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  Gamers will get a sneak peak at E3
Updated 02 May 2004, 14.22
E3 is held in Los Angeles
By Neil McGreevy
CBBC Newsround Online

Videogame fans are just two weeks from finding out about this year's hottest titles and hardware.

A giant event called E3 happens every year in Los Angeles in the US, and is a giant showcase for all the latest news about the gaming world.

It's where the industry's biggest names stage eye-popping shows, let journalists blister their thumbs on new games and get tongues wagging about what we'll be playing in the year to come.

Only journalists and people who work in the gaming industry are allowed to go to E3, but Newsround will be there to catch all the major announcements as they happen.

New games consoles such as Sony's portable PlayStation (the PSP) and Nintendo's mysterious new handheld, the DS, will be shown to the world for the first time.

Games based on films are always a big deal
Games based on films are always a big deal
Sony is also expected to unveil a brand new PlayStation 2 called the PStwo - a smaller, cooler and cheaper version of their hit games machine.

Who knows - we may even get a really early peak at PlayStation 3 and Xbox 2!

But none of this red-hot hardware matters without the games - and over 1,000 new titles will be on display at E3.

Games based on movies are big business, and developers will be showing off game versions of Spider-Man 2, Van Helsing, Spongebob: The Movie and Pixar's The Incredibles.

There's even a game in development based on Tim Burton's animated 1993 hit, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

There are tons of Star Wars games - E3 is sure to have some new ones
There are tons of Star Wars games - E3 is sure to have some new ones
Other big names at the show will be Transformers, yet another Star Wars title and the sequel to the best-selling PC game ever (and a big favourite of you lot) The Sims 2.

Fans of Digimon will also be well catered for with Digimon Racing, Digimon Rumble Arena 2 and Digimon World 4.

Nintendo is bringing a collection of games to the Game Boy Advance that first appeared on their 1980's console, the NES - including Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Pac-Man - while their pint-sized plumber will also appear in Mario Golf and Mario Tennis.

One of the biggest games of the show is expected to be the sequel to the smash-hit adventure, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Joystick junkies should keep their browsers hovering over Newsround's website from 12-15 May - we'll let you know what's hot and what's not, straight from Los Angeles.

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