E3 2014 is just days away and seeing as we’ve already discussed our predictions for both Microsoft and Sony at E3, we figured it was time to talk about Nintendo and what we think the company has in store for us at E3. Check out the VGU staff predictions for Nintendo at E3 2014.
Nintendo enters E3 2014 as the underdog and viewed with low expectations. This is backed up with the second year in a row showing a Nintendo Digital Event instead of a press conference, which makes people doubt the lineup they have will be able to compete with the other companies. I do expect Nintendo to come out with some third-party games such as Bayonetta 2 yet again, but I think they will also throw down the gauntlet with some of their larger franchises by announcing new games.
Other than revealing said new games, Nintendo will spend some time focusing on already announced software. For example, Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros. will receive much of their attention, along with games like Bayonetta 2, Yarn Yoshi, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and whatever the Monolith Soft game X turns out to be. The Wii U is often criticized for having no games, but when reminded of everything in the pipeline, Nintendo doesn’t look too shabby. Nintendo, like their other two competitors, will focus on what their eShop can provide to their game library. Indies will be mentioned such as Shovel Knight and Armillo, but I predict the Virtual Console will receive some much needed love. This will include the ability to play GameCube games on the Wii U, and Game Boy Advance games on the 2DS/3DS.
But when it comes to brand new never-before-seen games, Nintendo will bring the thunder. Hyrule Warriors will not be the only game with Link in it, but also a brand new Legend of Zelda game (along with a handheld release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D). The tease of Samus by Reggie during the VGA’s last year will also come to fruition in a new Metroid, which will be on handhelds as a return-to-form side-scroller. Mario will see a true debut on the Wii U that isn’t a nod to a previous game, but it will not be Super Mario Galaxy 3. And last but not least, Nintendo will put the Wii U Gamepad to good use by unveiling Pokémon Snap U, a successor to the fantastic Nintendo 64 game Pokémon Snap.
As PlayStation and Microsoft are pushing more of their games aside, E3 2014 is where Nintendo really needs to shine. And I hope they do just that.
Purported, devilish 666% increase in Wii U hardware units aside, Nintendo has been stuck with the biggest uphill climb scenario they’ve had since the GameCube days. Electronic Arts has already booted them (network infrastructure rumors aside), Ubisoft doesn’t have anything for them (or at least not at E3) and all eyes are on, uh, them. As it is, Nintendo hasn’t had more to prove than it ever has before… and if they want to avoid having to prepare new hardware so soon (let alone pulling a Sega), then they at least have to give us a reason to trust in their hardware prowess again.
That means putting even more focus on the Gamepad, dropping bombshells in all the right places, and giving us a reason to finally give the Wii U the chance that it has sorely missed since day one. And yes, I expect them to bring it. Bring it to the max, in fact. That means not just Hyrule Warriors, but a mainline Zelda game. That means not just Smash Bros. but also a new Super Mario. And it also means not just Bayonetta 2, but also a new Metroid adventure shooter (whether 3D like Metroid Prime or 2D side-scroll like Metroid Fusion, just bring one out already!) Heck, maybe we need all of the above! And I expect them to frickin’ do it!
Okay, so maybe that was a bit strong-worded… but man, does Nintendo need something right now. With the Wii U having sold a pittance up until that big Mario Kart 8 boost mentioned at the beginning of my rant, the Mushroom Kingdom gatehouse has got a lot to prove. All they need to do is keep the momentum going. Maybe we’ll even see missing links such as Yarn Yoshi, and find out more about MonolithSoft’s X. And I don’t know if E3 is the place for it, but a 3DS Brain Age would be even more of a surprise for those who like to flex their gray matter.
Speaking of 3DS, I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Metroid game, should it even be announced, would be an old-school affair in the handheld space going by past release history. Heck, as long as they don’t go for a “show her soft side” for Samus like they did in Other M, that would be even better. But then again, even that controversial game was after Super Metroid and before Metroid Fusion in storyline terms so I can excuse the travesty on that. Any questions, ladies?
Anyway, enough with my rant… but before I hand it over, I’ll leave you with one last wish: Super. Mario Galaxy. 3. Make it happen, Nintendo.
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