Siliconera Speaks Up: Let’s Predict E3

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    Let’s predict the future. What E3 predictions what do you expect to see in a few weeks and what are you hoping to see? 

     

    Jenni: There are a few games I’d love to hear more news about, but I’m not so sure if they’ll be showing up at E3. An official The 3rd Birthday localization announcement from Square Enix would be more than welcome. It’d be great to hear Namco Bandai say that Tales of Hearts is being prepped for a North American release as well. Personally, I’d love to hear something about an English language localization of Hiiro no Kakera or one of the PS2 Melty Blood games.

     

    Sony will once again promise that the prophesied PSP GPS and keyboard peripheral are on the way. They’ll be delivered by unicorns.

     

    Louise: The Zelda DSi demo already unveiled from GDC makes me think we won’t hear anything else about a Zelda game on a Nintendo platform.  I hope to see another Mario game on the Wii, but it seems like Mario Galaxy was just yesterday, so it may be too soon for that.  Nintendo has been mysteriously quiet about the Wii these past few months, so I’m eager to see what they have up their sleeves.

     

    It may be wishful thinking, but I hope they announce that they’re ditching the whole Friend Codes system and just going with a standard account like a gamer tag that can be used for each game and carried over between the Wii and DS.  Having a separate friend code for every game is just too much up-keep and it definitely hurts the online community of many of their multiplayer games.

     

    Spencer: Let’s start with the big three hardware makers Vegas style…

     

    Microsoft
    New motion control device – 1 to 1
    Viva Pinata game using avatars – 2 to 1
    Killer Instinct revival – 3 to 1
    New Mistwalker project – 10 to 1
    Ninja Blade announced as the first in a trilogy – 100 to 1

    Sony
    New PSP – 1 to 1
    Lots of downloadable PSP games including Numblast – 2 to 1
    Square Enix showing up with a game – 2 to 1
    Slim PS3 – 5 to 1

    Nintendo
    Tons of Motion Plus games – 1 to 1
    3D Picross announced quietly on a release list – 2 to 1
    Another Code R and Takt of Magic announced quietly on a release list – 3 to 1
    Level 5 pickups (Inazuma Eleven, Ni no Kuni) – 5 to 1
    Mario and/or Zelda mentioned – 1 to 10,000

     

    Now for other companies…
    Namco Bandai with at least one Tales announcement – 1 to 1
    Xseed with Lunar – 1 to 1
    Capcom with Monster Hunter Tri – 1 to 1
    Xseed with games from Level 5 – 5 to 1
    Square Enix with a brand new franchise not seen in Japan – 6 to 1
    Ignition with SNK’s bite sized DS RPG – 3 to 1
    Atlus announces a new Trauma Center game – 4 to 1
    Sega with more DS RPGs – 2 to 1
    Konami with something Dance Dance Revolution – 1 to 1,000
    Ubisoft with at least one game ending in a Z – 1 to 10,000

     

    Ishaan: I’ll follow the same format as Spencer for convenience.

     

    Microsoft:
    – Z-cam shown off. – 3 to 1
    – At least one bold claim by Peter Molyneux. – 1 to 4
    – Teaser for Ryan Payton’s Halo project – 1 to 1
    Goldeneye for XBLA finally announced – 1 to 1
    – Tons of multiplatform third-party games hyped as if they were exclusives – Over 9000 to 1

    Sony:
    – PSP Go! announced, no UMD etc etc. – 2 to 1
    Little Big Planet for PSP shown. – 1 to 1
    Assassin’s Creed for PSP shown. – 1 to 1
    Modern Warfare 2 for PSP shown. – 1 to 2
    – PS3 Price drop – 1 to 1
    God of War III coming spring 2010. Possible mention of demo. – 1 to 1
    – New Twisted Metal game from David Jaffe. – 1 to 1
    Final Fantasy XIII demo announced for U.S and Europe. – 1 to 2
    Versus XIII gameplay shown – 1 to 1

    Nintendo:
    Pikmin 3 and Sin & Punishment 2 announced for later in the year. – 3 to 1
    – New Retro Studios project shown/teased. – 1 to 3
    Fatal Frame IV (“Zero“) finally announced for U.S. and Europe – 1 to 1
    – Virtual console for DS. Reggie says he’s excited for Link to the Past. – 1 to 3
    Wii Fit Plus announced. – 1 to 1

     

    Publishers:
    – Factor 5 game announced. – 1 to 1
    – XSEED announced Fragile localization – 1 to 1
    – Atlus or XSEED announce Nanashi no Game localization – 3 to 1
    – Ignition Entertainment announces Xbox 360 exclusive – 1 to 1
    – Namco announces new Western IP – 1 to 1
    – Capcom announces Dead Rising for PS3, probably on PSN – 1 to 1
    – Take Two announces non-casual Wii game. – 1 to 1
    – Square Enix MMO finally revealed. – 1 to 1
    – Capcom announces Onimusha 5. – 1 to 1

    Louise Yang

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