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E3 2014 Predictions

Justin Berube, Features Editor

by Justin Berube - June 2, 2014, 9:48 am PDT

The King Nintendo Fanboy looks deep into his crystal ball in order to predict Nintendo's E3 announcements.

It’s always difficult to predict Nintendo’s E3 plans. We often know a lot about Nintendo’s line-up before E3, but the games actually brought to the show have been known to vary widely. Sure, heavy hitters will be there, but oddly other games, that always seem like a sure bet, often fail to show up or actually be heard about at all.

With that said, I am here to make some predictions about what to expect from Nintendo at E3 2014. Sure, some of my predictions are safe bets, but others are pure, crazy, speculation.

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Metroid V

It’s been far too long since the last traditional Metroid game. I think that a true entry in the series for the 3DS will be revealed at E3.

Metroid V, as it will be known regardless of the subtitle, will have a heavy focus on jumping between the foreground and background and therefore be a 2.5D game. This gameplay mechanic can be seen to some degree in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, but will be heavily expanded on in this game. Several puzzle elements can be put in place while playing tricks on the player’s perception of each area. Maybe the foreground hinders the view of the background. There can also be several ways to manipulate the environment on each plane in ways that will alter the other.

There is also a ton of room for different methods of jumping between the different planes. Morph Ball Cannons, Morph Ball tunnels, Zip Lines, etc. Each of these could require specific power ups as well, meaning players may be able to explore different planes in one room, but not another. It works perfectly for the series.

I would also love it if there were a multiplayer mode added to this game that is the successor to Metroid Prime Hunters, but I doubt that will happen.

Regardless, the time and the hardware are perfect for a new classic style Metroid game.

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Super Smash Bros.

As far as new characters go, I feel Chrom, from Fire Emblem Awakening, will be announced, as well as Shulk or some character from X. The 3DS version will be released in August, while the Wii U version will be the big November game. Oh yeah, the 3DS version will support the Circle Pad Pro.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will also take advantage of the Nintendo Figurine Platform (NFP). Figures will unlock alternate costumes, special custom moves, and trophies. It will also be possible to “level up” each figure in some way through the game. These strengthened characters won’t do much in Super Smash Bros., but will unlock further benefits, or give the player more bonuses, in future Nintendo titles.

I also expect Nintendo to announce a new line of Super Smash Bros. concerts that will be touring the country, similar to the Zelda ones. The downside to this is that they won’t begin until 2015.

If the Ice Climbers are confirmed to be kicked out of this installment in the series, expect me to cry the entire show.

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Zelda

Hyrule Warriors will be the big Zelda focus of the year. We will likely be told some more story details, and a few more playable characters will be announced. However, I think most of the playable characters will be kept a secret and be leaked out over the next few months leading up to the Japanese release in order to keep building some hype.

Aonuma will probably say something in an interview about where Hyrule Warriors will take place on the timeline, and I will probably end up hating these comments months later. My rage may force me to write another editorial on the topic, but I really hope it doesn’t come to that.

Majora’s Mask 3D will also be revealed for the 3DS, which I doubt will be a major shock to anyone.

Nintendo will also show an incredibly brief trailer for the next true entry in the Zelda series for Wii U. This won’t reveal too much, and the gameplay will be pretty early in development. The reason it will be shown is to give anyone watching reassurance that Nintendo will continue to support the Wii U since it will be given a release date of 2015.

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Pokémon

A new trailer, and screens, will be shown for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. I don’t think either game will be playable though. The reason being, I can’t even remember the last time a main series Pokémon game has been playable at E3.

We will be given a trailer and more screens for Pokémon Art Academy, but this game will not be playable.

Pokkén Fighters will be announced, and playable, at the show for Wii U. This game will be a fighting game, like Tekken, featuring several Pokémon. It will be collaboration between Namco Bandai and The Pokémon Company.

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NFP

It will be revealed that some older Wii U games will get updates, via SpotPass, to take advantage of the Nintendo Figurine Platform. Games like Mario Kart 8 will give players new characters and kart pieces for using NFP figures. Maybe even new playable characters will be unlocked in any of the three Mario Wii U titles by using these figures. Nintendo will do this in an attempt to breathe new life in older titles in hopes of boosting sales of these past products. It also adds value to the NFP toys.

