So this years E3 is just around the corner and being the avid gamer that I am, it’d be an understatement to say that I’m pretty hyped for what’s to come. I always promise myself that I won’t get too excited or go into the show with big expectations, mostly because I wind up coming out disappointed, but screw it. I’m really excited for this years E3, especially Nintendo’s presentation.
Yeah, I like the other companies as well, even Sony despite the awful decisions they’ve made over the past year or so, but when it comes to E3 presentations, Nintendo are always the ones on my radar because they tend to have the biggest surprises and often showcase the kind of games that interest me.
And with the Switch being 2 years old now and with the majority of the obvious big releases out of way, such as Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros Ultimate, it’s a really exciting time to be a Nintendo fan. We’ve already had new games from a lot of the company’s biggest franchises so early into the systems lifecycle, and it really has me wondering what else they have planned. Could we be getting some sequels or successors to those big titles that have already released? Are they going to be giving some of their smaller, lesser known or more neglected IP’s a revival? Are we going to be seeing entirely new IP’s?
Honestly, I have no idea what to expect, and while there are plenty of games that have already been announced that are pretty much guaranteed to make an appearance (such as the new Animal Crossing game), there’s bound to be a ton of surprises that we don’t know about. At all. …I hope. And hey, at least I know Grandia HD Collection is going to be shown regardless.
So I figured that with less than a week to go, I’d share what I’d personally love to see from Nintendo’s E3 presentation. This isn’t so much a “predictions” post, rather it’s more just what I’d like to see the most. Some of it is realistic, and a lot of it is probably wishful thinking, but hey… E3 is all about settings oneself up for disappointment!
So with all that said… Here we go!
Luigi’s Mansion 3
So I guess we’ll start this off with something that’s pretty much guaranteed at this point: the new Luigi’s Mansion game.
The original Luigi’s Mansion on the Nintendo Gamecube is one of my favourite games of all time, and is one of the most interesting, atmospheric and unique games in Nintendo’s library and while it is a little short, I always find myself replaying it every couple of years. It’s a classic and it’s a blast to play.
The second game on the other hand, while still a great game in it’s own right, isn’t quite as good. For one, rather than spending the entire game in a single, large mansion that you become intimate with and familiarise yourself with, you’re sent to a bunch of different ones, each with their own unique theme. And while that adds a lot more variety to the environments, I much preferred being confined to a single place and becoming familiar with its history, its inhabitants and just generally feeling this sense of progression as you worked your way through the various different areas. The game also had a sillier and much goofier tone than the original, which while still silly, also had a lot more of a gloomy and spooky atmosphere about it.
We haven’t seen an awful lot from Luigi’s Mansion 3, but with a 2019 release date it’s more or less guaranteed we’ll be seeing something at E3 this year. I’m really hoping that the game borrows more from the original than the sequel, but regardless this is something I’m really excited about. And of course, I’m looking forward to seeing what new ideas it will bring to the table as well.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC Fighters
So Joker was announced as the first DLC character for Super Smash Bros Ultimate ages ago and has since been released and has become one of the most unique and interesting additions to the roster since. But we haven’t had even the slightest hint from Nintendo about the next DLC fighter, and considering they’re aiming to have all 5 of them released by the end of February next year, it seems more than likely that we’re going to be getting an announcement at this years E3. At least I’d like to think so.
As for who the character in question will be, there’s been plenty of “leaks” and rumours that have all spread like wildfire. Some people think Erdrick from Square Enix’ Dragon Quest series is in, which seems like a bit of an odd and uninteresting choice in my opinion. I like the series, but Erdrick just… Doesn’t seem like that interesting of a choice to me. Other notable rumours point to Banjo and Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot, Geno from Super Mario RPG, Steve from Minecraft and Master Chief from Halo. Yeah… Some of these are pretty wild. Maybe even a little fanfiction-y.
As for who I’d personally love to see, I’m rooting for Banjo and Kazooie. Yeah, they’re a Microsoft property now and haven’t been with Nintendo since the early Gamecube days, but given Nintendo and Microsoft’s positive relationship over the last couple of years and Phil Spencer outright saying he’d be totally fine with having the duo in, along with them being a relevant part of Nintendo’s history, I think they have a good chance. And I’ve wanted Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Bros since Brawl. It’d be a dream come true for me.
I’d also really love to see Sora from Kingdom Hearts get in, but that’s probably never happening because Square Enix barely gave us Cloud and Disney are also involved. But I can dream.
