June is fast approaching, and for the gaming industry, that means the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is coming. The 20+ year old gaming convention has become a tradition and is anticipated every year by gamers worldwide.
Nintendo just released the #Switch in March, and they're claiming this E3 is going to be big for them leading up to the show. Which is good, because it needs to be if you're a Switch owner, or a potential Switch owner.
“E3 is always a big time for Nintendo. We look at each E3 as a unique opportunity to tell our story. And we’re gonna have a big E3 this year. We’re going to be showcasing a variety of games. We will have experiences for… consumers will be able to attend the show for the very first time. So I’m not gonna tell you all of the various games and all of our little secrets for E3, but I can tell you that E3 is going to be a major opportunity for us to showcase not only Nintendo Switch, but also content coming to Nintendo 3DS.”
Sounds good. Here's what we want to see from #Nintendo at E3 in June that would make us very happy gamers:
1. A Playable Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey will likely be Nintendo’s big holiday, system-selling game for this year. It is also likely that it will be the featured game at E3 as a result. As it will be less than six months from holiday release, the chances of there being a playable demo at the show will be high. Nintendo will hopefully be blowing the roof off #SuperMarioOdyssey at E3 this year and Switch owners will be very excited to see more of Mario's adventures in New Donk City.
2. Give Us Our Metroid!
It’s been seven years since Metroid: Other M on Wii--seven long years for Metroid fans.
It’s been ten years since the last Metroid Prime game, and #RetroStudios (the developers of the Metroid Prime series) have been awfully quiet of late. They released only one game for Wii U in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in 2014. That’s not a lot of output from Nintendo’s most talented western game studio. They’re obviously working on something, and many suspect (and hope) it is Metroid Prime 4.
3. Some Super Smash Bros. News
By the time E3 hits in June, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be out. That leaves one other uber-popular multiplayer series still left unaddressed for Switch: Super Smash Bros.
Given Nintendo is porting Mario Kart 8 to Switch instead of creating a whole new game, it’s pretty likely they’re going to the same with Smash Bros.
I’m expecting a full-blown “Deluxe” version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to make its way to the Switch, with all downloadable content included, plus exclusive content. We may even get content from the #3DS version. Whatever they end up eventually doing, it’s going to be big. Hopefully, we'll get at least a morsel of info about it at E3.
4. Online Network Details
For the first time, Nintendo is going to be offering a paid online service for their games.
Microsoft and Sony have been doing this for years, and although Nintendo has always touted the fact that their online games were free, you ultimately get what you pay for. As a result, Nintendo's online service hasn't always met gamer's expectations.
With the #Switch, Nintendo is finally jumping into the world of online gaming with both feet, and they have already said their online service will cost somewhere between 2,000-3,000 yen per year. That's the equivalent of $17.63 to $26.44, which is very reasonable compared to the PS Plus and Xbox Gold competition.
Nintendo fans have been asking for a reliable online network from Nintendo since the GameCube days of the early 2000s, and this will be a welcome feature for the Switch when it arrives. All we need now are the details.
5. Virtual Console Details
The Virtual Console service on Wii, Wii U, and 3DS have left room for improvement, and many are hoping Nintendo finally realizes this and makes those improvements. We've got a lot of questions:
- Will we be getting #GameCube and #Wii games for Switch’s Virtual Console?
- Will Nintendo release a Joy-Con with a D-pad on it to play 2D games on?
- How will the Switch's Virtual Console tie in with Nintendo's new paid online service?
- Will Nintendo implement a cross-buy program for Virtual Console games gamers have already bought on other Nintendo systems?
- Will we see more consistent support from Nintendo for the Virtual Console?
These are all questions that Switch owners will be expecting Nintendo to address in detail at, or even before, E3.
6. Continued 3DS Support
Nintendo has insisted that the Switch is not the successor to the 3DS, that it is a home console you can take with you, and not a true handheld system.
We were told last year during their September Nintendo Direct videocast that the 3DS has lots of life left in it, and they plan on supporting it all through 2017. E3 will be the place for them to make good on that promise. Yes, we want lots of Switch details and support, but don't forget about the 3DS, which already has one of the best game libraries ever.
We would love to see more of the Pikmin game we were shown last year during the Nintendo Direct. How about more #VirtualConsole support? Will the new Monster Hunter XX be making its way to the west? For those who haven't jumped on the Switch Train yet, continued 3DS support is important.
7. Pokemon Anything
Whether it's the rumored "Pokemon Snap 2" or the rumored Switch port of Pokemon Stars/Sun & Moon, the probability is high that Nintendo will be putting something Pokemon-related on the Switch soon.
Like everything else Pokemon-related, it will sell ridiculously well.
Sun & Moon coming to Switch would be the first time a mainline #Pokemon game has ever been put on a console. It would likely sell a lot of Switch systems, which is exactly what Nintendo needs to do right now. This isn't a prediction, but don't be surprised to hear Nintendo announce it at, or before, E3 2017.
What do you want to see from Nintendo at E3 this year? Let us know in the comments!