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.