We’re on the eve of the next Nintendo Direct broadcast, and expectations for it are high. The week of E3 has always been the most exciting time of the year for gamers, as each of the industry’s biggest studios outline what projects they have in store for the next few months and beyond, and Nintendo’s E3 announcements have typically been some of the most earth-shattering, unexpected, and often downright befuddling, which makes us all the more anxious for tomorrow’s broadcast.
While we don’t know for sure what games Nintendo will be showing off during its E3 Direct (outside of a few safe bets like Super Smash Bros. and Monolith Soft’s tentatively named RPG, X), that hasn’t stopped the staff from letting their imaginations get the better of them. Below you can read some of the things we hope the Big N will announce during tomorrow’s broadcast!
A total dream reveal would be Super Mario Galaxy 3. I loved Super Mario 3D World, but the Galaxy games remain just a slight step ahead of it in terms of spectacle and unbridled ingenuity. If any game would rock Wii U like it needs, a new Galaxy would be it. I wouldn’t object to Metroid Prime 4, either, though admittedly I would like to see Retro finish off a trio of Donkey Kong Country games. Retro on Star Fox would probably explode a few neurons, too.
Let’s go a slightly different route, though, and talk about hardware. I think a slimmed down version of the mainline 3DS would be great. The XL is nice, but not as portable, and the 2DS is, well, 2D! A redesign would make the base 3DS more than desirable, once again. I’d also be thrilled to see Nintendo release a GamePad Pro. Thinner, lighter, an HD and bigger screen, and multiple color choices. Can my entire list come true, please?
I don’t care about gimmicks or peripherals or even, frankly, redesigns. This year, it’s all about the games. All. About. The. Games.
I want the heavy lumber in first and second party titles. Another Metroid Prime. More on the Monolith RPG “X.” Super Mario Galaxy for Wii U. The full story on Zelda for Wii U. A surprise or two on 3DS/2DS.
I also want to know that third parties still are out there. Show me some killer apps for 3DS/2DS like developers did for DS. Surprise me with some original or multiplatform titles coming to Wii U that I didn’t know about.
Nintendo needs to bring back its neglected franchises! Star Fox! Metroid! F-Zero! Whatever else! While Wii U has had a pretty good stream of games recently with Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8, I feel like these have been “safe” games, and now it’s time for Nintendo to surprise us. The new Wii U Zelda will most certainly be at E3, although some might consider that to be a safe announcement as well.
How about a new Ice Climber game or another Nintendo crossover RPG? Okay, maybe not Ice Climbers. Every E3 and Nintendo Direct since 2011 I have been waiting and hoping for a new Metroid game. I have formed an idea of what the next Metroid game will look like in my mind: it’ll be a 2.5D game that hearkens back to Super Metroid, taking place after the events of Metroid Fusion. It would be best on Wii U, but 3DS is fine as well. What I don’t want is another Metroid Prime. Nothing against the Prime series, but it got four games in the past decade or so, and we need a new 2D Metroid now more than ever.
I also want to see some stuff from Nintendo totally out of left field. A Mother series compilation is coming to America! Kid Icarus for Wii U! Miyamoto’s new IP is a psychedelic experimental game that will warp your mind! STAR FOX AND/OR F-ZERO!
And I almost forgot about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. I don’t want to predict any crazy roster additions but I will add this one vision… The next trailer shows characters battling out as usual. Suddenly, everything darkens as a phantom sweeps across the screen, pummeling everything in its path. A strange vehicle appears and a lone figure steps out. He turns around and the camera zooms in on this mystery man’s face as he looks out from behind his shadowy visor.
“SHOW ME YOUR MOVES!”
As a gamer, E3 is like Christmas. There’s just something about it that gets you excited. I still remember being in high school and running to the computer lab on lunch with my friends to see what Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft announced. Of course, like Christmas, sometimes you get socks, and sometimes you get a Super Nintendo. It’s a roll of the dice, really.
The game I’m hoping for is the singular title that could catapult Wii U to “must-have” status. While there are few games that could do that for any one console, there is a trump card that I am stunned Nintendo has yet to play: a console Pokémon RPG. I’m not talking about Pokémon Colosseum or XD: Gale of Darkness. I’m talking an honest-to-goodness, there are 100 to 150 new attainable pocket monsters, a brand-new land to explore, massive online options Pokémon game. It’s the closest thing we’d ever see to the “megaton” hype from E3′s past, that’s for sure. Of course, since that’s very likely a pipe dream, I’ll settle for a sequel to Pokémon Snap. I’m not picky.
I’m also hoping to see another third party character added to the Super Smash Bros. roster. We know someone from Namco is pretty much a guaranteed addition, and I’m still keeping my fingers-crossed for Lloyd Irving of Tales of Symphonia fame. I really think he’d be a good fit, and it wouldn’t be a bad way for Namco to hype the upcoming Tales of the World: Reve Unitia.
