Hello all, and welcome to our second Gamnesia Roundtable of the week! What a lovely Tuesday it is, too.
We’ve been very good boys and girls here at Gamnesia. It’s time for a well-deserved holiday. Sleigh bells will ring, chestnuts will pop, and menorahs will be ignited. We are all united as one as we board the hype train to E3 2013, no matter what holiday one celebrates.
The Gamnesia staff has composed their respective wishlists for Santa (who is real). This is what we hope to see at E3 this year. Reality checks go out the window, and some staff members prove to be more naughty than nice.
Take a look at our wishlists below!
Luke Powers (Copy Editor)
5) Tobuscus. Toby Turner is hilarious and I hope he will be there. ‘Nuff said.
4) Suikoden? Anybody? What happened to this franchise? Suikoden Tierkreis was the last Suikoden game we got localized. It saddens me that we haven’t seen another entry. In my opinion, the series was always strong, and the Suikoden formula works. (Except for the ships.)
3) Everyone decides they will give their newest consoles backwards compatibility! I understand the alleged additional cost of creating consoles that are backwards compatible, but come on! This is a tired excuse for companies to get more money by rereleasing the games on their online stores or in HD. I have been playing PlayStation
for at least half of my life; let me play FFVIII or Lunar 2 Eternal Blue.
2) Majora’s Mask HD. You can always hope… I don’t even need to explain this one. Ocarina of Time 3D, a new Link to the Past game, Wind Waker HD… Nintendo is just toying with us at this point.
1) A NEW console from Nintendo, or at least another price drop on the 3DS. Perhaps I am growing cynical in my old age, but I see little difference between the Wii and the Wii U, and less between the DS and the 3DS. Nintendo has set the bar for themselves to make innovative and different consoles, and I feel that they aren’t doing that, which is fine […]. Why fix it if it isn’t broken? But be aware that you have set a precedent.
Barry Herbers (Associate Editor)
5) I’d like to see more details on CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It looks like a very interesting Western RPG, and I really like a lot of the concepts the team has been chatting about during their interviews
4) I’d also like a good deal of solid information regarding Retro Studios’ mystery project. We’ve been waiting for word on this for a while, so I’m expecting they’ll have some real stuff to show us. Hopefully they’ll at least have a full gameplay trailer.
3) More details on Eidos Montreal’s Thief reboot would be great. I’m a fan of the Thief franchise, and the reboot has me a bit worried. Hopefully, Eidos Montreal can give us some real gameplay footage so we can really see whether the game will be staying true to its roots or getting streamlined to fit contemporary AAA standards.
2) This one might be a bit of a stretch, but I want to see some kind of teaser, or anything to give us an indication of the concept for Zelda Wii U. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular; I just want a general idea of the tone for the new game.
1) The Last Guardian. Even if it does turn out that it’s been ported to the PlayStation 4, I desperately want to hear about this game. I’ve been waiting since I first caught a glimpse of it in 2010 for any new information to surface, but barely anything has. Sony keeps making sure we know the game is in development though, so I’m thinking it probably got moved to the PlayStation 4. Hopefully it’s finally ready to be shown this year. I’m a huge fan of Team ICO’s work, and I’d be really disappointed if E3 2013 still had no mention of The Last Guardian.
Brian E. Scheid (Artist)
5) Personally I’d like to see the new Sonic games, all three of them, especially Lost World. Hopefully it doesn’t play dramatically different from Generations, Colors, or Unleashed because I think the current formula works exceptionally well. I don’t much care for the Sonic and Mario collaborations, but I would not be surprised if the 3rd game was a crossover between Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Mario Kart. In fact, I’m sort of hoping it is.
4) I am really pushing to see more information on Beyond Good and Evil 2 because Ubisoft is being incredibly quiet about it, but that’s probably due to Rayman
Legends. I’d seriously enjoy it if it came to the Wii U.
3) Of course, we’re all hoping to see what the heck is going on with Retro Studios. Rumor has it that we’re seeing a new Metroid, Star Fox, or even StarTropics. I
think out of the given, Star Fox is the most likely game to be made, but there is so much demand for Metroid at the moment that I won’t rule it out. Watch it be StarTropics. All I know is that we have nothing to grasp at but air; it could simply be Donkey Kong Country Returns 2 for all we know. I’d like a new IP, but I don’t think Nintendo would go for it at the moment.
