Cheers to the start of your new Fearsome Foursome, gentlemen.
G-man, I encourage ya to speak up more! You are funny and we can see you have a different take than the other hosts.
Anyway,a lot of recent Wii U talk has mentioned that Nintendo is holding very core operating system-level functionality close to the chest.
Very curious how this pans out and if their aim is to increase the scope of the Wii U into the fabled "set-top box" that combines everyday base computing functions (browsing, watching videos, email) with casual gaming functions AND higher-bit gaming functions. After all, that is what Microsoft, Sony (and probably Apple) will all strive for.
Google (outside of their "smart-TV" developments) seems to be missing from the group above, but powering Wii U with some version of Chrome would give them their ticket into "living room computing" and light the internet on fire :p
...oh no cannot suppress mini-rant...But Seriously, who loses here???
Google gets another outlet to put ads in front of eyes, in a highly coveted setting no less, while possibly beating their main rivals to market. Maybe they can even frankenstein Google+ functionality into some kind of hybrid Nintendo Network account; It could easily net their social network some 10s of millions of new users.
Nintendo gets top-flight software engineering resources committed towards improving the utility of their main platform, likely for FREE (They might even negotiate a cut of advertising revenue). In addition, Nintendo could definitely use some help in developing their new Nintendo Network services and it has been rumoured that indeed they are working with a partner (could be EA or Valve, tho).
Nintendo has to compete in an ocean with bigger whales with bigger...baleen or something. Google has to find ways to stay competitive with Apple iOS, Facebook and whatever the heck Windows 8 becomes. Its high-stakes time and both of these company's need to up their ante... or combine their ante-powers!
...phew.As for expected games on Wii U and 3DS, Ubi and Square-Enix aside, I expect big announcements from EA and Capcom, in particular.
EA because they seem to be collaborating much more closely with Nintendo than before (evidenced by last year's E3 conference appearance) and Capcom because they seem intent on supporting everyone and obviously have an excellent relationship with Nintendo as can be seen with their high profile 3DS support, their delivery of quality original games to the Wii and heck the decent loving they gave the 'Cube (Seems like so long ago, I know.)My outta left-field hail-mary would be an announcement that Chair (of Shadow Complex and Infinity Blade fame) is working on Metroid Dread 3D...