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Speculating E3 2014

by Bryan Rose - May 20, 2014, 2:39 pm EDT
Total comments: 28

Just what will Nintendo show at the big event? Here's some good 'ol speculation.

Nintendo’s E3 presentation will be bright and early on June 10th. Like last year, Nintendo has opted to do a presentation via the Internet as opposed to a press conference in Los Angeles. This has disappointed some people, including myself, but this isn’t what this article is about. I’m ready to do some speculation. With less than a month to go, lets get down to the nitty-gritty.

A Wii U redesign? That’s possible, but I’m not sure if it’s needed. I was thinking that they could release a version without the GamePad, but with the recent announcement of Nintendo developing games that will use toys with NFC, I guess that idea is out of the picture. However, I can still see them creating a new version of the Wii U and maybe changing the name. I think most casual gamers either still don’t know about the Wii U, or know about it but are confused by how it’s different than a standard Wii. So giving the Wii U a new name might be beneficial in the long run. It’s a long shot, but if they go with a redesign there is a possibility we might see something like this.

Price cut? They just did one with this current model last fall, so no. If Nintendo does a new design, then I can see a newer version of the Wii U go for cheaper. I don’t think Nintendo liked the idea of cutting the Wii U’s price so early in its lifespan, so cutting it again just a few months later seems inconceivable. Stranger things have happened though!

And now...the games.

Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, Hyrule Warriors, and Yarn Yoshi were all shown off, or discussed, last year. Little has been seen from them since aside from Hyrule Warriors, which has been confirmed for a release this summer in Japan. I definitely expect to see footage of Hyrule Warriors at E3. It seems like a given considering it’s so close release. I also expect at least something from the other two titles. Given that a new Yoshi title just came out a couple of months ago, I could see Yarn Yoshi not making it out until next year.

On the 3DS front, there’s not much to speculate on as there’s really nothing announced for the fall yet. However, that’s what E3 is for so I’m sure we’ll see tons of 3DS news at the event. There is one game that was just announced over the past week that’s making its way to systems this November and that’s the recently announced Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire titles. I’m expecting footage, for sure, and maybe a specific release date. I am, however, leaning towards no on that one. If they don’t have a release date in May, I wouldn’t expect one in June. September, however, seems to be a given.

Continuing on the release date route, Smash Brothers for 3DS is scheduled to come out this summer. Considering June is a summer month, we should expect a release date at E3. If I had to make a guess, I’d probably say August. I don’t expect the Wii U version to get a release date, however. If they’re shooting for winter, I would assume they will announce a date in the fall.

The next game in the Legend of Zelda franchise will most likely be shown at E3 as well. I don’t think Nintendo has confirmed it for sure, but its known that another title is in development. As for what kind of footage we’ll see, who knows! Whether it winds up being Toon Link, regular Link, or maybe even a new Link, I’ll be tuning in to see what’s next for the Hyrulian warrior (aside from a hack and slash romp).

It’s also been announced recently that there’s a new Mario game in development. I enjoyed Super Mario 3D World immensely, but it borrowed heavily from the 3DS title Super Mario 3D Land. Maybe this will be Mario’s latest big platforming adventure? The last time a genuinely brand new Mario platformer, in the vein of Mario 64, on consoles was in 2007. Perhaps we’ll see what new adventure Mario embarks next in just a few weeks time.

Retro Studios is also working on another game. Knee jerk reaction is Metroid, as that series hasn’t been touched upon in years, but it could be anything. Retro has really evolved over the years going from, “that company that makes the Metroid Prime series”, to a full-blown Nintendo developer creating stupendous titles such as the Donkey Kong Returns series, as well as helping with Mario Kart 7. There are a myriad of games Retro Studios could be working on. However in the end there might just be one game, and who knows what that game will be until it’s revealed.

