E3 2012 Wishlist: No More Remakes (But Zelda Wii U Please!)
Nintendo had a lot to learn from last year’s 3DS launch, their big mistake being not sticking a game from The Legend of Zelda or Mario franchise in the initial release list. Did this mean the handheld had been rushed? Were Nintendo phasing out their main franchises? Of course not. Yet, the following weeks promise of Mario Kart 7 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D left myself, like many other gamers, dissatisfied. Were Nintendo relying on remakes of older (safer) games? The announcement of Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing 3DS and Starfox 64 3D only strengthened this fear.
This E3, Nintendo really needs to push the boat out on some original titles, and make sure that all important The Legend of Zelda: Wii U is in the launch list. Last E3 we saw the amazing Zelda tech demo, yet while it looked stunning, Nintendo needs to make sure it really implements all the new features of the Wii U console and controller to show their true innovation. Sticking to a Twilight Princess-esque art style and playing it safe will most likely increase Nintendo’s stock shares, yet the company will lose all the originality, creativity and innovation that set it aside in the first place, fore-mostly awarded with the unveiling of the Wii and the DS.
I hope Nintendo learns from their primary decline in sales of the 3DS that while they may not have full grip on the new technology yet (see the rushed port of Twilight Princess from the GameCube to Wii, with lacking motion controls), a game from their flagship franchises in the launch set is essential in securing customer and developer trust as well as those all important sales. Yet at the same time, Nintendo needs to take a chance and bring out an all new IP, just like their recent threesome of JRPG ventures on the Wii, such as Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. It’s a risk, but as Nintendo have often learnt, they are worth taking.