My E3 2018 Wishlist

E3 is right around the corner, and with the usual rumors, leaks, and pre-announcements coming out, it’s time for me to put out my wishlist for Nintendo’s upcoming presentation.

Metroid Prime 4

– Metroid is a series I hold near and dear to my heart. My phone’s background is the starting screen of Super Metroid, notification sound  is Samus’s bombs in Smash Bros. Melee, and my ringtone is the Brinstar theme from the NES original. Needless to say – I love Metroid. Last year, we were given a very brief teaser trailer for Metroid Prime 4, but we have not heard anything since then. Everything circulating Samus’s next big adventure has been rumors. The developers aren’t even confirmed. Bandai-Namco has been pegged as the developmental team, but none of that has been confirmed. The trailer at E3 2017 lead me to believe that Prime 4 could potentially see a Holiday 2018 release, but as we reach the mid-year, Holiday 2019 is looking more likely – if that. All I can hope for is some kind of teaser trailer showing Samus herself. A gameplay trailer would blow me away, but I won’t be very picky since we haven’t heard anything from Nintendo on this in almost a year.

Call of Duty Black Ops (Collection?)

– Activision released Black Ops 2 on the Wii U alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360. Black Ops 3 had no chance of running on the Wii U, and the PS3/Xbox 360 port was handled poorly. With the recent ports of Doom and upcoming Wolfenstein II showing that newer shooters can run on Switch, Activision and Treyarch should capitalize on the portable shooter market, and release their prized franchise. As a zombies player, I would love nothing more than to see Black Ops 3 and Zombies Chronicles running on the Switch. While it would make more sense to see remastered versions of BO1 through BO3 on Switch, the Switch may not be able to handle all of the campaigns with the inclusion of zombies and multiplayer. If a team like Panic Button were to handle a port that likened the PS3/Xbox 360 port of BO3 (zombies and multiplayer only), zombies could thrive on Switch. Even more importantly, with the arrival for Fortnite on Switch, Treyarch’s new Blackout mode would be give the Battle Royale titan competition on Switch as well as PS4/Xbox One.

Wii-U ports

– Switch and Wii-U ports cause a lot of controversy. Games such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 1 and 2, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have all been met positively. There are plenty of Wii-U to Switch games that fill the store shelves, but let’s face it: No one got a chance to play them until now. Super Mario Maker, Pikmin 3, and especially the Legend of Zelda remasters have been enjoyed by only the most loyal of Nintendo fans. Wii-U ports are important to flesh out the Switch’s catalogue, but could too many ports be a problem? Nintendo is sure to bring out a few more key Wii-U games on Switch. I particularly would like to see the HD remasters of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on Switch. Since Breath of the Wild garnered massive amounts of attention and praise, these HD remasters give new fans a taste of what made the series so great, and it gives older fans a chance to play beautiful remasters that were missed.

The Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

– Telltale announced back in 2017 that Guardians and the second installment of the Batman series, The Enemy Within, would be released on Switch. Since then, no news has come out for release dates or pricing. The Guardians of the Galaxy’s first season from Telltale was met with average reviews throughout its five episodes, but I found it to be fun, entertaining, true to the MCU versions of the crew, and heartfelt. According to a European website, Base, Guardians is available for pre-order at £28.85 ($38.61 USD). The interesting part of this listing is the release date of March 30, 2019. The first season of Guardians wrapped up in November on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. March 2019 feels further away than I would have anticipated. Telltale’s games have a perfect home on the Switch. The episodic games are fun, entertaining and the new Crowd Play offers an even more versatile on-the-go experience with friends and family. Guardians is at an all-time high with marketing due to the success of Avengers: Infinity War. After finishing a playthrough on PS4, I immediately wanted to start a new one (and have since). Yet – I would rather have it on my Switch to take it on the road. Telltale announced The Walking Dead’s final season will be on Switch, but still nothing on Guardians or Batman season two. Hopefully Telltale will bring more of their titles to Switch – Specifically Guardians.

Super Smash Bros. for Switch – New Characters

– Nintendo shocked fans in their most recent Nintendo Direct with announcing Super Smash Bros. Other than the Inklings from Splatoon, new characters are completely hidden. I have a few that I would like to see. The roster for Wii-U and 3DS got way out of hand in my opinion, but it adds variety. There are too many clones and too many unnecessary characters (Ryu, Duck Hunt Dog, Palutena, Cloud, and Wii Fit Trainer come to mind). As much as I like seeing plenty of representation from franchises like Pokémon and Fire Emblem, I feel that those franchises in particular clog up the roster. The screen for the characters is what bothers me the most. It is almost overwhelming at times. That being said, I have a few that I want to see in their Smash Bros. debut (listed by game).

– Donkey Kong Country

  •  King K. Rool
  • Funky Kong

– Arms

  • Spring Man
  • Ribbon Girl/Springtelle

–  Third-Party

  • Crash Bandicoot – Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
  • Rabbids – Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Miles “Tails” Prower – Sonic Mania/Sonic Forces
  • Knuckles the Echidna – Sonic Mania
  • Bomberman – Super Bomberman R
  • Shovel Knight – Shovel Knight

– I never got into Smash 4 as much as some did. Perhaps it’s because I never got into my Wii-U as much as I had hoped to. Now that Smash for Switch is coming out, my excitement is out of the roof. A roster full of characters relevant and new to Switch would be fun. It gives people a reason to checkout the games that some of these characters are from. Smash on Wii-U had characters that aren’t even highlighted on the system (looking at you, Cloud and Ryu). It felt like a cash grab and fan fiction rather than an ode to Nintendo’s brilliant characters. I am ready to return to the Smash Bros. series after being away for a couple of years. Especially with a more dynamic, unique roster of characters.

Conclusion:

– E3 2018 is projected to be huge for Nintendo. The Switch has reached heights that few could have predicted, and Nintendo has a chance to crush Sony’s and Microsoft’s E3 presentations. The Wii-U got little third-party support due to its sales and underpowered hardware, and ultimately crumbled without it. If Nintendo and Switch can get even more third-party support, the system will bring Nintendo even closer to being king once again.

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