E3: Top 5 Video Games We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands On

Raiden from Metal Gear Solid: Rising the latest release in the Metal Gear series from game director Hideo Kojima.
Raiden from Metal Gear Solid: Rising the latest release in the Metal Gear series from game director Hideo Kojima.

If there's one thing gamers have in common the world over today, it's that we were all watching E3 coverage when we should have been working. E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is an annual video game conference where future game innovations are revealed for the drooling, gaming masses to anxiously wait for.

Microsoft showed off its upcoming line-up yesterday. Nintendo and Sony revealed the technological marvels hidden up their sleeves today. What's got us so pumped that we watched trailers all day instead of actually getting some work done? Check the jump to find out.

5. Donkey Kong Country Returns

You can bet we've still got a copy of the original

Donkey Kong Country

in our collection. Now the Super Nintendo classic is making a comeback thanks to the folks at Retro Studios (the same studio that developed the

Metroid Prime

series for Game Cube and Wii). We can't wait to ground pound enemies, collect loads of bananas, and hop mine carts again.

4. Twisted Metal

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It's very nice to see the mother of all car combat games return. If it were simply a new title in the classic series we'd be satisfied, but what's really got us revving our metaphorical engines is the multiplayer.

Twisted Metal features 16-people-at-a-time online multiplayer with class-based action. Translation: You and 15 of your friends are going to tear shit up in a multitude of deranged ways. One multiplayer mode requires players to sacrifice an enemy captain to a missile launcher to destroy a giant robot!

3. Kid Icarus Uprising

Speculation of a new

Kid Icarus

game has circled gamer-frequented blogs and forums since Kid Icarus himself, Pit, showed up in

Smash Bros. Brawl

for Wii in 2008.

The wait is officially over.

Pit returns (on the Nintendo 3DS no less) with flight-simulation game play and vaguely greco roman action that puts his initial venture on the Nintendo Entertainment System to shame in Kid Icarus Uprising.

Will this game launch a new franchise in the Nintendo library? Only time will tell.

2. Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Holy crap! He just cut a dude in half and then cut that half in half! That's about all we could think when we watched this trailer for the next

Metal Gear


Metal Gear Solid: Rising


This time around gameplay focuses on Raiden; the stand-in for Solid Snake that made fans curse Metal Gear Solid 2 and then finish the game anyway because it was so great. It would seem that with new characters comes new styles of game play. Rather than the stealthy run-and-gun action Solid Snake was known for, Raiden simply cuts enemies down samurai style.

War has changed and it looks incredibly fun.

Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS

1. Nintendo 3DS So Nintendo has a portable system that can display 3D effects without cumbersome 3D glasses. That's fantastic, but any new system can brag about its innovative hardware or gimmicky control mechanisms. The truth is there's only one thing that can make or break a new console: the games.

It looks like the Nintendo 3DS has them in spades. Capcom has confirmed a Resident Evil title for the 3DS. Konami is remaking Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for the 3Ds. Square-Enix has promised to bring Kingdom Hearts to the 3DS and the list goes on and on for miles. If half of the titles in production for the 3DS are available on launch day you can bet I'll be there to fork over my cash and get to playing; job or no job.

Come back tomorrow for the top 5 games from E3 that we couldn't care less about.

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