What does Nintendo need to bring to E3?


Sony and Microsoft both have next gen consoles on the way. Soon. This much we know for sure. As for whether or not they will be show stoppers and garner enough support to take whatever momentum the Wii U has gained in the last few months remains to be seen. Nintendo can control their own destiny with a good showing at E3 and beyond. What should Nintendo bring to the table? Read on to hear my thoughts.

What do you think Nintendo should show off at E3?

Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

This is a no brainer. Not only is the Smash Bros. series one of the most popular IPs that Nintendo controls, but it will mark the first time that the series ventures to a Nintendo handheld. If what Masahiro Sakurai has said about the game is true, the two games will interact in some hopefully unique and interesting ways.

The only mistakes that need to be corrected from Brawl in my mind are ensuring that Internet play works flawlessly, and that there are still secrets to the game before it ships. While the Smash Bros. Dojo was great for keeping the hype train rolling for the game prelaunch, when I finally got my hands on the game I could help but feel that Nintendo blew their load with all the information given. While still enjoyable, there wasn’t much new content left to discover.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U content

Be it with a few screenshots or perhaps a gameplay video, I think it will be important to not only show off the Windwaker HD at E3, but also something of the new Zelda adventure title this year. Obviously the game is a long way away from completion ( I think we would be lucky to receive the game in 2014), but Nintendo needs to show of the game in some capacity to push potential Wii U customers of the fence.

At this point, I think it is safe to say that The Legend Zelda series has been on a steady state of decline, at least commercially. The best selling Zelda title to date is still Ocarina of Time at 7.6 million followed by none other than Twilight Princess at 7.14 million surprisingly. Since the 2006 hybrid GC/Wii title, the series has seen 5 titles bearing The Legend of Zelda moniker, with only Link’s Crossbow Training breaking the 4.5 million mark.

To break that mold, I think Nintendo really needs to be aggressive in their attempts to mix up the Zelda franchise. They need not look further than what was done with Mario in the excellent Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2. Nintendo EAD Tokyo was able to keep the essence of the Mario franchise intact, while still creating enough new concepts to keep things fresh. All of the skills learned in the prior Mario games still applied with Galaxy, but there was still many new concepts to learn as well.

I would wager that a vast majority of fans buy Nintendo consoles solely for playing the top Nintendo content, so the sooner Nintendo shows their hand with The Legend of Zelda Wii U the better. I can’t wait to see what Nintendo show’s off at E3!

Alter the conventional thinking of Super Mario/Mario Kart

The Wii U is something entirely new. With the new tech, original and radically different gaming experiences are possible. I don’t think it will be enough for Nintendo to slap an eight after the next Mario Kart add a few new characters and tracks, and call it a day.

For the next iterations of the Mario Kart and Super Mario to truly take advantage of the new tech available with the Wii U, Nintendo needs to challenge themselves to create something outside the box. Imagine a bullet bill type power-up that takes control of your kart, leaving you able move the Gamepad around in real space firing at your opponents. How about puzzles requiring precise stylus controls on the Gamepad for Super Mario?

Soon enough we will see what Nintendo has in store for us, and hopefully they are truly forward-looking.

New Metroid title

Metroid has long been the redheaded step child of the Nintendo line up. Just look at the way the company handled the Metroid Prime 3: Corruption launch. There was effectively zero marketing leading up to the launch of the game, with the only attempt to spread the word being the Metroid Prime 3 Preview Channel.

With that said, I think it only fair that if Nintendo is going to treat Metroid as a second class citizen, then they should give the franchise to one of their lesser know studios. Since 2002, everything Metroid (aside from the handheld projects) has been handled by Retro Studios. While the dev house has done a fantastic job with the franchise, it’s plain to see that it is time for them to move on to bigger and better things.

So who should take the reins of the franchise? For me, I think the folks over at Grezzo would be the best fit. Who the heck is Grezzo you ask. Remember the Ocarina of Time 3D ? They were behind bringing the title to 3DS in 2011. As it has been two years since the title, I think it is high time to see exactly what the company is working on.

If you still think I’m crazy, just keep in mind that CEO and President Koichi Ishii worked on the early Mana and Final Fantasy games during his time with Square-Enix. The man has some pedigree behind him, so giving his company something more than just a remake should be a no brainer for Nintendo.

