E3 predictions inbound. Here is what I think Nintendo will talk about in one weeks time.


I don’t think it’s any secret that this year’s E3 is going to be huge for Nintendo. It isn’t exactly doom or gloom for the company, but if they drop the bomb, it could be rough sailing for them for the foreseeable future. What will Nintendo reveal at this year’s show? Well, your guess is as good as mine, but I’m the one with the WordPress account, so my opinion is what matters right now. This is what I think Nintendo has up their sleeve for this year’s show.

Retro Studio’s new title
I don’t exactly know what Retro has cooking down in Austin, but be it Star Fox or be it Metroid (or possibly even Star Fox X Metroid), rest assured that the title is destined for greatness. It has been nearly two years since the last title from Retro Studios in the excellent Donkey Kong Country Returns, and I for one am itching for another title from the famed studio.

I would prefer that Retro took a rest from the Metroid series for the time being, and perhaps be given the chance to work on the next Zelda title as was once rumored, but anything from Retro usually turns to gold so I will take whatever I can get.

Exclusive Wii U/3DS third party partnerships
This one is almost a given, but Nintendo would be foolish to not some exclusive content up their sleeve from a few third parties. You can always count on Ubisoft to deliver the goods for Nintendo, they were one of Wii’s biggest supporters when the system launched in 2006, but apart from them, who knows. Capcom has had some recent success on 3DS with both Resident Evil Revelations and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, so it’s a safe bet to assume they will bring something to the table. Whether or not it be for 3DS, Wii U, or both remains to be seen. My third party dark horse, however, has to be EA. I have a feeling that they will have something brand new that they are holding off revealing until E3, and it could potentially be huge.

3DS Redesign
I’m not 100% confident in this prediction, call it more wishful thinking I suppose, but here are the facts: The original DS Phat was launched in November of 2004. When the DS Lite was announced in 2006, it wasn’t at some fancy press event, nor did Nintendo even hint about an incoming announcement in the weeks prior to the redesign showing up. No, how Nintendo chose to let the world know that the DS Lite was incoming was by quietly unveiling the console on the Nintendo Japan website on January 26 2006, just over a month before the console would be released on March 2 in Japan.

With only a single mock-up image of the console and very little fanfare, this didn’t seem to be the best way to announce a resign for console that was rapidly growing in popularity, but that’s how Nintendo rolls.

Flash forward to 2012, with E3 less than a week away, Nintendo’s press conference at the show would seemingly be the best platform to announce a redesign, but it doesn’t seem to be in line with what they have done in the past. I wouldn’t be the least be surprised if the 3DS Lite was announced at the show, but I won’t be holding my breath either.

Release dates for the games we already know exist

New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing 3DS. We know that these games will be coming to 3DS sometime this year, but when exactly? NSMB2 has been given a tentative August release date, but aside from that, we know nothing. I predict that Nintendo will lay down the roadmap for these titles at E3, and will sprinkle in a few unannounced projects for good measure. 

If I had to guess, I would say that Luigi’s Mansion 2 will drop at the end of October to tie in nicely with the Halloween holiday, with Animal Crossing launching in November being Nintendo’s marquee 3DS title for the holiday season. 

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the announced 3DS Brain Age title getting some sort of announcement, possibly being released exclusively on the Nintendo Network, but beyond that, things get highly speculative. 

The Monster Hunter franchise is one of the biggest question marks at this point. Monster Hunter Tri G has already been released in Japan to huge commercial success, and a Western release seems obvious. We also know that Monster Hunter 4 is in development, but a gameplay trailer seems more logical than a release date for the title at this point. 

Reveals of Zelda and Pokémon on 3DS

This one may be out of left field, but I think Nintendo will at least talk about what they are doing with these two franchises on 3DS. It may just be a logo, perhaps if we are lucky a gameplay trailer, but Pokémon and Zelda are obviously in the works for 3DS, and hopeful Nintendo decides to talk about them at E3. 

