Nintendo had a great E3 in 2014 announcing some huge upcoming titles, showing us more on some great third party titles, and revealing a few new IPs for good measure. As has been custom for recent years Nintendo won’t be holding conference instead opting for a detailed Nintendo Direct accompanied by the return of Nintendo Treehouse: Live.
We can expect this to be one of the more entertaining events of E3 with Nintendo quite happy to poke fun at themselves last year and in the recent trailer for the Nintendo World Championships which are returning in full glory after a 25 year absence. The main focus of it all will be the Direct broadcast on Tuesday the 16th of June at 9am (PT). With the Wii U finally standing on its own two feet Nintendo may opt to give it pride of place over the 3DS which hasn’t needed much of a push in recent years so without further delay here are some of our Nintendo E3 predictions.
With The Legend of Zelda delayed until 2016 Star Fox looks set to take up the mantle as the biggest Nintendo game of 2015. Announced at E3 last year we haven’t seen or heard anything much from this title since then but it is expected to release later this year. With this in mind it wouldn’t surprise us if Star Fox was playable at E3 and a new trailer and release date seem highly likely.
Last year we saw the announcement of 2 major titles for Wii U from existing franchises at E3 and I suspect we will see the same again this year. The most likely culprit is a new Animal Crossing game for Wii U. With New Leaf on 3DS proving hugely popular there is no sign of a declining fan-base for this series and we already know that a new 3DS mini game is in development that will make use of a new amiibo cards. I can’t see any reason why they’d choose to simply leave it at that and would be quite surprised not to see this being announced.
I’m not as confident about my second suspected series to get a new Wii U announcement but fans have been crying out for a new Metroid for years and Nintendo have been paying a lot of attention to fan’s demands lately. If we do see a new Metroid on Wii U it will likely be given back to Retro Studios, the developers of the Metrooid Prime Trilogy. Why am I not overly confident in this prediction? Well there is also the potential for a new 2D Metroid on the 3DS.
There are currently an awful lot of games that are scheduled we are still awaiting definitive release dates for and this is going to be the show where Nintendo finally nail them down. Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, and many others will get official release dates. We’ll also hopefully be seeing more of Bravely Default : End Layer, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold, and the new unnamed Fire Emblem for 3DS.
The New 3DS released earlier this year and I suspect Nintendo will be hoping to encourage people to upgrade sooner rather than later. We’re guaranteed to see a number of new games announced for the 3DS due to its large third party support base but we’re going to start seeing a shift to the more powerful handheld with a number of these being exclusive to the New 3DS.
WHAT YOU WON’T SEE – NX/QUALITY OF LIFE/MOBILE
Nintendo have more or less ruled out showing off their NX, Quality of Life or mobile projects. There might be a brief mention of them but don’t expect anything more than “these exist we’ll tell you more next year” if they even say that much.