13 games we want announced in 2012

Zelda Wii U

From the Legend of Zelda in-engine tech demo seen at the Wii U’s unveiling, we were able to catch a glimpse of what we might be in store for the next game. The high-resolution, Twilight Princess-style graphics makes us wonder if Zelda will be returning to “realistic” visuals instead of the more cartoony look of Skyward Sword and Wind Waker. Either way, we’re excited to see how the Wii U’s peripherals will be integrated into the series’ gameplay. It may call for more drastic changes to the Zelda formula than ever before.

The Wii U’s tablet controller alone could theoretically introduce almost unlimited gameplay possibilities; at the very least, we’d expect the controller’s touchscreen to make for a super-efficient inventory system. Nintendo’s first-party games have always been a showcase for their consoles’ more innovative capabilities, and a Zelda game would make us want to try them all out immediately.

Epic Mickey HD

Epic Mickey didn’t have a great camera, or great controls, or – thanks to its exclusivity on Wii – the greatest visuals. What those flaws distracted from, however, was one of the best, most wonderfully imaginative game concepts of this generation. Mickey Mouse enters a wasteland version of the Disneyland theme park to confront and redeem his predecessor, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – the very unlucky mascot that, if not for a twist of fate, would have enjoyed Mickey’s decades of fame and adoration instead. In the process, he platforms past a virtual museum of Disney trivia and fan service, from gleaming statues of Donald Duck to dusty piles of Mickey Mousecapade NES cartridges.

Now that Epic Mickey 2 is heavily rumored for release on 360 and PS3 later this year, gamers need a chance to catch up on the original… but this time, with an interface that works and an HD presentation that is as crisp and beautiful as Walt’s classic animation.

Super Mario Bros. Wii U

Once there was a time when the air was clean, gas was cheap, and every new Nintendo system launched with the best Mario game ever. NES, SNES, Game Boy and N64 all came out alongside another tour de force of Mario platforming, then all of a sudden things went wrong. Nintendo launched the GameCube with Luigi’s Mansion, GBA with a Mario 2 remake, and the Wii and 3DS didn’t even start out with a half-step Mario title. Wouldn’t it be great if Nintendo could actually launch a console with the successor to Super Mario Galaxy?

Nintendo has gone on record multiple times bemoaning the poor software launch the 3DS had, and how it doesn’t aim to repeat it on the Wii U later this year. So wouldn’t a totally new Mario adventure be the perfect antidote to a bummer launch? Something new and unique that completely changes the platforming genre would make any number of crummy launch titles bearable. What would be the magic fix? Well, we aren’t the geniuses at Nintendo who’ve been tasked with coming up with that, but we bet it’d involve a simple yet nuanced use of the new tablet controller, while keeping a classic Mario feel. Of course, it could just be a sequel to New Super Mario Bros Wii (which was a tech demo shown at E3), but at this point we’ll settle for New Mario Anything if it’s a launch game.

InFamous 3

InFamous 2 was a big step in the right direction for developer Sucker Punch’s new-ish franchise, improving on the original in countless ways while still retaining the things that made it fun – but it could have been so much more. And after the way it ended, we’re really curious to see what – if anything – will happen next.

[WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW] It’s difficult to talk about a possible sequel to InFamous 2 without getting at least a little spoiler-y, because short of a really anticlimactic contrivance by the writers, only one of IF2’s two possible endings left the door open for a follow-up game. However, that ending carries some pretty interesting implications for a possible sequel, which we imagine would involve a new protagonist torn between whether to protect the dying remnants of humanity, or to join up with a rising master race of super-powered Conduits. If that’s the case, it’d be kind of a refreshing change to start back at square one with a new set of powers, wielded by a new character who, like Cole in the first game, is still coming to terms with what he’s become and what he can do.

