It’s that time again. Less than a month to go until E3 2015, although it seems like we were just laughing at Microsoft yesterday. We turn our lens once again to the Big 3 and make our wishes known.
Nintendo won’t announce any new console, but the new 3DS will get some exclusive titles. We’re about due for a wacky peripheral a la the Balance Board, set-top microphone, or Vitality Sensor. There’s no way we’re not seeing some solid footage of the new Star Fox game after the last blatant teaser. Some new things we’d like to see:
- 3D-printed Mii Amiibos. The Amiibo line has enjoyed commercial success; the technology for this definitely exists, it’s just a matter of Nintendo being forward-thinking enough, and getting the individual price down.
- The World Ends With You sequel. Fans have been clamoring for another game as soon as they beat the first one back in ’07. A new one was teased at the end of the mobile re-release, and a few of the main cast showed up early on in Kingdom Hearts: DDD, but Square has officially maintained radio silence.
- Metroid sidescroller. The last “regular” Metroid title was released for the Gameboy Advance over a decade ago. The Prime installations were a welcome detour, but after Other M there’s been a clamor for a return to the roots.
- Animal Crossing for WiiU. City Folk for the Wii was competent, but more recently New Leaf was fantastic. It’s not an IP that will sell consoles, but it will definitely turn the heads of dedicated fans.
- More New IPs! Splatoon has been getting good early reviews leading up to its imminent release, and Code Name S.T.E.A.M. wasn’t met with hostility. If Nintendo continues to take risks with new IPs like it has been doing lately, they’ll eventually stumble upon a new modern hit.
- Playstation Home! Home was an interesting concept, albeit a half-baked one. A distinct lack of an obvious point hurt it from the get-go, while a dedicated few clung to it until it just recently shut down. Towards the end, it was technically impressive. Home’s lead architect doesn’t see it as a failure, and I wager has been pulling internally for a second chance. (Realistically, this will never happen.)
- Project Morpheus. Most major companies in the game space have now either announced their own VR solution, or a partnership with another company. Sony unveiled their proprietary solution at GDC ’15, and given their hopeful Q1 2016 release window there’s no way that the Morpheus won’t receive ample stage time.
- HoloLens game demonstration. The advanced AR headset is a departure from everyone else’s mad rush to perfect the VR experience. And it has huge potential in the game space, albeit in a different capacity than full immersion. Microsoft loves to give ample time to their new interfaces, expect to see the HoloLens steal a good portion of the conference.
- Halo 5 gameplay. The Master Chief collection was a rocky start to Halo in the new generation, but Microsoft cleaned it up in time for E3. The last full installation, 4, by its new master, 343, was not well-received by many fans. (Although I personally loved it to death.) The online community died almost as soon as it sprang up. Halo 5 has its work cut out for it to win fans back.