As I mentioned before in the Smash Bros. section, it will be possible to level these figures up, but I think each compatible game will only allow for a certain number of levels to be gained per figure. In short, in order to make each character stronger, and allow for further unlocks across multiple titles, the player will need to use them in several compatible Nintendo games. Levels may be earned by grinding, or maybe by completing specific challenges that are unique to each figure in each game.

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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

I’m going to go way out and make a crazy prediction about this trademark by Nintendo. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace), will likely be a new Nintendo IP aimed to take advantage of the Nintendo Figure Platform.

This title will be about assembling a team of heroes, or villains, in order to take out aliens. The player will assemble a team by scanning a few NFP figures. Scanned figures can then use unique powers help take on the alien foes. As mentioned before, it will be possible to level up characters in this game, but further strength will be gained by obtaining new levels in other Nintendo titles.

Some may say it sounds farfetched for Mario, Ganondrof, Kirby, and Pikachu to take on a strange new alien foe, but I don’t think so. Just look at Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s Subspace Emissary if you want to see a similar weirdness. Though I expect the enemy aliens to be much more interesting than anything we saw in Brawl’s single player mode.

Expect a Wii U Version by October, and a 3DS version to launch by March 2015.

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Canceled Projects

We will learn through interviews that the western version of Flipnote Stuido 3D and the Wii U Art Academy game with lessons are both canceled. I will be very sad about the loss of Flipnote Studio 3D.

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Other

X, Bayonetta 2, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and Yarn Yoshi will all be shown and playable at the show. X will have some sort of cool online component revealed and Yarn Yoshi will have a multiplayer mode revealed that is similar to the one found in Kirby’s Epic Yarn. I will also be kind of shocked if Mario Party 10 isn’t announced for Wii U.

Mario Kart 8 will get some DLC and it will be available directly after the Nintendo Digital Event. It will probably include one new character and four new tracks.

Nintendo’s Quality of Life platform won’t be mentioned at the show, but some further vague information will come out of the event through interviews.

I know it won’t happen, but I really hope that a new 3DS game called Nintendo Power Wrestling will be announced. It could be the spiritual successor to WWF No Mercy on the N64, and should be developed by Syn Sophia, the company AKI became. Nintendo…fund this for me.

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So there you have it guys. Are my predictions spot on, or do you think they are as awful as can be? Let me hear your praise and hate in the comments section below.

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Talkback

SorenJune 02, 2014

Twitch's E3 streaming schedule: (Nintendo times)


Tuesday 9am - 10am: Nintendo Digital Event.
Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:00pm : Nintendo unannounced title.

Tuesday 4pm - Smash Bros Tournament
Wednesday 2:10pm - 2:30pm - Nintendo unannounced title.
Thursday 12:00pm - 12:20pm - Nintendo unannounced title.
Thursday 2:40pm - 3:00pm - Nintendo unannounced title.


I assume the unannounced titles aren't necessarily games that will be revealed at those times, it's just slots for games that will be revealed at the digital event and will be the expanded on those times.

Leo13June 02, 2014

I think you're expecting a little too much and unfortunately you'll be disappointed. I'd love to see lots of stuff as much as the next guy, but until Nintendo faces the fact that their consoles are mainly supported by 1st and 2nd party games and not 3rd party and they decide to buy out or create more studios we just aren't going to get as many games as we'd like.
My biggest hope out of E3 is that they'll announce the purchase or creation of at least 3 studios.
After that I'm hoping for a 2014 release date on X to be confirmed.
If I get both of those I'll be happy.
If I get just the 2014 release date I'll still be happy.

CericJune 02, 2014

I predict the cool online Feature of X is that using the power of the balance board your friends can also enjoy the walking simulator with you as you explore the lush environments.

MagicCow64June 02, 2014

With Smash for WiiU likely to hit in November, I doubt X'll show its face in the States this year, even if it's ready. Nintendo needs something for the Mario Kart or Donkey Kong Country slot.

