E3 2017 Predictions: Nintendo
E3 2017 is a very important time for Nintendo. For the first time since the Wii in 2005, the company is at the center of an excitement cyclone. E3 2017 will be the perfect time to kick that excitement into overdrive and solidify the Switch’s place as a serious gaming machine.
Wii U Re-masters: Let’s face it– not too many people played the Wii U, despite the unbelievable quality of its first-party offerings. Nintendo has proven with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that porting Wii U games to the Switch, giving them new life with a new audience, can be very, very lucrative. Expect that trend to continue at E3 with games that could include:
- Super Smash Bros. (I expect a full-on Deluxe treatment for this one)
- Pokken Tournament
- Super Mario Maker
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- Star Fox
It wouldn’t surprise me to see a handful of these games announced for release before the end of the year, especially in the months leading up to Mario Odyssey’s launch.
Mario Odyssey: Speaking of which, expect a significant chunk of Nintendo’s E3 messaging to revolve around Mario Odyssey. Nintendo is relying on the game as its primary holiday Switch-mover, and it’ll want to start building excitement for the title. It’s likely we’ll see more of Odyssey’s strange world and get a firm release date. There’s a very good chance the game will be playable on the show floor.
A new Metroid: Rumors of a new Metroid game have been floating around for some time, and even though the series doesn’t sell particularly well, fans (like myself) are clamoring for another entry. Nintendo is likely to show off the game, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a 2D return-to-form for the series, developed by Retro Studios.
Mother 3 localization: Call me crazy, but I think Nintendo could shock fans with a localization of Mother 3, the Japan-only entry in the Earthbound series. While such a release wouldn’t be exceptionally lucrative, it’s a piece of low-hanging fruit that could please Nintendo’s core fan base and generate some easy (and cheap) goodwill. Is hoping for an Earthbound collection going to far? We’ll have to see.
Additional 3DS titles: As much as I’d like Nintendo to turn their focus to the Switch, the 3DS is still selling very well and remains a huge, lucrative install base for Nintendo and other third-party developers. I don’t expect many new announcements from Nintendo itself, but we’ll see more of Hey! Pikmin, Fire Emblem Echoes, Ever Oasis, and Miitopia, even if its just in a sizzle reel. Nintendo may also choose to highlight some of the third-party indie titles in the pipeline, as they’ve done in year’s past.
Indie and third-party titles: Nintendo loves to highlight indie titles during their presentations, and this year won’t be any different. The Switch is already loaded with indies, and Nintendo would be wise to highlight some upcoming titles. Likewise, the company will be eager to highlight the third-party studios that have signed on for the Switch, and to dispel the notion that the Switch will follow in the Wii U’s footsteps with anemic studio support.
More Amiibo: Nintendo loves their high-profit-margin NFC figures, and they’ll be looking to jumpstart declining Amiibo sales with a host of new releases. Expect Amiibo for ARMS, Mario Odyssey, third-party titles (remember that Binding of Isaac Amiibo?) and other games that will be announced during the presentation.
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