My name is Alison, and I’m not a gamer. The first step is admitting it, or at least that’s what I hear.
Before you hit the back button on this post, hear me out. I may not be a modern-day gamer, but I definitely dabbled back in the day. I know what up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-B-A-Start means, ok? I beat an entire game of Contra once (just once) by using that trick. I’ve destroyed probably 75% of the United States during my Rampage playing days. Princess Peach and I tear it up in Mario Kart™.
However, I tend to get that foggy, blank look when people try to talk to me about the games of 2014. I work at ecoATM with an awesome group of people who happen to love video games, so I’ve been surprisingly clued in to the events of E3 this year (that’s the Electronic Entertainment Expo). So without further ado, here are the coolest E3 announcements in the eyes of a total n00b:
1. Nintendo’s “amiibo”
Or as I like to call them, “Action figures that do what?” These figurines work by scanning them over a Wii U GamePad. Then, that specific character will be able to play in a number of compatible games, like Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart™ 8, and Mario Party™ 10. For example, I previously mentioned being BFFs with Her Royal Peachness. By scanning her amiibo, I can insert her into a game and play as her opponent or as her partner in crime. If we had these things when I was growing up, I probably never would have seen daylight again.
2. Dance Central: Spotlight
There are two game types in this world that I am guaranteed to enjoy:
So it makes sense that I’m excited about the release of Dance Central: Spotlight by Harmonix for Xbox One. I’m always a fan of games that make you get up and move instead of sinking into the couch, which brings me to my third pick…
3. Upcoming Wii U Game Releases
I haven’t wanted a game console this bad since I asked my mom for a Sega Genesis for Christmas. Nintendo had me day dreaming about the Wii U after it announced a slew of upcoming new games that were made for a nostalgic person like me. Check out this lineup:
Maybe this will be the year where I get back into video games? Anything is possible. But for right now, I’ll just stick to finishing blog posts (cue Mortal Kombat: “FINISH HIM!”).
Alison is the Community Relations Specialist at ecoATM.