Columnist’s E3 2019 Wishlist
It’s almost time for E3 already - can you believe it?! It seems like I was just at MAGFest at January, and now it’s June. Although there are many avenues for gaming announcements, E3 is still the biggest one, and the one that gamers make sure they don’t miss. This year will be a little different, as Sony will not have a press conference for the first time in E3’s history. However, all the other big players - Ubisoft, Bethesda, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Square Enix - will no doubt have some exciting announcements to share with fans.
Here are five things I would love to see announced at E3 this year.
A new Super Mario Galaxy game
It’s no secret to regular readers of this column that the Super Mario Galaxy games hold a special place in my heart. I still cry when I hear Gusty Garden Galaxy (side note: Check out insaneintherainmusic’s jazz arrangement at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbdLWb4r8YM. It’s fantastic).
As much as I loved Super Mario Odyssey, I am still holding out hope for another Galaxy game. Just thinking about a Galaxy game on the Switch makes me giddy. If not a new game, can we at least get a remastered collection of the two games that were released on the Wii for the Switch?
Luigi’s Mansion 3 release date
I was as excited as anyone when Luigi’s Mansion 3 was announced for the Nintendo Switch back in September 2018. Nintendo has confirmed that the game is coming out in 2019, so I don’t think it’s unrealistic to wish for a release date at E3 this year. I absolutely loved Dark Moon on the 3DS, and I’ve been dying to play a Luigi’s Mansion game on the Switch.
Red Dead Redemption + Undead Nightmare Remastered
After playing Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR 2), a prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption (RDR), people are itching to play the first game with updated graphics on current consoles. Right after we beat RDR 2, Jimmy and I fired up our Xbox One to play the first game (yay, backwards compatibility). While it’s still a fantastic game and absolutely worth playing, video games have changed a lot over the past nine years, and the game has definitely aged. For obvious reasons, I’d love to play through the game again on current-gen consoles.
Throw in a remaster of Undead Nightmare (the zombie-themed DLC for RDR) and people - myself included - would lose their freaking minds.
Metroid Prime Trilogy Remastered on Switch
I have a confession: I’ve never given the Metroid Prime Trilogy a chance. I played about 30 minutes of the first game way back when it was originally released, but I just never went back to it for some reason. Obviously my taste in games has changed (since I’m not a 9-year-old kid anymore), and while I could obviously play the games on my GameCube, I’ve been holding out for a remaster on the Switch. I think fans would jump at the chance to play these games in HD on the Switch.
New BioShock game
Rumors of a new BioShock game have been floating around for a while, and I don’t see why 2K wouldn’t be interested in making another game in this insanely popular franchise. The first game will forever be one of my favorite games of all time, and I absolutely think you should play it if you haven’t already. I have really fond memories of playing BioShock Infinite when it first came out in 2013; it was such a magical experience that I feel can only happen during that initial playthrough. I have tried replaying it and I just can’t recapture the feeling I had the first time I experienced the world of Columbia. Whether we are returning back to Rapture or Columbia, or a new setting entirely, I would jump at the chance to play a new BioShock game.