There’s no denying that Nintendo killed it at E3 this year. Compared to a couple years ago, when they only showed Breath of the Wild, they had quite the display this year. One couldn’t possibly ask for more. Or could they?
For every Luigi’s Mansion 3 or No More Heroes 3, a new game announcement was missing. The criteria for this list is that each of these games are going to be games that weren’t announced at E3. I’m looking for the top five games that one can guess might exist someday based on what we know, but Nintendo has denied its existence (as of right now). This is the top five missing Nintendo sequel announcements at E3 2019.
5. Super Mario Odyssey For E3 2019
People are really ecstatic to know that Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming soon. Gooigi is an awesome idea. But while everyone is focusing on how you can slam ghosts, I’m just sitting here wondering “Where is the follow up to Super Mario Odyssey?” Think of it in terms of the Breath of the Wild sequel. All the assets already exist. The game world took a long time to create. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Nintendo might want to repeat what they did with Super Mario Galaxy. Often, people like to point to Super Mario Galaxy 2 as a case where they streamlined the already wonderful game that existed. Since it did not appear at E3 2019, it is quite possible that it will be announced at a later date. We can’t wait to explore even more unique worlds specific to Odyssey. Maybe we’ll get to spend more time as the dinosaur this time.
4. Castlevania For E3 2019
While not technically a Nintendo game anymore, the series did premiere on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. With Konami releasing The Castlevania Collection and IGA breaking away to release Bloodstained this week, it’s about time we saw a sequel to the series. There hasn’t been a mainline Castlevania since the Lords of Shadow games.
Konami hasn’t exactly been in everyone’s good graces lately. Releasing a brand new Castlevania game in the style of the old school games or maybe even a Metroidvania would be just the thing to get people to trust them again. But honestly, who are we kidding? If they did release a new Metroidvania, it probably would be filled with loot boxes or pay to win DLC. Is it so much to wish for things to go back to the way they were when they actually did things the fans liked?
3. Mega Man X
Again, Capcom may own the blue bomber, but he did start out on a Nintendo system. They released Mega Man Legacy Collection and we got Mega Man 11. They released Mega Man X Legacy Collection… What better time to release a new Mega Man X game? And if anyone could do it, it would be Nintendo. Nothing quite beats the Switch’s ability to play these classic games anywhere. And if not Mega Man X, perhaps another try at the ZX series. Perhaps a whole new version of Mega Man. Either way, it’s a good time to be a fan. Capcom needs to keep up the momentum of Mega Man fandom.
2. Metroid Prime Trilogy
This may not be a sequel, but we all know that this is coming. With Metroid Prime 4 in the beginning stages of production, fans need to quench the thirst they feel for a first-person adventure starring Samus Aran. There can be no better way to do this than to re-release this collection that originally started on the GameCube and came together as one on the Wii. The controls have the capability of motion controls much in the same way as the Wii remote. Metroid Prime 4 is a long way away. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Nintendo to give us three full-length games to chew on in the meantime.
I know. I know. Banjo-Kazooie was already announced as the latest playable Smash Bros DLC character alongside the heroes of Dragon Quest. That’s not what I’m talking about. Nintendo clearly has something going on with Microsoft behind the scenes. What better time to get back a property that originated on the Nintendo 64? And I don’t mean a cart builder like Nuts and Bolts. I mean a real Banjo-Threeie. The team at Rare could learn their lessons from Yooka-Laylee and make the game something special. Something worth waiting nearly two decades for. Now that we know that Banjo-Kazooie is in Smash, the next logical step is to have them return for a fantastic adventure full of talking inanimate objects with googly eyes. If Nintendo and Microsoft can work together, anything is possible. And I mean ANYTHING.