Thieves Release Date

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Set a course for adventure in Sea of Thieves for the Xbox One. When this promising game debuted just a year ago it immediately caught my eye. Now a year later I'm very eager to hear more about this great game. The concept of a 4 player cooperative, shared open world pirate game is very exciting, but it's also very ambitious. Let's hope that Rare will have word on a final release date, even if it's just an estimate.

03. More Indie Games

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Indie games are the lifeblood of the industry. They bring new games and fresh faces to a market crowded with sequels and franchise titles. Today's indie developer is tomorrow's mega star. The Indie Game Expo always has a booth at E3. Each year it gets larger and more exciting. Indie games are a refreshing change of pace from the usual $80 blockbuster title with the $30 season pass. I can't wait to see the what's in store for E3 2017.

04. HD Retro Gaming Hardware

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It is becoming increasingly difficult to hook our vintage retro gaming consoles to our modern television sets. For many years we could make due by using AV ports. Now many TVs don't even have AV ports and are HDMI only. Making matters worse is the increasing age of our retro consoles. They're not going to last forever. That's why we need modern hardware to help preserve the history of our great artform. We've already seen the release of the Retro-Bit RES+ HD NES console. Let's hope that other companies will follow their lead and release modern versions of our favorite classic consoles.

05. New Sony Portable Gaming System (PS Vita 2)

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The image you see above is allegedly a leaked patent showing a design for the PS Vita 2. I personally have reason to believe that it's actually Sony's answer to the Nintendo Switch. However, if it's not I would love to see Sony take one more try at the portable gaming market. The Vita was truly an amazing machine. Also strong competition is great for the market. The era of the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP was a great example of this. Let's hope Sony still has plans for the portable gaming market. I know it's a long shot but a man can dream.

06. Final Fantasy VII Remake

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When this game was first announced two years ago the entire gaming community erupted with joy. Now in the time since the announcement we've heard very little about what is probably, the most anticpated remake in gaming history. There have even been rumors that the project will slip onto next gen consoles. That's quite worrying. Let's hope that Square-Enix has some news to report to quell the fears of Final Fantasy fans everywhere.

07. Shenmue 1+2 HD

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We all know that Sega's Yu Suzuki is hard at work on the third chapter in the epic Shenmue saga. However, it has been over a decade since this first two games were released on consoles. Since Shenmue 3 is still a long ways off I'm hoping Sega will do the right thing and release HD remasters of Shenmue 1+2. It's a great way to for fans of the series to get a referesher on the story, and it's also a way to bring new fans into the franchise.

08. The Last of Us 2

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The Last of Us has gone down as one of the most critically acclaimed titles in gaming history. The combination of masteful story telling, brilliant voice actings and skillful game design made it one of the best games available on any system. It goes without saying that the sequel is one of the most anticipated titles of the current generation. I think it's very likely that we might see an actual gameplay demo at the show. I also believe we'll get a release date, which I hope will be this fall. (Or sooner.)

09. Super Mario Odyssey

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No single character has brought more joy to gamers around the globe. No other character has sold more games than Mario. He's been called the Mickey Mouse of gaming. However that comparisson is unfair, because Mario is far more popular and far more recognized. Simply put, Mario is the greatest star in all of gaming history. His titles are the comfort food of video games. Super Mario Odyssey is the game I want more than any other. Simply put, Mario is my homeboy. My childhood friend who has been with me through thick and thin. He has never let me down. When this game comes out I'll be in the front of the line at my local game store. Let's hope we get a ton of news reguarding this highly anticipated title.

10. Xbox Project Scorpio

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Last year Microsoft shocked the world when they announced the were planning to make "the most powerful console ever made." Since that time we've learned much about their plans for console domination. Microsoft has clearly been listening to gamers when it comes to the design of the mysterious product code named "Xbox Scorpio." From what we've learned so far the machine will be a graphical behemoth. A massively powerful home system that far surpasses everything else on the market. I knew from the moment I heard about this console that I would buy it on day one. Let's hope we get a price point as well as a release date at E3. The world is waiting in anticipation for Microsoft's next big move.