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 part two our our predictions for Nintendo this year at E3 2012.
Nintendo Reminds Us Why They’re Awesome - Wii U Redesigned, by Jonathan Miley
When the original Wii was announced, I thought it looked awful. From the controller to the way the controller was used to the name. I didn’t like any of it. But it grew on me over the course of the year before its launch. As flawed as I think its execution was, I think it was a good idea. But I’m not going to lie, when the WiiU was announced I thought it was worse than awful. And I still think that.
I think Nintendo is going to take this E3 not just to show off and hype its new console. That’s a given. I think they’re going to a show off a completely redesigned console with a new name. I don’t think the Nintendo (which is what I hope it is called) will be a fundamentally different console, just that it will look different. A change mirroring the differences between the DS and the DS Lite. This new Nintendo will be sleeker, smaller, and sharper in design with a controller that actually looks comfortable to play.
The 3DS is Doing Just Fine, Thank You Very Much, by Nick Kummert
Of course Nintendo is going to talk about their new system, but there is going to be some special time for their new handheld.
Oddly, despite breaking sales records in both Japan and the US, the 3DS still hasn't broken free of the bad press it got post-price cut. A number of great titles have been announced during e Nintendo direct events, I think we are going to see follow up on those, as well as more modern online functionality for the handheld. But yes, Wii U should be the first thing on the agenda.
Look Skyward, Again!, by Joel Szerlip
I among many were shocked that Nintendo decided to stick to their guns and bring The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword to the Nintendo Wii. Based upon what we have seen from those emulating the game on the PC, the game can look gorgeous in HD. Combine that with the tablet controller which would be perfect for item management and maps and you have a sure fire hit at launch. Lets face it most people gave their Wii’s to their grandma and missed out on Skyward Sword, Nintendo would be crazy not to bring the franchise to the Wii U. At least I think they would be anyways.
Bringing out the big guns, by Charlie Osterlund
The Wii U looks really promising; hardcore and AAA-titles, motion controls that doesn’t make you look stupid while using them, visuals almost on-par with Microsoft’s and Sony’s consoles and most likely the usual offering of Nintendo exclusives to back it all up. While Nintendo’s press conferences has usually bored me to tears, I really think that Nintendo might actually have a couple of Aces up their sleeves this year and seeing how they’re first with a new console, Nintendo might actually provide some really stiff competition for their competitors.
Killer Line Up For The 3DS by Alexander
As Nintendo probably will not announce a redesign for their current handheld system this year, to improve on features that have been added, such as a second analogue disk through a peripheral. It would be great to see them rejuvenate their fan’s love for the brand through a huge line up of strong first party games. All the big hitters should be there, a new Zelda game, a couple of Mario games a la Mario Kart or Super Mario 3D Land 2 and a New Metroid game. Even if these games were not released in the next year, giving fans hope instead of leaving them hanging, would be a great change for Nintendo.
That's all she wrote for the second part of our Nintendo E3 Predictions. Come back next week for our final installment in the series where we predict what the third party companies have up their sleeves for E3 2012. Until then check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Microsoft E3 2012 predictions, as well as Part 1 and Part 2 of our Sony E3 2012 predictions.
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