Remember that time when somebody joined a forum, unleashed a bunch of rumors about something, and turned out to be telling the truth? Neither do I. But it appears that today may be that day. An IGN forum member by the name of 100-Year-Old-Gamer has recently taken to action on the IGN boards claiming that he works for Nintendo in some way. Of course, this is a glaring red flag that his information may be entirely falsified. The only reason we may have to believe this user is that his account was created just about a year ago and he has built a reputation on the forums, which does give him a little more credibility, but far from enough to be blindly accepted. If any these rumors hold any weight, however, they’re certainly exciting.
The first of these rumors is that rather than their traditional E3 showing, Nintendo will air three to five Nintendo Direct streams beginning on May 30th. Given their decision to back down from the illustrious convention hall we’ve seen in the past, and their recent inclination to announce major news via Nintendo Direct streams, this is entirely believable and frankly quite likely regardless of whether or not this IGN member has any inside information.
The next and perhaps most exciting rumor of the bunch regards the upcoming Super Mario game for Wii U. 100-Year-Old-Gamer says that Super Mario U will be “bigger than any Mario game to date” and looks “unlike anything you’ve ever seen.” Whether this is some sort of continuation of the Super Mario Galaxy precedent or a new game entirely is left uncertain, but it sounds like Nintendo surely won’t disappoint.
100-Year-Old-Gamer also says that Retro Studios’ highly secretive new game is going to be unveiled at E3 this year. He says that this mystery game will be a futuristic title shown from a first-person perspective which “everyone wants them to do.” Anyone who’s been following Nintendo at any time in the last few years would immediately hear this description and think, ‘Metroid Prime 4.’ Assuming 100-Year-Old-Gamer is to be believed, it’s hard to imagine this description matching any other Nintendo franchise, but there’s always the slight possibility of Star Fox, or even some unexpected reboot of F-Zero or Mach Rider.
The last and least believable of these rumors is that “a certain Super Saiyan” of Dragon Ball Z fame may join the arena for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. title for Wii U and 3DS. When asked about “a certain Super Saiyan,” which we can safely assume to be Goku, 100-Year-Old-Gamer said that it has not yet been decided if Dragon Ball Z characters will join the roster, but “there is a chance.” It’s hard to believe this rumor, given that one of the major rules for third party characters in Brawl was that they must originate from a video game, but it’s possible that the rules have changed this time around. Frankly, I don’t see it ever happening, but really, who’s to say whether or not it’s in the realm of possibility besides Sakurai himself?
So that rounds up this batch of Nintendo’s E3 rumors, and barring Super Smash Bros., just about every one of these predictions is a pretty safe assumption to make. Whether or not 100-Year-Old-Gamer really has any inside knowledge, it’s safe to say that a good 50 to 75 percent of thee “rumors” will turn out to be true anyway.
What do you think of all this?