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E3 2011 Predictions – Friday Free-for-All

Posted by Michael Koczwara On June - 3 - 2011 0 Comment

Instead of doing a typical list of E3 expectations and predictions, I’m picking out 7 first and second party studios that currently don’t have anything in the works, but have a good chance of announcing a new project next week.

Monster Games

With their latest game Pilot Wings Resort, shipped and on store shelves for the last two months, Monster Games has nothing on its horizon. At least for all we know. The company is known for working on the recent Excite franchise and the older NASCAR series. With a game like Pilot Wings Resort under their belt, I would suggest Nintendo is keeping them for that casual launch window release. Maybe a return to Wuhu Island? Wuhu Racing anyone?

Camelot Software Planning

Most notably known by Nintendo fans for their Mario sports title, Camelot Software Planning just wrapped up and released Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for the DS this past holiday season. With such a stretch of time between Golden Sun’s release and E3, a plausible explanation is that Camelot is working on a Café project, more notably a Mario sports title. My guess, based on the slew of golf games that hit the Wii, is that a Mario Golf game will finally see a new entry in the series.

Media Molecule

Known best for its LittleBigPlanet series, the company has gone silent since the release of the LittleBigPlanet 2. Since LittleBigPlanet Is their main and really only series, another LittleBigPlanet would be an easy guess. With an expected entry to be unveiled for the NGP, Media Molecule could also be working on something for the home console, the PS3. I’ll throw my guess at an entirely new game, only because the ideas and creativity displayed in the LittleBigPlanet series is more than enough to warrant a new series.

Retro Studios

Retro Studies has been hitting them all out of the park. With three superb entries in the Metroid series and the recent revival of the Donkey Kong Country games, all eyes are on Retro with thoughts of what classic franchise can they spark life into once again. Many have pointed that Zelda, one of Nintendo’s most treasured franchises, needs a revival only Retro can accomplish. I have to agree. With both Metroid and Donkey Kong back in the minds of gamers, the thought of Retro creating a Zelda experience, similar to what they did with Metroid, is mind blowing.

Nintendo EAD Group 4

Nintendo’s fourth development group is responsible for games such as Big Brain Acadamy, both the DS and Wii versions of New Super Mario Bros. and they worked on bringing over Pikmin and Pikmin 2 over to the Wii. A game that has only been mentioned every E3 for the last three years, Pikmin 3 is said to be developed by this group. While not officially confirmed, it is the most reasonable; especially taking into consideration how many times this game has merely been mentioned but not yet announced.



After releasing gaming classics Banjo Kazooie, Goldeneye and Perfect Dark on the N64, Rare was bought out by Microsoft in the early days of the Xbox. With a steady change in focus, Rare has gone from releasing games such as Kameo: Elements of Power to last year’s Kinect Sports. Rare’s audience has clearly changed and expecting anything more than Kinect Adventures with Sports 2, is a bit out of the question. But I know, despite the job replacements, that the old Rare is somewhere in there. Whether it is an on-the-go handheld version or a grand console game, I predict Banjo Kazooie will return a second time during Rare’s time in the Microsoft era.

Nd Cube

With Hudson’s Mario Party team dispatched and working with NdCube, you can only expect the multiplayer games to keep rolling. Coming off of last year’s Wii Party and currently working on Wii Play: Motion, NdCube will have to aid the Project Café through its early months. With the push of bringing hardcore players back to Nintendo,  NdCube has to focus on dropping the Wii nature of their games and bringing in what the hardcore want. I expect to see Mario Party 9 be developed by NdCube, for Project Café, and announced next week at E3.

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