The Electronic Entertainment Expo (otherwise known as E3 2014) takes place next week in LA, and the excitement is at a fever pitch. Hundreds of developers and publishers will reveal expected and new projects for thousands of attendees, and some will change the very fabric of gaming as we know it.
Nintendo is among these companies, coming off the successful launch of Mario Kart 8 last week. While Mario and Co. have yet to reveal everything (wait for the Digital Event, happening next Tuesday at 9 AM PDT), there are a few games we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Super Smash Bros. (Wii U/3DS)
The Super Smash games have really evolved, and this year’s edition is no exception, with even more fighters, bigger brawling arenas, expanded online options and a variety of modes exclusive to each version. While the 3DS arrives this summer (compared to the Wii U’s winter release), both versions will definitely get some multiplayer love. Prepare to lose to the Wii U Trainer and Mega Man!
Yarn Yoshi (Wii U)
This title, which first appeared a while back during a Nintendo online event, is bound to make a playable appearance at the show, bringing all the unique charm of Kirby’s Epic Yarn with a Yoshi vibe. With beautiful environments and addictive gameplay, Yarn Yoshi could be the sleeper hit of the show.
Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)
You can’t go wrong with the Legend of Zelda universe mashed with the Dynasty Warriors franchise. Watching Link battle hundreds of enemies with his familiar weaponry should be a treat, but the E3 build may also come with new characters to play with, as well as deeper levels that provide a better idea of what the game is all about.
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
One of last year’s most intriguing games at the Nintendo camp was definitely Bayonetta 2. Platinum Games’ sequel captures the manic energy and excitement of the original while upping the ante with bigger bosses and more weapons. This year’s E3 demo should be even better, and may introduce a few new wrinkles that will make it shine. Oh, and a release date would be great too, Nintendo. Thanks.
Monolith’s X (Wii U)
We’re not sure what Monolith will call its next project – Xenoblade Evolved, perhaps – but we’re eager to play it all the same. X is a remarkable take on the role-playing genre, with a fantastic world brought to life by the Wii U hardware, as well as gameplay that will no doubt take advantage of the system’s touch-screen. We’ll be in line for this one, count on it.
The new Pokémon game
Yes, we know that Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes are already on the way, but Nintendo plans to reveal information on a new property in the series at E3, even though it’s been disappointingly quiet. A new role-playing adventure for 3DS? The series’ debut for Wii U? Perhaps it’s a modern remake of Pokémon Snap.
The New Zelda Game (Wii U)
There’s already talks that Nintendo will finally unveil its new HD Zelda game for the Wii U at E3, but won’t release it until 2015, instead giving more immediate focus to Hyrule Warriors. That’s fine with us, as long as we get a closer look at what the next adventure in the series looks like.
What’s next for Nintendo is anyone’s guess. Obviously, a new Metroid would hit the spot for the Wii U (and the 3DS – with cross-platform multiplayer for good measure), and there are whispers that Platinum Games is hard at work on the next chapter in the StarFox franchise. These haven’t been confirmed yet, but the company is good when it comes to throwing a surprise or two this time of year. We’ll have plenty of info in the days ahead.
What are you excited to see from Nintendo at E3?