What about Nintendo? They had a new console to show, the Wii U. The console looks like it will truly be something special when it launches this year, and the numerous show floor demos and developer round tables did a great job of showing the enormous potential of its new controller. This system has enough power under the hood to please hardcore gamers, and enough innovation to attract new users as well. They held a third party developer roundtable Wednesday night, in which Ubisoft showed off some fantastic ideas for the new controller. Developers seem genuinely excited to work on the console, and that makes me excited too. Nintendo also showed strong support for the 3DS, announcing that Super Mario 3DS and Mario Kart 3DS would both be making it out this year. Not only that, they announced a sequel to one of my favorite Gamecube games, Luigi's Mansion. Yes, I did just get done complaining about Sony's sequelitis, but you generally only see one or two entries in any Nintendo franchise within 5 years and they usually feature unique quirks that make them feel fresh. Nintendo also didn't forget about their current console, Wii, showing beautiful trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and great gameplay demos of previously unannounced titles like Rhythm Heaven and Kirby.
Overall, I felt like Nintendo delivered the best showing, fulfilling their mission of offering something for everyone. Plus it's hard to top the unveiling of a new system. It was a tough decision, and that says a lot about the quality of this year's e3. Gamers have a lot to look forward to in 2011 and beyond.