Last year, just before E3, I posted a list of predictions pertaining to the news that would be coming out the event and the various press conferences. Once again, I'm at it again with my predictions for this year's E3. This time around, I stepped up my game somewhat while still trying to keep it realistic (based on the news that's been going around and various hunches that I have). With that said, here's what I think is going to happen at E3 this year:

E3 IN GENERAL:

-More items (game/DLC) that are available "post-press conference".

As usual, you can expect one press conference (i.e. NOT the Smash Bros. Live Stream that scheduled for Sunday morning) to have an announcement of either a digital download game or DLC content (or both) that will be available immediately following the press conference (or in Nintendo’s case, the “Digital Event”).

-Another Street Fighter V character reveal.

With word that Street Fighter V is scheduled for a March 2016 release, it’s a good bet that Capcom will be revealing most of the game’s cast at various events. As such, I’m sure there’s going to be at least one character reveal at E3 (with it quite possibly happening during the Sony press conference).

MICROSOFT:

-Something Battletoads related.

Between Phil Spencer sporting a Battletoads t-shirt at the Windows 10 event in January and the characters appearing in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, there’s been a number of hints suggesting that the cult classic by Rare will be getting a revival of some sort. Could the long-awaited announcement of a new Battletoads game happen at E3? It’s likely.

-Garden Warfare 2 is a timed exclusive for the Xbox systems.

A few days ago, Popcap Games provider a teaser for the upcoming sequel to the FPS spin-off of Plants vs. Zombies, with the full reveal happening at the Microsoft press conference on Monday. Given how the original game was a timed exclusive for Xbox systems in terms of console gaming, we can probably expect a similar thing happening with the follow-up game.

SONY:

-A new (i.e. not "Remastered") God of War on PS4.

Last year, I predicted that at the Sony press conference, at least one major Playstation franchise would have a PS4 game announced at the event, which happened in the form of LittleBigPlanet 3 and Uncharted 4. With God of War III getting a remastered PS4 version later this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s setting things up for a brand new God of War game for the PS4, with the announcement of the new game being one of the big bombshells at the Sony press conference this year.

-Project Morpheus news.

We’ll most likely be hearing more news about the the VR expansion for the PS4 at E3 this year. Also, if it looks like the project will be getting an official release within the next year, we may end up also getting news about the official name for “Project Morpheus”, a release date, and how much the VR visor will cost.

-A new trailer for the Ratchet and Clank movie.

With the trailer for the new Ratchet and Clank video game inspired by the upcoming movie already making the rounds online, I have a feeling that the next trailer for the Ratchet and Clank movie will be making its world premiere at E3 (especially as something that can accompany the video game-based Sony film, Pixels). If a new trailer does premiere, then you can also probably expect to hear the first soundbite of Paul Giamatti as Chairman Drek (as well as some of the other characters that are being voiced by Hollywood stars instead of the usual Ratchet and Clank voice team).

NINTENDO:

-Little to no news about the NX.

In the weeks leading up to E3, Nintendo has stated that they’re not planning to have news concerning their next system, the NX, at the show. While there’s still a chance we may get some NX information during E3, I have a feeling that it will either be a brief item at the end of the Digital Event or as part of a closed door event. This prediction is based on both the reveals of the PS4 and Xbox One (which, instead of E3, were revealed at special press conferences specifically focused on them) and the disastrous reveal of the Wii U at E3 2011 (which not only left people confused about what it was supposed to be, but also gave off the impression that Nintendo was already beginning to abandon the Wii).

-Holiday 2015 Amiibo news.

With Europe and Asia getting the next wave of Amiibo figures when E3 ends (and hopefully, I’ll be getting the Palutena and Zero Suit Samus figures before Otakon weekend), you can expect news about the next wave of figures at E3. While the remaining regular Smash Bros. characters are pretty much guaranteed (especially Falco, to coincide with Star Fox Wii U), rumors suggest that we may also be seeing the DLC Amiibos and Mii Fighter Amiibos to be revealed as well. Also, with word that there’s Amiibo IDs reserved for all the Pokemon, we may get the the official announcement of something Amiibo-related involving the franchise (not sure if it will be figures or if Pokemon will go the same route as Animal Crossing and be card-related).

