In our final look at the big three press conferences, we chat about Nintendo and, unsurprisingly, the big thing on everyone's lips is the Wii U. Will they announce features and specs? What of the console's launch lineup? Will it get a rebranding? And what of the 3DS? Nintendo have a second chance following last year's fiasco to set the record straight.
Oh those guys. Those ******* guys. After an E3 presentation last year which left me horribly disappointed it’s time for take two of the Wii U’s unveiling, but this time they have to absolutely 100% nail it. My hope is that they have used the last year to allow multiple tablet controllers to connect to a console, and perhaps even allow for streaming a game to a tablet over the internet so you can properly play on the go (you know, like the name “Project Café” implied.)
No doubt we will get a smothering of Mario-based products, Zelda will make an appearance, and we will see their attempt to make the 3DS relevant to the casual buyer market, but what I really want is for Nintendo to start being more adventurous and grab my interest in their games again. A guy can dream, eh?
No pressure, Nintendo. Last year's E3 press conference was a confusing, embarrassing, disastrous shambles that left the gaming community bemused and concerned, so they absolutely have to nail the Wii U reveal this time around. We need specs. We need launch titles - first party as well as third. We need footage. Features. 3DS connectivity. If you actually bother to tell us things, Nintendo, we can get excited about the Wii U ahead of its Christmas launch.
E3 is where the hype machine has to slip into a higher gear, so it's time to bring out the big guns. Heavy hitters like Mario, Zelda, SSB and even Metroid would be a good place to start... and just what is Retro Studios working on?
On the 3DS side of things, hopefully Animal Crossing 3D and Luigi's Mansion 2 will be making an anticipated appearance, preferably flanked by a few surprises.
Nintendo have a lot to prove at this year’s E3. Their announcement of the ‘Wii U’ was an absolute disaster last time round, and left many scratching their heads as to what the tablet controller was actually for. This is their chance then, to clarify exactly what a ‘Wii U’ is and why we should be excited about it. Some genuine gameplay footage will probably be their first port of call, given that much of last year’s presentation was speculative. I’ll push the boat out and say that a new Metroid title may well be on the cards, and we’ll get our first glimpse of it next week.
That’s not to say that the 3DS will be ignored. Nintendo are still keen to push their (relatively) new handheld device, and with Kid Icarus being released to rave reviews, could we be enjoying a follow up announcement at this year’s expo? Of course, Nintendo are famously reluctant to push brand new IPs, and I would go so far as to say that not a single in-house franchise will be announced that we haven’t seen before. If I’m cynical Nintendo, it’s because you made me this way...
Nintendo screwed the pooch last year when it came to presenting the Wii U for the first time, but everything will be forgotten and forgiven if they can give us just one thing: games. We don't even need specs, just games. We'll be able to tell how shiny they are from looking at the inevitable swathe of trailers; the games themselves will let us know how the tablet feeds into everything, but I want to see names: Mario, Luigi, Zelda, Samus, Kirby. Anything. It'll all be for nothing unless they can show us some freaking games! I reckon Link and Samus will almost certainly be at the party.
There'll be some 3DS stuff, with Luigi's Mansion 2 still to emerge, and I sincerely hope that they bring Pokemon Black/White 2 to the party. Nintendo probably won't break news of new IP, but it'd be nice to see older franchises return. Why the hell there's not been a new F-Zero annouced for either platform is utterly beyond me.
Third parties will make an appearance again, sharing the stage with Iwata and Shigsy, and pontificating on how it's good to see Nintendo "back", but there's a sense that Nintendo have a second pass this time around. They dropped the ball last time, but this is the chance to have another crack...and maybe a rebrand while they're at it.
When it comes to Nintendo I'm going to be very boring and simply say that I'll be happy as long as we get to see, or indeed hear, something substantial in regards to the Wii U.
Also, the sales figures and reviews for Ocarina Of Time 3D prove that The Legend Of Zelda series continues to endear itself to new generations, and Nintendo would be mad not to announce another game in the series. I want Mario, and his karting hobby; I want Kirby and Samus and Fox. I want Super Smash Bros for Wii U or 3DS.
There'll be more announcements from 3rd parties, detailing more games being brought over to the Wii U, but we need a launch lineup to get excited about and we need it now.