NINTENDO AT E3 The critical consensus of late is that Nintendo, the gentle giant of the games industry, has built its fortunes by playing to the common man, rather than the hardcore gamer. That's all well and good if you're an investor, but it doesn't make for particularly exciting E3 presentations. This year, however, we think things are going to go a little differently. The Wii is well entrenched in the marketplace; the DSi will have been on sale for a couple of months and the DS should, by then, have broken the Game Boy's 100 million unit install base. All up, this year should see the start of an influx of slightly more gamer-centric releases, starting with the long-rumoured Kid Icarus Wii announcement, as well as DSi-compatible games and a major key franchise release – we're tipping Pokemon below. What's in store for Nintendo at E3 2009? 95% - Kid Frickin' Icarus Our thoughts: Here's this title, right, that nobody under the age of 20 would probably know about – and it was only ever on the original Nintendo Entertainment System – but it left an indelible impression on players decades later. Kid Icarus is ready to drop – and we're putting it at number one on our E3 predictions list. 90% - DSi compatible or specific games: 90% - Pokemon Our thoughts: Pokemon, like no other franchise on a handheld, sells systems. All it would take is a DSi-focussed, fully-fledged Pokemon adventure to make this handheld a must-purchase. 85% - Mario Our thoughts: Mario games are becoming less and less of a must-have at launch. However, the brand still holds just as much weight – if not more – as it did back on N64 days and earlier. A DSi game would make a heck of a lot of sense –and it's been a while since New Super Mario Bros... 65% - Smash Bros Our thoughts: Surely, after three successful console versions and even a fan-made flash game, a handheld version is in the works. The DSi seems as good a choice as the DS itself – but will it happen? 50% - Kirby Our thoughts: Arguably a fanboy favourite, Kirby's adventures are endlessly creative and entertaining. We're giving this a 50/50 shot for DSi at E3. 20% - Metroid Our thoughts: Don't hold your breath, but it could happen – a true 2D, DSi-enabled sequel with downloadable levels and content. Hey –we can dream, right? 80% - MotionPlus Incorporated into Wii Remote, Packed In Our thoughts: At this stage, we've all seen the dongle – but we're guessing that Nintendo R&D has a version of the Wii Remote with this sucker built in. It's totally possible that it'll come packed in with a version of the Wii retail unit from day one, too. 80% - More DSi-to-Wii Interaction Our thoughts: The DSi's Wi-Fi connectivity is itching to be used by the Wii and vice versa. We're tipping that Nintendo's going to have some pretty nifty demonstrations on hand, powered by new games for both platforms. 75% - New Channels, 4Kids Pokemon Eps streaming Our thoughts: Probably an easy one – there might be new channel announcements for Wii and we're speculating that it could revolve around media streaming. A good guess might be a 4Kids Entertainment agreement that could stream Pokemon 24/7. Or we could be completely off the mark. 70% - DSi-specific Channels Our thoughts: We're sure it's coming – but it's a matter of when. Like the Wii, we're guessing a handful of news, weather and Nintendo channels are on the way. Will Wii owners see a new MotionPlus-enabled Zelda at E3? 60% - New Wii Zelda Our thoughts: It's been a few years – time to lift the lid on the next Zelda, in video form only, but with a Christmas 2009 or early 2010 release date. Again, it's in the works – but will this E3 hold the big reveal? 50% - MotionPlus Delayed Our thoughts: There's a 50/50 chance that MotionPlus is going to be delayed. Despite EA recently demoing the technology for a title due in April, there hasn't been a single murmur from Nintendo about Wii Sports Resort or any other MotionPlus title– and that's worrying. Long-shot Predictions: 40% - GTA for Wii Announced Our thoughts: Off the back of incredible critical and fan success with GTA: Chinatown Wars for DS, it would make a lot of sense for a division of Rockstar to be hard at work on a Wii Grand Theft Auto. However, it really depends on whether Rockstar are concerned about the demographics for the Wii... 2% - Wii DVD Playback Our thoughts: It'll be a cold day in hell. A cold, cold day.