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Nintendo World Report's 2014 Predictions

Neal Ronaghan, Director

by Neal Ronaghan - January 8, 2014, 2:55 pm EST

Check out these oddly specific to-the-exact-date predictions.

For my predictions, I’m focusing on the company I know the best: Nintendo. I won’t dabble in third party mysticism, because I am not up-to-date with Sega, Ubisoft, Activision, Atlus, etc. chicanery. Hell, I’m not even confident about my knowledge of that Nintendo voodoo. I just feel like I can make some solid conjectures. 

At this point, we know January and February of 2014, barring any surprises. I personally expect an eShop game or two to pop up in late January or February. For those who aren’t aware, here’s that slate: 

  • January 9 - Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder (3DS eShop)
  • January 10 - Wii Fit U (Wii U)
  • February 7 - Bravely Default (3DS)
  • February 21 - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
  • February 28 - Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) 

From there, it’s anyone’s guess. There are certain things that have to happen or else the Wii U likely explodes in a fiery blaze amidst cries of “Dude! HD development is hard!” For example, Mario Kart 8 needs to have come out two weeks ago. Instead, I peg Mario Kart 8 at a mid-to-late April release date. For the sake of being oddly specific, let’s say April 27, 2014, exactly six years since Mario Kart Wii. I hope I’m wrong, but I think that’s the Wii U lineup for the first four months of 2014. I can’t imagine another major release hitting in between there. I don’t think anything else is ready. 

That leaves the 3DS. Judging from the December Nintendo Direct, I think Yoshi’s New Island is hitting in early March because it was given a release window (spring). Let’s say March 21, 2014. I’ll say the Inazuma Eleven 3DS game that recently got leaked for North American release hits then, too. Since Kirby Triple Deluxe comes out in Japan in January, I don’t think that’s too far behind either. I’ll throw Kirby at the front of the 3DS screen and venture a guess at April 11, 2014. 

I think Wii U and 3DS each get another game in May, though. This feels like more of a stab in the dark, but let’s say Mario Golf: World Tour and that Pikachu Detective Game on May 9 and Yarn Yoshi on May 23 (the latter for Memorial Day weekend!). That puts us at: 

  • March 21 - Yoshi’s New Island (3DS) and Inazuma Eleven (3DS)
  • April 11 - Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
  • April 27 - Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
  • May 9 - Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) and Pikachu Detective Game (3DS)
  • May 23 - Yarn Yoshi (Wii U) 

From this point forward, I become increasingly less confident. Hell, I’m already not confident with my May predictions. But we’ll press on. E3 is June 10-12 this year. Last year, Nintendo dropped Animal Crossing: New Leaf right before E3. This year, I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say Tomodachi Collection: New Life comes to North America on June 8. Later in June, there will be a major expansion to a 2013 Wii U game similar to New Super Luigi U. My guess is one of these three: Super Peach 3D World where Peach, Daisy, Rosalina and a Toad save Mario & Luigi, substantial Pikmin 3 story DLC that lets you play as Olimar and Louie, or New Super Yoshi U which is a Yoshi-heavy version of NSMBU. Let’s say that hits on June 26. 

July will be barren, for that is how Nintendo of America views July. However, August will bring great tidings: Bayonetta 2 (August 8) and a surprise 3DS game (August 22) revealed at the February 2014 Nintendo Direct. I’m not going to say it’s Metroid, but I hope it’s Metroid...or Star Fox. Realistically, it’ll star Mario or something. So, here’s the June to August recap: 

  • June 8 - Tomodachi Collection: New Life (3DS)
  • June 26 - Major Wii U DLC for 3D World, Pikmin 3 or NSMBU (Wii U)
  • August 8 - Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
  • August 22 - Surprise Game Revealed Earlier in the Year That Is Metroid or Star Fox In My Wildest Dreams (3DS) 

I’ll keep the oddly specific theme here, but I’m honestly stumped as to what other than Smash Bros. and Hyrule Warriors will hit in the latter half of 2014. Let’s look at last year: Pokémon X/Y was revealed in January. 3D World was revealed at E3 in June and was only teased in January when Wind Waker HD was first announced. Link Between Worlds was announced in April. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team was revealed in February alongside New Super Luigi U. So screw it, here’s a list: 

  • September 12 - Full Art Academy Game (Wii U)
  • September 26 - Pokémon Z (3DS)
  • October 10 - X (Wii U) or Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem (Wii U) (the one not here is delayed at E3 quietly and everyone cries)
  • October 24 - Sonic and Mario Crossover Platformer Made By Sega On Lost World Engine (Wii U/3DS)
  • November 7 - Some Big-Ass Surprise That Hopefully Is Metroid Or Something (3DS)
  • November 14 - Hyrule Warriors (Wii U) and Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS)
  • November 21 - Super Smash Bros. (Wii U/3DS)
  • December 5 - A Pleasant Surprise That Hopefully is F-Zero Or Something (Wii U)


KhushrenadaJanuary 06, 2014


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 07, 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.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterJanuary 07, 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

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterJanuary 07, 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.

KhushrenadaJanuary 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...



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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