E3 2008 predictions: Nintendo Wii
- Animal Crossing Wii
If we could make only one guess about this year's E3, it would be in favor of Animal Crossing Wii.
Why it's likely: We've been hearing rumblings forever -- now it's time we learned some real specifics.
Why we might not see it: We would honestly be so shocked if Animal Crossing wasn't announced that we would eat our proverbial hats. Maybe even our actual hats.
Prediction: It's a lock.
- Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus is another name that's been bandied about as a candidate for a "new" franchise. We're just hoping Man Icarus doesn't show up.
Why it's likely: There are some people who consider Kid Icarus to be as much a lock as Animal Crossing at this year's show.
Why we might not see it: With all of the announcements we're anticipating from Nintendo, one or two might get held back -- like this one -- but we doubt it.
- The next Zelda
The list of announcements already all-but-confirmed continues with the next Zelda. It's been mentioned, along with the team that's working on it. All that's left is for Nintendo to make things official.
Why it's likely: Nintendo needs some strong announcements right now, considering the end of the year looks a little empty. We're going to get them, too -- starting with this.
Why we might not see it: IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY.
Prediction: The only real question is: Wii, DS, or both?
So, whatever happened to those Wii colors we've been seeing, oh... since forever! Maybe they'll be found this year.
Why it's likely: If Nintendo can get that whole supply and demand issue handled, this is a lock.
Why we might not see it: That whole supply and demand issue.
Prediction: Likely. We'll take one in red, please.
- An increase in supply
Supply -- Nintendo ain't got it, and the world is demanding it. We're pretty sure that the continually robust sales of the Wii will come up at the conference, along with promises to get the problem under control.
Why it's likely: Nintendo doesn't want to disappoint all those people who are still looking for Wiis.
Why we might not see it: It may yet be an unsolved mystery.
Prediction: Likely. Nintendo likes to talk about their unwavering ability to print money.
- WiiWare and the Virtual Console
So, Nintendo has this whole WiiWare service, but you'd never know it from advertisements. Why? Because there aren't any... but we have a feeling it might be an issue of import during the conference.
Why it's likely: There are some big titles coming. LostWinds may have been great, but it's no Mega Man.
Why we might not see it: Then again, WiiWare really seems to have cooties or something.
Prediction: Likely. There's too much coming down the pipe for Nintendo to keep ignoring WiiWare. Look for the Virtual Console, too, particularly in discussions of sales and success.
- Downloadable content
But with WiiWare comes DLC. Some people love it, some people hate it, but we want to know that it'll be around when it's necessary and that there won't be too much.
Why it's likely: Nintendo is big on discussing their success, and this is a potential moneymaker. It's a probable bullet point for the conference.
Why we might not see it: May get lost in the rest of the discussions.
Prediction: Even odds. There's a lot to talk about here -- it's just whether or not it comes up.
- Even more Fit
Wii Fit is good. Wii Fit is great. But if there's one thing Wii Fit lacks, it's loads of content. A sequel or downloadable content seems a likely announcement.
Why it's likely: While Wii Fit won't be the showstopper it was last year, it's certain to come up in some capacity.
Why we might not see it: Really, we're gonna see it. Stop asking.
Prediction: Wii Fit will come up somewhere, and we're willing to bet there's going to be extra content (or a new game) in the offing.
- Mega. Man.
Speaking of things we're willing to spend money on: Mega Man 9 is bound to get a mention somewhere, and we're not just talking about Capcom's announcements and releases. Even though we've just lost our supposed-exclusivity. Mega Man 9 is going to be a big deal for Nintendo.
Why it's likely: Comparisons to other platforms, footage, information... we want it all, and they are probably going to give it to us!
Why we might not see it: Oh, we'll see it.
Prediction: We're already looking at screenshots... in our minds.
- The space issue
Geeks and otaku aside, the storage problem is beginning to be an issue with all sorts of Wii owners -- and Nintendo is going to do something about it.
Why it's likely: We all need a solution, and we think there's going to be one -- just not a hard drive.
Why we might not see it: This may get held until the holiday season.
Prediction: Likely. In order to stay current, Nintendo's going to have to do something.
- From the garden
Pikmin! We haven't seen the end of this franchise, not by a long shot.
Why it's likely: A Pikmin announcement is long overdue.
