E3 Predictions: The Big Three
Posted on Tuesday, May 24 @ 12:19:26 Eastern by Anthony Severino
E3 is the biggest industry trade show of the year, and it's only two weeks away! Every year, new games are revealed and hardware announcements are made. And GR will be there live to bring you all the happenings straight from the show floor. We're live-blogging all of the conferences. We're booked for exclusive looks at the hottest games coming from the annual event. The only thing that's left is to take a look into our crystal ball and give our best shot at predicting the future.
We've put Nintendo first, because there's always going to be a special place for Nintendo at GR. As they say, you never forget your first love. They're also first because all eyes are going to be on Nintendo--they're announcing a new console, ya know! There's bound to be some 3DS-related announcements, new games, and more.
That's the codename for Nintendo's new console. It's also been called the Stream. Whatever it is, the name is definitely going to be revealed at their press conference. Expect to see it, and its funky new controllers to be demonstrated on stage for the very first time.
All of that is pretty much a given. We're going as far to boldly predict that part of the system's "planned" launch offering will be demonstrated using whatever new tech is lurking in those controllers.
There's also a strong possibility that we're going to see a repeat of what happened with The Twilight Princess, where it was released on both the Gamecube and the Wii, with the Wii version taking advantage of the new hardware, specifically the controller. Look for a similar announcement to be made about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Why? Because nothing sells consoles like The Legend of Zelda or...
Mario. Among other familiar faces, Nintendo is going to pull out the big gun: everyone's favorite plumber.
Lastly, we have a feeling that Nintendo has realized that the casual gamers don't buy games beyond Wii Fit and the occasional Mario. And if your partners aren't happily selling their software, your hardware is going to get old fast. Nintendo is likely going to be looking to lure some of the hardcore gamers back with some fresh, more mature IPs, and more important of all, a real online infrastructure with a real friends list, along with Nintendo's version of achievements.
Don't be surprised, though, if the "Wii 2" does not have components beyond those found in the current Xbox 360 or PS3. The strategy of the Wii is to sell less powerful hardware at affordable rates, and they will likely continue this strategy with this console update, though they will bank on innovation elsewhere. I'm also ready for a Star Fox title.]
Oh and plenty of integration with the...
The 3DS released with quite a bang. But not the good kind. More like the "too drunk to even sit, fall of the toilet and hit your head on the sink" type of bang. Pre-release buzz was stronger than Lady Gaga's vibrator. After launch? It was more like having your phone on vibrate in your coat pocket--we just didn't feel it. The biggest problem was the lack of really good games, and the tough sales even in Japan will likely spur Nintendo into announcing as many games in development as they can, almost in a panic.
Expect updates on Kid Icarus: Uprising, Snake Eater 3D, Mario, and other anticipated titles. A 3D Paper Mario or Star Fox would be good idea. Like Project Café, there should be plenty of new IPs and familiar faces. There should be a heavy focus on the 3DS' unique feature set, like the built-in gryoscope, augmented reality, StreetPass or SpotPass functionality. Hopefully it's enough to reinvigorate Nintendo's latest handheld.
We wouldn't at all be surprised if we saw the 3DS be able to double as a controller for Project Café, making it a little more appealing to anyone interested in both.
With the 3DS eShop is launching just one day before Nintendo's conference, they'll more than likely outline some future content and features.
Nintendo promises that there are still some surprises left for Wii-owners. We doubt it. We'll see a Skyward Sword release date, for sure. Probably a new Mario, maybe even a Mario Party, Kart, etc. But it's not going to be enough to draw in any new consumers. Not when there's a new console on the horizon.
There definitely won't be another Wii Music (we hope) and we're expecting the Vitality Sensor to be without a pulse.
Look out for vultures, crows and other scavengers to circle the conference, because we're calling it: The Wii is dead.
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