The Top 7... games we want announced at E3 2009

Contributors: Charlie Barratt, Brett Elston, Chris Antista,
Joe McNeilly, Shane Patterson

Next week, we’ll know. Next week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo will begin and nearly every major publisher and developer will reveal their secrets. Next week, we’ll know which rumors were true and which games actually exist. Next week, the future will be (somewhat) clear.

Seriously, though, where’s the fun in that? We prefer this week, when the mystery still remains and our imaginations can still roam wild. This week, we can dream about major sequels that might never happen… about technology that’s barely out of the labs… about Nintendo, Square Enix and Rockstar fulfilling our every fanboy demand.

These are the games we want announced at E3 2009, not the ones we actually expect. While most may not appear – this year, anyway – we’ve got a pretty good track record overall. Before reading on, take a look at our past two countdowns here and here.

7) Super Smash Bros. Scuffle

Granted, it doesn’t have to be “Scuffle,” but any sort of Smash Bros. for DS seems like a pretty good idea. Take one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, combine it with the handheld that’s kicking everyone else’s ass and you’ll undoubtedly end up with a surefire million seller.

Don’t think for a second the DS isn’t up to it – Super Mario 64 DS looked better than the N64 game and online multiplayer, not to mention local, has been up and running since 2005 in games like Metroid Prime Hunters, Mario Kart DS and Star Fox Command. Basically this means the DS can pull off a functional, fun as hell sequel that looks and plays better than 1999’s N64 original.

Above: It could totally happen

A DS version also allows for new playable characters that have so far been handheld-specific, like the Advance Wars crew, Professor Layton and, Capcom willing, Phoenix Wright. We know, the series has been around for 10 years and in that time there have only been three games, so a sequel so soon after 2008’s Brawl seems unlikely. Then again, Phantom Hourglass was 2007 and Spirit Tracks is still down for 2009…

6) The next Grand Theft Auto

Rockstar used to be so predictable. After the release of GTA III in late 2001, the publisher kept pumping out sequels at a brisk and surprisingly steady pace. Vice City arrived just one year later. San Andreas was two years after that. A pair of PSP games followed. Every single October, we enjoyed a whole new city, a whole new storyline, a whole new protagonist… or all of the above at once.

Today, we have no idea what to expect. Grand Theft Auto IV was such an enormous – and enormously detailed – upgrade that it’s hard to imagine leaving behind Liberty anytime soon. Can the Rockstar developers really build another setting that expansive, that intricate and that lifelike by 2010?
If not, when? If so, where?

Above: Yes, please

A return to Vice City would fulfill many fans’ dreams. A recreation of San Andreas would be technologically astonishing. Hell, we’d be satisfied with only San Fierro, the open-world equivalent of our beloved home base, San Francisco. How about somewhere in Europe? Asia? South America? And what about the hero? Will his face be familiar or fresh? Could Niko, CJ, Tommy or even Fido make a return? Could we do away with “his” entirely and see our first female lead?

The mind reels, as it always does between GTA entries. This time, however, the wait might be longer than usual and the answers might be far less predictable. Until they come, we’ll just keep staring at these doctored screenshots of Godfather II and wishing they were real…


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  • CreeplyTuna - November 18, 2009 10:40 p.m.

    3-D games will probably destroy people eyes or something technical from the strain. im fine with games the way they are
  • daquon1234 - June 1, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    what about a new zelda
  • Smash_Bro - June 1, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    Smash Bros DS! I soo called that on the "First Look At the DSi" article! Aww yeah. See, other people agree that my ideas are schweet. It had BETTER happen. I think 3D games would be cool. It would be the first step into virtual-reality gaming (which WILL happen). They should make games with 3D and normal versions, in case the 3D sucks, y'know?
  • Ell223 - May 31, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    thought this might warrent some attention
  • pueojit1 - May 31, 2009 1:04 a.m.

    go ssbs and sly cooper!!!!
  • BeastlyB - May 30, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    half life 2 ep 3 is going to be announced I'm not just positive I'm HIV (or should I say HEV) positive
  • r3ap3r - May 30, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    YES FUCKIN BRING BACK SLY COOPER! i loved the series from the first game to know i would love a knew one to comeback and revive those good ol times.
  • secretsearcher - May 30, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    YES! I love the sly cooper games. I practically cried when I beat the third one. BRING IT BACK!!!!! Oh, and the character on the far left in the disney photo is Maiden Marian from the old disney robin hood :)
  • blademage20 - May 29, 2009 1:58 p.m.

    A DS version of SSB would b awesome!
  • RedOutlive10 - May 28, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    More info about id Soft next games would be nice in this E3.
  • thephntm - May 28, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    sly 3 already had 3d missions my captcha: whose delegate
  • kingdomknight0 - May 28, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    I have no doubt that Square will make another Kingdom Hearts. And I also have no doubt that all the parts we hate about it will come back with the parts we love. (Yes, the damned gummy ship and the little mermaid too.) So long as we get to see Mickey kick ass like you didn't know he could it's worth it right? Right!?
  • stlman90 - May 27, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    sly cooper and kingdom hearts would be great!!!!!!!!!!
  • georgeguy - May 27, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    i would want a LittlebigPlanet sequel. that would be fun... Captcha: Congress byplay
  • thefarkinator - May 27, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    Good luck with the HL3 thing guys! lol. Cool article, though.
  • Unoriginal - May 27, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    I really wrote a meaningfull comment but then realized that I was the 113th to comment so I guess no one would read it. Well, great list GR.
  • MGOidBOSS - May 27, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    Get the Low down on MGS5...Gamesradar fail, they could do one of their stupid articles, 10 things we mostly think will be in mgs5 although were probably wrong.
  • Cerberus1838 - May 27, 2009 5:31 a.m.

    What about MSG5, seen an ARG or something along those lines out @ the official Konami (Japanese) site. Snake even shows up on the countdown..... and all signs point to e3, they appear on the countdown aswell.
  • Smeggs - May 27, 2009 12:44 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure I heard that Square Enix wasn't going to show up for E3. So no KH-anything.
  • ChrisCom66 - May 27, 2009 12:30 a.m.

    i have an idea!with tatsunoko vs capcom being released in North America and Marvel vs Capcom 2 being re-released why not have NINTENDO VS CAPCOM: Can u say EPIC WIN!