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was released nearly two and a half years ago, so we are due for another portable Zelda at this point. With Pokémon it is slightly more complicated. With Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 already announced, Nintendo may not wish to cannibalize their sales with a 3DS announcement even before Black 2 and White 2 hit store shelves. Only time will tell, but time seems ripe for these games to make an unveiling. 

Something new?

With Nintendo’s legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto seemingly retiring, and then just as quickly not late last year, the biggest news that came out of the Wired interview was that Miyamoto wanted to work on smaller titles that didn’t take up so much time. I think we will see the fruits of this labor in some form at this year’s show. 

This could be exactly what Nintendo needs to kick start a new generation of consoles. What was the last IP that Nintendo launched? Can’t remember, give up? Well aside from Xenoblade Chronicles (which wasn’t internally developed by Nintendo), Steel Diver would be Nintendo’s newest franchise…yeah. 

Miyamoto can certainly do better than that, and I expect him to. What will it be? Well your guess is as good as mine. I fully expect whatever it is that he is working on to be shown at E3, and hopefully it stands up the likes of Mario and Samus. 

What do you all think? What titles would you like Nintendo to talk about at this year’s show? Which of my predictions to you think are totally off base? Let us know in the comments below!

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. They still have plenty of time to change the name. If this thing doesn’t sell good they will be wishing they would have dropped the Wii name. They have to show that this is a new system and a new Nintendo who’s in it to win it. The next 5-7 years depends on this new system being not just average but amazing.

  2. Xenoblade is first-party. Nintendo wholly owns Monolith. If that doesn’t count, then neither does Retro, IS, etc.

  3. I agree, the name should be changed. From what we DO know is that Nintendo has kicked it up several notches for the Wii U, but the name is still pretty misleading. Anyhow, what I expect is more info on Luigi’s Mansion 2. Let’s face it, we know way too little about the game, and it was announced a year ago, to be released this year, and all we know is that Luigi is hunting ghosts again. That’s almost it. I want to know more. I would honestly like a Waluigi cameo. He doesn’t need to be playable, maybe even just a portrait of him in a mansion, but yeah…

  4. @Reinhold
    I agree that Nintendo owns Monolith Soft (well they own a 96% stake in the company), but what I was getting at, but apparently didn’t articulate very well, was that Nintendo R&D team hasn’t created any new properties. While Monolith may be owned by Nintendo, it is something else entirely to have a game developed internally at Nintendo. Make sense?

  5. Nintendo R&D created several new titles during the Wii lifetime, though mostly are the Wii-add-name-here: wii sports, wii music, etc. Some successful, some not so much, but they were new properties.

  6. Take out the 3DS redesign, and the rest make sense. Nintendo won’t slip the market with a redesign that includes a second analog, especially now that they are FINALLY on their way back to profits from 3DS system sales.

  7. I agree with EdEn. I don’t see a 3DS redesign just yet. Heck, they can probably tell by the lack of sales for the add on that’s it not worth it.

    The rest of the predictions make good sense. I hope Retro is working on Star Fox, otherwise it will be hard to justify a purchase.

  8. I really hope Nintendo announces a 3ds redesign. I don’t care at all about a second stick, I just want a more compact and better designed device (like DS Phat vs. DS Lite).

    Come on NIntendo, I want my 3ds lite now!

  9. @XCWarrior – I have the 3DS Circle Pad Pro and love it (though only for RE:R right now). I also refute your argument about its sales: there is not a GameStop within 75 miles of me that can keep them in stock!!

    Mind you, I don’t think we’ll see a redesign: maybe 12-15 months after the initial 3DS model becomes profitable, but not now.

  10. I find it interesting that so many people think the Wii U name will be changed. Now, I don’t like the name either, but it makes perfect sense to keep it. Wii is now a brand just like PlayStation and Xbox. The other manufacturers have kept their names and done fine. Sony just threw a new number in after PlayStation and Microsoft just added their own little marketing pitch after Xbox (360 for “revolving of entertainment around you”) just as Nintendo is doing with the Wii U (U for “you”, console “focused on you, the player”). This isn’t anything new from Nintendo either. The GameBoy brand was used as a naming scheme for multiple generations with great success. The Wii brand is here to stay, as is the DS brand.


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