2) I love me some Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, so of course I’d like to see what else is happening with the SMT X FE crossover. Honestly, Nintendo does some pretty weird crossovers at times, but I find this one will be an incredible delight. I’d love to see some Persona characters, but I’m doubtful of that. Mainly what I want to know is what’s going on and why the SMT and FE universes are colliding in such a manner! Given how SMT3 started, I have an idea, but I’d like some solid idea.
1) There are two MMOs coming to NA later this year and while I’ve already pre-ordered Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I’m really looking forward to Phantasy Star Online 2. Seriously, the sci-fantasy world depicted just captivates me for some reason and I have no idea why. What I’d really like to see is some news about what the hell is going on with the NA version of Phantasy Star Online 2. Also, when the hell are we getting NerveGears?
Dylan James (Contributor)
Everything I want is never going to happen:
5) Square Enix announces the upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is actually in fact an action-comedy buddy cop parody of the previous two FFXIII titles, in which you can drive around on a motorcycle and where Lightning puts on those stupid glasses she has in the trailer and says cheesy lines. If at any time an enemy is defeated, they automatically disappear and stock explosion footage awkwardly pops up on the screen in their previous location… well, that would be a plus.
4) Call of Duty: Ghosts has all been one giant Phantom Pain-style trick, and is really going to be the first entry in Activision’s major new series for the coming generation. The main character is the dog, and the game features his journey from becoming a shit-eating pet to the hardened military tactical officer he was always meant to become. He eventually becomes elected US president at the end of the game. Also, it’s a strategy RPG along the lines of Fire Emblem or XCOM.
3) All of the new Pokémon in Pokémon X/Y Versions will be possible to catch without special events where you need to take the game to a store.
2) Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft come to the realization that their oligopoly on the video game industry is stifling creativity and an actually free market, and thus decide to disband their efforts at making exclusive systems and instead pool their resources to come up with a “standard” for video games (like movies or books).
1) And, most ridiculously of all, The Last Guardian.
Nathanial Rumphol-Janc (Editor in Chief)
5) Microsoft proves the Xbox One is a game console…and a very good one at that. Success breeds creativity and engaging experiences – it doesn’t hinder like many think. When you create a uniform standard, you suddenly lose the drive to want to further explore new ideas (like motion controls). Competition drives creativity. Finances drive the monotony we have seen. I think Microsoft really needs to show some more of these promised “new IP’s” to show it’s not more bland FPS games.
4) PC gaming makes a larger presence. To this day I can’t understand why PC gaming is ignored while it has been consistently growing. There are lots of great PC games but so little coverage of them.
3) The Last Guardian needs to show up. Seriously. If not now, will it ever?
2) I know it’s a lot of wishful thinking, but a trailer for Zelda U with an ETA of 2014 would… just be awesome. The Wii U could really draw a lot of attention with that, especially if it’s an interactive trailer on the show floor.
1) You know, it would just be nice to see the focus return to the games rather then what we play them on. Console wars are going to rage for many years to come, but in the end it’s not about what we’re playing on, but rather what we are actually playing. E3 is essentially the quintessential gaming event of the year. Enough talk about hardware, specs, and platforms. Give me the games I am interested in playing and I will get the necessarily platforms to enjoy those experiences.
Randall Helmer (Contributor)
5) Press conferences that don’t suck. Every year, press conferences seem to get progressively worse. Perhaps they don’t deliver on expectations. More often than not, there are overblown celebrity appearances, awkward “kid-friendly” showpieces, and some truly awful presenters. It’s not even just at E3 these days. I don’t know if the applause at the Microsoft press conference last month was fake, but it certainly felt staged. If these companies want to get people fired up, they need to give people something to actually applaud for.
4) Something from Valve. I don’t really care what. I’ve had a chance to catch up on my Half-Life, and I’d be happy to see a third installment. I doubt we’ll see another Portal game so soon, but I’ll cross my fingers all the same. What I’d really like to see, and I’m virtually certain I won’t, is a new IP. Failing that, some sort of new release. I love what they’ve done with Steam, but I remember when they used to be a video game developer too.
