So, it’s January of a new year. Do you know what that means?
It means video game prediction time! So welcome to our 2015 gaming predictions, where we look into a (non existent) crystal ball and try and see what the future holds for Nintendo, gaming, and everything else related to the topic.
To make it a bit easier to read, I’ll seperate the post into two sections; Video Game Predictions (which refers to predictions about games and console hardware), and Video Game Culture Predictions (which refers to predictions about video game culture, fandom, fan works and the media). And hence with that all said, let’s begin the list!
Video Game Predictions
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will not save the console
Yes, I said it. The Legend of Zelda Wii U will not be the killer app the Wii U needs to succeed.
Why? Because let’s face it. Up til now, Nintendo fans have kind of predicted that every game Nintendo was releasing was going to be ‘the one’ that turns the consoles fortunes around.
Super Mario 3D World…
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze…
Mario Kart 8…
A little, but also really nope
Super Smash Bros for Wii U…
Eh not really.
Zelda won’t change this. Even the best games in the series sold about 7 million copies or so, and that was with the all time classic called The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. The Wii U really needs a 20-30 million copy game, and unfortunately, Zelda isn’t it.
Metroid will get a revival
It’s been due one since Other M was released back in 2010 or so, and now with the Wii U needing more games, it seems like it’s time for Nintendo to revive Metroid again. Personally, I’m predicting a game by a new developer (aka not Retro Studios) and in a style we’ve never seen before.
Nintendo announces 3DS successor
Yes, the New Nintendo 3DS is being released. But do you know what else is seemingly getting closer?
A brand new handheld system for Nintendo, complete with whatever new hardware and gimmicks are included this time. I mean, we already know there’s a special hardware chip being made for a new gaming system due to be announced in the foreseeable future, and the 3DS is already seeing its basic models discontinued… so perhaps this all links together? Perhaps the big announcement is a Nintendo 4DS or whatever to be released in 2016, along with whatever new games Nintendo has in mind to go with it.
New Character DLC announced for Super Smash Bros 4
Sakurai may have said there were no plans beyond Mewtwo, but hey, no plans doesn’t exactly confirm that Nintendo’s never going to make something. It’s just something they say to cover themselves so that people don’t take their words out of context.
Above: Mewtwo, just the first in a long line up of Smash Bros DLC characters?
Practically speaking though, I think we’ll see some new characters announced as DLC in 2015. I mean, the evidence for a second character select screen is already in the game card/disc (see the icons on this post), and Mewtwo acts as a sort of precedent that it’s possible…
We’re sort of merging this site with the relaunched Talk Nintendo/Nintendo 3DS Community soon.
Because as far as activity, promotion, etc goes, running one site with both news, a forum and other features is just better than trying to split the stuff over two seperate websites that people have to keep flicking between. Add how the forums currently duplicate much of the news over there in the form of announcements, and to be honest, it wasn’t working out too well.
So yes, a quick heads up. More to the point, the following changes will be made to this site when that upgrade occurs:
The Nintendo 3DS Daily domain name will redirect to Talk Nintendo, since the sections won’t need a seperate domain any more. If you’ve bookmarked any of the links here though, you’ll be happy to know to know that this change won’t break them; it’ll merely redirect you to the equivalent page on the new domain (as it should do).
The site’s focus will move away from being 3DS specific. Yes, it’s already basically a general Nintendo site as it is, but it’ll become a bit more general when this change occurs.
Somehow, the affiliates on this site and Talk Nintendo will be merged. No idea how, maybe a short list of important ones (like Gamnesia, Zelda Informer, Zelda Dungeon, etc), a few additional major ones we’re affiliating with soon (Mario Fan Games Galaxy, SMW Central) and then the rest in a drop down menu or something that doesn’t use a ton of space.
The style will be made consistent over both sites. In other words, it’ll change to a hopefully more modern style for both the news/articles part and the forums.
Either way, we thank you for visiting Nintendo 3DS Daily, and we hope to see you on the redesigned Talk Nintendo site shortly. Hopefully the new site is a lot better and more usable than this one is today.
