Nintendo Scene: E3 Hopes And Dreams

With four days to go until Nintendo’s E3 presentation, you can’t help but feel all jittery inside, thinking of what could happen and what will be revealed to make our little brains explode!

Theres much excitement here at Nintendo Scene in the run up to E3 2011 and we are delighted to share with you our predictions, hopes and dreams for the big day.“To predict what Nintendo will unleash on  the game’s industry is almost always impossible. If I’m to stick my head out and put my name to a prediction (which is always fun to do), I’d have to say Nintendo will go for raw power!”, exclaimed Stuart, our awesome Editor of the Nintendo Scene site. Wes agreed, stating, “Like Stuart, I think it’s going to be about power for Nintendo’s home console this time around. Blow away the competition with spec’s that rival other consoles, give everyone hard drives and HD graphics and account for the life long Nintendo fans with the big game brands too”. StealthBuda, the team’s Ninja, retorted “To be honest, system specs and designs are irrelevant to me. If it plays good games I’m sold. I just want game announcements.”

When it came to discussing new titles we wanted to see, and previously announced games we wanted to know more about, our thinking caps were on. “Ok, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this one”, responded my fellow female companion Katy, “and I would like to see a Majora’s Mask 3D remake, its much better than Ocarina of Time in my opinion.” I wouldn’t mind seeing that either, but better than Ocarina of Time? Katy we need words. Joke! While we are on the topic of Zelda, we are all eagerly awaiting on an announcement on the release date for Skyward Sword. Its been too long! Katy reckons “it will be given the Twilight Princess treatment and will be released on both the new home console and Wii, seeing as November release would clash with other big releases on other platforms like Skyrim, pushing it into 2012.” I really hope not. Wes is certain that the rumoured new Zelda title will be revealed also, coinciding with Zelda’s 25th Anniversary. If so, what could it be? Being a huge No More Heroes fan, Katy mentioned, “And my number one hope is that a new No More Heroes game will crop up somewhere.” Hope it happens Katy, you’re always talking about it! Whereas Katy wants No More Heroes, Staurt really wants to see a new Pikmin title, saying that its “the long lost game that was all but promised for the Wii Years ago. It really is ripe for an announcement at E3 this time round.”

Nintendo’s new console will be a big focus of their presentation, and even more so, we are hungry for any glimpse of their new creation. Joe had a lot to say about ‘Project Café’, saying, “The Wii’s game library is notable for one key absence: multi-platform titles. This was due to the Wii basically living in a bubble away from the rest of the competition. Working on developing for Wii, with it’s poor graphical prowess and motion controls, was always going to be a different job than developing for the HD beast of PS360. Project Café, by the sounds of it, will be competitive in regards to power so there is no reason for Nintendo to neglect third party developers. Project Café needs to secure a steady stream of multi-platform titles and it needs to get the best versions of some of those titles. While Nintendo has the best exclusives, it can’t go it alone and it needs third party developers to help it out. If Project Café can get the best versions of some multi-platform titles, something which shouldn’t be out of the question early on when it is competing with the (hopefully) graphically inferior PS360, then it can come out on top. When PS4 and Xbox 3 are released, it will be a different story but early speculation suggests that Sony and Microsoft may not focus on power as much as they did this generation and hopefully Café can keep up and still secure multi-platform titles.” Well said Joe!

As for titles on Ninty’s new machine, Adam is hoping to see Red Steel 3 being announced, while Wes is confident that there will be sightings of a new Metroid adventure along with an all new Super Smash Bros. title. “I don’t think we’ll see ‘Super Mario Cafe World’ at E3 this year, backwards compatibility with Wii games and a new Mii based Wii Sports sequel or similar will satisfy the masses.” said Wes, which this shut me up as when that rumoured list of leaked Project Café software roamed through the internet, ‘Super Mario Café World’ was one title I was eager to see at E3, if it was to be shown.

