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2014 Nintendo Prediction
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:22:26 AM »
In honor and anticipation of the Radio Free Nintendo annual 2014 Nintendo Predictions, I thought what better time than for the audience to start to get the ball rolling with some of their own predictions. Be it bold, vague, or inevitably going to happen, I encourage you to post 3-5 (or more!) predictions that you have for Nintendo in the coming year. I'm not using this as a chance to plug my YT channel by any means, but I have recently recorded an episode in excitement of what RFN has to say in next weeks podcast episode.


So, what does Nintendo have to do to save the Wii U? Which 3DS games do you see over the horizon being announced? Will Nintendo forgo Wii U production and return to the magnificent hardware that was the Virtual Boy? Wait...what?  ;D

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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2014, 04:42:40 AM »
1. Super Smash Bros. will be a late summer release on Wii U, a winter release on 3DS.

2. Super Smash Bros. will have DLC.

3. Metroid will return to 2D.

4. 3DS will get a port of Ultra Street Fighter IV.

5. I was going to say that Nintendo of America is going to release the Wii Remote Rapid Charging Cradle and Rechargeable Battery and not tell everyone, but I double checked and they totally already did that. I had no idea this was available in their online store and I've been waiting for this to come out.

Real 5. Sonic will show up in Mario Kart 8.

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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2014, 05:36:51 AM »
I'm with you on the split releases for Smash, except it'll be November for the WiiU and sometime in 2015 for the 3DS.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2014, 06:13:21 AM »
I think both games make it this year and I expect them a bit earlier due to timing. Kid Icarus Uprising was released in March 2012 and development on Super Smash Bros. began after that, probably around May or June. Nintendo was smart enough to get Namco Bandai, who has experience with both fighting games and HD development, to develop the games. Due to a variety of factors (e.g. access to source code, familiarity with development tools), they probably haven't run into any snags. Unless Nintendo withholds the games (and they really can't afford to on Wii U), releasing a little over two years since development started isn't a bad estimate. The Wii U version seems to be the priority since we often see much more of it in trailers and Miiverse updates. On top of that, if Nintendo withholds any version, it should be the 3DS one because it needs the game less. I would hope Nintendo is smart enough to learn from releasing New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS before New Super Mario Bros. U on Wii U.



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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2014, 07:16:21 AM »
Here goes. The following are my hyper specific predictions.

1. Yoshi's New Island will receive a Metacritic rating of 72. Polygon's Philip Kollar will lament that while the art style is well intentioned it does not come together in a cohesive or satisfying way, thus failing to live up to Nintendo's previous efforts to portray a world comprised of arts and crafts materials.

2. Nintendo will return to the Nokia theatre and will host a full E3 Press Conference. The conference will begin with a comical video in which Reggie is shown, in his hotel room, putting on a jacket. Reggie looks at his reflection in the mirror, takes a breath, and tells himself 'Your body is ready', he smiles, and leaves his room.

At the reception desk a young woman asks Mr Fils-Aime if he requires a taxi. Reggie replies 'No'. As Reggie makes his way across the car park he removes a set of keys from his inner right pocket and walks in the direction of his parked vehicle. The camera then pans to reveal Samus Aran's ship (or rather a cheap looking computer generated equivalent). Reggie smiles again. Upon conclusion of the video Reggie will stride on to the stage while the following music plays.


He will then look back over his shoulder and press the button on his keys just as the audience hear a sharp beep sound coming through the auditorium speakers, the joke being that Reggie forgot to lock the ship behind him.

He will announce that Retro Studios have been working on a follow up to their acclaimed Prime Trilogy, that the tentative title is Metroid: Extinction, and that it will be released in Early 2015 (At a later date this will be delayed until Summer 2016).

3. A 3DS revision will be unveiled which will not offer a second Circle Pad, better screens, or indeed anything meaningful at all. The D-Pad will be moved a few milometers to the left, a slight alteration to the shoulder buttons will make them imperceptibly bigger, and the face buttons will remain just a little too small for people with average sized hands. A significant proportion of existing 3DS owners will opt to upgrade anyway.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2014, 09:35:41 AM »
Hmmm.

I predict Nintendo will release games for the 3DS and the Wii U. People will not be happy with the majority of these offerings. They will wish Nintendo made something else instead. They will then still buy the games.

It's a bold prediction, I know, but that's the fun thing about these kinds of threads. The chance to go wild. Who knows? It might even come true.

As for games, I predict that Nintendo will release Donkey Kong Country Returns 2, Super Smash Bros. Brouhaha, Mario Kart Hypserspace and Bayonetta 2: Hardcore Weeps for the Wii U.

As for the 3DS, there hasn't been a Mario Sports title released in awhile so maybe Mario Golf: Bogie Nights, Kirby: I can haz cheesburger? 3D, Yoshi's New though still kind of Old Island, Super Smash Bros. Brouhaha Brouhaho, Bravely Defaulted: Fairy Foreclosure, Professor Layton and the plot to kill Hitler but really just make you find and solve puzzles 6, Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney: Deathgrudge and Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder, Money Loser.

