After what was widely perceived to be a weak showing from Nintendo at last year's E3, many fans will be hoping for a change of approach in 2009. Despite the success of Wii Fit and other casual titles, the company's hardcore fanbase is clamouring for games, and there's no doubt that fingers will be crossed for certain key franchises - particularly those involving Link and that chap with the 'tache. We've assembled a list of potential announcements that would make us very happy indeed, using the Tightrope of Realism to cross the Deep Gorge of Blind Optimism. And look! We only fell in once or twice…
A Lightsaber Game with MotionPlus
Now that MotionPlus is effectively here, will we finally see the Jedi game that we've always wanted? This is something we (and a lot of other people) have prayed for since the Wii first surfaced, but the lightweight gesturing of The Force Unleashed didn't exactly fulfil our dreams. A proper lightsaber experience requires precise and responsive control, and MotionPlus could make this happen. It'd be a license to print money, too - but for some reason we're still filing this one under "doubtful to happen".
A Killer App revealed on DSiWare
Our ad guru Chris loves his iPhone. Seriously, you've never seen a man express such love for a shiny tablet with no battery life. Chris reckons that the DSi needs some form of killer app if its new downloadable games service is to work, and we think he may be right. It's probably a mistake to view DSiWare as a direct competitor to Apple's App Store, but there are certainly lessons to be learned. We'd like to see two or three original, eye-catching titles during Nintendo's presentation - products that really show the potential of the service. It'd be great if some gesture was made towards opening the handheld up to bedroom coders, as Microsoft has done with the Xbox Community Network. Admittedly, this is fairly unlikely - but we can dream, can't we?