What was missing from E3 2010 (photos)

As E3 2010 comes to a close, we can't help but shrug our shoulders at a few things we thought were sure bets. Arguably the biggest surprise absence from the show has to be Hulu on the Xbox 360. All signs seemed to point to an E3 unveiling, but nothing regarding the video streaming service materialized at all during the expo.

Jeff Bakalar
Scott Stein
1 of 15 Sony

PSP price drop

Sony gave the PSP a decent chunk of stage time at the company's E3 press conference, but we were a bit disappointed that the portable PlayStation didn't get a price drop. While the standard PSP-3000 can be had for just $170 online, we figured that the PSP Go would drop by at least $50. It didn't, and the Go is still too expensive at $250.
2 of 15 Jeff Bakalar

More exclusives

While Nintendo is excused from this one, we did not see enough exclusive games for either Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 announced at E3. There were far too many multiplatform games bragging about exclusive downloadable content, which in our opinion just isn't reason enough to pick one platform over the other. Don't get us wrong, there will be exclusive titles coming out on each system, we just think there were less announced compared to last year's show.
3 of 15 Matt Hickey

Hulu on Xbox 360

The gaming community had Hulu on Xbox 360 practically a shoe-in for E3 2010, but Microsoft's press conference came and went without any mention of it. Instead, the company announced a partnership with ESPN to bring ESPN3.com content to Xbox Live Gold members as long as they use an ISP that doesn't block the service.
4 of 15 Epic Games

Where were the XBLA, PSN, and WiiWare games?

2009 was a breakout year for download-only games. Titles like Shadow Complex, Trine, Braid, Trials HD, and Cave Story not only showed us that great gaming action can still be had on the cheap, but it also reignited the value of exclusivity. Unfortunately at E3 2010, download-only games took a backseat, almost completely absent from any major announcements.
5 of 15 Datonomy/Jeff Bakalar

2010 games

E3 2009 had set up the following holiday season with over a dozen blockbuster titles set for release. As E3 2010 comes to a close, we're just not getting that same feeling. Sure, we'll see some games out by year's end, but a healthy portion of highly anticipated titles announced at this year's E3 2010 won't see the light of day until 2011.
6 of 15 Nintendo

Nintendo 3DS release date and price

While the announcement of the Nintendo 3DS shocked no one, we definitely thought we'd get some sort of a release date and price. Unfortunately, Nintendo had nothing to say regarding such things, leaving the gaming community guessing.
7 of 15 Nintendo

Virtual Console and the Game Boy vault

We can't say we're surprised Nintendo didn't open up the Virtual Console or the DSi Ware shop to the seemingly endless amount of old Game Boy games just sitting in the Nintendo vault. To us it seems like an absolute no-brainer, but once again, another E3 goes by and we still won't be able to play Super Mario Land outside of a Game Boy any time soon.
8 of 15 Gamespot

Story-based games from Microsoft

We know the Xbox 360's main focus is online play, but it's becoming a little too obvious that Microsoft hangs it hat on shooters, too. Fable III was one of the only games that didn't involve fragging, and even that had guns. What happened to story-based, innovative adventures like this year's Alan Wake? We're still waiting for something new that doesn't require teen reflexes and a gunsight.
9 of 15 Gamespot

Missing titles from last year: The Last Guardian

Don't you hate it when a game is shown off with fanfare and a wonderful trailer, then disappears? The Last Guardian was one of the most promising upcoming titles from E3 2009, an emotional and unique story of a boy and a giant gryphon created by the maker of Shadow of the Colossus. This year it vanished, only to be replaced by an evil clown from Twisted Metal. Why the bait-and-switch? We'd rather have the gryphon.
10 of 15 Nintendo

New Wii hardware

Well, maybe this is a good thing, considering Nintendo's gotten a bad reputation for trotting out lots of plastic peripherals. Still, no HDMI on a Wii remains ridiculous. The Wii is one of the few pieces of modern hardware that can't interface properly with an HDTV. And no new Wiimote with Wii MotionPlus built in is silly. For now, we'll have to settle for that Black Wii.
11 of 15 Dan Ackerman/Libe Goad

Original content

Sequelitis hit E3 2010 harder than it's hit in years, with big-name franchises like Halo, Fallout, Zelda and Gears of War smacking everyone with well-produced follow-ups. But where were this year's Alan Wakes, LittleBigPlanets, or Bioshocks? Sadly, nearly nowhere.
12 of 15 Gamespot

Wii Vitality Sensor

Our predictions misfired when we anticipated Nintendo shamelessly exploiting its newly found American Heart Association relationship with the relaunch of "Vitality Sensor." Infamously teased by Satoru Iwata at last year's E3 press briefing, the odd pulse-taking peripheral might have been used for a line of stress-relieving games, or as a Wii Fit accessory. Thankfully, Nintendo stuck to games with puffy mascots this year.
13 of 15 Zynga

Casual games

Why did E3 suddenly avoid any mention of casual games such as FarmVille, which recently announced its upcoming debut on the iPhone, or Mafia Wars? Maybe because old-fashioned consoles and handhelds can't compete. We'd still love to see more free/cheap and socially-connected games spread across the Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo universe, but right now the only company that seems close to being capable is Microsoft, and they have their hands too full with Kinect.
14 of 15 Nintendo

New Nintendo online initiative

The Internet remains an alien landscape for Nintendo, particularly when it comes to creating online user accounts and enabling online play. The 3DS promised automatic downloading in sleep mode, but that's hardly the fix we were thinking of to address the friend code nightmare currently plaguing Nintendo multiplayer experiences.
15 of 15 James Martin/CNET

Mobile gaming

Maybe it was the close proximity of Apple's game-heavy WWDC, but few companies discussed their mobile gaming plans on anything other than a 3DS or PSP. The iPhone has hundreds of compelling developers and the Android platform isn't far behind...but why they were tossed into the ghetto of this year's expo is anybody's guess.

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