E3 begins this week and naturally, gamers everywhere have begun to speculate what surprises are in store for us at gaming’s biggest convention. We here at Nintendo Enthusiast are no different and we have already showed off what our forum members thought. Today, we have gathered up our stable of editors to lay out what crazy predictions we all have for the show — as well as hear what you all have to say. Don’t forget to tell us your own expectations in the comments!
First of all, I feel I should point out that I am not a big fan of Metroid; that said, I think a first-person Metroid for Wii U is totally happening. I couldn’t tell you who is making it, but this would make a lot of sense. Plenty of fans have been clamoring for a new entry while many who do not own the console have complained about a lack of darker games and/or variety in the Wii U’s lineup. This could seamlessly appease many Nintendo fans and, if the game makes enough of a splash, could turn around some opinions on the console. I definitely think the game is in the works, despite average sales of previous games in the series and will be shown at the conference.
I also suspect a new IP from Monolith Soft. They have already announced the Wii U game X, but the studio has a tradition of releasing handheld games as well. The most recent is Project X Zone, which was co-developed with Banpresto. It definitely appears that the main studio has two teams and recently, a brand new studio opened to work on 3DS games, though they have only helped Nintendo on other projects thus far. Whichever team is making it, Monolith almost certainly have a secondary project in development and I suspect it shall be revealed at E3. Not many new first-party games have been announced for the system and I have a feeling Nintendo will want to go ahead and announce a major RPG to make the system still feel like it has plenty of momentum, as well as prove that new IPs are still being made. I suspect they will proceed to announce the game at E3, as opposed to something like the Tokyo Game Show or a Nintendo Direct.
I have a suspicion we will be seeing several new IPs from Nintendo at the conference, but if there is one I’m fully expecting, it’s a new IP from the Entertainment Analysis and Development Tokyo team. For the most part, they have just created the 3D Mario games, but with comments from Miyamoto indicating that they have begun to expand the studio, as well as one of the directors mentioning that they have something other than Mario 3D World that they want to reveal soon, I have a hunch that they are creating a new IP with a second team and will be shown next week. I also suspect X will be announced for a 2014 release window, Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 for late summer/early fall, and Zelda U for spring 2015.
I’m calling for something big to drop, like a new IP that we have no idea what to expect in terms of gameplay. Nintendo has been very hush this year in terms of Wii U news. This is a big contrast to last year, when they were desperately trying to share as much Wii U news as they could to build up some momentum. This year, we saw one Direct with nothing new announced for the Wii U. They’ve been holding their cards close to their chest and have been trickling out details of their already announced games. That, followed up with their aggressive Mario Kart 8 promotions, seems like Nintendo is gearing up to unleash a few trump cards up it’s been holding up its sleeve for this year’s show.
Also, I’m going to predict a new Star Fox game. Not necessarily because it makes sense from a business point of view, but because it’s Star Fox! We need more Star Fox! Imagine flying around a chaotic dog-fight, all in HD, while issuing commands or monitoring a battle on the planet with your GamePad. There could be space stations to infiltrate or dock with and a third-person shooter mode to just go crazy in there. Star Fox and Wii U go together like Oreos and milk!
You know how everyone complains about the price of the Wii U? People say that $300 is somehow too expensive when the PS4 and Xbox One are $400. I predict that Nintendo will target this crowd by offering a Wii U and 3DS bundle for $400. That way, the price is the same as the PS4 and Xbox One, but you get a handheld and a console together. It’s the best of both worlds!
