Round Table: Shivering with Anticipation

With Nintendo’s 2012 E3 Presser less than 24 hours away, we’re getting excited!

By Adam Sorice. Posted 06/04/2012 13:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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It’s almost time for the big reveal! But not yet. With less than 24 hours to Nintendo’s E3 2012 conference, anticipation is mounting quicker than an army of Weedle in a Rare Candy factory and we are on the edge of our seats with anticipation. We’re shivering with it! We had to let it out so here are our pre-almost-but-not-quite-there-but-almost-E3 2012 thoughts. Enjoy and be sure to let us know yours in the comments section below!

Katharine Byrne

Mamma mia, it’s E3 already! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am about Nintendo’s press conference this year. I’m even more psyched up about it than last year, and that’s saying something. Having just watched that sneaky surprise Nintendo Direct broadcast yesterday, I am literally on-the-edge-of-my-seat-bouncing-off-the-walls kind of excited about Wii U and the newly christened Wii U Game Pad. If Nintendo’s had to spend an extra thirty minutes revealing the Miiverse and all those other golden nuggets of information, just imagine what the actual presentation will be like!

Zelda HD e3 2011 screen

Of course, having just dealt with the hardware side of things, now it’s game time. I’m sure there’ll still be a few little hardware surprises in store for us, but it’s going to be all about the games tomorrow, showing off what Wii U’s really capable of. That said, I must say I’ve become less sure about what games we might see tomorrow. I doubt we’ll see any Zelda (on Wii U or 3DS– it’s just too soon, if you ask me), but Mario’s definitely going to be there leading the charge for Wii U, there’s no doubt about that. On the other hand, I really don’t think we’ll see F-Zero either– judging by what Miyamoto’s said in the past, I think this will come later in the console’s life-cycle, if it’s coming at all. Retro’s new project will also be an all-important reveal, but truth be told, I secretly hope it’s got nothing to do with Metroid or Star Fox at all– rather, it will be an all-new IP that incorporates aspects of both games into one mind-blowing experience that will lead the way for those franchises and others like it in the future. The two Epic Mickey games will be another pair of key players– and let’s not forget Pikmin 3— but other than that, my body is completely ready to whatever surprises Nintendo have up their clever little sleeves.

Lewis Hampson

Finally E3 is just around the corner. The sights, the sounds and the future of video games will be unveiled starting from tomorrow, and I honestly can not wait! Of course my focus (and that of millions more) will be firmly on Wii U. What games have Nintendo got themselves? who will be on the third party band wagon? and also (hopefully) the final specs and online components of the system will be revealed to our expectant eyes and ears.

I’m holding out for some pretty big announcements in terms of first and third party developers. And I believe Nintendo will be keen to show just how far they have come in terms of support for Wii U, by actually backing up last years video montage of developers praising the system, with actual games.

I’m holding out for F-Zero to make an appearance this year (preferably) as a launch title, though to be honest any tidbits of information may quench my thirst for ridiculous speed and nauseatingly awesome course design. A new Mario is a given, and i’m hoping Nintendo show some cross platform love in some way or another for the plump plumbers debut on the next-generation machine. Having exclusive games for their online store will also be great to see. Nintendo’s online marketplace will likely need a good kick-start to get it off the ground, and i’m hoping we see this happen at some point during the show.

3DS wise there is only one game I want to see. Please, please let there be a remake/sequel, or just something to do with A Link to the Past on 3DS (or Wii U) It’s about time Nintendo returned to the story of Link’s greatest ever adventure. And with all the retro themed games in development at the moment, now may be a perfect time to do so.

But above all I want one thing, just one tiny little thing which will signal Nintendo’s arrival in the next generation more than anything. The removal of friend codes. That is all.

Mel Turnquist

This is a huge power play year for Nintendo. They’re leading the way to the new generation, bringing forth the uncharted waters of whatever the consoles of next generation will bring. It’ll be interesting to see how Nintendo sets the pace for the upcoming consoles and also to see how the public will react. Especially the people who deem themselves “hardcore gamers” who seem to have a bit of an aversion to all things Nintendo.