Of course you can’t forget our 2 month old 3DS’s, which there are many titles that we here at Nintendo Scene are longing for. James wants to hear more about Animal Crossing 3DS, and added “I’d really like them to say (and have it be true!) that the experience will be deeper this time, and not just remake of the previous version with one or two shallow new features added. I want the characters to interact with each other in a meaningful way, and to remember things you’ve done so your relationship with them develops.” Both StealthBuda and Stuart are massive fans of the Advance Wars Series, so are hoping for an Advance Wars 3DS game, with Stuart adding, “I just need this to be announced in any shape or form.” Mario Kart 3DS is one game I really can’t wait for, and StealthBuda shares my enthusiasm. Lets hope at E3 they share their information as to when we will see a proper release date. Our 3DS’ have many features, which James wants them to play a big part in how we play our games. “I’d like some 3DS titles to be shown that really show off the capabilities of the system – the things that Nintendo hinted at with the software that comes with the system. Games that use Augmented Reality, the gyro sensor and everything else in an innovative way.” I really hope this happens. As I’ve said before, I’d love if a new Pokémon Snap 3DS title was shown, with AR cards included, allowing Stadium Battles to take place on the kitchen table, or anywhere else for that matter.

While we are discussing 3DS games we’d like to see remade or a new game in a certain series, Joe wants something completly new. “Now I know that I said Nintendo have the best exclusives (and they do!) but I’d really love the 3DS to get a brand spanking new IP to send it to handheld greatness. Pokemon did that for Gameboy, Advance Wars did that for Gameboy Advance and Layton did that for DS. The system needs games and the system needs great games that aren‘t ports. A new original IP could be amazing for 3DS sales,” Joe told us.

“To sum it up, as long as I get some kind of ninja or turn based RPG/strategy fix I’ll be happy. And I hope Nintendo plan to make the most of the Streetpass and Spotpass functions and they don’t just become a gimic,” said StealthBuda, which concluded our hopes and dreams discussion.

So, will we get our wishlist in 3 days time? “I’m really looking forward to the presentation and hope as many of you as possible can join me here next week for some discussion and immediate reactions to the big news.”  said Wes in his anticipation for the big Nintendo 2011 E3 presentation.

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9 Responses to “Nintendo Scene: E3 Hopes And Dreams”
  1. Wes says:

    Further to this, check out what CVG have reported today:

    “We’ve also heard another little whisper from our Ninty sources – that Super Mario 3DS won’t be the only new Mario title to be shown off in Los Angeles. Could we be looking at a Super Mario Galaxy for the next, next generation?”

    Wow I hope this is true. As I say – didn’t see that coming!


    • That really is a development. Nintendo really know how to spin us. Galaxy on the 3DS would be amazing and is entirely doable.


      • ManiLink says:

        seen this from 4chan yet? lol

        The System:

        – Uses a custom IBM triple-core CPU running at 3.6GHz per core
        – The development kit contains 1gb RAM, but Nintendo have hinted that the console will actually have 1.5gb
        – Nintendo will be releasing games that will run 1080p natively. Sources say that with Nintendo’s art style and the poewer the system, the games look ‘stunning’.
        – The system does run on AMD R700 card, but the architecture is slightly different and the clock speeds are much higher.
        – The System resembles JPN/EU SNES machines in color only and not in shape
        – The development kit is about the size of a 360, not the console
        – Close sources say it’s as if Nintendo is in “damage control” with 3rd party developers. Nintendo is trying really hard to get 3rd parties on board to develop games and have offered incentives such as not releasing big-title Nintendo games in holiday seasons to compete against 3rd party titles.
        – Nintendo went to many 3rd party developers on guidance on what they were after with the new console in terms of system specs, controller and online system.