Contrary to Jonathon’s prediction, I believe that the Metroid game is in development by Retro for the 3DS, not the Wii U. First off, the 3DS has nothing for the second half of the year, other than Smash and Pokemon, so it clearly needs more first-party support. We haven’t had a 2D Metroid in quite a long time, but just by looking at its sales for the past few entries, Metroid itself does not sell very well. If it were to launch on Wii U with an already dismal install base, sales would be even less than they usually are. If the game comes to 3DS with an install base of 45+ million, the game is bound to sell more successfully due to the install base.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I don’t think there is going to be anything earth-shattering outside of the Zelda Wii U reveal and getting to see more of X. I think the focus will be on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS and the Nintendo Figurine Platform. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to see some kind of new casual game, likely a Mario Party or similar. There will be smaller games we already know about, like Pushmo World, but I do not think we will see Metroid, Star Fox, or F-Zero, sadly. There won’t be an announcement of the GameCube Virtual Console, although I could see a Sunshine HD remake. As for third parties, outside of what we already know about, there won’t be any new announcements, except some indie game announcements.
It’s E3 time again and that means everyone on the Internet is required by law to predict what will be announced. There is always a fine line between what someone expects to see at E3, what they want, and what they want badly enough that they have convinced themselves to expect it. I’m not sure how to address the third category, but I’ll be breaking the other two categories into their own paragraphs.
Let’s start with what I’m expecting. More information on already announced Wii U and 3DS games goes without saying. Majora’s Mask 3DS has been heavily hinted at, so I expect it to made official. Pokken Fighters is another strongly hinted at game that is due to be officially announced. The Wii U Zelda game everyone has been waiting for is also probably going to finally make an appearance.
With the boring part out of the way, let’s get to what I want to happen. 3DS needs more holiday 2014 games and what I would like most is an original 2D Mario that’s not in the New Super Mario Bros. series. A revival of a long-absent Nintendo franchise like Star Fox would also be great. For Wii U, I think we’re due for a Metroid and a console Paper Mario. I would also really like The Wonderful 202 — Hideki Kamiya expressed interest in making a sequel and the game deserves to become a series. If I had one blank check E3 wish, however, it would be a Nintendo-developed Mega Man. Nintendo has already shown the character more respect with Smash Bros. than Capcom has and the series really deserves a high profile revival.
Predicting what Nintendo does at any time of the year is not too different from predicting the lottery numbers — you either have your set numbers every time you enter or you go wild and hope to score lucky. But despite whether it’s the lottery or Nintendo, you’ll come out of it disappointed 99.9% of the time. This year is no different, but Nintendo have a lot of pressure on them.
First up, just as Giancarlo Bellotto has said above me, Majora’s Mask 3D. We’ve been teased by Nintendo developers with hints, such as the Skull Kid in Smash Bros., and Grezzo must be doing something productive with their time. The last title they put out was the tiny Flower Town game for the 3DS Street Plaza. It wouldn’t take much time or resources to make a 3D remake of the game; therefore, I’m confident we’re receiving it.
Secondly, the infamous new IP from Miyamoto himself. He’s teased it again and again to the extent that it is following a similar patter to that of Pikmin 3 — many false promises. Though with Miyamoto working on software for Nintendo’s upcoming Quality of Life platform, I believe he’ll want to get his new IP out the way first before tackling anything else. He’s handed established franchises over to respected developers and the younger talent at Nintendo, so fans need worry about him no longer being involved directly with those games. As for which platform this new game could release on? I’m thinking an eShop title for either 3DS or Wii U, but that doesn’t mean it won’t become a mainline series for Nintendo eventually.
Finally, my wild card — F-Zero is making a comeback. We haven’t seen Captain Falcon for Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS yet, so it’s not a stretch to imagine he might be revealed alongside a new game. 3DS or Wii U, a brand-new game or a remake handled by a third party, whatever the title is, I would just like to see F-Zero return. Imagine 1080p, 60FPS online multiplayer with thirty-two odd racers driving around Mute City at 1000MPH. An unlikely dream, but a nice one nonetheless.
So that’s what we have to say on the matter. Now it’s your turn. What do you think will be announced? Don’t forget to sound off in the comments and make sure to tune into Nintendo Enthusiast on June 9th-11th for full coverage of all things Nintendo at E3. Are you ready?