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  • axelgarcia1 - February 14, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    new megaman game would be nice
  • JackOfAllTrades - February 22, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    I'd love a new megaman game, it was slightly before my time and I really missed out on it so a new fresh run at it would be great for new players who want something old! Like Pokemon yellow came out when I was young enough to click A and think growl was an attack that actually did something. I was able to grow up playing the Pokemon games and getting to the point where I enjoy and do well in competitive playing for the most part. I seemed to miss Megaman though and hearing about its greatness makes me wish I could've been around for the beginning! Also screw the world I never get bored with the routine adding Pokemon to a game and fighting the same old gems bad guys and elite four. But please! Give more storyline to the next game, and I mean like mini storylines.I want to stop a ring of team *insert corny bad guy team name here" Pokemon thieves from robbing a town. Then proceed to save a minor legendary from a little gang in the next town. Team up with the police force and your rival or something to arrest some baddies. So far I had the most fun with Ruby Sapphire and Emerald because of the two different bad guy groups competing for world domination but in different ways. It was unique! And a lot more Storyline than the games around it in my opinion. Anyway, Nintendo should just remake a crap ton of new additions to old games to be released with the Wii U, maybe then I will buy one. I purchased a PS3 for the sole purpose of playing InFamous and God of War. Give me some more good options then that and I'll buy your system for sure.
  • KaosCookieXIII - January 31, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    PLEASE, somebody tell DICE to create Mirror's Edge 2. It ended on a cliffhanger! Forget critics, I've always wanted a parkour game. And Mirror's Edge satisfied. Unique gameplay, great story, and interesting characters. And parkour. I love you, parkour. :D
  • theejoshrogers - January 31, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    I am still waiting for the full blown remake of Pokemon red, blue, or yellow for consoles. To bad Nintendo owns it and probably will never happen, when it should have happened way back on the N64. But now with the online capabilities, imagine the battles and trading between people online. I think a remake of the originals would also be the best selling point for them, I don't know any Pokemon after the Gold and Silver era.
  • davidnorman - January 31, 2012 5:14 a.m.

    Zone of the enders 3, Final Fantasy XV.
  • Phantasmagorical - January 31, 2012 1:14 a.m.

    Psi Ops 2! A sequel to the best psychic game ever would be AWESOME. (DJ Hero 3 even though no one cares and it'll never happen)
  • Cwf2008 - January 30, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Star Wars Battlefront 3 anyone? Please?
  • Phantasmagorical - January 31, 2012 1:15 a.m.

    I concur! Perhaps a Battlefront-esque game involving anything other than modern warfare would be amazing.
  • GrandmaSlayer - February 1, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    I've been waiting TOO long for that game..
  • Shinard - February 8, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    Mirrors Edge 2. The original was awesome, the only game to give me a proper adrenaline rush, and I still play it on speed run sometimes, but it was too short. C'mon EA! Half-Life 3 Yeah, well... Infamous 3 In Infamous 2, there were battles that combined (I feel) cinematic moves and awesome gameplay. Not only that, but Cole became so much more developed and I was really liking him before - SPOILERS - he had to die to save the world. And the open-world had so much more to do in than the first. Maybe not next year, but PLEASE don't abandon the series!
  • talleyXIV - January 30, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    The lack of Pikmin 3 continually crushes me. And Miyamoto says that he wants it to be star of the show so I doubt it will be at this year's E3 as the Wii U will have all lights on it. Maybe if Pikmin 3 is a launch game it will get a lot of hype. Crossing my fingees.
  • Dadyo238 - January 30, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    But they HAVE announced a Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. and jmcgrotty , you seriously have to get with the times. Sure the original was good then, but now it's just confusing. Many titles in the series have surpassed it. Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword are all better than the original.
  • FETALJUICE - January 30, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    I still want a new Mega Man game :(
  • darkrider105 - January 30, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    Could it be too much to ask for Valve to just say they are working on Half Life 3? Just say hey we have the janitor working on cleaning the room where we would make the game.
  • Darkhawk - January 30, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Zone of the Enders 3.
  • JHBorden - January 30, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    What no NBA '13 from EA. ;)
  • Rubyeslipse - January 30, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    "we’d expect the controller’s touchscreen to make for a super-efficient inventory system. Nintendo’s first-party games have always been a showcase for their consoles’ more innovative capabilities, and a Zelda game would make us want to try them all out immediately." The DS says hi
  • gameexchange - January 30, 2012 7:04 a.m.

    Star Fox Wii U has the potential to really be something special.
  • Ryudo - January 30, 2012 2:45 a.m.

    I'm wanting to see Shenmue III (I know) Mega Man Legends 3 brought back. Monoliths next big RPG. Mistwalkers next big RPG. Ys 8 No More heroes 3
  • chrisbarker1980 - January 30, 2012 2:05 a.m.

    Mirrors Edge 2. Half Life 3.

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