Nintendo has really done a lot this year to make their E3 experience better for both attendees and consumers. Although there is no press conference, Nintendo will be delivering their news through a Nintendo Direct broadcast. Not only that, but Nintendo will put four upcoming Wii U games in the hands of all gamers if they visit a participating Best Buy on the Wednesday or Saturday afternoons of E3 week (Nintendo World in New York City will have the games playable all week long). In past years, Nintendo has always been the hardest to predict. This years, thanks to a constant stream of news via this year’s Nintendo Direct broadcasts, Nintendo has pretty much laid out its plans before all other companies had gotten a chance to.
Nintendo 3DS will be very important to Nintendo for this year, but it won’t be their main focus of E3. The 3DS has a huge lineup already set for E3 with some of its biggest titles set to release in the next few months. The big guns Nintendo has stated it will be bringing to the trade show on 3DS will be:
- Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
- Pokemon X and Pokemon Y
- The Legend of Zelda 3DS
- Yoshi’s Island 3DS
- Mario Party 3DS
- Mario Golf: World Tour
- Super Smash Bros.
The main focus of E3 will obviously be on Nintendo’s struggling Wii U console. Nintendo has made serious efforts to show gamers just about everything they have in development for the system. Games on the Wii U will be the biggest focus because if the games look promising, gamers will buy the system. A lot of Nintendo’s already announced games are too early in development to be shown. Based on previous announcements, these are the already known Wii U games I expect Nintendo to focus on at E3:
- Pikmin 3
- The Wonderful 101
- Bayonetta 2
- Super Mario
- Mario Kart
- Super Smash Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
With that, here is what I am predicting Nintendo will also show and announce during their one hour broadcast:
- Trailers and lots of info on Super Mario and Mario Kart for Wii U. One of them will release this year
- The first trailer for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will debut
- Release date for The Wonderful 101 to be announced
- More information on Bayonetta 2
- New title from Retro Studios to be unveiled for Wii U
- New information on 3DS games such as Pokemon X/Y and The Legend of Zelda
- Aside from Retro’s new game, at least 2-4 more new game reveals for Wii U
- New Wii U bundle to replace the $300 basic package (probably same price, but more value)
- New non-gaming related features to be unveiled for Wii U
- Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS will debut
- Next Super Smash Bros. will be playable by press and public
- New information on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
- Wii U to receive price cut
Are my predictions correct? Watch Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct broadcast on Tuesday June 11 at 10am EST. It will be streamed on Nintendo’s website. If you would like to add your own predictions, feel free to comment below.