Finally, let’s just full out throw some of my own probabilities. Starfox? Possible, but ’m leaning towards no. F-Zero? Seems pretty unlikely, especially with Mario Kart 8 coming out soon. Wario? I can see a new 3DS game, maybe. Golden Sun? A new 3DS adventure could be in the pipeline, so let’s go with that. Kid Icarus? With Project Sora being shuttered I think Pit is going to be dormant for a while. Mother? Doesn't seem to be possible at this point. Urban Champion? Absolutely. In the end, one can speculate all day and even throw out a bunch of random guesses, but the truth of the matter is we won’t know what Nintendo will show until it’s time to go live. Nintendo is going to be in the spotlight on June 10, and they should deliver a presentation that will lift spirits up in regards to the Wii U and continue to show support the 3DS as it trucks on. What do you think Nintendo will show at E3. Do you think some of my predictions are just plain ludicrous? Let me know in the talkback below!

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Talkback

SorenMay 20, 2014

I speculate Nintendo will show that game we all want and have been dying to see since the previous game in that franchise's history.

Quote from: Soren

I speculate Nintendo will show that game we all want and have been dying to see since the previous game in that franchise's history.

Kid Icarus Uprising 2

Quote from: Soren

I speculate Nintendo will show that game we all want and have been dying to see since the previous game in that franchise's history.

Game & Watch Gallery 5

BlackNMild2k1May 20, 2014

Quote from: Soren

I speculate Nintendo will show that game we all want and have been dying to see since the previous game in that franchise's history.

It can't be Mario Kart... because we've already seen that and it will be out by then...
It can't be SSB as we've already seen that too
It can't be Mario... we just had one and NO ONE is "dying" to see another one already.

Could it be another 3D Metroid?
Maybe it's Zelda!? finally?

....F-zero?



........Star Tropics?


Nah, it'll be Zelda.
Safe and predictable. it's the only way to go.

OblivionMay 20, 2014

I can't be the only one who really doesn't care what Nintendo shows this year, am I? I am far more interested what the other companies are going to reveal or show more of.

Ian SaneMay 20, 2014

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It can't be Mario... we just had one and NO ONE is "dying" to see another one already.

So... it will be Mario then, right?  We could have said "we just had one" last E3.

Zelda is a good assumption.  I don't think Nintendo is interested in their second tier franchies like F-Zero and Star Tropics.  They're going to make the pretty reasonably assumption that those franchises are too small time to "save" the Wii U.

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I can't be the only one who really doesn't care what Nintendo shows this year, am I? I am far more interested what the other companies are going to reveal or show more of.

I'll half-agree.  I'm very curious to see what's announced for PS4 (I don't get the xbox systems til their on their deathbed), but I'll be keeping an eye on Nintendo in case there are any surprises.

AdrockMay 20, 2014

Zelda, Metroid, and X.

Maybe a Wii U redesign.

BlackNMild2k1May 20, 2014

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It can't be Mario... we just had one and NO ONE is "dying" to see another one already.

So... it will be Mario then, right?  We could have said "we just had one" last E3.

Zelda is a good assumption.  I don't think Nintendo is interested in their second tier franchies like F-Zero and Star Tropics.  They're going to make the pretty reasonably assumption that those franchises are too small time to "save" the Wii U.

Mario has burned the candle at both ends. we've already had 2 versions of the 2D Mario and a 3D Mario. Unless they are going 1st Person Mario, they need to give it a rest. (please DON"T do that Nintendo*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBb9wFP7uZM & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf-2Imh6a54)

*although a Mario with those graphics would be nice. especially the 2nd video. maybe a 1st person mode for the next 2D mario w/ that 2D view on the tablet.


Zelda would be the game they would tap to *save* the Wii U in the west.
X would be the warm up for the core crowd

Metroid would be nice, and I would like to think that Retro hired all that talent to work on something a little more adventurous than DKC, but I'm not gonna hold my breath.

New Wii U colors might happen, but considering the amount of inventory they are probably sitting on... I'm not sure that's happening either.

Star Tropics isn't even in Nintendo's history logs at this point. That would truly be a surprise.
totally not expecting that one at all. That has been all forum speculation and wish list, so I really don't even suspect that title to be in the works.

