Nintendo’s Wii U has had a rough go of it since its launch late last year, with poor console sales reflecting a nearly absolute drought of retail releases since December. Meanwhile, Sony and Microsoft are gearing up to launch their next-generation machines later this year, making it even more difficult for Nintendo to get people looking at their console.
However, Nintendo won’t be going out without a fight. While they’re skipping the traditional press conference this year, the company confirmed that they’ll be showing new entries in their most blockbuster series — a 3D Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. will all be making their Wii U debuts at E3 in June. For good measure, we’ll be seeing more of Pikmin 3 there, too.
With all of that in mind, allow us to humbly suggest what we want to see from each game in two weeks. Feel free to tell us what you want to see out of these games in the comments below.
After spending a couple of years under wraps, we suddenly have lots of information and a pretty good hold on what to expect from Pikmin 3. About the only thing we don’t really know about Pikmin 3 are the concrete details of the cooperative multiplayer.
The only thing we know for sure right now is that co-op will be restricted to local play; syncing up all those Pikmin online would be “very difficult” according to Shigeru Miyamoto. That’s a huge bummer, but that would be quickly forgotten if the local co-op proves to be compelling enough. We’re anxious to hear what they have in store for Pikmin 3’s team players.
While there are some who enjoyed it, Mario Kart Wii is widely regarded as one of the weakest entries in the series to date. Between blue shells so frequent that they bordered on self-parody and the especially dorky motorcycles, MKW left a lot to be desired.
Correcting this would be relatively simple — follow the Mario Kart 7 blueprint. It was a relatively simple game, but still introduced lots of customization that allowed for a bit of strategy beyond simply selecting a character. Most importantly, though, MK7 was surprisingly well-connected, making it easy to race against friends and strangers alike. With the Wii U’s online infrastructure being better than the 3DS’s, playing the new Mario Kart online should be a snap.
Super Smash Bros.
There were doubts about the original Super Smash Bros. leading up to its release, but the astronomical sales of each entry quelled them very quickly. Each game is not only a damn good time, but is arguably the greatest piece of fan service in video games.
Balance has never been the series’ strong point, but since that’s part of the fun the only real gameplay improvement necessary is fixing Brawl’s dreadful netcode. No, what really gets people excited between releases is seeing how Nintendo expands the character roster.
Melee more than doubled the original’s size, while Brawl tripled it and added third-party characters to the mix for the first time. Sony tried to get in on the action with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, but that was met with tepid indifference by gamers at large. Nintendo will get their chance to show them how things are really done.