Innovation Unveiled – Our Top 10 E3 2012 Expectations

There’s only one week left until E3 2012, and we at Nintendo Charged couldn’t be more excited about it.  Yesterday, we promised all of you readers a list of games and announcements we’re looking forward to at next week’s event, so we’ve listed our top ten most-anticipated announcements, along with some details on each one after the break.  Nintendo’s E3 2012 Press Conference starts at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, June 5th, but we’ll be starting our in-depth coverage a day early on June 4th.  Even after the expo comes to a close, we’ll continue our coverage with tons of post-E3 news and announcements for an entire week after the doors close at E3 2012.  Continue reading for the countdown! -Greg Boe (admin)

10. Paper Mario 3D

While I’m a huge fan of many Mario games, the Paper Mario series has always had a special place in my heart.  Almost two years ago, Nintendo announced Paper Mario 3D for the Nintendo 3DS at E3 2010. We only got a few screenshots alongside it’s announcement, but since then, we got a few more screens, a couple trailers, but still no major details from the game regarding story or gameplay.  We hope Nintendo finally pulls back the curtains on Paper Mario 3D at this year’s E3, with a new trailer, the final title, and even a release date.  We just can’t wait to see this new paper-thin Mario adventure unfold.

9. New Super Mario Bros. 2

At Nintendo’s last Nintendo Direct press briefing, four screenshots were revealed from a new entry in the Super Mario series called New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS.  Those screens are all that Nintendo has given us so far on the upcoming game, but seeing that it’s slated for a launch this August, we expect to it to be fully unveiled during next week’s expo.   New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a sequel to the original New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS, and it looks to me like Nintendo’s bringing back some old favorite power-ups, including the P-Wing from Super Mario Bros. 3.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this game was connected in some way with New Super Mario Bros. Mii, a Nintendo Wii U game also to be shown at the gaming trade expo.

8. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

While Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS has already been out for quite awhile in Japan, we still have about two months left to wait until the game finally releases in North America.  With that in mind, don’t expect to see any never-before-seen content at E3 2012, but we can at least promise you that we’ll at least be getting screenshots and gameplay footage in English from the latest title in the Kingdom Hearts franchise.  Look forward to a preview on the game shortly following this upcoming event, and a review shortly after it’s release.  Expect the unexpected when Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance releases on July 30th in North America.

5. Metro: Last Light

Not much is known at the moment about THQ’s survival-horror game, Metro: Last Light for the Nintendo Wii U, but we do know we’ll be in for a great adventure when the game launches.  Metro: Last Light was announced for Wii U at last year’s E3, but we only got a small portion of gameplay as the game was still early in development.  While we still have quite awhile to wait until the game’s early 2013 release, THQ has confirmed that the game will be featured at E3 2012, so we’ll finally get more info from this game.  The mystery in this new title intrigues me greatly, and you can be sure to see news and details (and most-likely a new trailer and screenshots) on this game right here on Nintendo Charged as soon as it comes.  Stay tuned for more info on this one, as it’s sure to be a terrific (and terrifying) Wii U game.

6. Rayman Legends

Finished the spectacular Wii game, Rayman Origins? Are you ready for another Rayman adventure?  Well, it’s coming sooner than you think. Ubisoft’s recently-leaked game, Rayman Legends will be making an appearance at E3 2012, and hopefully Ubisoft will have working demos available at the event.  Expect to hear more from this legendary game at Ubisoft’s E3 conference on June 4th, and some in-depth coverage shortly following.  In the leaked trailer, you see people playing the game on the Nintendo Wii U, so it’s pretty obvious that this game will be making an appearance on the new system.  Stay tuned next week for more info!  Rayman Legends is a legend in the making.

5. Darksiders II

When you’re talking videogames, death is generally a bad thing.  I think we can all agree on that.  Never before in a videogame has death been the hero.  Well, that is until now of course!  Darksiders II, the sequel to THQ’s Darksiders is gigantic, and is looking to be one hell of an adventure from what we’ve seen.  Since this game was already announced to be a launch title on the Nintendo Wii U, THQ already confirmed that Darksiders II will be shown off at E3 2012.  Along with a lot of other games announced for Wii U, we hope to see some gameplay, or at least some screenshots, from the Wii U version (even the screen above is from the Xbox 360/PS3 version).

4. New Super Mario Bros. Mii

We know very little about New Super Mario Bros. Mii, Mario’s debut on the Nintendo Wii U.  What we do know is that gamers are in for tons of multiplayer platforming fun when it releases.  The game was first shown as a demo alongside the Wii U announcement at E3 2011 to showcase the capabilities of the new console.  I have a hunch that the game will be announced to be the Wii U version of New Super Mario Bros. 2, which is on it’s way to the Nintendo 3DS this August.  While I could be proven wrong, it would kinda make since if my suspicions became true.  Well, I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

3. Assassin’s Creed III

The first Assassin’s Creed game to grace a Nintendo console is on it’s way to the Nintendo Wii U this Fall.  That’s good news in itself, but we don’t have to wait for the leaves to fall off the trees to see some parkour action from the game.  During Ubisoft’s aforementioned E3 conference on June 4th, it’s been announced that Assassin’s Creed III will be showcased, so you can bet your cowskin boots that we’ll get a new trailer, screenshots, and maybe even some gameplay from the Wii U version of the game.  Be sure to keep an eye out for this one.

2. Luigi’s Mansion 2

Over the years, many gamers have told me that their favorite game is still Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube.  A decade has passed since the game’s release, so I’d say it’s just about time for a sequel, wouldn’t you agree?  Luigi’s Mansion 2 was announced last year at E3 2011, and that’s all most of you readers have cared about since.  Luigi returns to the ghost-busting business in this new Nintendo 3DS game, and we can’t wait for more details.  Since Nintendo has already said that the game will release before the end of this fiscal year, we can finally get our impatient hands on the game soon enough.  Since it’s close to it’s release, Luigi’s Mansion 2 is definitely getting a new trailer, game info and screenshots at E3 2012 next week.

1. Nintendo Wii U

While all these games listed above are sure to raise a few eyebrows on the show floor, everyone can agree that the Nintendo Wii U is going to be the biggest and baddest announcement at E3 2012.  Even though the Wii U was actually announced at E3 2011, this time, we’re sure to find out all the hardware specs on Nintendo’s new console.  Also, it’s been rumored that the Wii U controller showed last year at E3 wasn’t the final version, so we can’t wait to see all the stuff the new controller can do.  No one will want to miss this.  Get ready for an in-depth coverage of the Nintendo Wii U at E3 2012.

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About Greg Boe

I'm the founder and administrator of Nintendo Charged. I've dedicated the past three years to keeping our readers in the loop with the imaginative world of Nintendo. My biggest gaming interest at the time is the Nintendo Wii U and it's upcoming games, but I've been a close follower of the 3DS since launch in 2011. My favorite game as of now is The World Ends With You on DS. If you have any questions, or just want someone to play online with, leave a comment! I hope you enjoy your visit at Nintendo Charged.

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