Three secret Nintendo games incoming. Clues point to online content, surprisingly

Nintendo, as we all know, are one of the most arcane and secretive companies around. Seemingly the only big publisher in video games still largely able to prevent information leaks (provided you're still cynicism-free enough to believe leaks only ever happen by accident), it lets nothing out until it's absolutely ready.

Current case in point: Three new first-party games that have turned up on the Australian ratings board's website. With titles masked out. 001002 and 003, as they're currently officially known, were rated yesterday, the 29th of November, and have been awarded a G, PG and G rating respectively. Why the secrecy? Well ratings boards (and retail, come to mention it) have a notorious habit of blowing secret announcement early. And with Nintendo's 3DS due out early next year, I'd guess Nintendo have plenty of secret announcements on the way...

Details? This is where it potentially gets interesting. Although the largely family-friendly ratings are no surprise for Nintendo games, the functionality descriptions are intriguing. 001 comes with a warning that "user-generated content may change game play", and 003 definitely has an online play component. We know that NIntendo has traditionally been crap in both of those areas, so two online-focused games hitting back-to-back is a definite eyebrow-raiser. Of course, 003's online play could just mean we're looking at Animal Crossing or Mario Kart here, but with those two games already announced - and demoed - why would Nintendo be trying to keep them secret?

Any ideas? A Mario game with a level editor? Or online co-op? Smash Bros? What would you like this stuff to be, and what do you think is most likely?



  • gopikmin - December 1, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    maybe pikmin for the online one. Maybe one of the others is a brand new game series made by nintendo.
  • GameManiac - December 1, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    I'm with Nin10DOH and lolwizards in hopes of one of those three games being a new Super Smash Bros. I'm hoping one of the other two is Super Mario Sunshine.
  • lolwizards - December 1, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    Smash Bros. on 3DS please?
  • Crimmy - December 1, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    Please dear god make it a new F-Zero.
  • Hobojedi - December 1, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    I doubt it's another Mario Kart, what would they call it, Mario Kart Wii (2)?
  • Nin10DOH - November 30, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    Please Jesus make one a new Smash Bros....
  • WTeen8 - November 30, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    AS much as I want a 3D Smash bros., I doubt it. It would be rated PG, not G. It could be starfox or (just a possibility, a slim possibility) even Earthbound. Or a new Mario vs Donkey Kong. Or Metroid. Although it could be a brand new title. Or Pikmin 3.
  • n00b - November 30, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    i am going to scream my guesses and pleas STARFOX F-ZERO JET-FORCE GEMINI (that one is definitely a no)
  • thefreakysurgeon - November 30, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    all i hope is that they are very good online. the way this generation is now, online is all that matters.
  • astroPastel - November 30, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    fzero with online racing and track editor hopefully
  • Spybreak8 - November 30, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    I know I'm being optimistic here but I want a Mario Kart where you can design and share your tracks or battle maps! That would be totally awesome.
  • Nintendophile - November 30, 2010 6 p.m.

    Since they all say "multi-platofirm", I'm guessing they might be something along the lines of a Mario Sprts or Mario Party game. Perhaps a new Mario & Sonic installment? Recently, those seem to be the only first-party Nintendo games that have been multi-platform. RECENTLY.
  • cj12297 - November 30, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    they all say multi-platform
  • Fusionmix - November 30, 2010 4 p.m.

    I'd love to see something like Star Fox Assault online, except made by Nintendo so it does suck, with the entire cast of Star Fox Command (except made by Nintendo so it doesn't suck), graphics better than Adventures, the awesome of SF64, and the class-based combat of Team Fortress with some of the weapon perks from COD. Now that would be freaking amazing. Too bad it's made by Nintendo, so it'll be full of friend codes and censorship. >_>
  • Innounci - November 30, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    I would wanna say NMH mmo, but that's an obvious "no" perhaps some Animal Crossing or MarioBigPlanet or some F-Zero (please).
  • ACGUY - November 30, 2010 2:30 p.m.

    Nintendo would be offically gaming gods if they just added on a great online and online profiles no crappy damn friend codes!!!!!!!!! (Someone should be fired for that.) and also if they had with online a nintendo medal awards system. Then that would offically make them on top!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - November 30, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    New Starfox plz. Maybe with online multiplayer? Also, MarioBigPlanet was a given.
  • NeelEvil - November 30, 2010 1:35 p.m.

    @Unoriginal Amen to that, just played through Lylat Wars last night & was wondering if they'd get a new one out or if it was skipping a generation like Metroid did. All three say Multi Platform as well, Wii & 3DS?
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - November 30, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    nah it's too early for smash bros. my bet is for some wario ware thingi and mario kart

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