Why we might not see it: While we think a Pikmin game is in the offing, we just might not hear about it yet.
Prediction: Even odds. Nintendo can't announce everything right now, after all.
- Mario's hobbies
Mario's got a lot of hobbies. He already spends his time on the Wii racing, kicking ass, and drifing around the galaxy. What now?
Why it's likely: Very likely. Mario can't be contained! The only question is: what will he take on next?
Why we might not see it: After Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros Brawl, Nintendo may defer to a new Mario game on the DS instead.
Prediction: Likely -- we're thinking golf.
- Hold it!
With the DS series taking a sideways shift toward new guys, it might be time for Phoenix Write to find a new home.
Why it's likely: It wouldn't take much work to bring Phoenix Wright to the Wii.
Why we might not see it: ...but then again, what's the point?
Prediction: Long shot.
- Wii Sports 2
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata indicated that a Wii Sports sequel wasn't likely, as it would be "taking the easy way," but it's not like Nintendo always churns up new ideas. Mario says hello, amirite?
Why it's likely: It's been almost a year since Iwata said that, and a Wii Sports sequel would sell. Can we have online play, please?
Why we might not see it: Well, obvious, because Iwata said we wouldn't!
Prediction: Long shot.
- Project H.A.M.M.E.R.
Project H.A.M.M.E.R. is on. It's off. It's on. It's off. It's on and casual. If it's ever coming back, it'll appear at this year's show.
Why it's likely: We're really not sure it is, but we so hope so.
Why we might not see it: This one's been MIA for a long time now, and rumor is that it's dead.
Prediction: Even odds -- but that just may be us being hopeful.
- Disaster: Day of Crisis
Disaster: Day of Crisis is in the same boat as the aforementioned Project H.A.M.M.E.R., but it seems to be a little more likely to make its return.
Why it's likely: Disaster: DoC is such a neat concept, and it seems less dead than Project H.A.M.M.E.R.
Why we might not see it: This is another game that just may have fallen off the face of the earth.
Prediction: Likely, but not a lock, not at all.
- The Conduit finds a home
The Conduit has been hyped to the sky -- particularly by its own devlopers -- and it doesn't even have a publisher yet. What better time to reveal this tidbit?
Why it's likely: It's almost certain!
Why we might not see it: Maybe there's a reason we don't know this yet....
Prediction: Likely -- and we think it'll be either THQ, EA, or Nintendo themselves.
- Dr. Kawashima comes to Wii
Nintendo recently indicated that they weren't interested in making any more Brain Age titles for the DS, but what about a Wii version?
Why it's likely: Nothing prints money like Brain Age.
Why we might not see it: If you thought you had trouble with the handwriting recognition before....
Prediction: Long shot, but it wouldn't surprise us.
- A little Wii Music
Not only is the timing perfect for Wii Music -- it's the for-everyone answer to the Guitar Heroes and the Rock Bands -- but it's long overdue for release.
Why it's likely: This is as much a lock as Animal Crossing, and will almost certainly be out for the holidays.
Why we might not see it: We would die of shock, and we don't really want to discuss that possibility.
Prediction: Extremely likely!
- Captain Rainbow
Is Captain Rainbow the new IP that's been whispered about, or will there be something else up Nintendo's sleeve?
Why it's likely: Captain Rainbow wouldn't exactly be a completely new property -- it's got old familiar faces.
Why we might not see it: Nintendo's going to have so much else going on this year that another new anything seems unlikely.
Prediction: Our guess? Captain Rainbow is it, folks. But there's going to be a lot of other stuff that gets announced... and while all that might not be as new, it's certainly as exciting!
- Balancing act
We know Balance Board-compatible games are coming, but E3 is bound to be a big show for the stand-and-play future.
Why it's likely: The Balance Board seems to have been embraced in a way that even motion control wasn't. It's likely we'll see several games utilizing the peripheral.
Why we might not see it: Possibly too soon to see any worthwhile footage, but unlikely.
Prediction: The real question is: how many different games will we see?
Last year was all about peripherals, which may seem odd for a controller that's supposed to be able to do anything. This year, we figure they'll cut down to only one extra piece.
Why it's likely: We'll definitely hear about the maracas for Samba de Amigo, but another add-on seems likely.
Why we might not see it: After all, this was their entire show last year, basically.
- Print it!