Pleased to enjoy this list of things I want. They are things. I would be happy if they were real things. Probably they are not.
...Yeah. I've not listed anything we know is coming at E3, nor anything too boring, that we just had or can obviously expect. And in a way this is my wishlist (for Nintendo 1st party/published stuff) for the whole of the Wii U's lifespan. And even then I think these range from wishful thinking to totally impossible. But think if they happened!
10. New Star Fox
I haven't played much Star Fox. I played the N64 game (on VC)... once. I didn't like the whole arcadey play-the-whole-game-in-one-sitting thing, and I don't think I actually beat it, but it was quite fun while it lasted. I think I've played the SNES original a little bit... and not cared. How were the Gamecube ones? Point is, this is a franchise that's skipped a generation, and that I think has a lot of untapped potential and there's room for it to make one hell of a comeback. I want a truly amazing Star Fox game.
9. 2014 Year of Waluigi
Waluigi is my favourite Mario character. Wario has two whole serieses. Luigi's been getting plenty of attention these days. Now it's about time Waluigi got his own game. I don't care what it is. Nintendo's take on the stealth genre? It literally doesn't matter.
8. Super Smash Bros. U includes Travis Touchdown
Super Smash Bros. is to my mind the best party game, hands down, and it's definitely the confirmed thing I'm most excited just to actually see. But my number one wish for it is to include Travis Touchdown as a playable character. Suda's expressed his interest in this. And his existing moveset in his own games already translates perfectly to Smash Bros.
7. Earthbound Bundle
This is already speculated to be coming for the Wii U. I'd love this. Both Earthbound and Mother 3 are games I've tried to play on emulator but I've not gotten far in either. Being able to play them in an official capacity on the gamepad however, may be the motivation I need to really get into these games. We already know Earthbound is coming to Virtual Console, but a Mother 3 release would be more important, and I'd love to be there for some kind of series-celebrating physical special-edition release or something.
6. Battalion Wars/Endless Ocean 3
Though these series have little to do with one another, Battalion Wars 2 and Endless Ocean are both Wii games I got really into way back in 2007, and though they're often forgotten about nowadays, I think they're both ideal for the Wii U. I think the control possibilities for Battalion Wars on the gamepad are limitless, and I think Endless Ocean, more than just about any game I can think of, would benefit from HD photorealistic graphics.
5. Real-time 3D Pokémon Red Remake
This is a pipe dream I've had probably since forever. I want a fully-3D open-world Pokémon game. One in which for battles you control Pokémon in 3D space in real time and use the environment the way Pokémon do in the show. It would be a ridiculous undertaking for Nintendo, having to animate all those Pokémon... but I only really want the first 151 to be in it anyhow. Yeah, this would be higher up if I thought there was even a slight chance of it happening.
4. Skip Ltd. Bundle
I mentioned this in my last blog, how happy I would be if Nintendo localized New Play Control Chibi-Robo and Captain Rainbow and threw them out there, together in a bundle. I don't even care if they're up-resed for the Wii U. I just want to play these games.
3. Gamecube Games on VC, includes Cubivore
Okay, GC on VC is something that needs to happen. Hell, Sony's already got PS2 games on the PS3; there's no reason Nintendo can't keep up the two-generations-behind thing with its Virtual Console library. But more than the usual suspects on VC – Mario Sunshine, Melee, and all that – I wanna see some of the weirder games I missed out on, like Cubivore, Odama, Viewtiful Joe... and imports! The cancelled-last-minute localization of GiFTPiA, if it's not already included in the Skip bundle!
2. New Miyamoto IP
This is what Nintendo desperately needs – a new IP from Miyamoto, like we haven't had since Pikmin. Of course we know the idea for Pikmin came to Miyamoto as he'd recently taken up gardening. What's Miyamoto been up to lately that he can turn into the next brilliant game concept? He's getting older. Maybe an adventure game where your character is constantly and rapidly aging. As his abilities and agility decrease, he has to accomplish tasks to get something to reset his aging before he expires. Heh, a cartoonified Ubik. I'd play that. I would very much play that.
1. Wave Race 3
Remembering Wave Race exists (and having no one IRL to yell at about how much I want a new one) inspired this blog post. Wave Race is the greatest of all racing games. It's been 12 years since the last one. This series needs to come back. Please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please.