Regardless of who gets in though, I just really hope we get a new DLC fighter revealed. Preferably more than one, but we’ll see!
Animal Crossing Switch
Given that this is supposedly coming out later on this year, we’re probably going to see the new Animal Crossing game at this years E3. Hell, knowing Nintendo, it’ll probably be the biggest part of their presentation and I’m sure it’ll receive the most focus because this game is big. It’s been hyped up for months, and for good reason. Animal Crossing is a massive time sink and it’s amazing how much each entry in the series has continued to evolve the base idea established in the first game. The last game on the 3DS let you become the mayor of the town, which was really awesome!
Which then begs the question: What comes next? How are Nintendo going to top that with this new game? Honestly, I have no idea, but I’m really excited to see what new things this new entry is going to introduce to the series.
I just hope they show it off right away so that the whole Direct isn’t plagued with morons screaming “WHERE’S ANIMAL CROSSING?!?!?” in the chat.
A Metroid Prime 4 Update
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t care, you probably heard that earlier this year Metroid Prime 4’s development was completely restarted. Yup. All the work that’d be done since the initial announcement was completely scrapped because Nintendo were unhappy with Bandai Namco’s work and decided to kick them off the project and hand it over to Retro Studios.
And while it really sucks that the games progress has been completely restarted, I think it’s for the better. Retro were responsible for the original Prime trilogy, and they know the series better than anyone. If anyone can handle Metroid Prime 4, it’s Retro.
But despite this delay, I think it’d be nice to have some kind of update on the progress of the game. Whether that be a gameplay trailer, a brief cutscene, some screenshots, a new logo, even just a “yeah, it’s going well”. Anything. I’ll take it.
I don’t think we’ll be seeing Metroid Prime 4 for a very long time, and I’m fairly certain we’re not going to be seeing anything related to the game at all this year, but I can hope. So hope I will.
Metroid Prime Trilogy HD
Now we’re starting to get to the more unrealistic wants, but I do think there’s a good chance that we’ll be getting the original Metroid Prime trilogy on the Switch.
For one, I think it’s a bit of a no-brainer. With Prime 4 coming out on the Switch, and supposedly being a sequel to the original trilogy, those jumping into the Prime series for the first time might be a little lost. Having the original trilogy on the Switch would be an easy way to have newcomers up to speed. Secondly, with Prime 4 being pushed back due to the development issues, putting the original three games on the Switch would likely be a good way to tide longtime fans over until it’s released. I’d kill to have all three of these incredible games remastered in HD for the Switch. Especially Prime 3.
I know this is a bit of a pipe dream, but I’d love for this to happen. I need this.
More retro consoles for Nintendo Switch Online
So Nintendo’s online service has been out for a good while now and it’s not exactly been all that well received. Not only is it no longer free like it has been since the Wii era, but it’s also still just as bad as it was then too.
However, the one saving grace of the online service is the frequently updated online library of old NES games that you can play to your hearts content, so long as you have a paid subscription. It’s essentially a Netflix styled library of old NES games, and despite the several complaints I’ve seen regarding input lag, I’ve yet to experience that in a substantial way that ruined the game for me.
And sure, it’d be nice to have everything from the get go and not have to wait for 3 games to be added every month or so, but it’s still a neat little idea.
So what if they did it for their other retro consoles?
I’d kill to have this kind of library for Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 games. If I could play the likes of Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 on my Switch, I think I’d never put the damn thing down. Imagine it. It’d be a dream come true. It’d be fucking magical.
It’s very unlikely that this is going to happen, but I think it’d be a suitable replacement for the Virtual Console of the Wii and Wii U eras and I hope to God that they just bite the bullet and do it.
Daemon X Machina
Daemon X Machina was revealed during last years E3, and it was pretty dope. Not exactly the most exciting looking game in Nintendo’s upcoming titles, but it looks unique and different, so I can get behind it. Plus, it’s a brand new IP! We don’t get those very often!
I’ve not been seeing too much hype for this unfortunately, but Nintendo seem very eager to push it and have supposedly taken much of the user feedback from the free demo they released earlier this year on board to improve the experience.
Hopefully they’ll show us more of this, because I want to see more!
Astral Chain is an upcoming hack and slash game from Platinum Games that’s exclusive to the Switch and is being helmed by the lead designer of Nier: Automata. Fucking Nier! And it looks so unique and interesting! Did I mention it’s an exclusive?
