Nintendo's 2011 E3 Press Conference: Five Highly Anticipated Announcements That (Probably) Won't Hap
Nintendo will make a ton of announcements at E3. These will not make the list.
Now that Nintendo has revealed the official date for its 2011 E3 press conference (June 7 at 9AM), various websites are abuzz with rumors, as journalists make bold predictions concerning the company's announcements. Even we couldn't resist naming our top five most wanted, with Project Cafe at the top of the list.
That said, there are plenty of games we'd love to see at this year's show, but the odds of these titles materializing are slim to none. Every year, we cross our fingers in the hope of Nintendo delivering, and every year we go home the slightest bit disappointed.
Of course, it's a new year, and that means we're ready to daydream once again.
On that note, we present the five most highly anticipated announcements that (probably) won't happen.
EarthBound trilogy coming to 3DS
Some gamers think Ness is just a character from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but he's actually one of the heroes in the cult Super Nintendo RPG, EarthBound, a humorous game that takes place in the present, as opposed to some fantasy setting. While not a huge hit commercially, the game is one of the SNES' most beloved titles.
In Japan, EarthBound is known as Mother 2, the second game in a trilogy that also includes Mother and Mother 3. The third game (available on GBA) is so popular that fans translated the Japanese text into English.
We never played EarthBound and would prefer to experience these critically acclaimed titles back to back, so Nintendo would do hardcore fans a favor by localizing each game and then shoving the trilogy onto a single 3DS cart. Wishful thinking, we know.
Mario and Sonic crossover set to debut on 3DS and Project Cafe
Sega released two Mario & Sonic at the Olympics games and has a third on the way, but we'd prefer the long rumored super adventure that combines both worlds into one platforming romp, allowing players to enjoy the experience as Mario, Sonic and other characters from both camps. In fact, we think it would make the perfect Project Cafe launch title, and the 3DS would benefit from having its own version. All Sega and Nintendo need to do is sit down and collaborate on what would be the biggest launch game of all time.
Odds of this happening? It's best you don't know.
Luigi's Mansion 2
To us, Luigi's Mansion is a standalone game, the sort of adventure that doesn't scream for a sequel.
Don't get us wrong. We'd love to explore another haunted house sucking up ghosts with a tricked out vacuum cleaner, but there's a better chance of seeing the original GameCube effort ported to 3DS, which is also something we'd dig.
A Super Mario Bros. game featuring a level editor
The ability for players to create their own Mario themed levels would seem like the next step in the historic franchise. Grant everyone the option to share said levels online, and gamers would never leave their homes. They'd be too busy constructing their own versions of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Don't count on it, at least this year. Nintendo appears to have other plans for its mustachioed plumber on 3DS, and it's a cross between Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy.
New Killer Instinct for either 3DS or Project Cafe
This one's been kicking around for almost a decade. Fighting fans have clamored for a new entry in the beloved combo heavy series, either from Nintendo or Microsoft (Microsoft owns Rare, Killer Instinct's developer).
Our advice to hardcore gamers? Give up. Apparently, the now defunct Midway owned a portion of the arcade rights to KI, and the company's demise puts said rights in limbo. Of course, if any publishers have the cash to revive Fulgore and company, it's Nintendo and Microsoft. Perhaps Sabrewulf has one more game left in the tank.
On the positive side, you can still play Killer Instinct on Game Boy.