E3 2014 is upon us, which is a blessing (and a curse for the stress and writing workload) for many game journalists and bloggers like us at Infendo. In a span of a few short days, Nintendo will be unveiling new games for the Wii U and 3DS and possibly some other surprises along the way. The excitement and anticipation alone has made myself included continue to dub E3 “Gamer Christmas.”
We have already shared our in-depth E3 predictions on a massive two-hour long episode of Infendo Radio last week, but we also left out some other details (yes, a two-hour show and we forgot some other information).
So, in the lieu of a massive E3 wish list, the crew at Infendo Radio (Lewis, Holly, Colin, and myself) have put together a short (somewhat, on my part) list of predictions. These predictions are split into two categories: Pipe Dream/Unlikely Scenario and Safe Bet scenario. We hope you enjoy the fun that is E3 next week with the constant streaming and refreshing of one’s Internet browser.
In addition to our predictions, what do you hope to see Nintendo unveil at E3 2014 (following our category system, of course)? Tell us in the comments below.
Hit the jump to see the Infendo Radio crew’s E3 predictions.
During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that one of their key Wii U titles for the holiday season, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, has been pushed back to February 2014. Developed by Retro Studios, DKC: Tropical Freeze was originally scheduled to launch on the Wii U on December 6, 2013. Satoru Iwata reaffirmed that the delay for the title is meant “in order to optimum gaming experience for fans.”
You can read Iwata’s statement during the Nintendo Direct below.
“In order to deliver the optimum gaming experience for fans, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will now launch in February 2014. Developed by Retro Studios, the series’ first Wii U installment stars Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as they go head-to-head against invaders from the northern seas who have taken over Donkey Kong Island. Featuring intense side-scrolling action with dynamic camera angles, cooperative play for up to two players and beautiful HD graphics, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the coolest Donkey Kong Country adventure yet.”
How do you feel about Tropical Freeze’s delay into early 2014? Will this delay be costly for the Wii U’s hopeful holiday surge? Tell us in the comments below.
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I know that Microsoft is a very large company, and I am sure that things get lost in the shuffle all the time, but could they really have thought they owned the rights to Donkey Kong? According to Chris Seavor, formerly of Rare, they did.
On twitter, Seavor was asked about whether the Xbox One would receive a version of Knack. He went into a story about Microsoft’s acquirement of Rare.
“The current generation of ‘enablers’ won’t even know they own the IP… Here’s a true story.. When Rare was first bought by MS a group of execs came on a tour.. One of them noticed the Donkey Kong. ..Posters everywhere and said.. ‘Hey that’s great.. We own Donkey Kong right??’ ………/massivesigh” He said via his twitter account.
He went on to share some words of wisdom about some uber popular games that have disappeared from existence…
“Christ, whatever happened to Starfox? MS aren’t the only ones sitting on prime real estate and wondering why their arse is sore.”
Obviously, Donkey Kong has found his new abode quite comfy at Retro Studios now that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been announced. There are some that still await the return of Starfox, and still a few that are hungry for the rumored Starfox/Metroid Cross over (not me though…)
What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s thoughts on owning DK? What about Nintendo sitting in Starfox without giving us something new?
Many Nintendo fans have been wondering if we will see out favorite heroine make an appearance on the Wii U, and when. Although there is no confirmation that such a game is in development for Samus, Kelbaugh, Tanabe, and Tabata have shared that they have some ideas with Venturebeat. One such thought is to create an attachment for the gamepad that will allow it to become a “zapper of sorts”.
“I [told Tanabe], ‘What, you want to hook a GamePad on a Zapper [gun peripheral]?’” recounted the translator. “He said: ‘No, that’d be too heavy. Maybe something more streamlined. But like a Zapper-style thing with a GamePad feature on it or some device like that. I’d love to do some shooting stuff with something like that! Maybe some day.’”
Kelbaugh and Tabata shared their thoughts on the use of the gamepad itself:
“Samus obviously has a lot of features [in her space suit],” said Tabata. “There’s a lot you can do with that thing — once she pulls her arm up and pulls out that [metal flap] and does some of this stuff [Tabata pretends to punch buttons on her forearm]. I can see mapping some of that to the GamePad. I think that would be really cool.”
Do you think that we will see a Metroid U within the next few years? If so, how are you hoping to see the gamepad work into the storyline?
Nintendo of America has announced via their Twitter account that they will be hosting a new E3-centric Nintendo Direct on June 11th. The presentation will commence at 10 AM Eastern and will be available for streaming through Nintendo’s website. Nintendo has previously confirmed that the next iterations in the Mario Kart, Mario 3D, and Smash Bros. franchises will be present in some form during their next Nintendo Direct; however, other announced Wii U and 3DS titles are still under speculation. Will Retro Studios’ long-awaited new project be unveiled, or will a new partnership with a some other third party publisher be announced? These are all questions that will soon be answered at this next Nintendo Direct or, hopefully, at a later event during the week of E3 2013.
What do you hope to see Nintendo pull from underneath their sleeve? Discuss in the comments below.
Sony and Microsoft both have next gen consoles on the way. Soon. This much we know for sure. As for whether or not they will be show stoppers and garner enough support to take whatever momentum the Wii U has gained in the last few months remains to be seen. Nintendo can control their own destiny with a good showing at E3 and beyond. What should Nintendo bring to the table? Read on to hear my thoughts.
What do you think Nintendo should show off at E3?