At last year's E3 there was a whole bunch of Wii U games that flashed before our eyes as montage sizzle reel fodder. On the third-party front there was Darksiders II, Arkham City, Assassin's Creed, Aliens Colonial Marines and Ninja Gaiden 3 just to name a few. And then there was Nintendo's own line-up, which featured bundle suspects Wii U Sports and Wii U Play, balance-board dependant Wii U Fit and, more excitingly for gamers, Mario and Zelda tech demos.
Where the hell?
As we said before, nobody working on Wii U titles is talking about Wii U. There is obviously a strict order from Nintendo to keep-it-zipped. After the subsequent confusion over the console following last year's conference, it clearly wants to make sure the message is communicated with crystal clarity this time around. And keeping loose talk to a minimum has been the first part of fully achieving that goal. And, for the most part, Nintendo has been successful - we're going into the show really not knowing any more than we did at the end of E3 2011.
But rest assured the vast majority of those sizzle reel games from last year's Nintendo conference will be at E3 2012. This is the year Nintendo wants Wii U to absolutely dominate and it will have made it an imperative to get as many of those games primed for the show as possible. It's already confirmed that a new Super Mario Bros for Wii U will be unveiled and it's unthinkable that Wii U Sports and Wii U Play won't be in attendance with their brand of pick-up-and-play simplicity to help sell the magic of the tablet. In fact, about the only thing from last year we're not expecting is for the Zelda tech demo to return as a fully fledged game.
Percentile chance of being at E3 2012: 100%
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