E3 is now officially over, so it’s time to look back and see which of our predictions came true, which ones didn’t, and which ones were so far out that they’d never happen anyway. Last but not least, here’s Nintendo:[checklist]
- Project Cafe gets a name, release window – Project Cafe is now Wii U, and will be coming in mid to late 2012.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword remains Wii exclusive – We didn’t think Nintendo would push a Wii game that makes extensive use of MotionPlus back and make it a launch title for their non-motion-controlled HD console, and we were right. Skyward Sword is still coming exclusively to Wii.
- Skyward Sword will not be delayed – Miyamoto made sure to say that the game is on track to be released before the end of the year.
- 3DS library for the rest of the year – Nintendo gave us a solid release date for Star Fox 64 3D (though not during the conference), and outlined three other 3DS games that will be releasing before the end of the year: Mario Kart, Super Mario, and Kid Icarus: Uprising.[/checklist]
- The Last Story and Xenoblade localization – No mention of either one at the conference, and they’re not listed on the official 2011 release list, so I think we can kiss any hope of localization goodbye. Why must you do this to us, Nintendo? Do you hate us?
- 3DS Price Drop – This was a long shot anyway, but Nintendo has stated they have no plans to drop the price of 3DS, even though Sony’s Vita is much more powerful and has more functionality, and is launching at the same price.[/infolist]
- Cafe’s touchscreen controller – Wii U will have not only a touchscreen in its controller, but also an accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone, stereo speakers, and a camera.
- The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary – All of Nintendo’s current systems will be receiving Zelda content this year, and there will be symphony concerts and two CDs made available. So we got plenty of details about how Nintendo is celebrating the silver anniversary of one of its most popular series.[/checklist]
We didn’t have too many predictions for Nintendo, and what we did predict was pretty obvious stuff, so we’re not surprised to see most of our predictions come true. But part of that was because Nintendo’s conference was so light on substance. They gave us the bare minimum information and there were no real surprises at their conference since quite a bit about Wii U was leaked before E3.