Nintendo's Not So Secret Weapons Of 2012
To those who think the big N has already laid its cards on the table, think again. There's plenty more on the way.
By the looks of it, 2012 could be a banner year for Nintendo. Not only do we expect the company to ship its Wii U console, but 3DS will benefit from a variety of potential must have games, including Resident Evil: Revelations, Paper Mario 3DS and Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater. This, despite heavy competition from Sony with PlayStation Vita and the continuing rise of smart phones and tablets.
Cause for concern? Hardly. The games we mentioned will attract scores of new 3DS owners. More importantly, we expect some big announcements and reveals from Mario and Co. throughout the New Year, many of which we know little about.
On that note, check out Nintendo's not so secret weapons of 2012.
People began spreading rumors about a 3DS redesign the moment Nintendo unveiled the Circle Pad Pro. Bottom line, it's clear the company wants to put another circle pad on 3DS, and will eventually bring a revamp to market. Not sure when (it'll probably hit shelves late 2012/early 2013), but we expect to hear rumblings this June at the company's pre-E3 press conference.
This one's obvious. You don't need to be psychic to predict a new adventure in the Pokemon franchise. The series ran its course on DS, and now it's time for the big N to deliver action RPG goodness to 3DS, complete with a plethora of Wi-Fi, SpotPass and 3D features. You may learn all about it later this year, and play the game by 2013 at the latest.
More Nintendo 64 ports
Nintendo did a wonderful job bringing enhanced versions of Star Fox 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to 3DS. We know the system's capable of running N64 titles, and with a library of beloved hits under its belt, don't be surprised if the company resurrects classics like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and even Super Mario 64 (yes, we know it appeared on DS) to fill in the void before the next original Mario platform adventure.
A new Zelda
It's a safe bet that Majora's Mask will eventually come to 3DS. Before that happens, Nintendo will pull back the curtain on the next The Legend of Zelda adventure. No, it won't come out next year, but you may catch a glimpse of what this promising title has to offer.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS
Now that Kid Icarus: Uprising is nearly complete, developer Project Sora can turn its attention to the 3DS version of the new Super Smash Bros. game, also coming to Wii U. A portable Smash? That'll excite thousands, perhaps millions of players. Again, no retail release in 2012, but lots of media and details.