Also, didn't they almost show a trailer for Zelda WiiU last year? Based on that, unless they've been having serious development problems, I'd expect a full trailer at least. I imagine that they'll have a Year(s) of Zelda segment where they'll show trailers for Hyrule Warriors, MM 3D, and Zelda WiiU, with HW and MM having expanded looks in the later streaming presentations.

CericJune 02, 2014

I be surprised if the new Zelda does not have at least a Tech Demo on the floor.

MagicCow64June 02, 2014

Actually, Zelda could be a major hook for the Near Field thingy. They start by briefly talking up the success of A Link Between Worlds, announce a patch for it that will allow the game to work with the figurines when the peripheral comes out for 3DS, which will also work with Zelda Wii U, Hyrule Warriors, and MM 3D

KhushrenadaJune 02, 2014

I'm sticking with my Paper Mario prediction as in my E3 mystery thread. I could see another one being mentioned at E3 this year.

I also think that if F-Zero and/or Star Fox do not have a showing, then that means Nintendo is disinterested in those franchises and we may have to wait many more years until they are rebooted in a Kid Icarus type fashion.

The 3DS front is sort of interesting. It should be the more profitable division with titles able to sell a whole lot more due to a large userbase. Moreover, unlike the Wii U, development time for titles should be less thereby making it the more desirable system to be designing games for. Of course, the Wii U needs games so just how many titles will Nintendo want to focus on making for the system. Plus, nearly every franchise has now been represented on the 3DS with a couple of exceptions. Metroid, F-Zero, Wario and Advance Wars are the ones that spring to mind. Smash Bros. is coming along with more Pokemon titles in the Ruby and Sapphire remake. Will that be enough for Nintendo?

Last year, when everyone was raving about the 3DS it was carried by 5 big titles from Nintendo (LM:DM, FE:A, AC:NL, P:X/Y, LoZ:LbtW) although there were other notable release like M&L:DT, MP:IT, and DKCR. This year, it's had Yoshi's New Island, Mario Golf, Kirby and will have Smash Bros. and Pokemon. Will we only see a couple other titles added? Would a Majora's Mask remake seem likely to add to this list? With the line-up this year, it would seem to fit. Maybe development time would be even less for it than a brand new game. Whether it happens or not, I'd still say there's a good chance we see another Wario game (either Warioware or WarioLand) with maybe an Advance Wars announcement for next year. Other than that and another Mario sports title of some sort, I don't expect much else to be mentioned for the 3DS as I think we'll see more of a focus on Nintendo righting the Wii U ship.

Ultimate fan fantasy: a new 2D Metroid, a Drill Dozer sequel, a new Wario Land game and a new Advance Wars with Sega announcing a sequel to Rhythm Theif and Capcom announcing an E-Shop release of Ace Attorney Investigations 2. If that happens and Nintendo maintains the quality level that most of their 3DS titles have had, then this generation is over. 3DS won.

Leo13June 02, 2014

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I predict the cool online Feature of X is that using the power of the balance board your friends can also enjoy the walking simulator with you as you explore the lush environments.

Go play Xenoblade then come back and talk to me about a walking simulator

BlackNMild2k1June 02, 2014

I'm setting my expectations reeeeeeaaaaaaalllly low.

I predict Nintendo will show up. They will have a booth. There will be plenty of playable kiosk and about a dozen individual games. These games will be fun but not unexpected.
Nintendo will hype something that isn't as exciting as they seem to think.

Sony will have more fanboys hyped than anybody, but it won't be for anything hardware related, it will be software related.

MS fanboys will be trying to overhype something in response to Sony hype, and they both team up to rub it in Nintendo fanboys face on the internet.

The usual fun will be had. Epic gifs will be created. The forums will see a temporary boost in activity and then wind back down to the tried and true, with a few new additions for the first few weeks.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterJune 02, 2014

Quote from: Leo13

Quote from: Ceric

I predict the cool online Feature of X is that using the power of the balance board your friends can also enjoy the walking simulator with you as you explore the lush environments.

