E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference Predictions

By Colin Tan on June 7, 2011, 12:17PM EDT

We're minutes into the Nintendo presser this morning so we'll cut right to the chase. While you enjoy the lovely Zelda music, take a few minutes to check out our predictions on what Nintendo will be presenting!

Darryl Kaye: Project Cafe's official announcement isn't too far away and despite Sony's NGP also showing for the first time, Cafe is the talk of the town. It will certainly be interesting to see how much time Nintendo puts aside to talk about Project Cafe, because the Nintendo 3DS isn't doing as well as they had expected, so they will need to put the spotlight on that system too. The Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii are still about though, so Nintendo have a lot of balls to juggle. As with the Nintendo 3DS, expect to see a lot of third-party support or Project Cafe, although I expect Nintendo to have a strong first-party title to go alongside that too.

Colin Tan: 3DS, Project Café, plenty of Nintendo franchises like Zelda and Kid Icarus. Honestly speaking, Nintendo has a good chance of stealing the show this year. Will they announce a slew of exclusive titles for their new HD-enabled hardware? They really need to, especially after the abysmal launch lineup of the 3DS, which didn't even see a single time-travelling swordsman or Italian plumber spearhead the assault. Instead, we got cats and dogs and more subpar games than we could shake a bloodied stick at. If Nintendo doesn't bring their A-game, then they'll get left in the dust with Sony and Microsoft in the lead.

Adam Ma: It's been a long, strange journey for Nintendo in the past few years, and I can honestly say that I've spent the last few E3's almost completely ignoring anything they've had to come out with. This year however, with the 3DS in tow, I'm hoping things will be a little different. Considering all of the hype that Nintendo has generated over working more openly with third party development teams, it'll be interesting to see whether or not Nintendo is able to actually deliver a steady stream of higher quality or if they'll still be sparsely releasing titles yet again. They gave quite a strong list of titles both in development and set for release. Star Fox 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D, and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries are just a few titles set to come out in the next few months, and it looks like there's more than enough to offer gamers that have purchased the system already in the long term.

More news regarding other highly anticipated titles like Mega Man Legends, Snake Eater, or Professor Layton Vs. Ace Attorney will likely be in the hands of the individual developers, but news regarding a 3DS Mario title? I would expect this E3 Nintendo will be all over showing off it's new handheld's capabilities using their iconic plumber, but it's nice to dream about a few of those typical Japanese only games finally making it across the ocean. Please Nintendo, just let me have one version of Super Robot Wars translated to enjoy.

Jordan Douglas: Of all the big three, Nintendo's press conference is the most uncertain. It all hinges on the reveal of their next console. I find it very hard to believe Nintendo will come out swinging with a direct competitor to PlayStation and Xbox. Whatever the concept is, it will be something out of left field, like the 3DS, that nobody sees coming. Speaking of 3DS, Nintendo still has a lot to prove on the portable front. Less than stellar launch sales have thrown into question the viability of 3D in the handheld space. That being said, the issue could be much simpler than that. The 3DS just hasn't had much in the way of software, and it's time for Nintendo to change that. Super Mario 3DS would be a good start. Although, at this point, it seems more than the likes of Kid Icarus and Zelda will be needed to truly win over enthusiasts.

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