We are back with our third week of our E3 Predictions and this week we are talking about Nintendo. It's pretty much common knowledge that this is a gigantic year for Nintendo who is set to take the curtain off the Wii U. Will Nintendo stick close to what they showed us last year or are we in for some surprises at Nintendo's conference this year. Check out what our editors are predicting for Nintendo this year at E3 2012.
You Got Skylanders in my Pokemon, by Allen Kesinger
The leaked Rayman Legends video could be a very compelling piece of evidence that Nintendo has finally locked an idea down of what can be accomplished with the Wii U. The biggest reveal was the use of Skylander-related tech within the tablet that will allow players to manipulate the game using real world objects. Taking that into consideration, I predict that Nintendo will show off a new Pokemon launch title that, like Skylanders, will work using toy figures equipped with RFID chips.
Nintendo Continues Not Redesigning 3DS - Hiram Mojica
I know that Nintendo can be a bit of a frustrating company. However, most people can agree on one thing- their hardware is some of the most well-designed out there. The fact there there are so many complaints about things on the 3DS means that they’ll probably redesign it at some point- but now is not that time. It’s too soon, and they’re still focusing on getting sales up and finally get the 3DS to a point where every sale is profitable. I know you want a second circle pad, but you’ll have to deal with the Pro until then, and by ‘then’, I mean next E3.
If they were to do it this year, it would also interrupt the hype train rolling out for the WiiU. After the flub of their announcement last year, they’re definitely going to spend more time talking about the fact that it’s totally a sequel to the Wii, and less time on a redesigned 3DS. Plus, the record shows- it was TWO years later that they announced the DS Lite. So expect a 3DS+ (or 3DS Pro) for a next year announcement.
Nintendo Announces F-Zero, by Jake Stroth
Nintendo wants to bring back the hardcore with the Wii U, so they will need to announce a new game for them to get excited about. While Zelda or Metroid would be an easy choice, I think that announcing a new F-Zero would go a long way to making fans accept the new system. Nintendo could do some really neat things with the tablet controller and the high speed racing of F-Zero, which would further convince developers of the consoles potential.
Nintendo Makes Nice with Square, by Adam Condra
Nintendo is going to talk a lot about its relationship with 3rd party devs this year, but one company will take special prominence among them: Square-Enix. The two erstwhile game wizards will come back together with a pledge from Square to support Nintendo with their best core franchises. A Final Fantasy XIII Collection will be announced for Wii U as the first step, along with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 3(D) for the 3DS, and a teaser for Kingdom Hearts 3.
Smash Bros 3DS Information Overload, by Ashley
The 3DS has had a difficult launch year, but the one title that everyone is highly anticipated for is Super Smash Bros. 3DS. Although its development only began recently, we should hopefully get plenty of details on it, particularly how its recently announced Wii U/3DS connectivity will function. It could serve a wide array of functions, but a likely and adventurous prediction is that the game will feature cross-platform online multiplayer.
That's all she wrote for our first part of our Nintendo E3 predictions. Come back tomorrow 5/22 at Noon Pacific time for our second part of our Nintendo E3 predictions.
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