Again, this is a brand new IP and it looks very different to what we’re used to seeing from Nintendo, so I really want to see more of this. Platinum Games are the masters of difficult hack and slash gameplay nowadays, so I’m really hoping we get another Neir: Automata from Astral Chain. This will no doubt be a big part of Nintendo’s E3 this year and I look forward to seeing more.
It’s been a good while since Bayonetta 3 was teased to be in development for the Switch and… We’ve heard nothing since. Not a peep.
I’d like some kind of update. Even a small one. Maybe a gameplay trailer. But I won’t hold my breath.
Link’s Awakening Remake
Link’s Awakening is one of the more underappreciated Zelda games. Originally released for the Gameboy, this classic title is coming to the Switch in the form of a HD remake and honestly it looks as fun as ever.
I do think the art style is a little strange, but I don’t hate it and I feel it fits the tone of the game nicely. A lot of people have this weird idea that Link’s Awakening is a gloomy, depressing game due to it’s ending, but it’s… Not really. At all. Aside from the ending, most of the game is pretty silly and lighthearted, and this cute, chibi style fits that tone perfectly in my opinion.
Will it be a replace? I’m not sure, but I’ll definitely be having a good time with this. I just hope they add some new features too, because the original game was pretty short. Hopefully they’ll show more off at E3 this year!
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
This was already leaked on the games official website, so we pretty much know it’s coming but…
Just put Spyro on the Switch. I’ve played it on PS4 already, but still. Get it on the Switch. Now. ‘Nuff said.
A Mario Odyssey Sequel/Successor
This is where what I want to see just becomes unrealistic, but I’d kill for a sequel or successor to Super Mario Odyssey. Similar to how we got one for Super Mario Galaxy during the Wii era.
Super Mario Odyssey was an incredible game. It modernised the 3D collectathon style of Mario and it remains one of my favourite Switch games to this day. And while the game was perfect for DLC, we unfortunately never got any!
Maybe because they’re working on a sequel? It’s probably not going to happen, but an Odyssey sequel that improves upon the original the same way Galaxy 2 did for Galaxy would be amazing.
You think that’s unrealistic? Wait ’til you see what’s next…
A new Golden Sun game
I AM NOT GIVING UP THIS CRUSADE GOD DAMMIT. I WILL FIGHT THIS FIGHT UNTIL I CAN’T STAND ANY MORE.
Look, we haven’t had a Golden Sun game in nearly 10 years. It’s been 10 years since this franchise got a new game, and it’s a damn shame because it’s one of Nintendo’s most unique franchises and it’s an iconic part of the company’s history.
Whether we get a sequel to Dark Dawn on the DS, a remake of the original game or some kind of reboot, I don’t care. Just give me a new Golden Sun game. Please. We’ve been campaigning for this for years. People want this! On the Switch! AAAAAAAAA
I saw a rumour for this on Twitter and thought “y’know what? That’d be fucking dope!” and now I want this to happen.
Imagine being able to play all of Rare’s old classics on the Switch. In HD. Including the games that ended up on the Xbox after Rare left Nintendo to go join Microsoft, like Viva Pinata and Kameo. Imagine they threw in an HD remaster of Donkey Kong 64 too.
Man, what a dream that is.
A 3D Zelda Remaster Collection
And now, for the biggest “this definitely isn’t happening” want to end this list. A 3D Zelda HD collection.
You want to know how to make the best console of all time? You get Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword and you put them all on it. In high definition. That’s how you make the best console ever.
What’s even more depressing is I can imagine this shit happening. I can see them showing a trailer with Ocarina of Time, then it switches to Majora’s Mask, then Wind Waker, then Twilight Princess and then BOOM! Skyward Sword HD with a reworked traditional control scheme.
We already have Wind Waker and Twilight Princess in HD on the Wii U, so why not port them over? We already have Ocarina and Majora remade on the 3DS, so why not some how get them on the Switch? All that’d be left is to remake Skyward Sword.
And with Breath of the Wild already on the Switch, you’d have all the 3D games on one, portable console.
Hahaha. Never gonna happen is it? Fuck.
And that’s just about everything I’d want to see from Nintendo’s E3 Direct this year. Outside of things that have already been confirmed, like Grandia HD Collection and some other obvious wants that I want every year like F-Zero.
I’m sure none of these will happen and we’ll just get 45 minutes of Animal Crossing or something. But until then, let me dream.
I’ll probably be covering my thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 presentation after it happens, so stay tuned for that. ‘Til then!