5 Takeaways for Families From E3 2017

If you don’t already know what E3 is, here’s a quick summary: It’s the premier event for computer, video and mobile games, and related products. It showcases never-before-seen products and highlights leading-edge companies, and groundbreaking new technologies. This year’s E3 ended just yesterday and here are some of the coolest things to come out of it for your family.

Super Mario Odyssey

Parents will recall Super Mario from back in the early days of Nintendo. There was even the introduction of the NES Classic during the holidays this past year that helped parents and kids get together for a bit of nostalgia. The new Super Mario Odyssey sends Mario to battle through levels to save Princess Peach from the evil Bowser, but now as Mario collects coins, moons, and has a live hat, called Cappy! There’s plenty of old-school fun, mixed with loads of new adventures, evils, and things to collect and capture.

4K Capabilities

The latest in TV capabilities has made its way into the gaming world. For anyone planning on buying a TV in the near future, 4K resolution is the way to go. It’s four times as many pixels as whatever you’re watching right now, which means way better viewing quality. At E3, Sony and Microsoft announced 4K capable consoles and were promoting 4K games.

Crash Bandicoot

You’ll have to wait until the end of the month to get your hands on this, but Sony’s Playstation 4 will have the new N. Sane Trilogy by June 30. This time, fans can play as Crash’s sister Coco, who handles just like Crash but with some new animations and a distinct personality. What’s even better, the N. Sane Trilogy is a collection that includes Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

LEGO

The latest Lego Dimensions (Wave 9) includes The Powerpuff Girls, Beetlejuice, and TEEN TITANS GO! It’s close to the original Teen Titans, with billboards offering Superman coffee and the movie theater marquee. There’s even LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2, a sequel to one of the largest comic book inspired games ever. This one includes ambitious mechanics like time manipulation and Super Hero Battle mode.

Spider-Man

Game makers wanted a world where Spidey was defeating evil, but not defeat by death. In this version, Spider-Man cannot kill anyone. He’ll place bad guys back on buildings, or save them from certain death, but he’ll still be saving the world like he always has been. Even cooler, you’ll get to play as Peter Parker and see what it’s like to be this big part of the character that is usually left out. There’s a cinematic flair to this game but it offers a whole new way to play Spidey.

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Erin