OPINION – Mr. Fuego’s Nintendo E3 Predictions!

The most exciting time of the gaming calendar is here; it’s E3 Predictions time! I have 12 predictions lined up, and hopefully at least a few will be correct. Wait, who am I kidding? My predictions are 100% accurate! Let’s GOOOOOO…!

New Animal Crossing — Wii U

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I think a new Animal Crossing title will likely be announced for Wii U. It’ll run at 1080p, 60fps (okay, they probably won’t mention this, but if ANIMAL CROSSING can’t manage it nothing can). Honestly that would be all I’d need to know, but I think to entice more players they just might go a little further. So what’s different from past games? I think it might be expanded online support with big online features.

Star Fox Online Competitive Multiplayer Shown!

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We all know Nintendo are going to show the new Star Fox game at E3, but I think there will be more than just a single player mode shown. I predict we’ll see an online multiplayer mode too! After all, Tadashi Sugiyama and Takaya Imamura, the producer and director of Steel Diver Sub Wars are producing/directing Star Fox along with Miyamoto — and I have a reliable source on that! WIKIPEDIA! Undeniable!

New Metroid — Wii U and/or 3DS

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I think a new Metroid title is very possible this year. So far Metroid games have been played from either a 2D perspective (most games), or in first-person (Prime games). But that doesn’t mean it’ll always be that way. In 2012 Miyamoto said “the kind of ideas I have on Metroid [are reflected in Metroid Blast].” — a game played from a third-person perspective. Traversal is a major theme in Metroid games, and a third-person perspective would mean the precision and feel of Samus’s movement could be improved. So I think a third-person view is reasonably likely, too. And if that’s right, Platinum are revealing something this year…

Zelda Wii U Mentioned

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Nintendo may have said Zelda Wii U won’t be in their Digital Event, but I see through their lies. I’m predicting it’ll be mentioned! That’s right, MENTIONED! Hah, I see through your lies Nintendo! Bold Prediction, right? Wait, that doesn’t actually contradict what they said? Oh… Okay, I predict Aonuma will pop up to talk about it… briefly. I’m not exactly expecting much from Zelda, but they can’t just ignore it.

Pokémon Game With Amiibo Support — Wii U and/or 3DS

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Pokémon Amiibo are pretty much useless in anything but Smash Bros., despite being one of Nintendo’s most beloved brands. But they’ve got to be used for something, right? I predict Nintendo will show a new Pokémon game at E3, launching alongside a fully-supported “Pokémon” line of Amiibo.

Something First Party & Exciting — 3DS

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The 3DS’s 2015 lineup has been pretty sparse so far. In terms of new first-party retail games there has been… one?! Something exciting’s gotta be announced at E3. I’m just not sure what it could be. I’m expecting and hoping the next main series Pokémon will be announced and released next year, it’s too soon for Zelda, and there’s already been a new IP gamble for 3DS. There has to be something big here for 3DS fans, and it’ll be exciting to find out what it is.

A Lot More Third-Party & Exciting — 3DS

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Monster Hunter. Yokai Watch. The Great Ace Attorney. Bravely Second. Dragon Quest VIII. There are quite a few third-party 3DS games that have a strong chance of showing up, even if Nintendo don’t have anything exciting themselves. I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of future 3DS titles are Japanese third-party & ported titles. Wii U needs strong first-party support, but 3DS can survive with less, meaning Nintendo can gear up game development for their next system instead.

Xenoblade X Release Date

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Xenoblade X will get a release date. I predict November. I’m excited. That’s it.

GameCube Virtual Console or Remake

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We’ll either get a GameCube remake, or finally get GameCube games to download, methinks. Something GameCube-ish. Depends on whether it’s possible to get GameCube games to work with the GamePad, really. GAMES. Mario Sunshine is my bet for a remake.

Club Nintendo Replacement/Better Account Features Mentioned

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Existing owners of Wii U and 3DS know how bad the account system is, so this would bizarrely be a really exciting announcement. Making accounts more user-friendly with features like cross-buy and linking-downloads-to-your-account-so-if-your-system-breaks-you-still-have-access-to-them would not go unnoticed by fans. I don’t think they’ll go to deep into their new online system, but I think it will be at least mentioned.

