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E3: Top 10 Things to Watch For

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- E3 (otherwise known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is right around the corner, and gamers are growing in anticipation about the new games and gameplays lineup in store for them.

From gameplay footage and cinematic teaser-trailers to tech demos, gamers will once again have plenty of content to feast on at this year's E3. Simultaneously, publishers and developers will have the chance to finally showcase the projects that they've been keeping under wraps for months.

Big name publishers and developers Nintendo (NTDOY) and Microsoft (MSFT) are expected to be in a particularly hard-pressed situation to promote after Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4 outsold Microsoft's Xbox One for the fourth straight month and with Nintendo in the process of fighting its way out of a deep slump of operating losses. Sony's PS4 was the top-selling gaming hardware in the U.S. in April, outstripping Microsoft's second-placing Xbox One for the fourth straight month, according to the NPD Group.

With that, the video game industry and investors will for one be watching for a new Zelda game at E3. When Nintendo initially launched the Wii U in November 2012, there was a lot of disappointment about Nintendo not having an original new game for this flagship title; they were all remakes of older Zelda games. The company is likely trying to change that.

"One of the big criticisms for the Wii U has been a lack of content, and bringing a new Zelda game, and creating interest for a new Zelda game on that platform might help curb that a little bit," says Mintel games market research analyst Bryant Harland. Nintendo is also expected to feature its next Super Smash Bros., given that it's always been a high-performing franchise for the company. "Especially for Nintendo, I would expect them to go back pretty significantly on their really, core game titles just because of the Wii U's lackluster performance."

The upcoming Halo 5 exclusive for the Xbox One is also expected to get heavy promotion at E3, as Microsoft tries to boost the Xbox One to the number one spot. The company recently addressed a core Xbox One criticism by offering a new Xbox One console that's decoupled from Kinect starting at $399, starting June 9th.

Ahead of event, TheStreet has a list of the top 10 list of game titles and products likely to generate top buzz at E3 2014, according to Liam Callahan, NPD Group industry analyst for video and PC Games (the names are not ranked in any particular order within the list).

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