WiiFit Plus, new Mario or Zelda, other stuff expected at E3

It’s all very well for us to outline our E3 hopes and expectations, but we’re wide-eyed gaming fanboys just like you. Macquarie Research, however, are respected industry analysts and as such should be listened to. They’ve listed their E3 expectations ahead of the event next week, so let’s have a look shall we?

The most eye-catching speculation focuses on Nintendo, with Macquarie predicting a new Mario or Zelda for the Wii as well as the announcement of WiiFit Plus. As detailed in the research firm’s Japanese sector preview, “We understand WiiFit Plus will be launched at E3, which will be sold separately from the board and in a bundle and will capitalise on the 17m existing WiiFit users. We expect Nintendo to learn its lessons from last year and provide more gamer-centric announcements at E3 such as a new Zelda or Mario title for the Wii (in addition to the new Zelda for DS).”

Elsewhere, there are predictions for a PlayStation Portable 2 with a “sliding touch screen” and no UMD, which Macquarie believe will “not be well received.” They also foresee the announcement of the new PlayStation 3 Slim, quite possibly the one we got a sneaky peak at a while back. On the Xbox 360 front, Microsoft are expected to unveil the rumoured motion sensing camera/controller, something that Macquarie amusingly believe will “not take off.” We can’t help but agree.

So not a million miles from our predictions after all. And just to bring the notion home that maybe gamers and high-fallutin’ business analysts aren’t entirely different beasts, the Macquarie E3 predictions end thus, “… while Konami may finally confirm Kojima’s next project,” proving that nobody likes countdowns to countdowns.