With E3 2012
only a few short days away, we decided to take a moment to tell you what we think might happen during the three major press conferences at the show. In years past, we've created Bingo Cards to create some sort of false interactive experience. (And no one ever won!)
But we're friends ... I mean we hang out all the time
. So, let's just riff. Here's some things we expect, and a few things we don't.
Nintendo's Pre-E3 2012 Press Briefing will take place on Tuesday, June 5 at 12:00PM EDT
. Joystiq will be there in full force, bringing you every piece of news as it happens.
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We're Sure: Nintendo will roll out all of its major franchises for Wii U, even if the next games won't be out for years. (I'm looking at you, new Zelda game.)
We're Thinking: A lot of hype will fall flat around third-party games – which may have been out on other consoles since last year.
We're Dreaming: The Wii U supports any external hard drive, and that every single game is downloadable.
We're Sure: The Wii U launches with a sports game!
We're Thinking: Nintendo will reveal a redesigned 3DS with dual analog.
We're Dreaming: Sin & Punishment 3 at launch. I just really want this to be true, so I'm hoping saying it out loud will help.
We're Sure: Metroid 3DS announced and goes back to its roots, continuing the story from Fusion. PLEASE!
We're Thinking: All the cool new game announcements will be revealed in a round table meeting moments after the conference (like is always is.)
We're Dreaming: Eternal Darkness 2.
We're Sure: Wii U takes center stage, and the price and launch date are revealed.
We're Thinking: A new Mario title for the Wii U is showcased (probably by Shigeru Miyamoto himself).
We're Dreaming: We get an iota of information regarding the next Smash Bros.
We're Sure: Wii U launch date on a Sunday.
We're Thinking: Hedging that 3DS shows that the company can be successful in the middle of the curve.
We're Dreaming: Nintendo LIVE, a fully functional, mature-friendly online system.
We're Sure: Nintendo promises to "focus on the hardcore" with Wii U, entire audience groans.
We're Thinking: Pikmin 3 finally gets shown, playable on the floor, launching alongside Wii U.
We're Dreaming: Valve Software's Gabe Newell shows up up to announce Half-Life 3 as an exclusive launch title for the Wii U. Also, he's impregnated Reggie and the two are getting married in a shotgun wedding, as presided over by Satoru Iwata (with a shotgun).
We're Sure: Nintendo gives us a Wii U price announcement and launch date.
We're Thinking: There will be some ultra-embarrassing moment during Nintendo's keynote that gets remixed and becomes the most hilarious thing to come out of E3.
We're Dreaming: Nintendo shows us a new game – as in, a game that isn't just a new entry in a classic Nintendo franchise. A brand-new game.
We're Sure: Let's see some of the tech specs for the Wii U, please.
We're Thinking: Something with a lot of Kirby, because damn it does that adorable pink ball get exponentially cuter depending on the size of the screen its on.
We're Dreaming: Half-Life 3
has to not feature it, right?)
We're Thinking: A new version of the 3DS. It could use a redesign.
We're Dreaming: Mario & Luigi MMORPG.
We're Sure: That redesigned Wii U tablet with the analog sticks will be officially revealed, and I'll eat my hat if we don't also see a new 3DS model.
We're Thinking: That mysterious Zelda Wii U project will be revealed as The Legend of Zelda: Harpsichord of Meteorology (or something), though whatever teaser Nintendo shows won't be accompanied by anything resembling a release window.
We're Dreaming: Wii U launches with an exclusive HD remake of Final Fantasy 7! Also, Miyamoto found your glass slipper and wants you to marry him!
We're Sure: Wii U, say hello to a ton of Pokemon content!
We're Thinking: Nintendo Network is detailed and dated, spotlighting Animal Crossing 3DS as the first Nintendo title to "use" it.
We're Dreaming: I finally get what I ask for every year: an online multiplayer Metroid Prime game is announced.