E3 is just around the corner. Now’s the Time where predictions start flourishing, leaks start creeping out from unknown crevices. It’s a joyous time indeed.
A lot rides on E3. Maybe the excitement has died down compared to past events, but none the less, it is still relevant and plays a role in marketing and bringing new games to light. From a fan perspective, this is almost like the Super Bowl, or WrestleMania of gaming events. There’s a lot as a fan that I would love to see happen. Most of the time, it’s things of dreams, but it doesn’t hurt to have hope. It might for some.
Here is a quick break down of my thoughts of what we’ll be seeing from Nintendo, along with a particular wish that I think most are wanting as well.
The 100% Confirmed Appearances
Super Mario Odyssey
Easily Nintendo’s biggest project right now. The game is slated for this year. I personally don’t see any delays happening in regards to this one, so I would expect Nintendo to go full steam ahead with this. It looks like it’ll be fun, and will be nice to see how the new hat mechanics play out in Mario fashion. I’m sure we’ll be getting something unique here.
ARMS had me sold from the moment it was announced. It looks to bring in a smash brothers type brawler in a much more casual package. The inclusion of motion controls seems to make sense for this type of game. It is also oozing with style. Being a new IP by Nintendo and the great feed back fans have provided from the test punch demo, I definitely cannot wait to see how well the game does once it’s released in a few weeks.
Given the success of the first entry in the series, Splatoon 2 is coming, and we’ll be seeing more of it. Whether we’ll be seeing something drastically new is yet to be seen. So far, there isn’t much in the way of new features, besides some content additions. So it will more or less feel like the original, but that isn’t a bad thing, given how well received the first Splatoon was received.
What Would Be Nice to Hear?
There’s a few things that haven’t been 100% confirmed for this E3, but would make sense if we hear something about it at least.
Super Smash Bros. for Switch
Given Nintendo’s trend to bring over Wii U games to the Switch, and having much success with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I don’t think it would be too far fetched to expect some word on Smash Brothers coming to the Switch. I’m confident this will include all the DLC that was available for the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game.
What would be a nice added bonus, and would entice me pick this up with no delay, is if there was inclusion of one or more new characters. I realistically don’t think this will happen, since the game is quite popular in the competitive gaming, and introducing new characters now may force them to re-balance the game. But one can dream that Solid Snake would make a return one day. He was one of my favourites in Brawl!
Nintendo’s New Online Service
We haven’t heard anything on this since it was announced that the new online service would be subscription based, and would be available near the end of this year. I’m sure Nintendo is busy at work to get things up to speed, as they’ve lacked in this department for too long. I’m hoping we will get some word about the new service and exactly what we will get for the cost of admission.
Again, like the online service, we haven’t had any information as to when or how this will come to the Switch. It would be good to hear about what’s to come, most notably when we should expect to see the first rollout of games. I am personally more interested to see if Nintendo comes up with a way for users to carry over past purchases that are already tied into Nintendo accounts. I would hate to have to buy the same titles all over again.
My One Wish…
The one thing I would love Nintendo to reveal, without giving too much away, let’s elude to the following tweet.
It would be delicious indeed. This is a tweet from Retro Studios tweeting a picture of Prime rib. Yes, that’s right, PRIIIIIME rib! To get something out of the way, I admit it’s absurd that a picture of prime rib would even get me thinking down this path, but this is a a wish, a dream, so I’m going ahead with it.
Now it could be entirely possible, Retro Studios being located in Austin, Texas, that they just love BBQ food and this just goes along with with other tweets of them showing off other BBQ goodies. But let’s forget all that for a second, and assume that Retro Studios are marketing wizards, and know a picture of Prime rib will get Nintendo fans lusting over the possibility of a reveal for a new Metroid Prime game. Whether it’s called, Metroid Prime 4, Metroid Prime Ribs, or Metroid Prime 4: Ribley’s Revenge, fans would welcome it.
There are many reasons why one would think there would be talks of this. Over the past few years, some of the titles have teased us with some cliff hangars at the end of their games. Both Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid Prime: Federation Force both tease some figure (most likely Sylux) following Samus and stealing Metroids. There is definitely a subtle premise being setup, it’s just a matter of time when this could be shown.
However it’s most likely not going to happen. Simply because Nintendo is quite committed to promoting Super Mario Odyssey, ARMS and Splatoon 2, that they would probably not want to have a potential Metroid game take away their glory, especially given that ARMS is a new IP and Splatoon is also quite new to the scene. Also, if Nintendo were to show off a Metroid game, it’s likely it wouldn’t be released for a long long time, and that would risk having the hype and impact of a reveal being subdued if done too early. But again, one can dream. Whether it be a full blown trailer, or simply a logo reveal, I would be snatching a Switch up ASAP.
Well there’s my take on what’s happening this E3 for Nintendo. What are your thoughts of what we’ll be seeing? Do you have any dream reveals? Let’s get chattin’ in the comments!