Smash Bros., Splatoon, & Mario Kart 8 Content!

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I think we’ll get new DLC Content for Smash, Splatoon and Mario Kart 8. I’m not sure what will come to Splatoon and Kart, but Street Fighter music files were found in Smash 3DS update data back in April, and they’re pretty much confirmed to be real at this point. I predict he’ll be revealed on Sunday’s Smash Bros. Presentation (which was correct! (I wrote this on Friday)). As for returning characters, I think Wolf will be shown at the Digital Event, and Roy might show up alongside Ryu on Sunday. I also think new, unseen stages are likely to show up.

Wait, this was already announced today (and caused some server problems in the process)!

New Retro Studios Game, Not Metroid — Wii U

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Personally I’d like to see Retro tackle something new and let another team work on Metroid, and actually think that’s fairly likely. Either way, I’m certain Retro will show their newest game this year. It could be a new entry in any number of Nintendo series, or even a totally new concept.

So there — those are my predictions for this year’s Nintendo E3 Presentations! You can post your own in the comments, if you want. I don’t really mind. Nope, doesn’t bother me.


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Wii Games Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Good news: Wii U is getting brand new additions to its Virtual Console! Sadly though, if you’re hoping for Gamecube games, you’ll have to hope on. Nintendo have skipped an entire generation, and are going to be offering Wii games for download from the eShop from today.

Although the Wii U is backwards compatible with disc based Wii games, the process is a little fiddly as you have to put the Wii U into Wii mode, which means that the pro controller and GamePad physical controls cannot be used. The great news is that these new downloads will install on the main Wii U menu, and if the original editions supported the classic controller then they may be playable with the Wii U Gamepad.

Confirmed games for the service are as follows:

Super Mario Galaxy – Out Now

Donkey Kong Country Returns (Europe only) and Punch Out!! (North America only) – Out 22/1

Metroid Prime Trilogy – Out 29/1

All of the above games will be available at half price for the first week they’re on sale, and Nintendo are also planning more releases with Kirby’s Adventure, Punch Out!!, Pandora’s Tower and Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies confirmed for Europe. Regular pricing will be around the $20/€20/£18 mark.

Unfortunately there’s no word of an upgrade service for owners of the original discs, and this seems unlikely to change as Nintendo have said these downloads are aimed at people who missed out on the games first time around. Will you be downloading any Wii games?


Amiibo, Smash And More – Nintendo PR Announcement

Pre-Orders for First 12 amiibo Figures Kick off Nintendo’s Holiday Season

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo has prepared a massive lineup of new games and products for the 2014 holiday season. The lineup includes new entries from some of the biggest franchises in gaming, new hardware bundles for Wii U and Nintendo 2DS, and new amiibo interactive figures featuring some of the most iconic characters in the world of video games.

The holiday shopping season begins today for Nintendo fans, as the first 12 amiibo interactive figures become available for pre-order at a suggested retail price of just $12.99 each. The first dozen characters available for pre-order at select retailers are Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer, with more on the way in the future.

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Want To Replay The Classic Turok Games On Wii U? Then Make Your Voice Heard!

Let’s go back to the late 90’s for a second. It was a dark and stormy night and all you had to keep you and your friends entertained is a Nintendo 64 with several cartridges, you pick one from random, that game was Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. The Turok games on the Nintendo 64 were considered revolutionary by many as it broke away from the ‘corridor shooters’ that were popular on home consoles, such as DOOM. Though Goldeneye is considered the ultimate shooter for the N64, Turok still holds its own in many gamer’s hearts.

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If you were one of those gamers but sold your copies of Turok, then you’re in luck as you could relive those ends nights of shooting those pesky dinos. Classic Media (a subsidiary of Dremworks) currently own the rights to the Turok franchise and have recently said to various fans that they are interested in reviving the franchise by bringing some of the classic games to the Virtual Console for Nintendo Wii U. All you need to do is to make your voice heard by emailing them at info@classicmedia.tv .

So what are you waiting for? Start your emailing! What Turok game would you want to replay?

Source – GoNintendo