Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft ready pre-E3 exclusives


308w ago - Nothing's official until E3, but that hasn't stopped the Big 3 from showcasing some of their finer wares.

As E3 draws close, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are surely readying a massive Megaton-style release of Q3 and Q4 games for the storied (albeit shrinking) show. Here's what we know so far.

Sony dropped a few big names last week with its first party exclusives list. The dates are subject to change, as always, and it wouldn't be a surprise given the number of big name delays we've seen in the past six months (the terribly reviewed Haze foremost among them).

- Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 -- PSP (Available June 3, 2008)
- Secret Agent Clank --PSP (Available June 17, 2008)
- wipEout HD --PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- Elefunk -- PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- PixelJunk Eden -- PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- SIREN: Blood Curse --PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation -- PS3 (Available September 16, 2008)
- LittleBigPlanet -- PS3 (Available October 2008)
- NBA 09 -- PS3, PSP, PS2 (Available Fall 2008)
- NBA 09 -- PSP (Available Fall 2008)
- NBA 09 -- PS2 (Available Fall 2008)
- About BUZZ! Quiz TV-- PS3 (Available Fall 2008)
- BUZZ! Master Quiz -- PSP (Available Fall 2008)
- MotorStorm Pacific Rift -- PS3 (Available Fall 2008)
- Resistance 2 --PS3 (Available Fall 2008)
- Ed.Note: List provided by Sony

Microsoft, for its part, has been very open, as it hosted a Spring Showcase earlier in the month with plenty of new Xbox 360 software on hand. Six publishers showcased more than 40 games as part of a preview for their biggest titles for 2008. Here were some of the exclusives:

- Gears of Wars -- Epic Games (Fall 2008)
- Fable 2 -- Lionhead Studios
- Ninja Gaiden 2 -- (June)
- Too Human -- Silicon Knights (August)
- Banjo Kazooie -- Rare
- Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

Finally, Nintendo has been the most successful of the three, but it has also been the most secretive. The 2nd half of 2008 is noticeably barren, although Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime promised big things earlier this year. Here's what we know (but note there are no release dates or confirmed titles yet other than "2008"):

Wii:

- Fatal Frame IV
- Wii Chess
- Disaster: Day of Crisis (delayed)
- Mario Super Sluggers
- Wii Music
- Kirby
- Animal Crossing Wii

DS:

- Glory of Hercules
- Pokémon Platinum
- Band Brothers DX
- DS Air
- Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe
- Fire Emblem DS
- Wander Donkey

WiiWare:

- Dr. Mario Online Rx
- Everyone's Pokémon Ranch
- Magnetica Twist
- Yakuman Wii

Of course, isn't Kid Icarus for the Wii all but inevitable now? We shall see.



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