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13 games we want announced in 2012

Super Smash Bros. Wii U/ 3DS

A new Super Smash Bros on Nintendo’s next console would be THE killer app for Nintendo fans. Mario and Link battling it out with Bowser and Captain Falcon in high definition sounds like a dream. Every Smash Bros. iteration has added a bunch of new characters to the roster, and we expect no less of the next; as excited as we are to see old favorites like Dr. Mario or Marth return to the fight, we’re even more pumped to learn which surprise appearances and classic faces will be added to the melee.

Depending on the Wii U’s online capabilities, the traditionally local multiplayer series could finally get the online support it deserves. We want to be able to join a game with a bunch of friends without entering friend codes, on a network where the game is actually playable. Couple that with possible interconnectivity between the Wii U and the 3DS version, and we could really have something special. Now, if only there were GameCube controller ports on the Wii U…

Mirror’s Edge 2

DICE made something truly fresh with Mirror’s Edge in 2008. Instead of your average first-person shooter, the developer created a whole new way of experiencing the first-person view: through the eyes of a fearless runner, quickly and deftly exploring a sparsely decorated, futuristic city. That kind of creative output was met with critical acclaim and poor sales, with little mention of the series since. In the years that followed, DICE has been EA’s FPS machine, working hard on Medal of Honor and Battlefield 3, but isn’t it time for a change?

The world wasn’t ready for Mirror’s Edge in 2008, but maybe it’s finally caught up. It seems every few months there’s a new rumor or quote indicating the series isn’t dead, so we’re keeping hope alive to see more of Faith’s adventure. Heck, we don’t even need a full retail game. Why not a beefy downloadable sequel in the style of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, with a shorter story and a set of new, expertly designed parkour levels? If it’s a choice between a third of a game or nothing, we’ll pick the download every time. And surely DICE can find room for that between developing modern warfare titles for EA, right?

Star Fox Wii U

Can you believe there hasn’t been a proper console Star Fox since Star Fox 64? Seriously. Since 64 came out, Nintendo has had the titular vulpine fighting dinosaurs, running around shooting at tanks, and… well, taking part in all sorts of nonsense that doesn’t involve him sitting in a cockpit. We want to do a barrel roll. We want to press Z or R twice. The closest thing we’ve gotten since then was the fantastic DS Star Fox Command, but that was on a handheld – it just wasn’t the same.

It’s time to end that wait and release a full-blown Star Fox for the Wii U, and make it one that keeps us in the cockpit for a majority of the game. Throw a radar and some inventory stuff on the Wii U’s screen, maybe slap in some of the cooler touchscreen elements from Command (drawing courses in space was pretty darn cool), and let us control the game with the analog sticks and some minor motion-control elements. It would be a fantastic Wii U launch title, showing off the graphical capabilities of the system and getting a mascot out on day one, and we’re really hoping it becomes a reality. 

A new Pokemon

When we say “a new Pokemon,” we aren’t ready to settle for a spin-off or a side game. We mean we want a new entry in the main series, the traditional RPG about monster collecting, friendship and adventure. It feels like we’ve been waiting for the announcement of a third version of Pokemon Black/White for more than a year, but why stop there and be predictable? Why not wish for an entirely new mainline title made especially for the 3DS?

This imagined sixth generation of Pokemon would be unlike any before it, and not just because of the obvious additions like new monsters and improved graphics. Think of all the features developer Game Freak could use in this next game. StreetPass functionality would be used for item trading, Poke-swapping, and other simple exchanges of information. It’d use the pedometer in ways the addicting Poke Walker only dreamed of. And with Nintendo’s new talk of DLC, here’s a Pokemon title that could finally get true post-game content updates. With possibilities like that, who wants Pokemon Gray when Pokemon 3D is so close?

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130 comments

  • 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. http://www.gameexchangeshop.com
  • 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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