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Nintendo World Report's 2014 Predictions

Justin Berube, Features Editor

by Justin Berube - January 6, 2014, 4:30 pm PST

The King Nintendo Fanboy leverages his expertise in order to guess how the world looks through Nintendo's eyes.

At this point we don’t know much about what will happen in 2014, but that won’t stop me from taking a few educated guesses on what I expect to see.

The Year of Donkey Kong Country

Nintendo has been going strong with special years. Last year, for example, was The Year of Luigi. I expect Nintendo to continue the trend by making this The Year of Donkey Kong Country. The series will be turning 20 this year and the latest entry, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, is set to be released this February. It seems like the perfect time to celebrate.

In honor of the celebration I expect Nintendo to release a Donkey Kong Country Trilogy Special Edition for the Wii U this September. This special collection will contain the game, in a banana yellow case, with the first three Donkey Kong Country games. Also included will be some sort of soundtrack CD and a small art book. The Donkey Kong Land games will, eventually, hit the 3DS eShop by the end of the year.

Nintendo could also make this The Year of Reggie, as it’s his 10th anniversary with the company, but I doubt they will.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are both set to come out this year. I think Nintendo may release a special, Limited Edition, double pack of the game that includes both the Wii U and 3DS versions. I don’t know what extras could be included, maybe an art book and soundtrack, but I think it would be a great way to help sell both games at a premium price.

I also expect some sort of Limited Edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL bundle, which will include a pre-installed version of the game and a 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro. A Wii U bundle isn’t out of the realm of possibility either, but I doubt it will contain any specially designed hardware.

Nintendo will probably announce a Super Smash Bros. concert tour, similar to the Zelda concerts, by the end of the year. However, I don’t expect these concerts to actually take place until 2015.

Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be brought to the Nintendo 3DS by Grezzo. Nintendo hasn’t said much about it, but I really feel like the 2013 Club Nintendo Platinum Reward of the Majora’s Mask soundtrack strongly hinted at it.

I expect Hyrule Warriors, which was announced for the Wii U, to become the Metroid: Other M of the Zelda series.

Mario Golf: World Tour

This game was delayed pretty close to its original release date of August 2013. Still, we haven’t seen much of the game since. I have a feeling it will be released in June or August and include the RPG mode that many fans wished was in Mario Tennis Open.

Pokémon

Pokémon Z will be announced later in the year and will have a release date of March 2015.

Wii U Predictions

Yarn Yoshi will probably come out in October, and X will be delayed into 2015, at least in North America. Mario Kart 8 will release DLC for new tracks, roughly, every three months for the first year after the game’s release. Don’t be surprised if a new Mario Party makes its way to Wii U too.

As far as hardware goes, I think Nintendo will ride the Wii U out through 2014 to see if the hardware can turn around from a sales perspective. If it can’t, then I think you will see Nintendo try something vastly different in 2015. So for everyone thinking Nintendo will do something crazy on the console front this year, I just really don’t see it happening yet. However, I expect to see the Wii U get another price drop by $50 by the end of 2014.

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So there you have it, my predictions. Feel free to agree or to tear these apart in the Talkback thread below. I’m sure I’ll be laughing at myself when the year is up anyway. Have a good 2014 everyone.

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Talkback

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So join us by commenting on our predictions, or by sharing your own, in the Talkback section below.

The NWR Forums have already beat you to it and started a prediction thread in General Gaming. Seems like relewis2011 must have done something to upset the staff that they created a new prediction thread to shut his down. lololololol.

Of course, I've most likely nailed it already in the prediction department as seen in that thread but there is a whole year for some surprises to occur so I won't declare total victory just yet. I'm playing it safe this year! Too many close calls last year.

AVJanuary 06, 2014

The Majora's Mask 'remake' will be the same treatment of ' link to the past' aka link between worlds and have similar or same world map and similar if not same characters just different background.



pokepal148January 06, 2014

Well copy paste t8me

My wild and absolutely crazy prediction is that people will complain there aren't enough games on the wii u

pokepal148January 06, 2014

Oh thank you touch keyboard I appreciate it.

Leo13January 07, 2014

Wow, I had no idea it's DK's 20th Birthday.
I would love a Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, & 3, but doesn't Rare own the rights?
Isn't that why I can't buy them on the Wii Virtual Console?

AdrockJanuary 07, 2014

Nintendo owns the rights to Donkey Kong. They kept all their intellectual properties and anything Rare created for Nintendo's own franchises, meaning characters like King K. Rool and Krystal stayed with Nintendo while Rare kept their own IPs like Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct, and Conker. It gets a little hazy with Diddy Kong Racing, but I think all of those characters went to Rare besides, of course, Diddy Kong.

Link LinkJanuary 07, 2014

Well, if Diddy Kong Racing DS is any indicator, they only removed Conker the Squirrel and Banjo the Bear as selectable characters leaving the rest of the roster intact. I'd take that as a sign that Microsoft didn't care about those remaining characters or that Nintendo still had the rights to them.

Leo13January 07, 2014

Quote from: Adrock

Nintendo owns the rights to Donkey Kong. They kept all their intellectual properties and anything Rare created for Nintendo's own franchises, meaning characters like King K. Rool and Krystal stayed with Nintendo while Rare kept their own IPs like Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct, and Conker. It gets a little hazy with Diddy Kong Racing, but I think all of those characters went to Rare besides, of course, Diddy Kong.

So does that mean that I might be able to get my hands on Donkey Kong Country 1-3 someday?
I just assumed there was an issue because about a month before I went to download those games on my new Wii (I was in college when the Wii released so I was behind due to lack of funding and time) all 3 Donkey Kong Country Games were removed from the Virtual Console. I would love to buy all 3 of them.
I would also love to play DK 64 as I've never played that one, but it's my understanding that it never made it onto the Virtual Console at all.
I really hope they really do release these this year.

Mop it upJanuary 07, 2014

I can actually see all of Justin's predictions come true, even if I don't agree with all of them, they seem pretty realistic.

the asylumJanuary 08, 2014

Nintendo making new F-Zero? HAHAHAHAHAHAA

Aaaaaahhhh hahahahahahaaa

ha ha ha...

haaaaa.....

*sobs*

ChariblazeJanuary 09, 2014

September 26 - Pokémon Z (3DS)

Eh, X/Y were only 16 months after B2/W2, and I'd think the desperate Nintendo that everyone claims is at play right now will do everything in their power to get a new Pokemon out ASAP. The time between Pokemon games has been steadily decreasing.

Not saying I'm right. I believe I even said that everything after July was a total crapshoot. I just don't think a new mainline Pokemon game in 2014 is ridiculous, even if spring 2015 is the mathematically likeliest scenario.

MagicCow64January 09, 2014

I think everyone can agree that there has to be a second major Fall/Holiday release besides Smash Bros., right? I think it's logical that one of the "Japanesey" games comes in late summer, and smash in mid-Fall, but that still leaves a major title, probably of different core appeal than Smash. And they've already covered their Wii Series bases with Sports Club, Fit U, and Wii Party U. Following the 3D World pattern, I think it's safe to say we won't hear about it until E3. I imagine it's at least a year too soon for Zelda. At this point I'd actually put my money on a surprise console Metroid by someone other than Team Ninja or Retro.

Welp, Neal's already 0/2.

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