Go play Xenoblade then come back and talk to me about a walking simulator

Easier said then done, is gamestop still charging 90$ for that game?

Leo13June 02, 2014

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Quote from: Leo13

Quote from: Ceric

I predict the cool online Feature of X is that using the power of the balance board your friends can also enjoy the walking simulator with you as you explore the lush environments.

Go play Xenoblade then come back and talk to me about a walking simulator

Easier said then done, is gamestop still charging 90$ for that game?

No GameStop is selling it for $50 and you can get it on eBay for less than that

Leo13June 02, 2014

I should add I paid $80 and never regretted it. Yes the game is that good.

Retro DeckadesJune 02, 2014

If Nintendo Power Wrestling actually becomes a thing, then Howard and Nester must be playable characters.

xcwarriorJune 03, 2014

"Nonsense Predictions: Mario American Football. By Next Level Games."

I wanna see this happen, because I want EA to see how a good football game is made. They forgot how to make them about 3-4 years ago.

ejamerJune 03, 2014

I'd also like to see Mario (American) Football happen.  That could be great fun, and reminds me of how much I loved Mario Stikers Charged on Wii.


Hopefully your X prediction is wrong and it will get lots of coverage and/or a more specific release date than "2014"... but not getting my expectations too high. Even though X is by far the most exciting thing coming to the console (so far) for me, it's probably not the kind of mass-market title they want to push at this event.

SorenJune 03, 2014

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I wanna see this happen, because I want EA to see how a good football game is made. They forgot how to make them about 3-4 years ago.

Nintendo is going to teach EA how to make a good football simulation. Sure thing.

CericJune 03, 2014

Quote from: Leo13

Quote from: pokepal148

Quote from: Leo13

Quote from: Ceric

I predict the cool online Feature of X is that using the power of the balance board your friends can also enjoy the walking simulator with you as you explore the lush environments.

Go play Xenoblade then come back and talk to me about a walking simulator

Easier said then done, is gamestop still charging 90$ for that game?

No GameStop is selling it for $50 and you can get it on eBay for less than that

It's on my list of things when I find a cheap copy or if there is a portable Port.
I'm waiting for the trailer that really shows some meat and doesn't amount to people walking around looking at the visuals.

OblivionJune 03, 2014

They already have those. I don't think you were paying attention.

SarailJune 03, 2014

Yeah, Ceric, I believe there's been two trailers released now that show actual battle mechanics. It's definitely built from the Xenoblade engine. Looks fantastic.

CericJune 03, 2014

Unless they did a new ones the last ones with combat was not much at all.

Leo13June 03, 2014

Quote from: Ceric

Quote from: Leo13

Quote from: pokepal148

Quote from: Leo13

Quote from: Ceric

I predict the cool online Feature of X is that using the power of the balance board your friends can also enjoy the walking simulator with you as you explore the lush environments.

Go play Xenoblade then come back and talk to me about a walking simulator

Easier said then done, is gamestop still charging 90$ for that game?

No GameStop is selling it for $50 and you can get it on eBay for less than that

It's on my list of things when I find a cheap copy or if there is a portable Port.
I'm waiting for the trailer that really shows some meat and doesn't amount to people walking around looking at the visuals.

There's no way it's getting a portable port. The 3DS couldn't possibly handle it. Heck I still can't believe the Wii can handle it.
I was in the same boat as you. I wanted to try it, but want sure I was willing to pay what it goes for. I rented it (Gamefly) and I knew it would be worth the purchase. Maybe give it a rent. I even tried to work the system. I used the month free on game fly thinking I'd just conquer it and cancel my subscription. When I didn't conquer it I decided to pay for 1 month and see what happens. Halfway through that second month I knew there was no way I was going to pull it off so I canceled my subscription and bought it. I should have just bought it after the free month, but I naively thought I could conquer it.

SorenJune 03, 2014

So seeing what Dan just showed on Twitter right now...a remote possibility might exist for DS Virtual Console releases the day of the virtual event. Maybe.

