Nintendo's Big Secret

Luigi’s Mansion 2
Probability: More than likely at some point

What is it?
Using the Poltergust 3000 - a souped-up vaccum cleaner - Luigi proves he ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts, by traversing a haunted mansion in search of his more famous brother. As one of the first GameCube launch titles, LM1 sold an ungodly amount of copies to thrust the green-capped one in the limelight. A Wii sequel seems completely warranted in this case and we’re surprised we haven’t heard anything yet.

If we designed the sequel, we want an even spookier mansion to play with. We want ghosts and Big Boos scaring us sideways. We’d also want to split our time between first and third-person modes, with first-person playing just like Elebits for the ghost trapping segments. Hell, throw Waluigi in there as the antagonist because that guy needs a backstory of some sort. So long as LM2 lasts at least double the first game’s obscenely short play time, we’ll be happy.

Kind of. Nintendo has few seriously strong franchise players… and they’ve all been released. Judging by the roughly 2.5 million copies of LM1 sold, we would suspect people would jump all over a sequel. Throw in a four-player ghost trapping mode and you have the casual-family thing down. Hell, we suspect Nintendo would bundle a flashlight peripheral if they really felt it was worth it. Also, a Luigi’s Mansion level was included in Smash Bros. Brawl. Could an announcement be far behind?

Kirby Wii
Probability: Announced!

Above: Actual screenshot from the cancelled GameCube version

What is it?
Our favorite pink ball of sass sucks up enemies and steals their powers. Also: he can float and is known to get scrappy with a sword. Starring in games dating back to the original GameBoy, Kirby is beloved by fans all over the world. His games are better known for being traditional platformers - something we hope will carry over to the Wii.

Above: Apparently totem pole mechanics were originally planned

Look, we know it’s coming. Kirby was shown in a seemingly far-along state back at E3 2005, when it was supposed to come to the GameCube. Since then it was scrapped and saved for the Wii. Developed by HAL Laboratory - makers of all things Smash Bros. - Kirby looks suspiciously like Brawl’s Subspace Emissary mode if that trailer from three years ago is anything to go by. Also, according to a post by Kotaku just four months ago, Nintendo’s financial reports indicate that Kirby is on track for a 2008 release in Japan. One need look only to Smash Bros. Brawl’s inclusion of regular Kirby enemies, Meta Knight and King DeDeDe as playable characters for further hints.

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  • n00b - August 31, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    hmm punch out was one of the lowest possible games to come out yet it came out before any of the ones on the list. it even came out before a real zelda game on the wii came out (not counting twilight princess(
  • GalenMarek - June 21, 2009 6:24 a.m.

    3 of those have already been made. Mario Tennis, Animal Crossing, and Punch-Out. So you better get your probabilities right.
  • Amatarasu - January 6, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    ok...the magazines and websites you read mushave been crap,lugi's mansion was badass,just like pickmin 2.NO CAPS
  • nadrewod999 - December 20, 2008 1:18 p.m.

    Okay, so in most gaming magazines and site articles I have read, everyone hated Luigi's mansion 1 for the Gamecube, but now you guys actually WANT Luigi's Mansion 2 for the Wii? MAKE UP YOUR MINDS, PEOPLE! EITHER YOU HATE THE ORIGINNL AND DON'T WANT A SEQUEL OR YOU LOVE THE ORIGINAL AND WANT A SEQUEL (unless, of course, you hated the Gamcube's controls for the original and are hoping that the sequel on the Wii would have bettr controls). Also, if lots of earlier games have subliminal advertising for the new "Dolphin" console and this game is THE launch game for the console, THEN OF COURSE THERE WOULD BE A HUGE NUMBR OF SALES OF THE GAME SINCE ANYONE WHO BOUGHT THE EARLY CONSOLE WOULD BUY IT AND A FEW PEOPLE MIGHT STILL BUY IT LATER.

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