Nintendo At E3 2015: Zelda and Animal Crossing Wii U, Metroid and Fire Emblem on 3DS, What About Project NX?
As Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo is already working on its E3 2015 lineup and we expect some great news for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. A dedicated Nintendo Direct will be full of release dates and demos, apart from confirmation of what we have heard and read so far about the new chapter of The Legend of Zelda series – basically, that the game is awesome. We would be surprised to see Zelda Wii U delayed to 2016, even though at this point of the season Nintendo's decision not to show anything about it is getting a bit mysterious, so we bet on a new build playable for press and gamers, and the arrival on the store shelves for November.
Talking about Wii U, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Star Fox, Devil's Third and Mario Maker will be among the protagonists of the event, building up a very strong lineup for Autumn and the coming months. While Xenoblade Chronicles X will finally have a release date for North America and Europe, probably slated for October, we doubt Star Fox will be out this year: the game has never appeared in-game in public and, even if Nintendo used us in the past to surprises, we don't expect it to be out before the first half of 2016. A demo and a first release window will probably be part of the Direct.
Two more Wii U games will probably be part of the show, trying to steal it from the hands of the aforesaid trio: Devil's Third and Mario Maker. Mario Maker was first introduced at E3 2014, and it suddenly entered the top five of most wanted games by Nintendo supporters. At this point of its development cycle, we wouldn't be surprised to see it played in a new demo and slated before the end of September in North America. Devil's Third is still hidden behind the sunglasses of its creator Tomonobu Itagaki, but we expect it to be fully revealed during Nintendo Direct and receive a solid release date slated for the second half of 2015. We will have a demo of Bandai Namco's Project Treasure, too, that could possibly change name for its free-to-play definitive version slated for Autumn and don't forget Animal Crossing, as the series could be finally arriving on Wii U in 2016.
What about Nintendo 3DS, then? Well, the handheld console is expected to have a solid presence on both the show floor and during Nintendo Direct, even though the giant of Kyoto will be supposedly focusing on its troubled home console. If you want something surprising, you can cross your fingers hoping for the announce of a new portable Metroid, that could revamp Nintendo's offer of Western games for the platform. We would be talking of a game releasing in 2016, anyway it would be amazing for the millions of Samus' fans out there. Rumors bet on a new Fire Emblem game, that based on our info could already release next year developing on Awakening's huge success, while there's still Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem in the works, so this could be the right occasion to talk about it after a few years of silence.
Recent Nintendo's U-turns, mobile gaming and Project NX, most probably won't be protagonists at E3 2015. Project NX won't simply because it's too early and showing it up would waste any effort by the company to revamp Wii U and keep the good pace Nintendo 3DS has had so far. For mobile gaming we are expecting the first announcements at TGS 2015, as the company from Kyoto will release games for smartphones and tablets beginning right from Japan to taste the new path it's taking, avoiding any risk to harm its image outside of the native territory.
These are our opinions elaborated on rumors and speculations around for a while; tell us what are yours in the comments section below.
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