Bender's E3 Predictions
This year's E3 expo is fast approaching! The Short Pause crew is getting excited and, in anticipation of the event, we've all been discussing what we hope to see at E3 this year. Here are my top 5 predictions:
The Last Guardian Will Finally Be Announced... Again
This may appear to be a compulsory annual prediction at this point, considering that Team Ico's third project has been in development for nearly a decade, but I really believe that The Last Guardian will appear at Sony's E3 conference this year. It seems like we've heard more whispering about this game in the last year than in previous years. Fumito Ueda has repeatedly assured fans that the game is still in development. Many of us were concerned when Sony’s Japan Studio allowed The Last Guardian trademark to lapse back in February, but that was most likely a clerical oversight. Whether it has a new name or not, this is the year for The Last Guardian to make its triumphant return. To quote Kinda Funny's Colin Moriarty, "I can feel it in my balls!"
New Metroid Game for Wii U (or 3DS)
We haven't seen anything from the Metroid franchise since Metroid Other M released in 2010. Team Ninja's stint at the Metroid reins was a valiant attempt, but it wasn't the game that fans wanted. Other M was plagued by a weak story, poor voice acting, and a few questionable gameplay mechanics. My hope is that we see the return of a first-person Metroid adventure on Wii U in the vein of the Metroid Prime trilogy, which was developed by Retro Studios. We don't know what Retro has been working on since they finished Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze; perhaps they are returning to the franchise that put them on the map in the first place. In a perfect world, there would also be a new side-scrolling Metroid game — in the vein of Super Metroid — being developed separately on the 3DS, but that might be tantamount to asking for the moon.
Details About Club Nintendo's Successor
Back in March, at an investor's meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made several big announcements. In addition to Nintendo's partnership with mobile developer DeNA, he also revealed the code name for the next Nintendo gaming platform, NX, and the fact that a new unified account system is on the horizon. I believe that we will learn new details about this new account system at E3. It will launch at some point this year and it will be much more streamlined and easier to use than the current Nintendo ID system. The new account system will keep track of customer's purchases across all Nintendo platforms, and cross-buy will become standard, even for Virtual Console Games. It's about time!
I don't own an Xbox, but in the interest of equality, I opted to make at least one prediction for every platform. Microsoft currently owns the rights to Rare’s intellectual properties, which includes everyone's favorite anthropomorphic amphibians. Rash, Zitz and Pimple made their first appearance in a decade in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight earlier this year. I think this was a way to generate hype for a new Battletoads game. It won't be a big time AAA title, but a downloadable, side-scrolling (or top-down) Beat 'em Up with updated graphics, similar to Double Dragon Neon. Let's just hope it has a reasonable difficulty this time!
New Smash Bros DLC
With Nintendo's newfound trend of post-launch DLC support for their core franchises, I believe that we haven't seen the last of the new fighters coming to Super Smash Brothers. I'm predicting that they will announce at least two new fighters, and at least one of them will be a 3rd-party character. We could see the rumored Ryu from Street Fighter, Rayman, Viewtiful Joe, or any number of other popular characters. This could happen sooner rather than later, as a Smash Brothers-focused Nintendo Direct is scheduled for Sunday, June 14th. Incidentally, that's the same day that Lucas will be made available for purchase as a playable character.
Those are my top five predictions for E3 2015. Do you agree? What do you think will be announced? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned right here for even more E3 coverage.