OblivionMay 20, 2014

Surprises? From Nintendo? ::)

SorenMay 20, 2014

Oh sorry guys. I was actually talking about Mario Paint 2.

BlackNMild2k1May 20, 2014

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Oh sorry guys. I was actually talking about Mario Paint 2.

With a touch screen tablet controller, and the previous success of Ubisoft's uDraw, I'm surprised that Mario/MiiPaint isn't a thing already.... a free built in app @ launch actually.

AdrockMay 20, 2014

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Mario has burned the candle at both ends. we've already had 2 versions of the 2D Mario and a 3D Mario.

I was under the impression that Ian was being facetious.

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I'm surprised that Mario/MiiPaint isn't a thing already.... a free built in app @ launch actually.

Are you? It takes 12 minutes to boot up a game, an improvement from 37 minutes at launch. I'm surprised Nintendo even had launch titles with how poorly handled everything collectively was.

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Surprises? From Nintendo? ::)

Cmon, now you're just being ridiculous.  Yes, Nintendo has been mostly conservative lately, but they've usually had at least a couple of curveballs.

rlse9May 20, 2014

Quote from: Soren

I speculate Nintendo will show that game we all want and have been dying to see since the previous game in that franchise's history.

Wii Music U?

A Mario Paint is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the potential of the Game Pad and therefore I predict it will never happen. I am hoping for game play videos of Hyrule Warriors, some news on X ( a game I completely forgot about), and lot of new Zelda news. Everything else will be too weird for me or focus entirely on the 3DS.

BlackNMild2k1May 20, 2014

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I'm surprised that Mario/MiiPaint isn't a thing already.... a free built in app @ launch actually.

Are you? It takes 12 minutes to boot up a game, an improvement from 37 minutes at launch. I'm surprised Nintendo even had launch titles with how poorly handled everything collectively was.

It would be an additional reason as to why they didn't have time to fix the other glaring problems with the Wii U launch.

They could have had it playable while the system takes its time booting up.

azekeMay 20, 2014

Speculating is for people who prefer talking about videogames over actually enjoying them.

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Speculating is for people who prefer talking about videogames over actually enjoying them.

That's really our forum's key demographic.

azekeMay 20, 2014

Shitty demographic, if you ask me.
Bunch of people who completely lost the plot and argue who "won" dick waving press presentations and feel good about themselves when they prevail in their arguments over the internet.
See what's sorely missing from this list of activities? Videogames.

ShyGuyMay 20, 2014

Get 'em Azeke! GET EM!!!!

SorenMay 21, 2014

Quote from: azeke

Bunch of people who completely lost the plot and argue who "won" dick waving press presentations and feel good about themselves when they prevail in their arguments over the internet.
See what's sorely missing from this list of activities? Videogames.

Hint hint, Nintendo.

BlackNMild2k1May 21, 2014

Quote from: azeke

Speculating is for people who prefer talking about videogames over actually enjoying them.

Have you not seen my tag?

"BlackNMild2k1
Gamer at heart ...just not in practice"


ymeegodMay 21, 2014

There hasn't been an Paper Mario WII U game yet so I'm expecting to hear about it at E3 (most likely the Mario title for 2015).  X will finally get it's Xeno name-and I'm still betting it's going get delayed until 2015. 

Besides Zelda and maybe Metroid there's only one other BIG Ace Nintendo has and that's a Pokémon game.  Think it's long overdue to see a proper console pokemon title.

Quote from: Soren

Oh sorry guys. I was actually talking about Mario Paint 2.

I thought for sure it was going to be Mario and Wario 2.

Evan_BMay 21, 2014

If there's going to be any Mario game in the near future, it sure as hell better be Paper Mario and it better not suck like Sticker Star did.

3D reimagining of Devil World.

CericMay 22, 2014

Did anyone in this thread call Ubisoft going Nintendo Free?  I here its like going Gluten Free.  All the Craze but really only helps people with certain Allergies.

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