Over the next few days, gamers are likely to hear a lot of teases for Spike VGX 2013, the channel’s revamped awards show and interactive video game experience. Thus far, we have learned that Respawn Entertainment will bring some sort of “surprise” from their upcoming, multiplayer-focused title shooter, Titanfall, but that was only the beginning.
Although it’s not completely confirmed, we now have a new name to add to the Spike VGX 2013 list: Nintendo. NOA President Reggie Fils-Aime teased a Nintendo-related announcement late last week, and since then buzz has been building.
If Nintendo does take to the Spike VGX 2013 stage (will they have a stage?), it will be their first appearance on the show. The company has won several awards from Spike, but they have never broken news at the “winter E3.”
That might change, though, as Fils-Aime says, “We may be making an appearance, we may have something special, we’ll see.” GameTrailers TV’s Geoff Keighley further hyped the Nintendo appearance confirming that Reggie did tease a first-time appearance, in case it wasn’t clear.
And yes, Reggie did tease his first-ever appearance at VGX in just 2 weeks.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 22, 2013
Of course, there are many different possibilities for why Nintendo chose Spike VGX 2013, but we’d suspect it has a lot to do with the show’s change of format. Now, Spike VGX (formerly the Spike Video Game Awards) will stream online for three straight hours — starting at 6PM EST — and will not just feature awards presentations and new trailers, but also in-depth discussions of new games. Presumably, this would be a good venue for Nintendo to show off, and demo, one of their new games.
We wouldn’t expect them to make too big of an announcement, though — like a new Zelda, for example — as those are usually saved for E3 or, at the very least, a Nintendo Direct. Rather, it seems most likely that Nintendo would show off one of their currently announced games, but show a new wrinkle of it.
As far as likely candidates, we’d suspect Super Smash Bros. might be the one, as the Spike VGX crowd typically loves multiplayer-focused titles. We know the game is targeting a 2014 release date, so perhaps Nintendo might give an official date or maybe they will announce a new character.
The show is slated to go live on December 7th, so either way we should know whether Nintendo does actually take the Spike VGX stage very soon. This year’s show is slowly coming together, with this Nintendo tease, news of Titanfall, and a recent confirmation for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and this new direction could help it improve its overall quality.
What do you hope Nintendo announces at Spike VGX 2013? What seems the most likely announcement?
Spike VGX 2013 airs December 7, 2013 at 6PM EST on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Twitch, iOS and Android devices, and available globally on VGXLIVE.com, Hulu, Yahoo Screen, the Yahoo Screen app and Viacom properties Spike.com, ComedyCentral.com MTV.com, MTV2.com, BET.com and GameTrailers.com.
Source: GameTrailers TV