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Brock Delebreau avatar 7:43 PM on 05.28.2012  (server time)
Nintendo E3 2012 Predictions

E3 is the greatest time for video game fans. We get the big details for the next year and beyond. This year is no exception, especially for Nintendo. With the launch of Wii U evident, new features, games, and more are set to be revealed. Here’s what I think we’ll get from Nintendo on June 5th.

General Nintendo Announcements

-New details on Nintendo Network
-Confirmation of additional Nintendo Direct conferences throughout 2012, including the announcement of Wii U price
-Nintendo eShop set to be online by August 2012

Nintendo DS

-A new thing for Nintendo, big details on a main series Pokémon game, final details on Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
-Release date of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
-Announcement that the Nintendo DS Lite is being phased out by the end of 2012

Nintendo Wii

-NA release of Pandora’s Tower – out Holiday 2012 – published by XSeed – GameStop exclusive

Nintendo 3DS

-Release dates for Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing 3DS (digital/retail), Devil Training (digital/retail), and Paper Mario; all are set to come out by the end of the fiscal year (March 2013)
-Announcement of North American release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, Monster Hunter tri G, Monster Hunter 4; all published by Nintendo – release dates at later time
-Level-5 release date for Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
-Level-5 release of Fantasy Life, Time Travelers, and Professor Layton V Ace Attorney
-Next firmware details:
+Out June 5, 2012
+“Nintendo Network” application
+Sets up unified account between 3DS and WiiU
+Unified account includes:
*Nintendo eShop funds
*eShop games can be on up to 3 consoles
*Universal friends list
*Save internet settings for each device
*Is the new eShop – new interface (e.g. – Nintendo Network = Nintendo eShop)
*Enhanced folders – select a preloaded graphic, game icon, or letter to represent folder; different folder colors
-Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo video – very early build, hoping to release by end of 2013 fiscal year (March 2014) [Note: expect many delays – out by Holiday 2014 if we are lucky]
-New Super Mario Bros. 2
+First gameplay footage
+Final release date – start of August
+Announcement of difference between retail and digital pricing – save $5 by going digital
-Announce that a 3DS Lite is in development, out by end of fiscal year, to be less than $200

Nintendo Wii U

-New name – set to help distinguish from Wii – no idea on what new name is [NOT HAPPENING]
-Huge third party support – lots of developers set for release
-First look at UI – controlled by controller touch screen
-“Nintendo Network” (eShop – see above) will be ready for launch
-Renegade Kid has a title in development to be released at launch – platformer
-Nintendo has 2 games for launch
-New Super Mario Bros. Mii – official game, coming in “launch window” – digital/retail
-First look at Pikmin 3 – launch title
-Revealed: Animal Crossing, Wii Sports-like title, StarFox
-Show floor set to have 3 colors on display – white, black, blue
-Final specs NOT revealed but final console design is shown

Show Floor

Wii U – Only 2 Nintendo games, 5-8 third party title; multiple colors; controllers tethered to booth babes
3DS – All games shown in conference – in English, new colors
DS – Demo of Pokémon B2W2
Wii – video of Pandora’s Tower

Developer’s Roundtable

-New 3DS Zelda – title only
-New Wii U Zelda – concept art – new art style
-First look at 3DS Lite – guest appearance by Konno
-Demo of new Miyamoto 3DS/WiiU title – new IP; cross-platform support; action/adventure title

So, that would be one heck of an E3. I wish Nintendo would show that much, but they probably will not. What are your thoughts and predictions for E3 2012? It is coming up pretty soon. REMINDER: Nintendo press conference – Tuesday, June 5, 2012 @ 9:00 AM PDT/12:00 PM EDT

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