Nintendo Games We Want to See at E3 2016
By Matt Espineli on
What We Want to See From Nintendo at the Big Show
While Nintendo has openly expressed that its main focus at E3 will be The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, we now know it will be showcasing a handful of other upcoming games as well. In anticipation, we've summarized every game we know Nintendo will be showing off, and a few others we're hoping the company will talk about at this year's convention. Click ahead to find out what we want to see from Nintendo at E3 2016.
For the PS4 and Xbox One games we want to see at E3 2016, check out our gallery features below!
The Legend of Zelda (2017)
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's crown jewel franchises, and expectations are high for the next entry in the long-running series. It's the first Zelda game to include include a fully open world, so it's exciting to think about how Nintendo's designers might make use of that. Fans have been waiting a long time for another Zelda, as it was first pegged to launch in 2015, then delayed to 2016, and later pushed again to 2017, which is also when an NX version of the game will come out (though this version will not be shown or discussed at E3, according to Nintendo). At E3 next week, Nintendo will broadcast an extended gameplay demo, providing the deepest dive we've seen yet.
Monster Hunter Generations
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate was one of the 3DS's best games of 2015; it even got our February Game of the Month award last year. To say we aren't excited about the upcoming Monster Hunter Generations would be a crime. It's a greatest hits anthology of the features from past games, compiling its best weapons, monsters, and abilities into a single experience. While older features are returning, the game is also adding in a bevy of new ones, including additional special attacks, new classes, and the ability to play as the cat-like race known as Felynes. We're eager to hear more about this monster hunting adventure at E3 so that we might better prepare ourselves for its launch this July.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
The 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is still on track to make its way stateside. Considered a fan-favorite, the seventh entry of the long running Dragon Quest series initially launched for PS1 in 2001. This 3DS remake sports completely revamped visuals and a multitude of adjustments to the original, including visible enemy encounters, unique backgrounds, and enemies with individual attack characteristics. Dragon Quest VII on the 3DS is shaping up to be an exciting opportunity for players to re-experience it's epic adventure, and we can't wait to get our hands on it at this year's E3.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Nintendo's upcoming Paper Mario: Color Splash has us yearning to see what it has to offer. The game's Epic Mickey-esque focus on using paint to imbue its world with color seems charming, and its vibrant paper-craft environments are even more pleasing pleasing than past series installments thanks to an HD upgrade. While it's not confirmed to appear in Nintendo's E3 roster, we're crossing our fingers for at least a potential release date.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice
The Ace Attorney series' over-the-top court proceedings and clever writing has allowed the franchise to charm its way into the hearts of those who have played its numerous entries. That's why we're hoping to hear more about the latest game in the series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, at this year's E3. With series director/scriptwriter Shu Takumi back at the helm after being absent from the development of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, Spirit of Justice is a game that we can't wait to get our hands on.
Pokemon Sun / Moon
Pokemon continues to thrive on handhelds, and the upcoming Sun and Moon games appear to be the most advanced versions yet. The games' new world will have a unique Hawaiian flavor, offering a mixture of picturesque tropical island scenery and bustling metropolitan environments to battle and catch monsters in. With new features such as a day and night cycle, Sun and Moon looks like it’ll deliver the most captivating Poke-region in the series so far. And of course, there’s the delightful and quirky new monsters. How can you not be excited about a game with a fire kitten called Litten?
Unannounced Fire Emblem Mobile Game
After the runaway global success of Fire Emblem Fates, it seems only natural that Nintendo would want to do more with the franchise. And what better way than bringing it to the most popular platform in the world: mobile. Miitomo is a blast to play, and we're excited to see what else Nintendo will bring to our smartphones. Also: it's more Fire Emblem. Fire Emblem is amazing, and to have its tense, turn-based strategy and relationship mechanics brought to mobile would be a dream come true. Bring on the cute anime boys!
Unannounced Animal Crossing Mobile Game
We really want to play a new, full Animal Crossing game on a home console. The board game-like Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, despite its uninspired gameplay, brought the world of Animal Crossing to life in crisp HD, making us crave a deeper dive into the world of fishing and stalk market trading. But Animal Crossing New Leaf may have spoiled us; can we give up the pick-up-and-playability of a portable AC game?
A few years ago, we wouldn't have thought we'd be actively anticipating a mobile game from Nintendo, but the idea of an AC game tied to our phones, a place where we can fulfill our desire to check up on our villagers and harvest fruit wherever we go, sounds perfect. And even more than that, the potential for that mobile game to tie into a future console version would ensure that our time-wasting game of choice would be Animal Crossing for a long time to come.
While we have absolutely no reason to believe this game will be at E3 (or exists at all, for that matter), a sequel to Nintendo’s colorful co-op shooter seems inevitable--and we really can’t wait to see it. The original Splatoon surprised everyone with a truly clever twist on the typical first-person shooter formula: shooting paint both eliminated enemies and created new paths for traversal. That burst of originality, more than anything else, has us excited for the eventual sequel. With any luck, Nintendo will surprise us again by unveiling the game at E3.