New project from Retro Studios

For all we know Retro could very well be working on another Metroidi title, and I would actually be fine with that. My dream, however, would be for them to be working on something entirely new. The studio should be given the chance to work on a new IP that they could call their own. With the great work done with Metroid over the years, Nintendo almost owes them the chance to flex their creative muscle.

In a perfect world, that would be the case. In the real world, where new IP is dangerous, and established franchises (especially from Nintendo) continue to be safe bets, I don’t think it entirely impossible that Retro is working on either Star Fox or a Donkey Kong title. Either of the two franchises would be a good fit for the studio really, and at this point I just can’t wait to see what they are working on!

What are your thoughts? What does Nintendo need to bring to E3 to blow the lid of the show?

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. In addition to above…
    Pilot Wings
    F Zero
    Mario Golf
    and maybe Start Tropics could use a revival!

    games that showcase the tablet

    full backlog of Wii VC games ported to WiiU VC

  2. CANNOT WAIT FOR E3. The only way to know for sure is when that time comes.

  3. For Wii U, I think they’ll only show us what they showed in the recent Nintendo Direct, with maybe some second or third teir games (a la Wii U Party). Nothing that will get people get too excited about. I don’t think they need to show off the new Zelda at all, but they’ll show the crap out of the Wind Waker remake.

    As for 3DS, I would love a new 2D Metroid game. I also think they should really rethink what Smash Bros 3DS will be, and maybe make it more of an adventure game or RPG. Have the connectivity between the games consist of unlocking features or something. It could be really cool; however, they’ll probably make it similar to the Wii U game instead. As for other games, I’m betting we’ll see a full release schedule for Animal Crossing, as well as some new stuff, including the next 3DS Zelda.

  4. Several new IP:s. I want several RPG:s official in English (Mother 3 for example). I want a Mother (EarthBound) game in 3D.

  5. @Mattiac
    Perhaps pass those remakes along to the likes of Grezzo mayhaps?

  6. They will have a repeat of . Wii Music U

  7. We will not see metroid, or zelda for wii U, it is too early. We will only see a heavy emphasis on Wii fit U , maybe Mario Kart, yes Wind waker HD, and of course smaks bros U. Other than that, that is about it. No pikmin 3, or wonderful . I think that game is the next project Hammer. We are in a huge drought and yet again, Nintendo has not learned its lessons from 3ds. I Do think that Sony or Microsoft wils reveal their next plans for PS4 adn the next xbox and steal then show with saying they wil be out in. 2013

  8. Exclusive Star Wars title anyone? From the Nes to the GC we have enjoyed exclusive SW games, some even at launch ( Shadow of the Empire, great memories). I think with all the hype about the new trilogy, a well made game would be greatly welcomed in the U’s library.

  9. @Matthew-You need to go back and watch the recent Nintendo Direct. We know we will see Smash Bros and we know we will have a playable 3d Mario and Mario Kart. This is from Iwata himself. Pikmin 3 got a trailer in a previous Nintendo Direct it is coming along just fine. Wonderful 101 had a trailer come out Jan. 23 and I bet you it releases before E3.

    What I do think we will see that we haven’t heard of-Retro’s mystery game. NFC Technology being demonstrated. A lot in the way of 3ds We know Pokemon is coming in October and we will see more of that, but other than that we don’t really know what Nintendo is planning. Expect a lot of 3ds game announcements.

  10. @Eugene Allen: I don’t know what Grezzo is, but a remake could work. Mother 3 was first made in 3D for Nintendo 64DD.

  11. Grand Theft Auto V With both enhanced controller map and mini game support. As well as fully playable on just the gamepad screen.

    Wii U controller is perfect for GTA pick up play a few missions and put down…

  12. @Mattiac
    Well, if you read the article, you’d know Grezzo was in charge of remaking Ocarina of Time on the 3DS.

    Clearly, you either didn’t see the latest Nintendo Direct, or you’re not actually a Nintendo fan, because Nintendo CLEARLY said they will reveal some screens from the next Smash Bros, and have playable demos for the new (3D) Super Mario Wii U game, AND Mario Kart Wii U. And I have no idea where you could possible be coming from on the Pikmin 3 thing. There’s NO DOUBT they will have some more info on that game at E3! Also, Nintendo USUALLY throws in at least ONE thing we weren’t expecting. Yeah, I just don’t know the angle you’re coming from on this.