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GameRevolution's Predictions For 2013

Posted on Sunday, January 6 @ 12:00:00 Eastern by Alex_Osborn



Majora's Mask 3DS Announced


Ever since Nintendo released a touched-up version of Ocarina of Time for 3DS, fans have been crying out for a 3DS version of Majora's Mask as well. Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto has hinted at the possibility in the past, so there's reason to believe we'll see it at some point—hopefully this year. If for some reason we don't get a 3DS remake, I'll cry I'd suspect we'll see a brand-new Zelda game for Nintendo's handheld.

After all, we've already got 3D and 2D Mario games and a Mario Kart, so it stands to reason that Nintendo would want to lay off the platforming plumber on 3DS in 2013 and focus on everyone's favorite sword-wielding elf.

 


Proper 3D Mario Game Revealed For Wii U, Dubbed Super Mario Universe 

It has only been a couple of years since the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2, but for many of us, that's long enough of a wait for a new 3D Mario title on console. Expect Nintendo to wow the world at E3 with a reveal of Super Mario Universe (emphasis on the 'U'), which will have all the Wii U haters out there eating their words. Judging by how stunning Mario Galaxy 1 and were on Wii, it's safe to assume that Mario Universe will be the most visually impressive game that Nintendo has ever released.

With only a few exclusive titles confirmed for release this year on Wii U, one would hope this new 3D Mario would be out in time for the holiday season. If not, let's hope Nintendo's got something else up their sleeve like a new IP or perhaps Metroid Prime 4.




Steam (And PC Gaming In General) Gets Overshadowed By New Console Hardware


Right now, PC gaming is all the rage. This past year, the Xbox 360 and PS3 have really started showing their age, which has caused many gamers to shift their focus toward Steam and the wonderful world of computer gaming. There's been talk of Valve launching a dedicated Steam Box this year, but even if they do, I'm fairly certain that all the excitement will dissipate the moment we get our hands on the next-gen hardware.

There are a couple of noteworthy PC-exclusive titles coming out this year, but as amazing as the new SimCity may be, I don't think it will be enough to pull gamers away from their shiny new Xbox and/or PlayStation.




Sony Unveils Cloud-Streaming Service Plans, Provides Access To Entire Library Of PSone And PS2 Games


You're just plain fooling yourself if you don't think cloud gaming will play a major role in the future of gaming. Sony made that very clear last year when it purchased Gaikai. We still have no idea exactly how this acquisition will come into play down the road, but it's safe to assume that it will be a major part of Sony's online effort going forward with the PlayStation 4.

The original PlayStation and PS2 both have incredible libraries loaded with hundreds of great games, so I expect their cloud service will offer the ability to stream games from the prior generations for a monthly fee. Perhaps they'll add a new tier to PlayStation Plus, where premium subscribers get streaming access to Sony's suite of classics. Will it encompass the PlayStation 3's library? Definitely not right away, but I could see it happening down the line. And what's to say this service doesn't extend to the PS Vita as well?




The Last Guardian Announced As Launch Title For PlayStation 4

Last but certainly not least, we have one final prediction, and it's regarding The Last Guardian. This poor game has been chronically delayed, with virtually no hope of ever seeing the light of day. Oddly enough, however, Sony refuses to confess that the game is dead. As such, I'm willing to bet that they've been slaving away to make this a launch title for the PlayStation 4. It certainly would explain why it has been so long since we've seen a glimpse of it in action.

Plus, this would be a great way to stir up excitement for Sony's new console. Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most highly revered titles that is exclusive to the PlayStation platform, so convincing gamers to shell out a hefty sum of cash for a new piece of hardware will be a whole lot easier with such a compelling game to go along with it.

But enough wild guessing from us. What surprises do you think 2013 has in store for gamers? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. 

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