E3 2018 pre-season is upon us, as such, it is time for every video game website to perform its yearly duties and conduct the sacred ritual. We have all been called upon to attempt the impossible, to briefly look into the future by gazing into the void in hopes of discerning even the smallest fragment of enlightenment; Critical Coins is no different. And just as many have done so before, we too will perform this ancient rite, and attempt to predict what will be announced at this year’s E3.
See our other E3 2018 predictions:
- Bethesda E3 2018 Predictions
- Microsoft E3 2018 Predictions
- Sony E3 2018 Predictions
- Ubisoft E3 2018 Predictions
Nintendo has remained in a strong position ever since the Nintendo Switch launched. Sales have continued to climb and Nintendo looks to be in no mood to stop producing quality title after title, month after month. Even the 3DS, which many of us thought would be dead at this point in time, is still alive and receiving titles months after the Nintendo Switch’s launch. Nintendo truly only has one goal that it needs to hit at this year’s E3, and that’s continuing to bring quality titles to the platform to solidify its position to other publishers that they need their games on the Nintendo Switch.
1Metroid Prime 4 Trailer
We are convinced that Metroid Prime 4 is still a long ways away, but considering how fans reacted to just a logo at last year’s E3, we fully expect a more fleshed out trailer at this year’s. Will it be gameplay? We would be honestly surprised, but what we do expect is at least a cinematic trailer to set the scene of where this title takes place in the Metroid universe and a final name for the title.
2Pokémon Is Coming
Yes, Pokémon is coming, but we are completely unsure of what form it will take. With rumors swirling around that the next titles are going to be Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, but backed by little evidence except for a Japanese logo and domain registration, it creates a difficult situation. Regardless if the rumors are true or not, we believe that a more traditional Pokémon game will be announced, either alongside the supposed rumor or by itself. Making sure longtime fans are still being taken care of, regardless of the announcement.
GameFreak beat us to the punch for this particular prediction, announcing Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee late Tuesday night. At this point, if there is to be any information regarding Pokemon at E3, we believe will just be more information for these titles rather then any new information for the later 2019 title announced.
3More Wii U Ports
Nintendo is, has, and still looks to be pumping out slightly updated Wii U exclusives to the Nintendo Switch, and why would they stop? The Wii U was such a notably underperforming console that many quality titles were grossly overlooked, making many of the titles ripe to be ported over to the Nintendo Switch. We are already seeing Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Bayonetta work their way over, leaving only a few more expected titles left. We suspect The Wonderful 101 might be making an appearance, if only because Hideki Kamiya has expressed interest in bringing the title over during a time were ports are extremely commonplace. Regardless of what specifics we suspect, more Wii U titles will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, it’s just a question of which.
4Yoshi Is Getting a Title and a Date
Yoshi for the Nintendo Switch was announced back at last year’s E3, and while it looked cute and adorable, it seemed incomplete. The style of Yoshi in comparison to much of the world didn’t seem to match, and the levels seemed extremely barren by comparison to other past Yoshi titles trailers. This E3 presentation we expect these issues to be addressed, specifically honing in on the design issues and finally assigning a proper title to this game.
5Star Fox Grand Prix
While we are unsure of Pokémon, enough sources have come together to corroborate the rumor that Retro is making a combat racer set in the Star Fox universe. With that in mind, we toss our hat into believing this is something we should expect at this year’s E3.
6A Zelda Remake
Now that we are done with Breath of the Wild content, and Wind Waker and Twilight Princess have both received HD remakes on the Wii U (which we expect to come to the Switch further down the line), we expect one of two outcomes for the Zelda franchise this E3.
The first potential outcome is for Skyward Sword to finally receive the remake treatment. This time, however, we fully expect a version that will make the motion controls regarding combat, optional. It is already a feat that has been accomplished via the dolphin emulator, coupled with the fact that the Nintendo Switch does still feature motion controls, it makes it potentially the only time this title could possibly get a remaster, plus, it’s the only 3D Zelda left to remake after all.
The other outcome that we believe might happen, falls in line with rumors that a 2D Zelda title will be receiving a remake for the 3DS. With the 3DS still moving towards the end of its life cycle, Nintendo refuses to put it to rest as long as it’s still making money. However, on that same note, Nintendo is also not willing to invest more into the console besides ports and remakes. Nothing would align with both of those goals better than a remake of a classic 2D Zelda title on the 3DS.
7Japanese Developers to the Rescue
We fully expect the 3DS to be completely missing in the main E3 presentation unless if it’s a title coming to both the 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Much like last year, we expect any and all 3DS announcements to take place during Nintendo’s post-presentation show, Nintendo Treehouse: Live. Here is where we will see additional titles slated for the 3DS, many of which will be released by Japanese developers, much in the same way that Japanese developers dominated the end of the DS’s life. Games like Persona Q 2 and Etrian Odyssey X we already know are coming to the console next year, making it not much of a stretch to expect even more late-in-life titles to be largely produced by Japanese developers.
We’ve had the NES, the SNES, and now it’s time for the N64 Classic to finally be announced. These little consoles have been smash-hits during each holiday season. Taking what started off as a seemingly obvious cash grab and turning it into one of the hottest items everyone seems to want. A small all-in-one console that includes Super Mario 64, Pokemon Snap, and Mario Party 2? Those in their late 20’s and early 30’s will be just itching to relive the past for a dose of childhood nostalgia.
Nintendo is already in a strong position, and there is little that Nintendo could do besides being short on game announcements that could harm them at this point. We expect a full complement of game announcements to be revealed at this year’s E3 just as the Directs and last year’s E3 did. What will be truly interesting will be the announcements outside of the new Nintendo Switch titles (these will still be fun though). How many 3DS titles will there be? Will the N64 Classic be announced and with what games? And what Wii U classics will be getting another day in the sun?
Either way, we are excited to see how this hybrid console of Nintendo’s continues to grow!