Continuing our predictions after Sony and Microsoft, it’s Nintendo’s time to shine. Nintendo killed it with the Switch last year and they continue to do well this year. Their E3 presentation is usually the final one, meaning they have the opportunity to end things with a bang. For a gaming company with such rich history, there are so many different predictions one can make for Nintendo. Here are some obvious (and some off the wall) GotGame predictions.
1. Pokémon Switch Reveal (Predicted by Daniel Ladiano)
Is it a Generation four remake? Generation eight? We know Game Freak is working on a core Pokémon game and the internet is spending hours deciphering what it could possibly be. We’re going to guess it might be a return to the original region of Kanto. The original Red and Blue (Green) were remade back in 2004’s Fire Red and Leaf Green. With clues and hints dropped in the Sun & Moon games, it’s even more likely to be a return to Kanto. 2018 might be a nice time to bring this classic to life with a fresh coat of paint.
Thanks to recent stirrings, it’s very possible that these Kanto games could use a different approach. If recent domain registrations are any indication, we may already have a clue for the new games. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee suggest games centered around the characters of Red and Blue/Green. It’s very possible that this is another game entirely, but time will tell. Hopefully E3 2018 gives us more information either way.
2. Bayonetta 3 Progress (Predicted by Daniel Ladiano)
After both ports of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 released this past February, it makes sense to build up hype to the witch’s new adventure. After the announcement at the Game Awards last year, PlatinumGames would likely want to show at least a design for Bayonetta herself. There currently aren’t any other big PlatinumGames projects that have been revealed, so more progress for Bayonetta 3 makes sense.
Gameplay might be asking a bit much, but some information on the upcoming sequel would be good to hear. While we probably won’t get a date, a tentative release of late 2018 would be a nice surprise. Even if it slips into 2019, it’ll likely be worth the wait.
3. Star Fox Zero Switch Port (Predicted by Daniel Ladiano)
The wave of Wii U ports will continue, and one of the next logical steps would be Star Fox Zero. The game was a flop on the Wii U and got a lot of middling reviews. Co-developed by PlatinumGames, the game had a lot of potential given the talent behind it. Unfortunately, the control scheme on the Wii U hurt the game in the long run and made it underperform.
It’ll be nice if the game had proper analog controls with OPTIONAL motion controls, without any gimmicks attached. Add an online multiplayer component and maybe this previously forgotten relic can be revived. Some rumors suggest a Star Fox racing game in the style of F-Zero, which wouldn’t be a bad option either.
4. Rayman Joins Super Smash Bros. (Predicted by David Poole)
After a rather convincing photoshop hoax, fans have been more accepting of the idea of Rayman being included in Super Smash Bros. Considering how close Ubisoft and Nintendo have been, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Now you’re probably thinking “why Rayman?”, after all, there are so many other third party mascots to consider. Names like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, even Solaire of Astora have been dropping consistently. Well, Rayman Legends gave the titular character a Mario outfit to wear, but it goes much further than that.
Mario recently crossed paths with the Rabbids, first introduced in Rayman Raving Rabbids for the Wii. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has been a smashing success for Ubisoft, and it gives some credit to Rayman. Rayman also has a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, so there was consideration at some point. The only thing going against Rayman is that he isn’t originally from a Japanese game. The Super Smash Bros. series has a habit of using only Japanese originated characters, with Diddy Kong being the only exception. We’ll definitely see more information on Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch at E3, so we’ll have to wait and see.
5. Nintendo 64 Classic Mini (Predicted by Daniel Ladiano)
Considering how the NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini were a big success, a N64 Classic Mini is a no brainer. Sure the last two mini consoles weren’t actually announced in an E3 presentation, but maybe Nintendo is now aware of how well the SNES Classic Mini performed that they want to use their E3 Nintendo Direct to build hype? Considering that the future of the virtual console as we know it is in limbo this makes all the more sense.
The biggest challenge for the Nintendo 64 Classic Mini is licensing. While there are many obvious choices like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, many others have other problems. Goldeneye 007 is a licensing nightmare, what with Nintendo being the publisher, Rare (now owned by Microsoft) being the developer, and the 007 license up in the air, it would be tough to make this iconic shooter available. Other games made by Rare also cause issues, like Killer Instinct Gold, Banjo-Kazooie, Jet Force Gemini, and more. Add to the fact that third party support on the N64 was limited, and the N64 Classic Mini will have a tough challenge ahead. Perhaps the Gameboy Classic Mini would be the easier alternative?
6. Spyro Reignited Trilogy for Switch (Predicted by Daniel Ladiano)
When Spyro’s revival was first announced, it was only announced for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It didn’t really make a lot of sense, especially considering how popular the dragon has been on Nintendo hardware in the past. PlayStation makes sense since it was Spyro’s original home, but with the Xbox version announced, where is the Switch version? It’s especially baffling considering Crash is officially coming to the Switch too.
Well, it wouldn’t be too unusual that Nintendo is saving up that announcement for their presentation. Looking back to Nintendo’s announcement for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, it was their announcement that revealed it to be multiplatform. Maybe they want to recreate that same hype with Spyro Reignited Trilogy on the switch? We think it’s very likely. Activision would be foolish not to release the games for the Switch.
7. Fire Emblem Switch Reveal (Predicted by David Poole)
Like the Pokémon game for Switch, we also know that a Fire Emblem game is being developed. Fire Emblem Warriors released last year and continues to sell pretty decently. It’s rare that a Fire Emblem game gets its initial announcement by a Nintendo Direct, but anything could happen. E3 is always a chance to make a surprise announcement.
There have been rumors that the new Fire Emblem on Switch would be centered around a pirate theme. While it would be interesting to change things up a bit, we don’t have a lot to go off of. Intelligent Systems is usually pretty good at keeping things under wraps. We’ll just have to see what Nintendo decides to reveal at E3. If not E3, it will likely be a reveal in a Japanese presentation later in the year.
8. 3DS Punch-Out! (Predicted by David Poole)
Nintendo doesn’t want people to think the Nintendo 3DS is done. With games currently releasing even in 2019, it seems that support will go until Nintendo decides to say so. We predicted a Next Level Games project last year and thought 3DS would be a good home for it. Punch-Out! still seems like the best candidate to release for the platform. It’s just simple enough and the right timing to release one.
Of course, a Switch game could always happen too. It could even be both. If Fire Emblem Warriors and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker are any indicator, the two systems can both release the same games. It’s been nine years since Punch-Out!! released for the Wii, and there was still so much potential for the franchise. Little Mac having joined Super Smash Bros. helped to put him back in the spotlight too. Either way, it would be great to see a new portable Punch-Out!
That’s it for our Nintendo predictions for E3 2018, though we honestly could have kept going. Do any of our predictions seem likely? Let us know in the comments and tell us your own predictions. Tomorrow will be our final E3 2018 predictions for third party developers. That will include EA, Bethesda, Ubisoft, and Square-Enix. Stay tuned here at GotGame!