SorenJune 03, 2014

Sorry, I meant Daan.

marvel_moviefan_2012June 03, 2014

My honest prediction is Nintendo will show their hand this E3 and it will be the deciding factor if they remain relevant for one more console gen or if this is their death march. I think above all else their focus will be mainly on 3DS, they will try extra hard to hype those figurines but in the end it will be like GBA Connectivity something people get bored with early on due to lack of direction, interest, and good software to make it worth it. I also predict that they will reveal more on QoL but it will be a weird head scratcher not what people are expecting. Beyond that I suspect but won't put money on them showing at least one unannounced Wii U game that isn't Zelda.

Evan_BJune 04, 2014

Nintendo needs to blow it out of the water for this E3. If the actually do or don't is entirely up to them.

What will they focus on? Some cheap and easy Animal Crossing HD job dealing with NFC (you spend hours of your life to progress in that title and hours of your life making money to buy games- why not do away with the time consuming aspects and buy NFC costumes items and houses for your villagers?), maybe a WarioWare for 3DS. Nothing remarkable. I have given up hope that they have something they're holding back that will really generate interest- they seem too focused on "better safe than sorry" with the Wii U an they've honestly exhausted all interesting IPs for 3DS. The last time Nintendo really wowed me was with DKCR, Goldeneye and Golden Sun, but I don't see something so interesting happening this year, not with them in a risky situation like this.

I have dialed down my expectations for everything except Smash, which I see having one or two more character reveals. Everything else I refuse to be interested in- even NFC.

CericJune 04, 2014

My expectation in that regard is that Nintendo probably doesn't have anything that will initially be more than a curiosity when they announce it at the start but there other events will grow it more for me.

TaffypoolJune 07, 2014

Crazy predictions for Wii U:

Kid Icarus for the Wii U: a return to its platforming origins, KI:U is a kind of vertical 3-D platformer where Pit must traverse soaring towers and foreboding, uh, pits. Some puzzling/strategy is involved to reach new sections and he'll often use Glide to cross the void. Think LoZ, but ALL dungeon.

Mario Paint(ball) for Wii U: Nintendo jumps into the much-touted FPS market with Mario Paint(ball). A hodge-podge of Characters from the Mario Universe (another Wii U game I want to see, btw) wield various paint projectiles and items to shoot (Nintendo will say "tag" and avoid red paint) opponents in battle mode or work together to complete campaign-mode objectives. DLC maps from the get-go, online rankings and some sort of voice chat. Imagine playing a 12-person online match on, say, Bob-Omb Battlefield (HD'ified, of course)!!!!

Pokemon MMORPG for Wii U: if Nintendo wants Wii U sales to blow up overnight, THIS is the game it must do (though they could just save it for the next console and make it an instant sales giant...). I've never played a Pokemon game and I've never played an MMORPG, but this concept, and this one alone, would change that. Players could do dungeon crawls, missions, achievements in the form of "badges." At a certain level, players could even build their own gyms and accept challengers. This game would be a huge deal...

Mike from StarTropics announced as playable Smash character: Which leads to...

New StarTropics game announced for Wii U: 3D and/or side-scrolling game with expanded ocean exploration (both above and below). Those aliens took his uncle again and Mike has to save him! Just don't submerge your Gamepad in water to reveal the secret message...

SarailJune 07, 2014

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Crazy predictions for Wii U:
*everything you said*

Good heavens, I love the way you think. New Icarus, Mario Paintball, true Pokémon MMO for a home console, Mike Jones added to the Smash roster, and a new StarTropics game? Yes, please. A thousand times over, yes.

I would literally wet my pants if this were to happen.

Nile Boogie ReturnsJune 07, 2014

The Last Story  HD,  Bayonetta 2 will drop the same day as Smash 4 on 3ds August 20th or close. A an previously unknown game will be announced and released in late June/early July. Sega Surprise. GameCube support. Zelda Megatons!  Namco RPG. Resident Evil Revelation 2. And 2 more things. BOOK IT, and crown me!


Also Shien's other title.

StratosJune 07, 2014

Speaking of Bayonetta and Platinum, I wonder if we will see further work with the two companies. Wasn't there a pretty nifty 3rd person shooter they were working on? Maybe they could create a Wii U version of that?

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