E3 is just around the corner, and it’s about time we all jump aboard the hype train! Everybody’s preparing for the event, and surely you have a few ideas of what you’d like to see at the conference, so we’d like to hear them! Ubisoft is sure to show off great titles like Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV, while the next installment in the hit Call of Duty series will likely be shown in greater detail either on the show floor or during a few big presentations. Meanwhile, Nintendo is actually forgoing the traditional E3 conferences in lieu of a Nintendo Direct broadcast streaming from their website at 10:00 AM, EST on June 11th.
Of course, everyone has hopes, everyone has expectations; we want to know what yours are. Head to the comments to share your hopes and to see what your fellow Gamnesia readers are most hyped about. We hope to feature some of our favorite comments from this article in a fan gallery next week, so don’t forget to speak up!
What I’m Expecting
Microsoft is Going to Have a Great Show
Microsoft has gotten a lot of flack for the Xbox One, thanks to a very poor showing at its announcement. Touting features like Skype, TV, and Windows 8 with so little emphasis on software has proven to be a huge mistake, though none more than the poor decisions Microsoft has made in developing the console itself. Or perhaps I should say, “the poor decisions Microsoft may have made,” considering the fact that even the company’s higher-ups have been contradicting each other left and right as to how the Xbox One will handle online features, voice commands, Kinect’s seemingly omnipresent camera, and of course, used games. The one thing that has remained consistent, however, is that everyone is saying that Microsoft’s E3 presentation will be “all about the games.”
People have tended to let the Xbox One’s features overshadow the fact that there are certainly going to be a lot of killer titles coming to the console, and it’s easy to understand why, given that we only know of multiplatform titles like Destiny or games that have yet to be shown in full, such as Forza 5. We’ve also been promised a “historic” franchise from Rare, which just may be the next Killer Instinct that so many have been waiting for, alongside at least one new IP in Quantum Break. Given the disaster that was the Xbox One announcement, I remain cautious, but I think that between the titles we’ve heard of and those we haven’t, Microsoft really does have a killer lineup for this year’s E3, and it’s only a matter of waiting until we see them.
Nintendo is Going to Surprise Everyone
We all know that Nintendo is planning to reveal the next Super Mario game for Wii U. We all know that Mario Kart and Smash Bros. are coming, and we all know that some Zelda game or another is going to be featured full-force at E3, but what a lot of people tend to forget about Nintendo are the projects that have gone mum. While we all drool over beautiful screenshots from Pikmin 3, Nintendo is sitting readily aside with games like Bayonetta 2, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and Monolith Soft’s “X” that they’re preparing to unleash upon the world. People tend to think of Nintendo as a kiddy console or a niche market, and to some extent it’s certainly true — Nintendo fans are perhaps the most loyal in the entire gaming industry — but I think Nintendo is ready to create some new content that isn’t just more Pokémon and yarn, and I can only hope that Wii U owners are equally ready to embrace it. Keep in mind, too, what a large studio Nintendo is — new, uncertain ideas hardly need to come at the expense of the familiar faces we know and love.
And let’s not forget what tricks Nintendo may have up their sleeves. Not long ago, we heard that the Sonic series is going Nintendo-exclusive for the next three games. Last year, Nintendo went to outside companies to fund development for The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2, which quite nearly nobody expected. In my time as a gamer, I’ve learned that if there’s one thing you can predict from Nintendo, it’s unpredictability.
What I’m Hoping to See
Nintendo Growing Up
Look, I think Nintendo’s great. I’m not talking “Scott” great; I’m talking “Gatsby” great — granted, Nintendo counts on the limited existence of bootlegging for their wealth, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is that even greats have their flaws, and Nintendo is no exception. Nintendo has for years been avoiding the creation of high-profile new franchises and decidedly not making “hardcore” games for the “hardcore” crowd, but it’s high time they buck this curb. What I’d love to see Nintendo do this E3 is announce a new IP for the “hardcore” crowd. Admittedly, Bayonetta 2 is a grand step in the right direction, but it’s not quite enough. If they nail a stellar Wii U exclusive for the hardcore gamer, they could show the industry what they’re made of — and I have full faith that Nintendo’s creative teams can do it. Who knows, maybe that’s what Retro Studios is up to? The world of 2005’s Geist is remarkably similar to the descriptions of their current project, after all…
What I’d really love to see on this front is a revival of the classic NES game, Mach Rider. Emily Rogers of Not Enough Shaders wrote a terrific article about how the NES’ Mach Rider is primed for a Wii U reboot as an action-packed, post-apocalyptic racing combat game. Genre aside, Mach Rider has loads of potential simply by virtue of its futuristic, alien-filled setting. Emily Rogers explains that Mach Rider would be a wonderful and unique choice to show the world that Nintendo is fully capable of making dark, gritty, “mature” games. Because I could never hope to summarize it in one paragraph as brilliantly as Emily has laid it out, I strongly encourage you to read through her article.
There’s also a ton of software I’d like to see at the show from every one of the major companies, and I want more than anything to have a cinematic reveal for the next Super Smash Bros., à la the Melee reveal at E3 2001, but there’s only so much that I can say in a post that’s meant for you guys.
So go ahead and shout it out! What do you want to see at E3? Why? Who do you think is going to win this year? We’re excited to see what you all have to say.