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E3 2006 Predictions

Here are my yearly E3 predictions. Remember, these are only predictions and are not fact. Nothing is set in stone in this industry. I can't be held responsible for anything that doesn't happen. However, if it does happen remember to give us the credit :)

Nintendo
Osawari Tantei Ozawa Rina will be headed to the US and it will be one of the best DS games at E3.

The GameCube will get a price drop and Nintendo will continue to market the failed console after the launch of the Revolution.

the DS lite will be announced for release by the end of May 2006 for $129. The regular model will be dropped to $99. The Game Boy micro will receive a price drop to $79 and the GBA SP will drop to $69.

Nintendo will have a few, but not many, GBA titles announced. They will state that they will continue to support the platform.

The new Zelda DS game will wow and amaze gamers.

Nintencats will be announced and it will interact with Nintendogs and be playable online.

Mario Paint DS will be unveiled and the game will include some online elements.

Nintendo will announce that they will not change the name for the Nintendo Wii--no matter how much people claim to hate it.

The price point and launch date for Nintendo Wii will be announced for October 2006 for $199.

Nintendo will announce several key announcements regarding the titles available on the "Virtual Console" for Nintendo Wii.

A new Super Mario Bros game will be announced for the launch of the Nintendo Wii.

Zelda will be released in November--at the launch of the PlayStation 3.

The other unique element of the Nintendo Wii will involve the design of the system case.

Konami will unveil a brand new Nintendo Wii game that will have even MGS4 fans wanting to play it.

Sony
There will be less than five "real" playable PlayStation 3 games on the show floor. Sony will show more playable games behind closed doors. However, the Press will be unable to film or video the games and they will look worse than Xbox 360 titles.

Sony will announce the PlayStation 3 launch date and price point for all regions. I would not be surprised to see the PS3 cost as much as $500 and come out as late as Spring 2006. However, I suspect that Sony will launch the console for $299 and stick to the November 2006 release date for all regions. Japan getting the console first, followed by Europe, and the US will grab it last on November 22, 2006.

The first downloadable PSone games, for the PSP, will be shown at Sony's Pre-E3 press conference.

Sony will announce a battery/storage device for the PSP to hold all the new downloadable content.

Lumines II will be shown for the first time. It will wow and amaze the PSP audience at E3.

The PSP will have only a handful of good games shown at E3 compared to the Nintendo DS.

PlayStation 2 games will still be seen everywhere at E3. Many big titles will be announced--even after the PS3 release date.

Microsoft
Halo 3 will be shown during the Microsoft Pre-E3 Press Conference. However, no release date will be given.

Microsoft will unveil their long-awaited camera and HD-DVD accessories.

Xbox 360 owners will be able to download the entire E3 press conference via Xbox Live Marketplace. In addition to this, a large number of E3 demos and gameplay trailers will also be available during E3.

The sequel to Banjo-Kazooie will be unveiled.

Microsoft will announce that they will begin to offer Sega Dreamcast games over Xbox Live Marketplace. When the crowds at the press conference wonder how they will store the games, Microsoft will announce their 100GB HD for the 360.

Rockstar will announce a new exclusive agreement with Microsoft to develop the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

Microsoft will announce some brand new ways for gamers to utilize their achievement scores.

Valve will announce a new game for the 360.

id Software will show off their brand new franchise on the Xbox 360.

Square-Enix will announce that they will develop major franchises on both the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Microsoft will unveil a new franchise, developed in its first party, that will cause gamers to think twice about wanting to play PlayStation 3.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 05/01/06

Screenshots for E3 2006 Predictions

Snoopy vs The Red Baron (Pre-E3 2006)

Gangs of London (Pre-E3 2006)