I think games-wise, we’ll get a lot more information about the 3DS games than we were told about. We’ll probably get a date for Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing 3DS, and several other games. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of third party games will make their way to the Wii U. And I really want to know if they have an official date for the Wii U. I want to make sure I get my reservation in ASAP.

But something keeps telling me that they’re going to completely blindside us with some amazing news. Something that they’ve been holding back on for the past year and then just completely leave the entire audience gobsmacked. Like maybe a return of a classic franchise which made its way to the other consoles? Maybe we’ll see them finally decide to localize Mother 3 or make Earthbound for the 3DS, who knows. I just keep feeling like something huge is gonna happen with Nintendo and will make them the undisputed winner of E3. But of course, I could be wrong.

Kyle England

The excitement! It boils in my veins like hot acid eating away at my innards! I can’t take it much longer! This week is going to be incredible! I can’t believe we are about to kick off the next console generation! It seems like it has been aeons since Nintendo first showed off a little box called the Revolution in 2005. I know this gen has been a little longer than usual, but gaming has changed so much in so little time that it feels like we are in a different world than we were back then. E3 really makes me excited to be a gamer as well as a Nintendo fan.

This week is prime time, baby. What games is Wii U gonna have? What type of interface will it use? Will we be getting the new 2D Metroid game that I so desperately crave? But honestly, I’m going to be getting a Wii U no matter what. Nintendo could have a repeat of their 2008 press conference debacle and I would still throw hundreds of dollars at Reggie’s face.

I think Wii U is going to have to give us a launch lineup worth remembering. Nintendo would not be wise to repeat the launch of the 3DS and give us hardly any good first party titles. I also think that the name “Wii U” is here to stay. They made an official Facebook and everything with the name all over it, and changing the name at this point could interfere with brand recognition and hype.

I agree with Mel in thinking that we might have a really special surprise. Nintendo is being awfully selective about the information they are releasing, and I think it’s going to boil down to something big. Whether this is a previously unknown feature of Wii U or a partnership with some new company, I don’t know.

I’m going to throw out a few absolutely crazy last minute E3 predictions here: The Wii U will have such games as Super Bowser Quest HD, Ice Climber: Frozen Carnage, Star Fox Metroid Kirby Cooking Mama Fusion Saga, and Wii Music 2: Rockstar Simulator. Nintendo will be teaming up with Valve and will distribute Wii U games through a special console Steam. Cammie Dunaway will be making a surprise appearance at the end of Nintendo’s conference to show off the new Shaun White Snowboarding game.

I leave you all with this.

Michael Contino

Nothing in this industry gets me more excited each year than Nintendo’s E3 press conference. This year is no different. Wii U is coming and it is coming in hot. We already know the Big N will reveal three, presumably, first party launch games. The first will be based on last E3’s New Super Mario Bros. Mii demo. Believe me though, the game will look and play different enough to be very special. Pikmin 3 will be the second and rightfully so. The long-awaited sequel will be visually spectacular and take full advantage of the Wii U tablet controller. The third game will either be Wii U Sports or F-Zero Wii U. If it is the latter, expect the former to be packed in with the system.

Surprise trailers of 2013 Wii U games will shock and awe. We will get a sneak peek at Retro Studios’ amazing project, which will either be Metroid Prime 4, a Metroid Fusion sequel, or a new Star Fox. My excitement will blast off at the speed of light if we get to see the very first Wii U Zelda or the next Super Smash Bros. (the Wii U version that is). Gaz’s Geno doll is ready. Donkey Kong may take a back seat this year. Unique Wii U trailers will be shown for big third party games, old and new. 3DS will feature towards the conference’s end, touting Paper Mario 3DS, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing: Jump Out, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and an original 3D Zelda game.

Prepare for unforeseen consequences.

Now that we’ve had our say, it’s your turn! Are you brimming with excitement for tomorrow’s conference? What do you think will be announced!? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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