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E3 Predictions - Part 1: Nintendo Conference Bingo

posted 2 Jun 2012, 19:24 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 3 Jun 2012, 17:22 ]
This Tuesday, we'll be jumping up and down in our seats as we continue our E3 coverage, no, not because of a sugar rush, but because that is when Nintendo's E3 conference will be taking place. Bright and early at 9:00 AM PST (or later in the day at 12:00 PM in the EST zone, lucky me!), Nintendo will begin their presentation of the Wii U and whatever else they have up their sleeve that day. In preparation for that day, we've done something a little out of the ordinary and created a fun little bingo game for you readers!

On the left you have the bingo card itself, and underneath that you'll find a sheet of chips you can cut out to create your own custom layout. We've even thrown in a customizable Free Space (the Starman in the center) just to even the odds a little. Each chip represents a different prediction that Patrick has come up with specifically with the upcoming conference in mind. On the right you'll find a list of these, indicating which prediction each chip corresponds with.

We encourage you to tweet or email us which layouts you decide on and we'll see if anyone (internally or externally) gets a Bingo in the end! Be sure to do so before the show begins, otherwise it would defeat the purpose of the game.


Row 1
1. Nintendo makes at least one joke about the hardcore audience.
2. Cammie Dunaway's replacement shows up in one form or another.
3. Nintendo spends at least two minutes explaining why it's called the
    "Wii U", as the name will not change.
4. They will explain the new changes they've made to the controller, to 
    minimal applause.
5. Sakamoto will reveal what he's been working on since Kiki Trick, which will 
    either be a Wii U or 3DS WarioWare, or some other wacky tech demo.

Row 2
1. A list of third-party Wii U support from publishers will be shown; only half
    of which will actually seem truly promising.
2. Nintendo confuses even more people by continuing to focus on the Wii U's
3. Specs are not mentioned at the show, but are detailed in a press release 
    no fewer than three hours after the conference ends.
4. Bigger push towards online gaming announced;
hope to get the online 
    infrastructure on par with current-gen systems.
5. Nintendo uses the phrase "next-gen" at least once.

Row 3
1. The Vitality Sensor is missing once again, marking the death of the
2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 presented as a blockbuster for the 3DS;
    almost identical to the last two New Super Mario Bros. games.
4. Launch lineup mostly consists of third-party ports, 
such as the previously-
    revealed Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham City, and Ninja Gaiden 3.
5. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask demo available on the floor; logo 
    possibly shown, but not mentioned once during the presentation.

Row 4
1. Someone from EA or Havok will discuss the tech behind the Wii U.
2. Nintendo promises hardcore titles, then immediately shows off either 
    "hardgore titles" or a series like Ridge Racer.
3. Casual titles such as Animal Crossing 3DS are mentioned but 
given no time
    so that Nintendo can desperately reclaim hardcore gamers.
4. Bungie's new sci-fi shooter series with Activision announced for Wii U.
5. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure acknowledged; Skylanders Giants is

Row 5
1. Disney Epic Mickey acknowledged; Disney Epic Mickey 2 is shown.
2. Kirby Collection games detailed.
3. Club Nintendo discussed.
4. New 3DS firmware update finally allows shopping outside of the Nintendo
    eShop itself.
5. Nintendo stock prices plummet roughly 4% after the conference.