So, E3 happened. Nintendo had quite a lot to say (some things good, some things not-so-good), and it is time to look back at our pre-E3 predictions. As ever, we all got a decent amount of stuff wrong, but we did get some things right too!
So, we (that being Josh, Demelza and I) are each going to run through our predictions and respond to what happened at E3. As we go, the scores will be tallied up so we can announce the WiiUandMii Prediction Champion of E3 2015. Or something. I mentioned cake in the predictions article, but I can’t guarantee that. Let’s get into it!
Josh Stevens (Editor): 1/5
WRONG x4: F-Zero, Punch-Out!!, Mega Man, Nintendo vs Capcom: A number of my predictions for Nintendo’s E3 showing this year were admittedly far more optimistic than I would have actually expected, with my optimism being more of a “Wish List” of things I would like to see as opposed to a serious prediction, so it didn’t come as a surprise to learn that we weren’t getting a new F-Zero or Punch-Out!! and that only one of my five guesses actually turned out to be accurate. I will however, always be holding out for an “unprecedented” partnership that will lead to a Nintendo vs Capcom game.
CORRECT: Yo-Kai Watch: You might think that I was happy to see Level-5’s Yo-Kai Watch during the Digital Event, but unfortunately, I was less than impressed. The presentation featured wonderful interviews with the brains behind the likes of Star Fox Zero, Yoshi’s Woolly World and even Skylanders Superchargers but unfortunately, all Level-5’s multimedia phenomenon received was a trailer that felt like it had been thrown in at the last minute.
For those of you who don’t know, Yo-Kai Watch is a very big deal and the second highest selling third-party franchise on the Nintendo 3DS (with Monster Hunter naturally being at the top) – in fact, over two million units of Yo-Kai Watch 2’s Ganso and Honke versions were sold in the month following its launch last summer! Adding to that, a survey published by Bandai earlier this week revealed that the franchise’s anime is the most popular television series’ for Japanese boys and girls aged twelve and under – ending the previous title holder’s thirteen year reign at the top. In comparison, Pokémon ranked sixth on the combined gender listing – not even making the Top 5 of the girls’ poll.
Considering that corporations the size of Hasbro have recently stated their commitment to supporting the international launch of the franchise, I was honestly expecting the game to be a prominent feature of the E3 Digital Event and maybe at the very least, a portion of the presentation could have been dedicated to Level-5 President Akihiro Hino introducing the franchise to a western audience. Instead, he made a more subdued appearance as part of Nintendo Treehouse Live, making me wonder if Nintendo are deliberately trying to suppress what could be a fierce competitor to Pokémon.
Demelza Ward (Staff Writer): 2.5/5
When I first wrote out my predictions for what I wanted to see at E3 this year from Nintendo I was full of hopes and dreams, and general confidence that what I picked out was stuff NIntendo could actually give us. It’s safe to say however that after Nintendo’s Digital Event I’m left feeling cold toward Nintendo for the most part with them having not really given me games in a form I wanted. Here are my predictions and what we actually got:
HALF CORRECT: Paper Mario – Wii U: This is was pretty much the only one of my predictions that Nintendo actually dealt with in a brilliant way. I was wrong about the format and what we got wasn’t a straight Paper Mario game, but perhaps in the end it’s better for it. What Nintendo actually revealed was a 3DS crossover game between the Mario & Luigi series and the Paper Mario series, and it truly looks amazing. Being a massive fan of both series of games this is the one crossover I would never have thought of and yet wanted all along as the humour, world, and characters blend incredibly well and I can’t wait to get my hands on the title and explore the mischief Mario and friends have gotten themselves into this time! I think the Wii U would probably have benefitted from a Paper Mario game more than the 3DS does, having already had both a Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi title in its lifetime, but I feel like the Mario & Luigi series only really works on a handheld so I’m not really going to complain! I was a little sad to discover we won’t be getting the game until Spring next year, but then I do have Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. and the original Paper Mario to be getting on with anyway…
CORRECT: Animal Crossing – Wii U: With this prediction I was right on the format but the game wasn’t quite what I expected or wanted. Nintendo revealed a party-game Animal Crossing a lot like the Mario Party series of games and quite honestly I’m not impressed. To me it confirms that Animal Crossing won’t be seeing an entry on the Wii U and will instead hit the NX, but worse this wasn’t the sort of game I wanted to see out of E3. I’m not a massive fan of the Mario Party series, and sure this game is going to be nice for those that are, but to reveal it at E3 as a front runner was a bad idea. I think it’s also a shame that the game is getting a line of Animal Crossing amiibo which could have been used elsewhere more comfortably. All told I’m just not very happy that this prediction came true like this, but perhaps the way my next prediction came true is even worse…
CORRECT: Metroid – 3DS: Once again I was bang on with the game and format for my prediction, but much like Animal Crossing I’m left bitterly disappointed by the Metroid game we were given. I think a part of the problem, like many have with the reveal, is that the game decided to go with the Prime name and for no real apparent reason. I’d have been okay with it as a general Metroid spin-off, but taking the Prime name is just a kick for the Nintendo fans wanting a new entry in Metroid and while I can’t say I agree with all the hate the game is getting, I can see why people are so annoyed. Games with such a heavy multiplayer focus just aren’t my cup of tea most of the time anyway and I feel like it doesn’t quite fit with the overall theme of Metroid is that Samus is a loner and you go through these adventures pretty much on your own. It also bothers me that Next Level Games reportedly helped with the game when quite honestly they could have been working on something much better and what makes it worse is that the pitch they originally put together for a Metroid game, before Luigi’s Mansion 2, looked much better.
