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Daily News - 22nd June 2011 - Best Of E3 Nominations, Portal 2 and Sakurai Talks Smash Bros.

Sakurai Says No New Smash Bros For "Several Years"

I dunno if you guys remember E3 when Satoru Iwata said "Smash Brothers" (and I voided my bowels and scrotum simultaneously), but it turns out that he may have announced a new entry in the franchise a little prematurely... VERY prematurely actually, as the game isn't even close to being started. The series' creator Masahiro Sakurai, who is currently working super-hard on Kid Icarus: Uprising had this to say:

"We've got no plans whatsoever -- we've got two new games out in the open when there's no extra time to work with them at all. It makes me cringe, and I'm not sure it's the smartest thing to make gamers wait for several years, but the early announcement was made chiefly in order to attract new team members."

He also said quite alot about why he thinks it would take them so long, things like trying to please everybody but being careful not to just make the same game again, whilst also not making something too different from past iterations. the guy knows what he's talking about, but damned if he's not a busy dude!

Yay, a reason to post a Smas Bros screenshot!

Portal 2 Sells Over 3 Million Units

I loved Portal 2, and as it turns out, so did everyone else! Valve's Gabe Newell at the Games For Change conference in New York today announced that Portal was doing better than okay, topping 3 million units sold in the 2 months since it's release. For such a risky property this is pretty much a universal success. Selling a sequel to a 6 hour long game for the price of a new game wasn't always gonna work, but evidently it did, and in a big way. Good for you Valve, we love you!

Ahh Wheatley, you odd little sphere

Best Of E3 Nominations Announced (Long Post)

Picked by respected journalists in the gaming industry, the "Best Of E3" badhe is the kind of thing you see on the boxes of all the best games, the press releases of all the best games and on the back of the box of all the best games. Basically these are the lists you want to look at to see what games you're gonna wanna be keeping on your radar for the next year or so. The list's a long one but just skim over it, you'll be hearing alot more about these games over the next 12 months

Game of the Show

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady/WB Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Original Game

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games/WB Games for PC, Xbox 360)
  • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/SCEA for PlayStation 3)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

Best Console Game

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady/WB Games for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Bioware/EA Games for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Contre Jour (Mokus/Chillingo/EA for iPad, iPhone)
  • Mario Kart (Nintendo/Nintendo for 3DS)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)
  • Super Mario (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo for 3DS)
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss (SCE Bend Studio/Naughty Dog/SCEA for PSVita)

Best PC Game

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA Games for PC)
  • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC)
  • End of Nations (Petroglyph Games/Trion Worlds for PC)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (Bioware Austin/EA Games for PC)
  • Torchlight 2 (Runic Games/Perfect World for PC)

Best Hardware

  • PlayStation Vita (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Rocksmith (Ubisoft San Francisco/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Sony 3D Display (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Wii U (Nintendo)
  • Zoom for Kinect (Nyko)

Best Action Game

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer/ATVI for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Prey 2 (Human Head Studios/Bethesda for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)
  • Rage (id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady/WB Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • BioShock infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Role-Playing Game

  • Dark Souls (From Software/Namco Bandai Games for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Big Huge Games/38 Studios/EAP for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin/EA for PC)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Racing Game

  • Driver: San Francisco (Ubisoft Reflections/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Forza 4 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Mario Kart (Nintendo/Nintendo for 3DS)
  • Need for Speed:The Run (EA Black Box/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)
  • Wipeout 2048 (Studio Liverpool/SCEE for PSVita)

Best Fighting Game

  • Skullgirls (Reverge Labs/Autumn Games for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition (Iron Galaxy Studios/Capcom for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom/Capcom for PS3, Xbox 360, PSVita)
  • Soul Calibur V (Namco/Namco Bandai for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai Games for Arcade)
  • WWE 12 (Yuke's/THQ for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA Soccer 12 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Madden NFL 12 (EA Tiburon/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • NBA 2K12 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • SSX (EA Canada/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)
  • UFC Undisputed 3 (Yuke's/THQ for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Empires Online (Gas Powered Games/Microsoft Studios for PC)
  • End of Nations (Petroglyph/Trion Worlds for PC)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Skulls of the Shogun (Haunted Temple Studios for PC, Xbox 360)
  • Trenched (Double Fine/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Casual/Social Game

  • Dance Central 2 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Disneyland Adventures (Frontier Developments/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Rocksmith (Ubisoft San Francisco/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Rhythm Heaven (TNX/Nintendo for Wii)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

Best Motion Simulation Game

  • Dance Central 2 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Double Fine Productions/WB Games for Xbox 360)
  • The Gunstringer (Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii)

Best Online Multiplayer Game

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer/ATVI for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin/EA for PC)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Downloadable Game

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games/WB Games for PC, Xbox 360)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Fuelcell Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/SCEA for PlayStation 3)
  • Papo & Yo (Minority/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Thanks to Giant Bomb for making the list so read-easy

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