Nintendo, the company behind undisputed masterpieces such as Mario and The Legend of Zelda, is now in a state of trouble with their newest system, the Wii U. While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have broken records, the Wii U has trudged along with an expected 2.8 million sales for its last fiscal year, when the initial target was for 9 million sold.

Times are tough for the system with very little third party support. However, with their fan favorite fighting game, Super Smash Bros, and their next entry in their kart racing series, Mario Kart 8, it seems that the Wii U software is looking up. However, for the Wii U to keep going, it will need more than two big hit games. Here are five announcements Nintendo could make at E3 2014 to help turn around the Wii U’s fortunes.

A massive 3D Pokemon RPG

Over the years, I have felt that the Pokemon series has never reached its full potential and with the release of Level-5’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch last year, that thought has grown exponentially.

Ni No Kuni was not a carbon copy of Pokemon as it featured a completely different battle system but the idea of catching monsters around a huge world and exploring the game’s picturesque towns truly brought back the nostalgia I have for when I first played Pokemon as a kid.

While I have not played Pokemon X and Y, a smaller 3D adventure-RPG title, the idea of a console based Pokemon game like Colosseum with the Wii U’s visuals and an epic story is what I think would give a lot of attention to the Wii U. Heck, have Level-5 develop the game and you’re golden, Nintendo.

The Legend of Zelda in a future setting

Set many years in the future for the Zelda Timeline, I would love to see Link set forth into a steampunk or city landscape with the Master Sword in hand. I might be nuts but I would love to see the city of Hyrule become a metropolis and Link riding a mechanical horse called Epona through the world’s fields. While the medieval design is classic, Nintendo’s recent effort, Skyward Sword, in my opinion, had a bland aesthetic in comparison to Zelda’s previous entries, Twilight Princess and Wind Waker, and this new setting could reinvent the usually magnificent art we see from the series.

A few examples that I would like the Zelda series to head towards artistically would be The Legend of Korra, the Batman: Arkham series, Tron: Legacy, Star Wars’ Coruscant and Final Fantasy XV.

Nintendo’s new IP

Previously Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and The Legend of Zelda, teased that he has a new IP in the works when speaking to Famitsu (via Kotaku). During this interview with Famitsu, Miyamoto also emphasized the importance of “creating a new gameplay experience that’s fun and unique” over simply making a new character. 

Over the past few years, Nintendo has been focusing on new IP that revolve around casual games like Wii Fit, Tomodachi Life, as well as eShop titles such as Dillon’s Rolling Western and Pushmo. However, it would be great to see Nintendo’s inner studios creating a new core gamer aimed property which could potentially have the same budget as the Mario and Legend of Zelda series of games.

Pokken Fighters

Pokemon has been branched off to many genres of gaming, including strategy, puzzle, and even trading cards, but it has never had a fighter. Previously at the Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo teased an image of two Pokemon, Lucario and Blaziken, facing each other in fighting poses. In addition to this image, the recent trademarks of Pokken Fighters and Pokken Tournament for the US also gives us further evidence that this game may exist.


Pokemon can become an interesting fighting game with various moves at their disposal from the games that have been consistently released since 1996. The strange name, Pokken, also could be interpreted as Pokemon Tekken so it has been heavily considered to be a Bandai Namco developed title. With Nintendo creating projects with other companies such as Hyrule Warriors (Tecmo-Koei), Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Atlus/Sega), and the recent crossovers with Nintendo properties in Sonic: Lost World (Sega), it is highly likely this is the case. If that wasn’t enough, Pokken Fighters, from the image above, looks stunning for current Nintendo hardware.

Sonic and Mario Platformer

Sonic and Mario have been very chummy over the past few years with Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games and the Super Smash Bros series so why not go head on and create a crossover game in which both of these icons are played in their traditional format, platforming? Sonic and Mario’s platforming crossover game could be in a similar gameplay style to Sonic Generations. Just like how classic Sonic and modern Sonic had their own take on each generation’s levels, how about we see Sonic’s version of Level 1-1 or Mario’s version of Green Hill Zone? Could we see Sonic with the fire flower or Mario with super speed (via speed boots)? Having these two together in one surprise game like this could be an impressive reveal for their E3 showing.

Chris Penwell
Chris Penwell is an editor who loves an engaging story and interesting combat within games. Previously writing for PlayStation Euphoria, Chris is a fan of most Sony Computer Entertainment titles including Uncharted, The Last of Us, and even White Knight Chronicles but he is open to all platforms. His ultimate goal is to go to E3 and interview the developers who have created the games he has loved throughout the 15 past years of his gaming experiences. His most anticipated games include Kingdom Hearts III, Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Division, Final Fantasy XV, and Destiny.

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    1. We clearly don’t have the same hopes ^^

      1. What would you like to see?

        1. Alright. So top Five?
          -Sports games for the WiiU, like Wave Race or 1080°. We didn’t saw one of these in a long while. I miss those
          -New IP from Retro Studios, something reminescent of the Perfect Dark /TIme splitters Era. A fun shooting game (FPS or TPS) where you create your maps, have bots, and play at 4 player on split screen and online.
          -The return of an old IP like Metroid, starfox, or F zero

          The last two are actually
          -A new big IP from the japanese internal teams. Maybe produced by Miyamoto.
          -Finally, I just want the Zelda to be ambitious, and be a real departure from the past episodes.

          There you go

          I don’t play pokemon, and I just think a pokken fighters is not a bad idea, but it is nor ambitious, nor a surprise. It’s easy cash made here,it’s pretty much a given that we will see at some point a game like this. Pokemon RPG on console is an old dream, one I don’t share. I would prefer the return of Golden sun or a new RPG IP.
          Finally a mario/sonic platformer? It’s a difficult mix, it would be kind of nice. But my problem is this, don’t people think the WiiU has enough platformers? Donkey kong, Mario 3D world, New super mario U in 15 months? And yoshi yarn has been announced and we have New super Luigi, and we have the amazing Rayman. Still people ask for a Galaxy 3 on forums and here a Sonic/mario. I want the WiiU library to have various types and styles of games. I think there is enough platformers at the moment, let’s leave some space to something else first.
          And I would add that Nintendo EAD Tokyo is really really talented, and I think Nintendo should stop ask them to churn out a new mario every two year like that. I would really like them to have a go with an another IP or even better, a new One

        2. Nintendo announces a “Merger” or “Buyout” of SEGA. Clearly SEGA has had
          foresight of the future of gaming back in the 90s and were risk-takers.
          We need Nintendo to step out of their “comfort zone” and get some new
          talent or major shake-up but only with those of alternate counterparts
          like SEGA.

          +1 – Also agree a 3-D RPG of Pokemon is very long overdue, seriously.
          – Approach Strategy game developers as the Wii U gamepad would make a great fit.
          – Introduce a robust online community service for their games

          There is so much changes Nintendo can “make” but for some reason, they keep setting themselves up for failure. I love Nintendo as much as I love Valve but it seems they live in their own little (1990s) world.

    2. I love the idea of having a pokemon game with the potential of Wii U features.

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