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E3 2012 Anticipation: Nintendo Rundown & Predictions for Wii U

It’s time now for part two of our E3 2012 Anticipation series. If you missed part one (Sony, Playstation 3), click here. This time, I’m focusing on the Big N… Nintendo, who we know will be showing off the final version of the Wii U or whatever they’re going to end up calling it since there were rumors of it getting a name change to help distinguish it from its predecessor. Personally, I think if they want Wii in the title they should just call it Super Nintendo Wii.

Of course I mentioned it in part one, but I’m going to mention it again now that I’m actually focusing on Nintendo: They absolutely shot themselves in the foot when they revealed that they were not going to be announcing a release date or a price for Wii U at E3. Yes, the games are equally as important and everyone wants to see what’s going to be on the new Nintendo console (particularly as it relates to core games and multiplayer), but that isn’t why I was originally excited for Nintendo’s conference.

I have a Wii, and I like it. It is a fun console and it does have some great games on it. Sure, the past few months all I’ve played on it has been NES arcade remakes of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior on the Virtual Console, but it’s still a great system. As such, and since I’m naturally interested in anything Nintendo, I was and am looking forward to the new system. But the most important thing for me at the moment is the price and when’s it coming out. Already, I know not to expect either of those things from Nintendo’s E3 conference. And while Nintendo probably saved some disappointment by announcing ahead of time that they wouldn’t be revealing that information at E3, they also deflated my interest in their conference a good deal.

Outside of seeing the Wii U in action and demoed on stage, it’s the games that Nintendo is going to need to showcase to have a chance at stealing the show. And as much as I liked Wii Sports, some updated version of that where you can use the tablet controller to catch a fly ball isn’t going to get the job done. As an aside, this entire piece focuses on the Wii U aspect of Nintendo’s conference; I don’t care about the 3DS.

We can expect New Super Mario Brothers Mii. I don’t know why they have to ruin Mario by incorporating those horrible, armless Mii’s, but whatever. Mario sells, and it always will. I’d imagine this will be announced as a launch title, and really I’d love to see it announced as the pack in with the console, but slim chance of that happening. For as good as New Super Mario Brothers Wii was, I’m much more interested in the next Mario 3D game. I wouldn’t expect it, but I’d love to see the next Mario 3D game announced with a teaser trailer. Mario 64 was excellent, and while I didn’t play Sunshine, Mario Galaxy was even better. And then Mario Galaxy 2. I’ll say it; while Nintendo may be tempted to introduce a new Mario 3D title with a different name and play style/gimmick, I’m really hoping for the continuation of the Wii series with Super Mario Galaxy 3. Super Mario Brothers 3 was the best SMB game, and I’d love to see a third entry into the Galaxy series in HD no less. That’s the Mario I want to see.

We can also expect to see Pikmin 3 in action, but I’ve never gotten into the Pikmin series so that’s not something that excites me a great deal. We’ll probably also at least hear something about next Super Smash Bros, but other than that there isn’t much else known on the Nintendo front, which itself is exciting because you know they’ll probably have a lot of surprises in store.

I think its a given that we’ll see a lot of attention devoted to third parties too, particularly to show off how so-called “core” games are coming to the system. Assassins Creed 3, Darksiders 2, and I’d imagine Black Ops 2 will all get shown off as the Big N finally getting big Mature rated games. Odds are you’ve seen the leak of the Rayman Legends trailer from Ubisoft, and that’s a title that I’ll expect will get a ton of play since its packing some Nintendo exclusives in the form of tablet touch controls and the ability to scan figures (including Ezio!) and bring them into the game.

They’ll need more than though. Nintendo needs something big from a third party to show during their conference. For as awesome as Assassin’s Creed 3 is going to be, we already know it’s coming to Wii U, so it doesn’t count. Nintendo needs “the shocker.” Maybe that’s getting Square’s Kingdom Hearts III as an exclusive. I know Rockstar typically doesn’t do E3, but I think they’ll be there as I just know Agent will finally be shown during Sony’s event. With GTA V coming, I think it’d be a big coup for Nintendo to have the Rockstar guys come out during the Nintendo press conference and announce GTA V for Wii U and show off the gameplay. Nothing’s going to say Nintendo’s gone Mature and is welcoming the “hardcore gamer” quite like a Grand Theft Auto title.

Anyway, here’s a mixture of my predictions and wants for the next Nintendo console… You can make up your own mind about which is which.

- Nintendo actually does announce that Wii U has gotten a name change. Hopefully it’s not Revolution. Or anything with the words “game” or “box” in it. No “cube” either.

- Super Mario Galaxy 3 will be announced.

- Donkey Kong Country Returns 2 will be announced. To go along with that, a downloadable Donkey Kong arcade remake will be announced. Seriously, make that happen. That’s downloadable gold Nintendo.

- The next Animal Crossing game is announced, and I don’t mean that 3DS one.

- The Legend of Zelda: Skyword Sword HD is revealed making everyone who bought the Wii version feel like suckers because now they’ll be buying it again for some HD graphics and no extra content.

- They’ll announce Nintendo Network as their version of Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Network, and they’ll try to charge for it too. On the plus side, no more Friend Codes.

