We’re only a week away from the gaming industry’s biggest event of the year — E3. We’re going to have a metric ton of new game announcements radiating from the event, but there is one company that the world will be focusing on during the event.
I’m obviously speaking of none other than Nintendo, the company that has gained a reputation for blowing away attendees with a cornucopia of announcements. This E3 should play out in an extremely similar fashion, and while we don’t know much about what Nintendo has up their sleeves, it’s the things we don’t know that always makes their conference so exciting.
Nintendo had a pretty stellar year in 2010 with big exclusives such as Donkey Kong Country Returns, GoldenEye 007, and Kirby’s Epic Yarn just to name a few. 2011 was supposed to be another big year for Nintendo, but has turned out a little more shaky for the Big N. Pokemon Black and White has sold really well as expected, but outside of that, Nintendo has seen a huge dip in Wii sales. If that hasn’t been bad enough, the Nintendo 3DS hasn’t been doing as well as expected either, so Nintendo has a lot of ground to cover to make sure they hold on to their spot on top.
The big reveal that could be a show-stealer for Nintendo is their next console. Codenamed Project CafÃ©, the Wii’s successor is said to be a HD Nintendo console – that is even more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3. From what we understand, the Wii 2 will utilize new touch-screen controllers, support Blu-Ray, and feature a completely revamped online setup. We know very little about the new home console, but that will all change in less than a week’s time.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been kept under wraps by Nintendo ever since it was announced at last year’s show, so it’ll be interesting to see what Nintendo has planned for what may very well be the last must-own game on the Wii — if it doesn’t make the jump to the Wii 2. We know that this Zelda will use the WiiMotion Plus for 1:1 sword control, and we also know that graphically the game looks a lot brighter when compared to Twilight Princess. Skyward Sword will easily be a highlight of Nintendo’s presser.
The 3DS also has a lot to prove, and from what we hear it will be one of the main focal points of the entire conference. There are quite a few games releasing for the 3DS this year, and we should get some more solid launch details for games like Star Fox 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and a ton of other games for the new handheld. Super Mario 3DS should also make its triumphant debut after a few teaser screens were released during this year’s GDC, and will likely be one of the larger games at the press event. Expect a ton of other 3DS game reveals too, because Nintendo needs to turn the 3DS into a must-have upgrade.
We expect Nintendo to have a decent amount of games ready for their new console, and rumors circling the web include titles such as Pikmin 3 and a new Star Fox. Another big rumor is that Nintendo plans on revealing the next Super Smash Bros. for Project CafÃ©. We can’t even fathom a guess concerning what Nintendo has planned for their next-gen lineup, but any questions you may have should be answered in a few short days.
Want to know what predictions we have for the remaining conferences? Check out our other previews below:
- Sony E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
- Microsoft E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
- Nintendo E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements (You are here)
- Electronic Arts E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
- Ubisoft E3 2011 Conference Preview and Confirmed Announcements
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