3) A new Zelda for Wii U. Not just an announcement, or a trailer, but some gameplay, please. I really like Zelda, and though the last game provided me one of the biggest disappointments of this generation, I have confidence that they can still make a game I’d like, and which might actually sell me on the Wii U. As long as they do something new, and (please, please, please) avoid relying on motion controls, I’ll be satisfied.
2) Kingdom Hearts 3. Foolishly over-optimistic, perhaps, but I just finished playing Kingdom Hearts 2 last summer. There hasn’t been enough time for my optimism for a sequel to burn out like it has for some others, and I’ll be interested to see when/if they bring the series to HD.
1) A strong next-gen showing. The Wii U tripped out the gate, and has been skidding its face into the pavement ever since. The Xbox One had one of the most disastrous reveals the industry has ever seen, and the PlayStation 4 really only looks good by comparison. I don’t want to hear about “content,” or “experiences,” or “integration,” or any of that corporate buzz-wording. I just want to see games, and some decent hype, to come out of the show.
Elijah Holt (Senior Editor)
5) Star Wars! We already know that EA is going to be talking about Star Wars, and I’m still slightly optimistic that it could be a decent game. I enjoyed The Force Unleashed, so another game in that vein would be great. I’d also like to see what EA could do with a Star Wars shooter, possibly even confirmation that they are still working on Star Wars 1313.
4) Zelda Wii U! This is so low on the list because I am doubtful that it will happen; I think they may talk about it, but not much more than that. However, I would love to see Nintendo show off a trailer, some art work, or possibly some early gameplay. If they were to announce that said gameplay was coming to Best Buy demo stations, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I can dream, right?
3) Pokémon! We already know that the Big N will be devoting a full hour and a half to Pokémon X and Y; I’m hoping to see lots of new Pokémon and game modes announced that will rock my world. However, what I’m really hoping to see is a Pokémon game on Wii U. Be it Pokémon Snap 2, a Pokémon MMO, a Pokémon Stadium-esque game, or an announcement of a main series game on the console, the Wii U is long overdue for a Pokémon title. I just hope that it’s not Mystery Dungeon or Rumble or toys or whatever.
2) Mario Kart X Sonic Racing! I’ve been playing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed recently, and I absolutely love it. Sure, I prefer Mario Kart, but Sonic Racing is fun in its own way. A fusion of the two could be god-like if executed right. I’m hoping that this is the third Sonic game, and I hope it’s great.
1) Retro’s Game! I was ready for this announcement last year. If Nintendo doesn’t deliver the news this year, I may just give up on life. At this point, I don’t even really care what the game is. Be it Metroid, F-Zero, Star Fox, a new IP, or a remake of the E.T. game, I want it.
George Moujaes (Contributor)
5) Rare unveils a new Xbox One game. It is the long awaited and officially titled: Banjo-Threeie. IGN awards it a 10/10 for unprecedented design and production values. George is compelled to officially buy an Xbox One just to play it to the hindrance of his now-confused, once-exclusive Nintendo-centric orientation.
4) The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening 2 announced for Wii U. Trailer: Link sets off to a distant land in search of an old friend. He finds the uncertain ocean borderlands of Hyrule. He eventually leaves on a raft. He gets swept away in a thunderstorm. He shipwrecks on a distant island. Scroll up to the title screen: “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Return.”
3) Mario Kart U trailer impresses like never before. Everything looks so much like a modern Mario Kart 64 that we are certain Nintendo is back to a Golden Age of gaming. Characters don’t look like diminutive cartoons but splendid, crisp, HD-able cartoons. It actually feels like another reality except it’s the Mushroom Kingdom. Everything comes alive.
2) Donkey Kong 3D announced. The Kong family returns with an all-new rap intro. The worlds are absolutely frigging huge and not linear, or too drawn out (e.g. a little delineated and delimited like in Mario Galaxy).
