Predictions For Nintendo During E3
For the second year in a row, Nintendo will not be taking part in its own press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo from June 10 to June 12, 2014. It goes without saying that E3 will have the attention of many an online marketing company.
Instead, Nintendo will take to the digital front, hosting a show that Nintendo fans and video game enthusiasts alike will have to log in to watch. This does not take away from the excitement of Nintendo’s upcoming announcements. In fact, even the most indifferent of gamers towards Nintendo should be even the slightest bit inquisitive.
When it comes to video game-related news, Nintendo is arguably the most secretive business. They do not unveil details until they are entirely comfortable doing so. A noble frame of mind, without question, but one that can undoubtedly test the patience of the gaming masses. This does not mean, though, that Nintendo fans are unable to make predictions. Here are just a few aspects that I see either being unveiled or expanded upon by Nintendo come E3.
One of the underutilized features of the Wii U Gamepad is its NFC chip. In fact, the only game that seemed to make use out of it was the eShop-exclusive title known as “Pokemon Rumble U.” However, with news of Nintendo releasing its own figurines, not unlike the highly popular “Skylanders” and “Disney Infinity” series, I can see Nintendo expanding on this idea further. We only know minute details about the figurines, which should raise a few questions? Which characters will they feature? How will they work with Wii U software? As someone who sees the value in ideas like this, color me interested.
Super Smash Bros.
Easily one of Nintendo’s greatest money-makers, Nintendo fans have been clamoring for more information in regards to Super Smash Bros. for both the Wii U and 3DS. With new characters and stages being unveiled at a trickle, perhaps E3 will be the platform where even bigger stories will be unveiled. Ideally, I would like to learn more about potential story modes for the latest Super Smash Bros. incarnation. I would like to know how extensive said modes will be and what it is that they include as far as unlockables are concerned. It’s safe to say that Nintendo will touch on this franchise during E3.
Metroid for Wii U or 3DS
At this point, I’m sure that Metroid fans would be pleased with either console receiving this level of treatment. Not since “Metroid: Other M,” released back in 2010, have fans been treated to a game in this condensed, shadowy series. The series has a wide audience, though, and it’s safe to say that Nintendo is saving an announcement like this for E3. If this potential entry in the series does come to fruition, though, it should focus on what made the series popular to begin with: exploration and the sense of dread that comes with it.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
This is perhaps the safest bet, though given Nintendo’s secretive nature – as alluded to earlier – it’s difficult to say what it will entail. However, I believe that the time is right for Nintendo to unveil more details on the latest Zelda game that it touched upon earlier. All that we really know about this game is coming to the Wii U and that, according to Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, we would know more about it at E3. There’s a sense of excitement that comes with a newly-announced Zelda game and I expect this to be no different. Amongst all of these predictions, Zelda has arguably the most hype behind it.
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