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Nintendo Wishes for the New Year

by Zack Kaplan - January 25, 2013, 2:57 pm EST
Total comments: 4

When you wish upon a Mario star, makes no difference which Toad you are...

Has anyone ever told you that anything is possible? I thought that until I realized we still have not gotten a Zelda movie or a Kirby theme park. We can still wish, though. Wishes give us hope for better days, or in my case, better games. In other words, I have been thinking about the things I wish will happen in the world of Nintendo in 2013.

Continued Wii U Third Party Support: 

As upset as I am that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is not coming to Wii U, I understand that the game has most likely been in development for a while (and that Platinum games is already supporting the Wii U with two other games). That being said, I am wishing for third party support to remain abundant on Wii U. Last year, we were treated to ports of great games like Mass Effect 3, as well as new releases that were awesome like Assassin’s Creed III. Games like Rayman Legends give me hope that this positive trend will only continue.

An Exciting E3: 

While some may argue this statement, I found Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference to be quite disappointing. While I did not hate it, it lacked the surprises or jaw dropping moments we have come to expect. Whether it be Iwata taking a Wii out of his jacket pocket, or holding a 3DS in the air and saying 3DS in somewhat broken English, E3 is always exciting.

A Spotlight on Other Nintendo Franchises: 

I love Mario, but I would like to see some other franchises get big releases. There were five Mario games last year, along with two other games with Mario appearances. I would like to see a new Star Fox, or even an Ice Climbers Championship Edition. Or, people who know me in the digital realm know how much I want Steel Diver 2: Still Diving.

All Gamers Give Nintendo a Chance:

While gaining many “casual gamers”  (I hate using these labels), the Wii and DS era lost many “Core gamers” that I would like to see give Nintendo a chance. Nintendo systems are hosting many core-centric games like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. As much as I like excluding people from my hobbies, it is much better when more people join in on the fun. I mean, when it comes to people not giving Nintendo a chance, I can only think of the wise words of Reyn from Xenoblade Chronicles: “Whatta bunch of Jokers!”

By the end of 2013 Nintendo will have new challenges to face, but with a little wishing they will be okay. Alright that is the cheesiest thing I have ever wrote. Yuck.


the asylumJanuary 25, 2013


I mean, come on. You'd think it would have been a Wii U launch title.

Price drops on eShop retail games.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJanuary 25, 2013

F Zero and Star Fox. Everything else doesn't need my magical wishes to propel them forward.

Mop it upJanuary 27, 2013

1. Third-Party Support
I got a bad feeling this one's nothing more than wishful thinking. I guess it depends on what the next PlayStation and Xbox turn out to be, but I get the feeling that third-parties are waiting for them instead of embracing Wii U. Unless it's easy to port from them to Wii U, or if they cost a lot and don't sell well, we won't see much more support than the Wii and GameCube got. For myself however, I don't care all that much, there aren't that many games on PS360 that interest me.

2. Exciting E3
I agree about E3 2012, Nintendo didn't do a good job building the hype for Wii U or making a case as to why it's awesome. They didn't really show why the GamePad is the next step in controller evolution. That said, I don't think E3 needs to be surprising to be exciting. In fact, since they just announced things that will be shown at E3, it probably won't be surprising. But depending on how games like the new 3D Mario, Mario Kart, and Smash Brothers look, it could be very exciting indeed.

3. Other Franchises
I'd like to see this as well. Mario is my favourite franchise but I'd still like to see other stuff from Nintendo as well. Hopefully there's something in the pipeline besides the big guns of Mario, Zelda, Pokémon.

4. People Giving Nintendo a Chance
Of all things that may happen this year, this one is the least likely to happen. There's clear bias against Nintendo for reasons I'll probably never figure out, and it was once again made obvious based on the articles about the latest Nintendo Direct. They made no effort to hide their double standards.

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