E3 2013 is almost upon us and in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Microsoft and Sony, all eyes are on Nintendo and what they may bring to ‘wow’ gamers worldwide.
Aside from an onslaught of new Wii U details last year, as well as the official reveal of Pikmin 3 and other first party games, Nintendo’s 2012 conference could be considered lacklustre – though compared to those of the other two it was marginally better in my opinion.
Given that both Microsoft and Sony are gearing up to show off their next-generation consoles, Sony already having given the world a sneak peak at the PlayStation 4 back in February, you can expect a lot of eyes to be on either these two.
To really leave its mark on E3 2013, Nintendo needs to really push some super-amazing announcements. When you consider the types of reveals that have occurred during the company’s Nintendo Direct broadcasts this year one can only imagine what they’re holding back.
So without further delay, this is what I’m predicting Nintendo will show at this year’s E3.
3D Mario, Wind Waker HD, Smash Bros. and more!
I’m kickstarting with a widely known fact, first party games like a new 3D Mario, the next Mario Kart for Wii U, the new Super Smash Bros. game and possibly the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will certainly show up in some shape or form during the press conference, or even on the show floor.
And with good reason. While we all know these games are coming it’s nice for Nintendo to shove them all into our face, so even if they’re still aways off it gives current and potential Wii U owners something to look forward to.
Wii U and 3DS Nintendo eShop combine!
Some time during 2012 Nintendo stated they planned to unify the separate eShops for Wii U and 3DS, and I’m hoping given the company’s strong push in the digital arena the past 12 months it’s likely Nintendo will outline their road map for this during its press conference.
So how would it work? How could both these platforms share the one eShop? The answer lies in the Wii U’s Nintendo Network ID. Bringing this new type of profile system to the handheld will users to log into the eShop, browse content across both 3DS and Wii U (and vice versa – which sort of what Wii U owners can already do in some form), purchase and possibly even prompt automatic downloads to either system.
Third Party Support
I’m prepared to eat my following words if this doesn’t end up being true, but thinking back to most of the Nintendo Directs that have aired in 2013 I’m hard pressed to think of the company really pushing a lot of third party support outside of its Japanese partners.
Given E3 is the largest gaming event of the year, and many non-gaming media outlets will have their eye firmly placed upon it, this would be the ideal time for Nintendo to lay a smackdown, revealing new third party titles for Wii U.
Sure, there’s already a strong line-up in the form of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and more, but as we all know critics of the console appear to have sand in their private areas and scoff at such AAA heavy weights appearing on the console.
If Nintendo wanted to steal the show, they’d invite someone from Rockstar Games to announce Grand Theft Auto V for Wii U.
Release dates galore
Nintendo are great at showing us what’s coming to their systems in the future, but are just as good at not telling us when. E3 would be a perfect time to generate buzz among gamers by revealing the release date, even if they stretch into 2014, of several of their key first party titles.
While I know the company likes to keep things rather close to the chest, and prefer to hold off as long as possible to ensure the right amount of development time, dates can always be pushed back – something Nintendo is not afraid to do. Given gamers a tangible date to look forward to speaks volumes.
Ask anyone who’s been following Nintendo’s E3 press conferences for more than a decade and they’ll tell you the best ones are usually when a new, fully fledged console Zelda game is announced. And yes, I know 2013 is already chock-full of Zelda, but even a single image showing concept art for a new Wii U game would be met with thunderous applause.
Imagine Reggie saying goodbye and walking off stage. The lights dim and epic music begins to stir. Suddenly a rough trailer showing a high-def Link riding across the plains of Hyrule. Epic win.
Agree with any of the above predictions? Disagree? Have a few of your own you want to let us know about? Sound off in the comments below!