- To go along with the above, they’ll reveal their own achievement/trophy system. Now instead of worrying about your gamer score and your trophies, you’ll also be trying to acquire as many Nintendo Coins as you possibly can (seriously, achievement/trophy hounds have no shame and will play any game to get a few more, even if that means Barbie and Hannah Montana). And no, Nintendo Coins won’t be worth anything either.

- Medal of Honor: Heroes 3 is announced. Nah, that’s a wish but that’d be EA conference anyway. I still maintain that Heroes 2 was one of the best shooters on the Wii and was deserving of a third one.

- And yes, they’ll stick to their word and really won’t announce a launch date or a price. Sad, I know.

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  1. Nintendo and MS are basically going to be in limbo and cruise control mode.

    Let me open up with this so no one gets the wrong idea: I’m ready to be a Nintendo fanboy again at the drop of a hat. I grew up with them back in the day from NES on up. Just so we’re clear.

    That being said:

    Frankly…and I know this won’t be a popular opinion…I hope I see Sony and Nintendo become a bit more friendly with each other and Nintendo gets out of making console hardware entirely. They just continue to make decisions and have been since the advent of the N64 that haven’t made a lot of sense to me.

    To that end: They still make money, get a profit, and make fun games. But the Wii plateued a while back just as the Xbox 360 has for MS regardless of MS shamelessly ripping off Nintendo’s motion sensor tech with the Kinect. (Sony, too.)

    The more I’ve seen about the Wii-U the less I like it and I’m glad it’s been delayed because they need to spend a lot more time thinking about it and yes, please bring out something that is more powerful than a 360 is today? Or don’t bother. Kick ass on both hardware and software. Stop being at least a generation behind everyone else on this.

    There’s PLENTY of people like me that grew up with Nintendo and have nothing but love. Give me the excuse to whip out my wallet with enthusiasm. I know I speak a lot of other people.

    The more economic troubles Japan and their companies have, the less unrealistic Sony and Nintendo dialog becomes. Anyone that’s followed the CE industry since the earthquake and tsunami knows the Japanese CE companies no longer have the luxury of competing with each other. The Koreans (especially Samsung) are killing them. The gaming industry is not immune at all over there so it’s going to be interesting to watch.

    Imagine Sony having both Naughty Dog AND Nintendo on their hardware. Nintendo would be worry free and could concentrate soley on what they’ve always done best: Making great games. MS would be sweating bullets. I wish it would happen.

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    • Already confirmed that’s not going to happen. They have gone on record about when they stop making hardware they will stop making software.

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      • That’s good and bad. Good in the sense that I want to stress: I LOVE Nintendo. I want them to continue and be successful. I just have to wonder about some of the decisions they make sometimes and then you can hit a search for this easily: They lost half a billion bucks and it’s the worst fiscal performance they’ve had since before the NES came out. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that news came out around the same time the “Wii-U delayed” news came out.

        The bad part of that statement of theirs is: I can appreciate pride and stubborness but I think it would be tragic if some day Nintendo were forced by econonics to not be able to do console hardware and they’d really go ahead and shut down what’s always been their greatest strength: Great software. Hopefully we’ll never have to put that theory to the test and find out.

        The Sony concept I came up with above there is not something I’m a cheerleader about. It’s me partially venting and it’s also me looking back to the days before the N64 where Sony and Nintendo almost did come together on the original PlayStation concept.

        Anyone can look it up. Japan is in trouble. Once bitter rivals in the consumer electronics world in Japan are now making real nice with each other because they’re forced to do so by necessity. I just wonder how far that trend will ultimately go?

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    • Eric, the Wii U hasn’t been delayed though. That announcement was just that they wouldn’t be announcing a date or price at E3. It’s still coming this year, they’re just going to announce it after in E3, probably at the Tokyo Game Show if not before.

      And I disagree that Sony needs to buy Nintendo. I like more choices in the market, and three seems to be good enough in the console world. I’d hate to see the day when there is no more Nintendo console. We’ve already lost SEGA.

      Yeah they had a bad year, but look how many good years have preceded it. The Wii was a cash cow constantly selling out in stores while plenty of PS3’s and 360s sat on the shelves. Everyone who wanted it snatched it up in the previous years, and the Wii has basically been dead for a year while everyone waits for Wii U. There’s only been a handful of games released that anyone actually cares about playing over the past year.

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  2. lilrizky says:

    This is what I think they need to do if they want everyone talking for generations and make big dollars:

    1. Pack new super mario bros mii with the console
    2. Announce GTA V and Blops 2 (this is a must)
    3. Make the virtual console from the Wii available day 1
    4. Gamecube HD classics (Sunshine + Luigi’s mansion double pack)(Windwaker + Twilight double pack) – since gamecube will be the only console unplayable on the Wii-U
    5. Pokemon MMO: showcases the tablet beautifally, the online capabilities and graphical power (cel-shaded anime graphics)

    (I’m assuming they’re making a 3D mario and HD zelda already, but they will be available later to help continue the Wii-U dominance after a strong launch)

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  3. lilrizky says:

    It is still popular for kids, I just think Nintendo has an awesome opportunity to resurrect it for the old hardcore gamers, adding RPG elements such as trainer classes/jobs, morality system, missions/side missions a much larger open world and of course integrative online play (similar to an MMO but not exactly)

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