-DLC News for Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, and/or Splatoon.

With Nintendo finally realizing the potential of DLC when done right (as seen with the success of the Mario Kart 8 DLC packs, the Mewtwo Smash Bros. fighter, and the regular free updates to Splatoon), we can likely expect more DLC news for those games at E3. Given how there’s a Smash Bros. “Mini Direct” scheduled minutes before the release of new Smash Bros. content (i.e. Lucas, Splatoon costumes, and the long awaited Miiverse stage for the Wii U version), we may get some news about future Smash Bros. DLC (i.e. the third DLC character, possible new stages) there. Meanwhile, news about new Splatoon features (and, if any, new additions to Mario Kart 8) will likely be revealed as part of the main “Digital Event”.

-A new title in either the Metroid or F-Zero franchise.

One prediction that I got wrong the previous involved news pertaining to a new Metroid game. This year, not only am I making the same prediction (especially with word that the latest Retro Studios project will be announced at the Digital Event), but I’m also adding another possible title to the list in the form of F-Zero.

-Star Fox Wii U news.

It’s a given that part of the Nintendo “Digital Event” will focus on the Wii U version of Star Fox. As for what will be announced (besides release date), given how the main game is supposed to be episodic (with a mixture of main missions and side mission), I have a feeling that there will be decent amount of playable characters in the main portion, while we’ll probably be seeing some elements from the Project Guard demo (from last year’s E3) in one of the side missions.

-More information on Hyrule Warriors 3DS.

On Wednesday, a trailer for a 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors debuted, with the initial features consisting of the ability to switch between characters during battle and a pair of new playable characters with Tetra and Daphnes (aka the King of Red Lines) from The Wind Waker. We’ll very likely learn more about the game (as well as some other new features in the game) something during the events of E3.

-Gamecube Virtual Console.

With Nintendo 64 and DS finally arriving to the Virtual Console this past April, the only previous generation system (besides Virtual Boy) left to receive the Virtual Console treatment is the Gamecube, with E3 Week being a good time to finally see these games make their Virtual Console debut. Even if there is no news for Gamecube games appearing on the the Virtual Console, I still have a feeling that there will still be at least one major Virtual Console game coming out E3 Week. As for said game, these are the likely candidates:
  • Star Fox (to coincide with the reveal of Star Fox on Wii U);
  • Mother 3 (to coincide with Lucas becoming playable in Smash Bros.);
  • A game that is associated with one of the announcements Nintendo makes during their Digital Event.


-An announcement of some sort at the Nintendo World Championship (either the pre-show or the event itself).

Considering that there’s a half-hour Treehouse Live before the big event and the events of The Wizard (in which the final game in the film’s video game tournament gave many Americans their first glimpse of Super Mario Bros. 3), there’s a chance that Nintendo may have some sort of news item revealed during the event. This could be anything: a first look at new features in Mario Maker; new Splatoon content; a competitive version of the Legend of Zelda; heck even a new game altogether. One thing’s for sure: what Nintendo has in store for the NWC has definitely gotten my attention (with me having to scramble my Sunday schedule due to it).

SQUARE-ENIX:

-No new concerning Kingdom Hearts III.

With Final Fantasy XV not being part of what Square-Enix has planned for E3, people are speculating that we may get some Kingdom Hearts III news instead. I hate to burst that bubble, but I have a feeling that Square-Enix will not have any news for that game as well, especially with the the Japanese version of D23 (a major expo of all things Disney) later this year (similar to how the information pertaining to the upcoming Marvel movies are being saved for the main D23 show instead of Comic-Com.

-American release for various Dragon Quest titles for Wii U and 3DS.

Between the upcoming 30th anniversary of the franchise, the American release of Dragon Quest Heroes (a game that I definitely plan to buy this fall), and the lack of news concerning Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III to appease the JRPG’ers, I can see Square-Enix announcing a stateside release of at least one Nintendo-based Dragon Quest game. While I’m not too sure about Dragon Quest X finally being released outside of Japan (although the recent release of “Version 3” could help in this situation), I think Theatrhythm: Dragon Quest game will be out in America before year’s end (especially when you consider how there was only a difference of a few months between the Japanese and American releases of the Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy games).