Tuesday, June 5, 2012

[E3 2012] Nintendo Predictions: How'd I Do?

I'll be frank: I watched this on my lunch break at work, and I wasn't able to get all of it in. From coming in near the end of New Super Mario Bros. U's screen time, Nintendo's Facebook page losing it's feed, and only having an hour lunch break, I didn't get a fill like I did with Microsoft's. That, and, you know, it sucked.

Same rules apply: short n' sweet.

  • "the Wii U will be the main attraction" - Correct - That it was, and they couldn't stop talking about it.
  • "may even change the name of the system to something not as fucking stupid" - Keep Dreaming - With games like New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU incorporating the subtitle into their name, "Wii U" is here to stay.
  • "one piece of info we're not getting: the price" - Again, Correct - They didn't say a release date. We're probably going to have to wait until TGS in September.
  • "[a] fucking hard drive" - GOD DAMN IT! - Seriously, Nintendo. Get on the fucking ball.
  • "Let [it] play movies!" - No Word Yet - File this under "TBD".
  • "Nintendo Network" - Somewhat - They didn't talk too much about it, because they had their hard-on about the Miiverse. 
    • "user accounts" - Nothing
    • "Achieveables" - Look, In the Above Line! 
    • "Cross-game voice chat" - It's a Bird! A Plane!
    • "party/clan systems" - No, It's Nintendo Not Talking About Their Online Network*
  • "the ability to upconvert Wii games into HD" - I'm Still Hoping - If I can't pop in Metroid Prime Trilogy, or either Zelda game, and not get it upconverted, oh, I'll be pissed.
  • "release a series of HD compilations of certain games" - TBD - Who's to say they may do so?
  • New:
    • "Mario" - Yes - New Super Mario Bros. U is scheduled to hit in the "launch window"
    • "Metroid" - Nope - They better not skip out; using the GamePad as the Scan visor would be awesome
    • "StarFox" - No - Again, don't ignore Fox
    • "Pikmin" - Finally - Pikmin 3, probably the best fitting Nintendo IP for the GamePad, is coming within the launch window.
  • "I don't anticipate a new Zelda announcement, but rather, Nintendo going full-steam with thatTwilight Princess HD...I wouldn't doubt it if it was at least announced" - Half Right - While they did not announce a new Zelda game, they did not announce a Twilight Princess remake.
  • "I'd like to see a lot of love from is Ubisoft" - Oh Yea - Ubisoft was probably the most prolific of the third party support
    • "Assassin's Creed" - In the Montage - Assassin's Creed III is coming to the Wii U
    • "what could we get from Tom Clancy, asides from Ghost Recon Online...a revival of EndWar could be possible, but god, I hope not." - ...yes? - We already know the Tom Clancy brand is hitting the Wii U, but thankfully, EndWar is not coming.
    • "don't expect any Splinter Cell announcements" - Correct - Non-Ironside Sam is staying on the current-gen systems
    • "Beyond Good & Evil 2" - FFFFUUUUU - Of fucking course, they say nothing.
  • "Activision bring[ing] Black Ops II" - Not Yet? - While it wasn't announced at the show, don't be surprised if Black Ops 2 doens't end up on the Wii U.
  • "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate" - Yep - In the 3DS montage, and will be shown off at tomorrow night's 3DS dedicated event.
  • "I'd like to see some Metroid love (will it be Dread? Highly unlikely)" - Partial - No Metroid, and no Dread.
  • "Nintendo unveiling a 3DS redesign; I wouldn't expect it" - Correct - Nothing at their Tuesday conference, but who's to say it may show up at their Wednesday night conference?
  • "see more third-party support [for the 3DS]" - Definitely - There's a ton of third-party support planned; we just need to see them in full form during the 3DS conference tomorrow.
  • "A Link to the Past 3D remake" - Maybe? - Again, tomorrow night, and we'll know for sure.
  • "that Zelda game that Aonuma mentioned" - See Above
Let's get those tallies going!

Correct : 11
Partial : 3
TBD : 10 (!)
Wrong : 5

Total - 69% - Wow, I did better than Microsoft. Now, those TBDs, remember, they don't count for or against; they're sitting in the ether. These could change later this week, with some show-floor unveilings, or at tomorrow night's 3DS presser. Regardless, I did best with Nintendo this year. Go figure...

*Bad Superman reference is bad.