There are a lot of companies bringing their absolute best to E3 2015 and of all that are scheduled to be in attendance, we expect Nintendo to steal the show. With the caliber of upcoming IP and the games they have yet to announce, we get the feeling that Nintendo is getting ready to blow some minds.
Nintendo is currently working on several major upcoming Wii U exclusives, the likes of Star Fox, Zelda, Xenoblade Chronicles X and more, but it’s what we don’t know that has us very intrigued. There is quite a lot of chatter surrounding things the company has yet to talk about or confirm and we think next Tuesday will be a time when they do that.
The firm has confirmed that they do not plan to show off anything in the way of their mobile content from DeNA and the same can be said for their next-generation console, NX. With those two things being out of the way, this really could be a boom or bust situation for Nintendo, but we are betting on the former.
Microsoft is setting up to have an extremely impressive E3 as are other companies like Square Enix, Bethesda and Ubisoft. No matter though, Nintendo has the parts to steal the show, it just remains to be seen if they will.
New Nintendo 3DS XL
The Nintendo 3DS has been one of the most successful pieces of hardware across the gaming industry and with the New Nintendo 3DS XL that was released earlier this year, that trend has not let up. Through the first three months of the new handheld’s release, 3DS sales were up nearly 80 percent compared to the year prior.
Nintendo has done a marvelous job of releasing outstanding first party content for the 3DS. Last year, Super Smash Bros. 3DS was perhaps the biggest title the system released all year and already in 2015, the Nintendo 3DS has seen Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D launch for the console.
All three of those titles have seen enormous success and adoption from consumers since launch. 3DS has upcoming games like Fire Emblem, Dr. Mario, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and more. Nintendo continues to do a fine job of introducing popular, new content for the 3DS and we expect that to continue at E3 2015.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
What is perhaps one of the most anticipated games, not only for the Nintendo Wii U, but for gaming across the industry, The Legend of Zelda will be getting its first look on the new system. The game was originally revealed last year, but was unfortunately delayed into 2016.
Nintendo has stated that The Legend of Zelda won’t be at E3 2015, but this is still a game many people are expecting great things out of. From what we have seen thus far, the open-world setting should fit the upcoming game very well, providing players with plenty to do.
Assuming Nintendo doesn’t surprise us with something from The Legend of Zelda at E3 next week, this is still a major title for the firm and for gamers. We’ll see what Nintendo has up their sleeves soon enough, and wouldn’t be surprised if they did bring something from Zelda, despite what they said.
A game that many players are thrilled about, Mario Maker will arrive on the Wii U this coming September. The game provides players with the ability to create 2D Mario levels.
People will be able to conjure up 2D Mario levels from the famed 8-bit era of Super Mario Bros. Providing gamers with the tools necessary to create a Mario level will make the process easy and we expect to see much more of this game during Nintendo’s E3 2015 digital event.
Mario Maker is another example of the innovative, original concepts Nintendo continues to come up with. Nintendo will be hosting their digital event this coming Tuesday, June 16. We have not yet heard an release date for Mario Maker, though we expect a date to be announced during E3 2015.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Nintendo has made 2015 a year for the Xenoblade Chronicles series, with Xenoblade Chronicles 3D launching earlier this year on the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The game received critical acclaim when it launched, though we’ve yet to hear on how well the game has sold.
The Xenoblade parade will continue later this year with Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Nintendo Wii U. This will be the AAA RPG that Wii U players have been waiting for and from what we’ve seen so far, it is looking gorgeous.
Barring any game delays, we believe this will be Nintendo’s major AAA game to launch for the Wii U this coming fall. There is no official release date listed for Xenoblade Chronicles X, but much like Mario Maker, we expect to hear more at E3 2015.
Star Fox Wii U
This was a surprise announcement last year, Star Fox for the Wii U. While we don’t have a lot to share about the game and Nintendo was very brief in what it revealed last year, Star Fox Wii U is a game we expect to hear and see a lot more of next week.
If Nintendo is truly not going to be showing off or talking about Zelda in any fashion, then Star Fox should be one of the main focuses for the firm. Easily one of the most anticipated games for the Wii U, some new gameplay, features and even a release time frame would all be ideal to receive.
In what was a surprise reveal today, Nintendo revealed a brand-new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Wii U exclusive Devil’s Third. You can view it here if you have not seen it yet. The game will arrive in Europe on Aug. 28, while the North American date was not revealed. Perhaps E3 will be the time for that?
Overall, Nintendo has a very intriguing E3 ahead of themselves and we do expect them to wow the industry with what they will show. They did say certain topics won’t be discussed, but then again, that’s why they have the event. We shall see.