Another new year means another 365-day window of potential and opportunity. There's a whole lot of stuff I'd like to see happen this year in the gaming world, so it seemed only right to lay those items out here as we begin the year. Some of these are definitely happening while others are wild pipe dreams, but if I had all-encompassing total power over the gaming industry, this is what would be coming up for this year.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii). It's only a month or so away from reaching North America. The development blog has outlined a bunch of features I wanted to see included, so I have high hopes for this one (particularly for the single-player Adventure mode). Prepare yourself for my custom levels, too.
Mario Kart (Wii). Mario Kart DS washed the lackluster taste of Double Dash away, so I'm optimistic. Here's hoping the deep driving of the previous games isn't gutted for the sake of the casual audience. Just say no to snaking!
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (DS). I don't expect to actually see it released this year, but I do want Nintendo to at least announce it (and a little hands-on time at E3 wouldn't hurt either).
Star Fox (Wii). Again, not actually expecting this one in stores, but I do want to hear that it's in active development. The potential of the motion controls could help revive the series after the last few lackluster sequels.
F-Zero (Wii). Just let me know that it's on the way. Give me a reason to hang on to the Wii steering wheel after the new Mario Kart has come and gone.
Virtual Console stuff. I don't care about licensing restrictions or rights issues or technical snafus. I want to be able to download Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Super Smash Bros., Star Fox 2 (you heard me), and a version of Castlevania III that supports that super better music originally restricted to the Japanese version of the game.
Wii Ware stuff. Mother 3 / Earthbound 2 in English above all else.
Mega Man 2: Powered Up (PSP). Don't bring me down with poor sales reports of the original Powered Up. If we get no other Powered Up games beyond Mega Man 2 then I won't complain. It doesn't even have to be for PSP necessarily. Just get it done, Capcom!
Ghostbusters (PS3 / 360). Please be good. For the love of Gozer, please be good! Because maybe, just maybe, if it turns out to be a stellar gaming experience and sells very well we can move on to...
Back to the Future (PS3 / 360). A man can dream, my friends. A man can dream.