1) Super Mario 3D simply wows like no game has wowed before. It’s as if the whole world reverted back to a 90’s era Nintendo 64-styled experience but it’s 2013 and it all looks so good and it’s on the Wii U and it’s HD and it encapsulates everything awesome about my previous list but it’s just so damn advanced and…… sensory implosion.
Jackson Murphy (Senior Editor)
5) Aliens: Colonial Marines should get a sequel called Aliens: Pew Pew #Hardcore and the game will be exclusive to the Ouya. With the great reception of Aliens: Colonial Marines and the Ouya buzz, this is a no-brainer. After all, why wouldn’t they want a sequel to one of the greatest games of all time?
4) Nintendo pulls a Phantom Pain move and reveals that the Wii U is actually an Xbox One. Iwata will cut the console in half with a Master Sword and an inflatable next-generation Xbox will emerge from the wreckage. Microsoft and Nintendo will become partners and destroy video games forever.
3) The Last Guardian has been delayed to the year 2432. More time in development means a better game, so I’m sure the fans can wait
just a bit longer to play a masterpiece.
2) Ice Climber will get a gritty reboot on PlayStation 2. The announcement will be made by Miyamoto and Reggie dressed as Popo and Nana skipping around the show floor. They will throw buckets of ice at anyone they see fit. The demo will include skinning a polar bear. The presentation will conclude with Iwata telling a joke. “A baby seal walks into a club.” The trio will be booed out of the convention.
1) Nintendo will celebrate another anniversary this year. Zelda games have always been a big part of the company and one of the biggest games in the series came out twenty years ago in 1993. Two, actually! Nintendo will announce the 20th anniversary celebration of Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon. To commemorate this milestone, EAD will make all future Zelda titles have cartoon cutscenes and commit to annual releases. We will see an HD collection of the two games at an MSRP of $299.78 that will release the day of the E3 Direct. In addition, the series will get a new protagonist: Master Chief.
Colin McIsaac (Managing Editor)
So long as these are wish lists and not what we actually expect, I guess I can let the fanboy side of me go just a little bit. Now, I’m a pretty strong supporter of Nintendo. I like the other guys quite a lot, but I love Nintendo, so that’s probably to where most of my wishes will be directed. Sadly, none of what I want to see is at all likely to happen.
5) I want Mario Kart U to actually impress me. Mario Kart 7 was fine and dandy, but only for the fact that it was a well-polished handheld Mario Kart. Mario Kart needs a little bit of new life pumped into it, and now is the time.
4) I would love to see a full trailer for the next Super Smash Bros. title. Given the size of the development team and the amount of time it’s been in development, I think that it’s about a year away from launch and I think that now is about time to show a truly great trailer. A newcomer or two would be nice to see, though then I would have a lot less fun speculating, but nonetheless, I just want something that can actually satiate my desire for Smash. I’ve heard enough promises — now’s the time for some Smashing.
3) I want to see Nintendo make another Mach Rider. Emily Rodgers wrote a fantastic article on Not Enough Shaders recently that I clearly just can’t stop talking about. The article essentially says that Mach Rider is the perfect franchise to show the world that Nintendo is ready to make “mature” games for the “hardcore” crowd and outlines a direction they could take the franchise to satisfy this need — and I’d be damned happy if they did it. I’m going to direct you over to her wonderful article and then ask that you come back here and tell me that you don’t think Mach Rider would be an excellent title to show to the world.
2) A 3DS installment of the Pokémon Colosseum mini-series from the GameCube. Pokémon Colosseum and XD Gale of Darkness were, to were, the two most exciting Pokémon games ever created. The smooth gameplay and gorgeous visuals just left my 10-year-old self in awe, and going back years later, I can still say they are two of the most enjoyable titles in the GameCube library to me, and it’s a shame that we haven’t had a proper game in that style since. Now, I’d love to see a sequel on the Wii U, but I’d be even happier to have this great Pokémon adventure with me on the go. Be it a sequel to the two or a port of either (or even better, a collection of both), a return to the style of Pokémon Colosseum is most certainly one of the most potentially exciting games I could ever hope to see.
1) Non-Specific Action Figure.
Let’s all wish on this shooting star for a good E3 — it starts in 6 days.
Those are our hopes and dreams. What are yours? Sound off in the comments below.