In case you think I'm being negative on Nintendo with those titles, I'm just being silly so relax.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2014, 09:50:43 AM »
If I were to take a few stabs in the dark:
 
1) Smash Bros will have DLC, as stated by Adrock.  Specifically, they'll have purchasable characters, but not levels.  People will cry foul about how Nintendo withheld characters just to use for DLC.
 
2) Mario will be given a break from platforming games, and the only Mario centric announcement in 2014 will be a new Super Mario Strikers for Wii U & 3DS, & Possibly Mario Party U.
 
3) Because of the gap less Mario will have, 2014 will be the year of alternate franchise announcements for Wii U & 3DS.  By E3, expect an official Metroid & Zelda U announcement.  Additional dark-horse candidates for a new game would be Pikmin 3DS, Fire Emblem U, or Starfox.  These games when released will be critically successfull, but will be middling in retail sales.
 
4) Nintendo will have better sales in 2014, but only enough to make the Wii U a minor failure instead of a catastrophic one.
 
5) Nintendo will launch Gamecube virtual console for Wii U, with first titles being Eternal Darkness, Luigi's Mansion, & F-Zero GX.  Sorry, F-Zero fans, that's the only F-Zero title that'll be released for this console generation, unless:
 
6) Nintendo releases an e-shop exclusive F-Zero game for 3DS.  It'll be a bare-bones version of the game, with a similar feature set to the SNES original, including online multiplayer.  This'll be Nintendo's biggest foray into F2P yet, requiring additional purchases for new tracks & racers.
 
 
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2014, 12:27:00 PM »
Smash bros won't have DLC.


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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2014, 01:36:35 PM »
1) Smash Bros will have DLC, as stated by Adrock.  Specifically, they'll have purchasable characters, but not levels.  People will cry foul about how Nintendo withheld characters just to use for DLC.
I'm thinking the opposite. Stages and costumes, but not characters and only because they would have to do a lot more work, not because people would complain. I would have doubted Super Smash Bros. (or any Nintendo title for that matter) would ever have paid DLC until Nintendo finally popped that cherry. Super Smash Bros. is a total gold mine for this too. Even someone like myself who has never paid for DLC before would strongly consider it especially if there was a Season Pass.

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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2014, 02:09:57 PM »
It would be sweet if instead of a season pass, Nintendo had a Nintendo pass.  $X per year for all Nintendo download content for any Nintendo game.  Most of us buy Nintendo hardware for Nintendo games and have many of them.  As long as you still allow individual DLC, I don't see an issue with that. 

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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2014, 03:02:13 PM »
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2014, 03:34:52 PM »
1) Smash Bros will have DLC, as stated by Adrock.  Specifically, they'll have purchasable characters, but not levels.  People will cry foul about how Nintendo withheld characters just to use for DLC.
I'm thinking the opposite. Stages and costumes, but not characters and only because they would have to do a lot more work, not because people would complain. I would have doubted Super Smash Bros. (or any Nintendo title for that matter) would ever have paid DLC until Nintendo finally popped that cherry. Super Smash Bros. is a total gold mine for this too. Even someone like myself who has never paid for DLC before would strongly consider it especially if there was a Season Pass.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2014, 04:36:44 PM »
DLC for Smash Bros. is a no brainer. There will be DLC, period.

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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2014, 04:45:33 PM »
1) Smash Bros will have DLC, as stated by Adrock.  Specifically, they'll have purchasable characters, but not levels.  People will cry foul about how Nintendo withheld characters just to use for DLC.
I'm thinking the opposite. Stages and costumes, but not characters and only because they would have to do a lot more work, not because people would complain. I would have doubted Super Smash Bros. (or any Nintendo title for that matter) would ever have paid DLC until Nintendo finally popped that cherry. Super Smash Bros. is a total gold mine for this too. Even someone like myself who has never paid for DLC before would strongly consider it especially if there was a Season Pass.
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He is aware that paid DLC content for a Nintendo title exists like Fire Emblem. That is why he says he would have at one time doubted that DLC for Smash Bros. would happen had Nintendo not finally started DLC content for some of their games in the last year. He used a sexual metaphor to emphasize that knowledge because that's what the cool kids understand.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2014, 05:22:25 PM »
X will probably not live up to the hype since the fans (including myself) have elevated this game to god status.


The Wii U will continue to be a train wreak, but probably not as bad as 2013.


Super Smash Bros. Wii U will fail to bring back the Melee fans but will attract new players and Brawl fans. The 3DS version will sell more than the Wii U version but will not be very good.


Virtual Console will continue to be shitty as it has been for years.


Bravely Default will not live up to the hype.


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Sadly, most of my predictions are not positive. :(

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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2014, 06:05:51 PM »
Haha, Khush... I completely gazed over that part. Thanks for pointing it out. :P
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2014, 06:27:30 PM »
Super Smash Bros will release in Summer.

DLC will be old stages.

Wii U Zelda at E3, trailer, no demo.

Nintendo reluctantly speaks on Metroid, no games announced.

A reporter asks Reggie about a new F-Zero, he dodges the question.

