Yesterday Nintendo put up a Facebook teaser for three big Wii U launch games, with “scratch off” boxes that apparently convert to actual game titles. Since each “scratch off” block contains a different number of characters, a lot of us came to the conclusion that the mystery games’ titles will probably contain the same number of characters, and so we started making guesses based on likely Wii U launch games that fit the parameters.
If this formula is correct, the first game’s title contains 33 characters, the second’s contains 27, and the third’s contains 19. What do we think those blocks correspond to? Hop inside for our guesses.
This game has the longest title and is listed first, which suggests to us that it’s probably the most significant of the three. Will this be the game Nintendo uses to lure in hardcore players? You’ll have to check our guesses to see what we think it might be (hopefully not Steel Diver 2: Depth of the Ocean) :
I’m still firmly convinced that the real reason Nintendo didn’t release a collector’s edition disc for Zelda‘s 25th anniversary was because such a collection would be better suited for a HD remake. Jackson and Dylan think that we’ll be getting an anniversary collection, too - but for Kirby, not Zelda. Matt and Elijah believe that the long title is actually Pikmin 3, with some interesting subtitle tacked on.
Obviously I favor my guess a bit - Twilight Princess definitely energized the Wii at its launch despite also being a GameCube game - but I really don’t know what to believe.
Our staff is actually mostly decided on this one - we’re basically all leaning towards New Super Mario Bros. - but we decided to have some fun with it and try to come up with other things that fit. You can see the results below:
Pokémon World Championship is a pretty good guess, since the release of Black & White 2 will have just taken place and it’d be a potential way to draw those customers to Wii U. Obviously Captain Falcon: Bounty Hunt was the result of pure goofing around, but the sad part is… I could really see that Wii U Music thing happening.
This one’s the most obvious: a new iteration of Wii Sports. New staffer Matthew Swadinsgy disagrees, however: he thinks we’ll be seeing a Legend of Zelda reboot - handled by another studio apart from EAD, of course. One of his possible guesses as a participant is GREZZO, the co-developers of Ocarina of Time 3D and Four Swords 25th Anniversary. Others have speculated that Retro Studios might have finally been given the green light for the series.
What do you think the mystery games will be? Do any of these guesses resonate with your own? Let us know what you think in the comments! If any of you come up with a likely guess that we haven’t thought of yet, we might just share it in our Daily Endgame tonight!