Zelda Universe will be covering the Nintendo portion E3 extensively, so get ready, because the date is coming up. We’ll (hopefully) be running a liveblog of Nintendo’s Tuesday keynote, with separate news posts coming after that with the specific unveilings our favorite company has to offer. Here’s a list of everything we know so far…
1. Wii Motion Plus dominates gaming.
Nintendo is going to milk its expensive accessories for all they’re worth. Expect demos of several Motion Plus-enhanced titles, be it a set of casual or “hardcore” games. The Wii Balance Board may also come into play here, in the form of rumor number 3. Wii Sports Resort will most likely get a second showing in a more refined form.
2. Wii Fit Plus.
If the word “Plus” is any indication as to this supposed new game’s big feature, it’s compatibility with the Motion Plus accessory. Nintendo has already registered a trademark for Wii Fit Plus, giving would-be gym-goers everything they need to hear but a real announcement.
3. DSi Virtual Console.
It’s almost a no-brainer – the virtual console works so well on the Wii that it should translate properly onto the DSi, and with the advent of DSiWare we can expect Nintendo to introduce something greater at its E3 2009 press conference. Imagine being able to purchase and download mobile titles like Golden Sun and The Minish Cap – not only would this fall in like with Nintendo’s current practices on the Wii, but would alleviate the pang of losing the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot on the DSi.
4. Metroid Prime Trilogy takes the hardcore spotlight.
Retro Studios’ remix of the incredible Metroid Prime games is a shoe-in to make some sort of appearance at Nintendo’s press conference. Hands-on reviews have been posted up on most major gaming sites, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo won’t want to show off all of the new features that made it into this compilation. As one of the few confirmed hardcore games out there, we’d be hard-pressed not see this make an appearance.
5. Nintendo will unveil Pikmin 3, and possibly a new Zelda or Mario game.
Circulating around the internet is the rising opinion that Nintendo will unleash a new major franchise game upon the world – will it be Zelda? Miyamoto himself has stated that the Mario and Zelda teams are hard at work, and we’re not convinced that good ol’ Nintendo is stopping at Spirit Tracks. Pikmin 3 has already been informally announced at previous E3 keynotes, making it more likely to appear than any other franchise game. However, Nintendo knows what it did last year – and they’re most likely not about to starve its hardcore audience again with a slew of casual showings and mediocre demos.