E3 has come and gone for another year and whilst it wasn't as exciting as I hoped it might be it was still great. With new games revealed and the end of the years release schedule taking shape, it's time for my most anticipated games. Any game that isn't official announced yet such as Zelda Wii U can't make this list and neither can The Last of Us or Animal Crossing New Leaf as I have both pre-ordered for today.
Honourable mention- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD(Wii U)- I never had a Gamecube so haven't played The Wind Waker. As such I am looking forward to playing it on Wii U but as a remake and a game that over the years I have learnt plenty about I've decided not to include it in this list.
12. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
I was not expecting another Donkey Kong game to be Retro's secret new game and I will admit that I am disappointed that it is. However that doesn't mean it won't be a great game and one that I am looking forward to getting. I will definitely get it this year as it looks to build upon the quality foundations of Donkey Kong Country Returns.
11. Rayman Legends (Wii U)
Originally a Wii U exclusive that was set to be a launch title, Legends has seen two delays and gone multiplatform. It will now be out at the end of August and while time has diminished my excitement for it a little, I am still greatly anticipating it. 2011's Rayman Origins was a sparkling return to form for the limbless hero and I expect the extra development time will ensure that Legends is even better.
10. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
I haven't played Pikmin 2 and I found Pikmin very difficult to get into. However I am encouraged by the comments from Mr. Miyamoto and the previews I have read for Pikmin 3. It won't feature the pressure of a limited number of days to complete it and features new controls and innovations that should make it much more inviting to play and easy to enjoy.
9. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies (3DS)
The Professor Layton series may not have evolved much over the course of its five games but the quality has remained consistent high. New puzzles and engaging storylines keep things fresh and I expect Layton's final adventure will be no different.
8. Watch Dogs (Wii U/PS3)
I am currently undecided as to whether or not I will get Watch Dogs on Wii U or Ps3 but if the Gamepad is utilised effectively as Aiden's smartphone then I am sure it will be the former. Ubisoft's new IP looks genuinely unique and clever and I can't wait to see the different ways in which you are able to use Aiden's hacking abilities.
7. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
The Mario Galaxy games are a tough act to follow and it was never likely that the latest 3D Mario game would be up to their standard. 3D World could of course be so but from I've seen so far it looks like a very good game but not up to their standard. The new Cat suit looks like a welcome addition and I'm sure there will be plenty more to discover. As always with Nintendo the proof will be in the playing.
6. Batman Arkham Origins (PS3)
Rocksteady may not be developing this prequel to the previous 2 Arkham games but that doesn't mean it won't match their standards. Everything I've seen so far is promising and I particularly like the new look of Detective mode and how it is going to play a bigger role this time. Batman being younger and more untested should make for a good challenge too.
5. Pokemon X/Y (3DS)
Every new detail I found out about the latest Pokemon games is making me more and more eager to play them. I have already pre-ordered Y version and October 12th can't come soon enough. The new world looks good and the plentiful new mechanics should make the game feel fresh and exciting.
4. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
I own A Link to the Past on GBA but have never been able to get into it. That hasn't stopped me greatly anticipating its successor though. I think that the ability to become a painting and merge with the wall is a great idea that will be used for some interesting puzzles. The game is set to make good use of 3D effects and the gameplay should be as high quality as we've come to expect from the Zelda series.
3. Star Wars Battlefront (PS4)
All we saw of this new game from Battlefield developers DICE was a very brief CGI teaser and the game is only in the ideas phase so won't be released for a couple of years. However I have been waiting for a new Battlefront game for years and I am so happy that one is finally coming. It may be a long way off but just knowing its coming is good enough.
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
One of the few reveals in the E3 Nintendo Direct that didn't disappoint was that of Mario Kart 8. It is looking stunning in terms of both graphics and gameplay. The new anti-gravity elements should bring a whole new dimension to the game and I expect the online offering to be even stronger than the previous two Mario Kart games. Spring 2014 is going to be brilliant when this is released.
1. Super Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U
This may technically be two games and I intend to get both versions as they will have at least unique stages, however I have included it as one entry here as I am anticipating both equally. Animal Crossing Villager and Megaman should be great additions to the character roster, although I am not so sure about Wii Fit trainer. Over the coming months we should get plenty of new info and I anticipate finding it all out. The gameplay should be as brilliant as ever but I am really looking forward to is a fully fledged online offering that Brawl lacked. If that is done right then these games will be something special.
Thanks for reading and of course there are plenty of games outside these top 12 I am looking forward too. Let me know your most anticipated in the comments.