WRONG x2: Pokémon – 3DS, Donkey Kong Country – 3DS: My last two predictions were the two that didn’t come true, but after what happened with Metroid and Animal Crossing I’m not massively fussed they didn’t as perhaps it’s for the best. With Donkey Kong not being revealed I’ve got my sights set on a reveal for the NX next year or a 3DS game later this year, which would make me happy. The fact Pokémon was out of sight pretty much means we won’t be getting a game this year which at least means more time is being spent on the next game, which ultimately Pokémon will massively benefit from. I wouldn’t be surprised if a game is revealed at the end of the year for a February/March release to celebrate the anniversary of Pokémon Red & Blue but otherwise the series not being at E3 was definitely a good thing and was always a pretty long shot anyway in terms of something actually being revealed there.”
William Robinson (Staff Writer): 2.5/5
HALF CORRECT: Metroid – (Wii U): I was so confident in Samus showing up at E3 this year. I even did a feature collecting evidence pointing towards a Wii U Metroid turning up, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Personally, this is a huge disappointment to me. I have been anticipating the reveal of a true Metroid game for years now, and the news that we may even have to wait until NX is additionally concerning. Metroid Prime: Federation Force doesn’t hit me as a true Metroid game in the way I want it; I am eager for a lonely and atmospheric experience in a beautiful, mysterious world. I am still waiting for the next proper adventure, which I can sink my teeth into. Like I could with Metroid Prime Trilogy.
CORRECT: Platinum Games X Star Fox: I couldn’t have got this one much more right! Star Fox Zero was rolled out for its first proper showing during Nintendo’s Digital Event, and after the event we got the news that PlatinumGames are partnering with Nintendo to develop the game. Star Fox Zero is looking like Nintendo’s big game at the end of this year, and with that collaboration, it should be in safe hands. The visual standard in the trailer (check it out in 60fps) could do with some improvements, but the gameplay looks solid so far.
WRONG: Zelda – Wii U: In my prediction, I said how Zelda was too big of a deal for Nintendo not to show, even if they had said we wouldn’t see it at E3. Well, I was wrong, and they were true to their word, as we got no new glimpse of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U at E3. This was slightly deflating, as Nintendo’s Digital Event could have done with a big title like this to encourage excitement. As it is, we are still waiting…
WRONG: Super Mario Galaxy 3: There I was, watching the final part of Nintendo’s Digital Event. They had gone back to the topic of Super Mario Maker, and were talking about the 30th anniversary of the iconic plumber. Surely, they were building up to a big final reveal of the next 3D Mario game? It felt like it… and then it ended. What? Nintendo are usually great at the “one more thing” aspect of E3, but not this year. Now, the next major 3D Mario must surely be an NX project, with the Wii U starting to see its way out. Seriously, though, Nintendo – if not Super Mario Galaxy 3, give us a remaster of the original two games. They are such masterfully crafted games, and need the HD treatment. Please?
CORRECT: Classic Mario Maker amiibo: Nintendo, as expected, unveiled multiple new amiibo at E3, including two special (and rather big) amiibo of Mario in all his 8-bit sprite goodness for Super Mario Maker. One is in classic colours and one in modern colours, and when used put a Big Mushroom power-up into the game. You know, so Mario can become big and smash through blocks. The additional retro filter it gives is nice too. The figures are satisfyingly substantial and look great (the 30th anniversary aspect to them is fantastic too). The actual effect in-game seems a bit shallow at the moment, but the physical aspect to the amiibo will likely be enough for most; they’re rather awesome-looking!
=1st: Demelza Ward: 2.5/5
=1st: William Robinson: 2.5/5
3rd: Josh Stevens: 1/5
Well, we have a draw! Both Demelza and I will be taking the plaudits, while Josh may need to up his game for next year – which could be the big reveal of the NX! We have a lot to look forward to…