        The Controller:

        – Nintendo have been keeping this really quiet and have only given developers controller prototypes to start designing games. However, the final controller build with all the features have only been given to Nintendo 1st and 2nd party developers for now.
        – Nintendo had planned on inserting a screen on the controller back when the Gamecube was in development, but opted out due to technology not being advanced enough to be functional
        – The controller that’s been given to developers has a large 5.7inch hd (960x640pixel) screen, 2 analogue sticks, 4 face buttons, 3 middle buttons (select/home/start in that order), 2 shoulder buttons and 2 triggers.
        – The triggers aren’t as deep as the 360’s triggers, but have plenty of push
        – The big thing about the screen is that it’s a multi-touch screen, contains it’s own battery and is detachable from the controller unit
        – The screen when detached contains its own memory so developers can store data on it, so gamers can play whatever the developer designs for the screen-only use
        – When the screen is attached to the controller it works by streaming content directly from the console
        – Nintendo are giving developers ideas other than just having it function as a quick menu screen for games while attached, or as a simple tamagochi-like mini-game when detached
        – The controller contains a gyroscope, but motion controls isn’t the focus of the controller like it was for the Wii


        – Nintendo will release a Mario platformer as a launch title which hasn’t been done since the N64.
        – The Mario platformer looks to be the spiritual successor to Mario 64.
        – Gamefreak and EAD are hard at work developing a Pokemon online RPG.
        – The Pokemon RPG is not an MMO, but does have a large online emphasis and will be Nintendo’s flagship title when showing off the online capabilities of the console.
        – There will be at least one new IP Nintendo will reveal at E3.
        – Nintendo is working on a new Zelda, but didn’t reveal anything to developers.


        – Some developers have had the Wii 2 dev kit for going on 2 years now. When the Wii 2 is released in late, that’s 3 years to develop games on.
        – Because of such generous development time, Nintendo have pushed 3rd parties to develop high quality games to be released at or near launch.
        – Nintendo have sourced an external company to develop their online network, which the developer has commented, surpasses both the PS3 and 360 in terms of speed and functionality.
        – Nintendo is pushing for the console to be online 24/7 and have seamless online integration with many of their games
        – Friend codes are confirmed to be gone
        – Nintendo has been toying with the idea of a game where the main character is your Mii
        – Nintendo will be pushing their Pokemon RPG to showcase their online network
        – Rockstar are supposedly hard at work in bringing on of their “most popular” titles to the console.


  2. What a well balanced article. Made a very enjoyable read. Just show’s we’ve got a real great team here at Nintendo Scene.


  3. ktx8 says:

    Nice one Orla! 😀 Good to see the whole team’s views


  4. jimjamz says:

    I should’ve said Pikmin as well. For 3DS. The system has the power of a gamecube, so get it done, Nintendo!

    On a largely irrelevant note, I like the fat little purple ones the best.


  5. ManiLink says:

    Im gonna predict –

    – Pikmin 3 (will drop the 3) on Cafe – The tablet controller will work well for multitasking.
    – No hard drive in Cafe. Nintendo likes Flash Memory.
    – Focus on Super Mario 3DS. 3DS needs nintendos mascot to bring in the masses.
    – Retro Studios working on a new Zelda game.
    – 25th anniversary zelda suprise will be something to do with ‘online’ – possibly Four Swords revival for 3DS.
    – Gabe Newell will not come on stage and announce Valve will support Cafe.
    – The outsourced company that is helping them on Online interface for Cafe will be a Japanese company.
    – Cafe support for now will consist of 3 western developers and the rest will be from japan, Konami, Capcom, Square Enix etc.
    – The cafe controller screen will be detachable from the main controller shell – thus allowing non experienced gamers to feel less threatened by the device – ala wii remote.
    – Sensor bar socket on back of Cafe for Wii games.
    – Skyward sword will be a Wii exclusive. Cafe will launch with Mario not Link. But with Mario HD collection – HD version of Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Bros Wii and Super Mario Sunshine.
    – GTA V will not be announced for Cafe.
    – Platinum games will be big supporter of Cafe.
    – Cafe will confuse and excite in equal measure.
    – We will not get price, date or launch commitment – but 2012 will flash up on screen.
    – The day after the conference – Nintendo will reveal a must have 3DS game at their Roundtable.
    – The system will focus on letting Family play games online together. The core titles will be there but the marketing and image will remain – games for everyone.


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