Last but not least, I’m hoping to see some new details on Yarn Yoshi. Kirby’s Epic Yarn was one of my favorite games from the Wii-era, and the spiritual sequel has me intrigued. I’d love to see what the HD horsepower of the Wii U could do for the game’s visuals!
If we are talking about a dream E3 from Nintendo, I’d want… The first footage of the Zelda Wii U title, followed by a new Metroid reveal, the revival of a classic franchise (Ice Climbers maybe?) , Star Fox on Wii U, and a game that plays between the Wii U and 3DS (and will be available for free on the other console if you own one version).
I’d also love for a deluge of Virtual Console games to be announced (including GameCube games) and the news that your 3DS VC games will be playable on your Wii U (and vice versa). A new Super Mario game would also be great, as would a couple extra key Wii U titles for the latter half of 2014.
My main hopes would basically be for some great footage of core Nintendo franchises and a few great reveals (that I’m too unimaginative to be able to think of!).
Oh… and for Nintendo TVii to finally be released in Europe!
It is very difficult to stay rational with expectations around E3, especially considering that we saw some very unusual announcements in the past. I think Nintendo will be supporting Wii U and 3DS with more games everybody wants. So, expect to see a new Star Fox, a new Metroid, and possibly a new Punch-Out!!. I doubt we’re going to get new IPs, but hey, if the rumour about Star Fox being developed by Platinum Games is true, that’s far more than enough for me.
I’ve learned to keep my expectations low during E3 since Nintendo either oversells itself or undersells itself. However, I do have my hopes.
My first hope is for a solid release date for Super Smash Bros., at least concerning the 3DS date. While it would be nice to get a solid release date for the Wii U version, I’m still thinking they’d probably set that date sometime around the holiday season.
Hope number 2 also ties into Super Smash Bros., only for characters. I’m hoping for more character reveals. While I’m fine with whoever they put in, I am concerned about one character who is very borderline to say the least: Falco from the Star Fox series. Considering he was one of my four mains (along with Lucas, Luigi, and Sheik), I’d be sad to see only half of my mains to make it through to this installment. Also, for new characters, I’d like to see at least one more newbie added in the mix. I for one would be thrilled to see either Professor Layton or Phoenix Wright as a playable character. Imagine Phoenix Wright’s Final Smash? You can call it Turnabout Objection Ultimate (and also, name all his moves like Turnabout Punch, Turnabout Hold It, Turnabout whatever else). Then have scenes kinda like the Snake Codec things where he has counsel with Maya Fey or something who gives you encouragement/thoughts on the character you’re fighting. That would be awesome. However, I’m not sure if they’d do that.
Now onto hopes that are unrelated to Smash Bros.– a new Star Fox game would be lovely. Preferably one without Krystal. I’d also love to see a Metroid game in the works NOT done by Team Ninja and NOT involving jiggle physics and impractical footwear (I mean for Samus, not for other female characters), but this is just wishful thinking. I’d also like some original fun games too.
The obvious answer (and the thing that will make me the most happy) is that I want to see a new Legend of Zelda announced for Wii U. I know a lot of people want it to look like that tech demo from awhile back, but honestly I’d like them to do another unique art style like Wind Waker or Skyward Sword. I think that a brand new Zelda game that pushes Wii U to its limits will be just the thing to show everyone that it’s not a dead system.
In addition to a new Zelda, I really want to hear more about rarely mentioned titles like Bayonetta 2, X, and Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei (the latter being the one am I currently most curious about). If all of these titles manage to make it to Wii U by the end of this year, my other systems won’t even be able to compete when it comes to holding my attention.
Looks like my wildest fantasies match up with Kyle’s perfectly! I would kill for a new Star Fox, F-Zero, or Metroid game. All three of these series are long overdue for new games, so why not take advantage of that? I’ve been scanning the Miiverse E3 page, which is full of people begging for these series. They may not be Nintendo’s most popular properties, but the audience is clearly there!
Oh yeah, that reminds me! Why have we not seen a new Golden Sun game? The ending of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn left so many unanswered questions that need to be addressed! Now that Camelot is done making Mario Tennis Open and Mario Golf World Tour, could it please have a break from making sports games? I love Mario’s spinoffs, but fans need to have another Golden Sun!
I don’t just expect revivals of old series though. I’m also interested in crazy new stuff, like that new Miyamoto IP that’s supposed to be revealed! I also like the weird, experimental stuff that Nintendo has been doing on the eShop, like Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and Steel Diver: Sub Wars. I hope we see more of this kind of stuff at E3!
I also have to agree with that awesome Captain Falcon reveal that Kyle eloquently wrote! I can’t imagine a Super Smash Bros. game that lacks a Falcon Punch. That’s complete blasphemy! I’m a little worried, because the roster is currently enormous, but I’m still holding out for his return. It would also be great to see Ness back as well, especially because of the fantastic Wii U Virtual Console re-release Mother had months ago.
What are you hoping to see during tomorrow’s E3 broadcast? Share your predictions with us in the comments!