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E3 closes shop, leaves some disappointments

Nintendo's next video game console, the Wii U,

Nintendo's next video game console, the Wii U, is demostrated with the Measure Up game at the Nintendo booth at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. (June 8, 2011) Credit: AP

Last week, the entire gaming world was fixated on the Electronics Entertainment Expo, the biggest gaming event of the year. While the Nintendo Wii U and Sony PS Vita stole the show’s headlines, said there were a few gaming bombshells that got lost in all the excitement.

--- The Wii U won’t be backward compatible with GameCube games. While the system will be able to play Wii titles, it seems that the emulation software necessary for the Wii U to play GameCube classics wasn’t deemed worthy enough to be included in Nintendo’s HD system. Not surprisingly, the Wii U will not feature DVD or Blu-ray playback, keeping with Nintendo’s minimalist approach to console extras.

--- Microsoft revealed that the upcoming Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will hit shelves in November and retail for $39.99. There won’t be any other special edition versions like all of the other Halo games in the series.

--- Michel Ancel, the creator of Beyond Good and Evil, said that a follow up to the 2003 cult gaming hit won’t be released on the current generation consoles. Then again, you can always download the HD update of the first Beyond Good and Evil to keep you busy until then.

Like all E3s, this year's convention came and went just a little too fast for most gamers. What were your favorite parts of this year’s convention? Which one of the Big Three had the most disappointing news conference? And what are you looking forward to the most from the upcoming Tokyo Game Show?

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