Nintendo buys something surprising.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2014, 06:34:36 PM »
1) Smash Bros will have DLC, as stated by Adrock.  Specifically, they'll have purchasable characters, but not levels.  People will cry foul about how Nintendo withheld characters just to use for DLC.
I'm thinking the opposite. Stages and costumes, but not characters and only because they would have to do a lot more work, not because people would complain. I would have doubted Super Smash Bros. (or any Nintendo title for that matter) would ever have paid DLC until Nintendo finally popped that cherry. Super Smash Bros. is a total gold mine for this too. Even someone like myself who has never paid for DLC before would strongly consider it especially if there was a Season Pass.


I'm not suggesting they would have A LOT of DLC characters, but considering how substantive their other DLC offerings have been, I wouldn't put it past them to add more content of that type after the fact, if they could sell it at a good profit.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2014, 09:26:54 PM »
My bold predictions:

1) The Wii U actually has a better year in 2014, topping the 10 million lifetime sales mark by the end of the year.

2) Nintendo stuns at E3 with a new game in the Earthbound series underway.

3) Work is announced that in 2015 you will be able to link your 3DS to your Wii U and play a wide array of 3DS games on your home TV (no 3d effect of course).

4) Animal Crossing for the Wii U is announced.

5) Mario Kart 8 will have a Rainbow Road track.

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« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2014, 09:48:35 PM »
My wild and absolutely crazy prediction is that people will complain there aren't enough games on the wii u
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2014, 10:54:44 PM »
I'm not suggesting they would have A LOT of DLC characters, but considering how substantive their other DLC offerings have been, I wouldn't put it past them to add more content of that type after the fact, if they could sell it at a good profit.
The main reason I'm doubting DLC characters is because Sakurai oversees the entire character creation process from choosing the moves to balancing to entering the hit boxes. Once the games officially go gold, I can't really see him devoting a significant amount of time to additional content as he typically moves from one project to the next.

That said, the only way I can see DLC characters happening is if Sakurai created them before completing the game and planned them as DLC which doesn't really seem like his style. In Brawl, you can unlock all the characters through a variety of ways, the easiest by simply playing matches and they unlock eventually. It seems like Sakurai wants people to have all the characters so unlocking them is never especially complicated or taxing. It doesn't necessarily reward players for skill but rather for just playing the game. For the amount of work that goes into the creative process of developing a character, the possibility that people might not pay to access a character doesn't really mesh with the spirit of the series. Not saying it won't happen, just that I don't expect it to.

Something like stages or costumes require far less input from Sakurai. They can send him their progress and he can demo them. DLC stages probably wouldn't be cruise-style stages either. I can see them being mostly static, maybe a gimmick or two.

There is a lot money to be made which is why I think Nintendo will want to capitalize. Ultimately, I think it comes down to what Sakurai wants to do. Regardless of what the bean counters say, if Sakurai says, "No DLC," Iwata will back him up.
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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2014, 02:10:03 PM »
Nintendo will release the 3DS SSB a few months earlier than the Wii U version.  The Wii U version will then sell less than expected and not increase Wii U sales in any notable way and Nintendo will scratch their heads wondering why.

Nintendo will surprise at E3... with something underwhelming.  A 2D platformer will be revealed (because we never have enough of those) and/or some Mii focused title that core gamers couldn't possibly give a **** about.

At certain points last year I predicted that the Wii U would be discontinued in 2014.  I guess I should stick to that prediction, though I'm less confident in it now.  Not because the Wii U is selling so great but because I'm iffy on Nintendo's willingness to can it.  I figure they'll stubbornly stick to their guns for a lot longer than other companies would.  The console will not turn around this year or ever.  If it lives a normal length life it will do so limping along on a handful of Nintendo releases and pretty much no third party support and will be doomed to Turbo Duo-esque obscurity.

If Nintendo bounces back on the console front in 2014 it will be with something drastic.  Higher-ups losing jobs.  The Wii U getting discontinued and a replacement being revealed or the console being altered in some way (ie: ditching the Gamepad and fixing old games through firmware).  Games and partnerships with third parties that you would never expect from Nintendo.  The Wii U will not be saved by any cliché Nintendo sequels like Mario Kart and SSB.  If things change they will be big as in the sort of thing that would signify a change in Nintendo's corporate culture.

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Re: 2014 Nintendo Prediction
« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2014, 02:26:03 PM »
Nintendo won't discontinue the Wii U until they have a successor ready to go, and there's no way that's happening this year.
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« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2014, 05:25:51 PM »
I dunno.  Didn't Nintendo once say that a GBA successor was ready in case the DS failed?  They could've easily come up with a similar contingency for Wii U.
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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2014, 07:21:56 PM »
DS was a known risk and a "Third Pillar" so a contingency plan was expected.

Wii U was the direct follow up to Nintendo's most successful home console ever, which also incorporated ideas from it's most successful handheld ever (dual screen & touch screen). So I'm sure that to Nintendo, this was almost the surest bet they could make, the safest approach at bringing it all together into one product.

Unfortunately it, was either too little and way too late, or it was executed backwards. We will never know for sure, but I doubt they have a Wii Too waiting in the wings just incase the sure bet that was the Wii U failed for some unforseen circumstance.