E3 2012 is right around the corner. This time of year feels like Christmas time for gamers and E3 2012 will not disappoint. Nintendo is set to pull the curtain off their forthcoming Wii U console and the gaming public will finally get a chance to see what the big N has been working on for the last number of years.
If I was put in charge of Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference, this how it would go down:
The lights would dim and a hush would fall over the crowd. No speakers would be aloud on stage and no bar graphs would flash before everyone’s eyes (at least not yet). A montage of high profile Nintendo 3DS titles would dazzle everyone’s eyes followed by a couple of surprises for the surging system. The montage would get the crowd excited and out would come the first speaker.
Details…. Details would be given following the montage and would include specific release dates for all the planned 1st party titles for the rest of 2012. After that, another video would hit the screen and the first major surprise would follow (a 3D Zelda teaser??)…. The speaker on stage (whomever that may be) could now boast how the Nintendo 3DS is dominating at retail and how 3rd party support for the system is thriving. Sales numbers would be given followed by another 3rd party specific video montage.
Following all the hoop-la that is the handheld selling machine, another key note speaker would take the stage. A little time would be set aside discussing the success of the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo would state that this “is only the beginning”….
Now this is what everyone will be waiting for…. The Nintendo Wii U.
Lights would again dim and a grand spectacle would begin. A lengthy video montage (kicked off by PIKMIN 3) fully exposing Nintendo’s forthcoming console would please everyone’s eyes and make even the Nintendo haters mildly pleased with them. The video would showcase a ton of Nintendo franchises (including a return of Star Fox, an all new Metroid, Zelda, F-Zero and Mario), as well as all the key players from 3rd parties (Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Rayman Legends, Assassin’s Creed 3, Killer Freaks, GTA V and a couple of nice surprises). After that a decent time would be set aside for whatever Retro has been working on and would truly display what the Wii U could do.
Although Nintendo has gone on record stating that they would not reveal any launch details, I would give everyone in attendance a very nice surprise and discuss the planned release date along with launch titles.
Another presenter would take the stage and discuss, in detail, Nintendo’s plans for online. The Nintendo network would be shown and show everyone Nintendo is finally ready to embrace (and take on) the big guys in the online realm.
After all the excitement dies down, one more video clip would hit… This time of the conference would be set aside specifically for Super Smash Bros.. The game would be a bit of a departure from the series but still hold true to what made the franchise so popular. Both versions of the title would be shown in tandem (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U) and would end with a release window.
As always, thanks for reading everyone and be sure to tune in for more “If I Ran…”, as I will be discussing what I would do for Sony and Microsoft.