No, I’m not joking. Here’s a video showcase for Super Mario 64 HD, a fan made remake of the classic using 2014 quality production values:
Honestly, I have no words for how impressive this game looks and feels. I mean, the graphics are good enough that they actually look like something Nintendo would have in a Wii U title. The music? Well, it’s about as epic as the remixes from the Mario Galaxy series, based on what I can hear in the trailer.
And it makes me wish that Nintendo would go ahead and publish this game as an actual product. Because damn, Super Mario 64 needs another remake, and this one seems like just the ticket. Put that on the eShop, and I’ll be buying it day one.
What do you think of this awesome looking Super Mario 64 remake? Impressive for a fan made project?
Oh wow. Some Wii game hackers have actually managed to make the game work over the internet, turning the game’s otherwise limited co-op multiplayer into something that could be a whole lot more useful. Here’s a video:
Made by MrBean35000vr (maker of many, many awesome Mario Kart Wii hacks involving custom tracks) and Chadderz, the hack can also be modified or tweaked to work with any Wii game with a local multiplayer mode in order to make it playable online. Want to play through Smash Bros Brawl’s co-op modes with friends in another country? Have a Donkey Kong Country forum and want to play Returns in co-op mode with the members? Interested in seeing how Co-star mode in Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 would work with someone in a completely different part of the world?
Well, it seems like you’ll soon be able to do just that. It’s supposedly meant to be a ‘generic patching engine’ that can add online multiplayer functionality to any game with a local multiplayer mode, meaning that the Wii’s online library could theoretically double or triple in size overnight! Oh, and did I mention that this isn’t affected by the server shut down? So that this hack these people have been working on, still works without the presence of Nintendo’s wifi servers?
So yeah. This has got to be the most awesome Wii hack ever made, and it could very well revive interest in the console altogether. What do you think of this online multiplayer hack for New Super Mario Bros Wii, or the possibility of playing any local Wii multiplayer game with other people over the internet?
Well, isn’t this news going to get the rumour mills going? Apparently, Devinder Kumar of microchip maker AMD has announced that the company is working on a chip for a console that’s due to be released in 2016. A quote:
The design wins are interesting because the funding, the R&D dollars for customizing the parts for the products to our customers is precisely pre-funded by the customer and like I said the workload is started and we are spending the money and the resources and the work to go ahead and design the parts to be introduced sometime in 2016.
We didn’t say at which space it is in. I’m not going to give too much detail. I’ll say that one is x86 and one is ARM, and atleast one will be on gaming, right. But that’s about as much as you going to get out me today, because the customers from the standpoint to be fair to them. It is their product. They launch it. They announce it and then just like the game console or the parts you find out that its AMD’s APU that’s been used in those products.
That’s interesting enough, but look at the facts a minute. What companies already use AMD chips in their consoles?
Sony and Microsoft. Chips by this manufacturer can be found in the PS4 and Xbox One.
Which one doesn’t?
Nintendo. This opens up a few intriguing possibilities for what hardware the chip could be used for. Here are some possibilities:
1. Nintendo is releasing a Wii U replacement in 2016
First up, the obvious. Nintendo knows the Wii U is failing, they know the third parties like to use different console hardware as a reason to not support the Wii U… so they’ll just gonna replace the old system with one that’s more on par with the PS4 and Xbox One.
It’s an interesting idea, but it’s hard to tell how likely it’d all be. On the one hand, we don’t really know of many Wii U games planned for 2016 and beyond, do we? So on that front, it’s possible that development of games beyond Zelda U and Xenoblade Chronicles X has been shifted to a new system and Wii U development tossed aside in the process.
One issue does arise with the idea of Nintendo giving up on a console platform in just a few years or so (the argument being that less than about 5-6 years will cause a lack of faith in the company and their products), but I’m not sure that’s a massive issue. I mean, the Virtual Boy got scrapped in way less time than the Wii U did… and no one gave up on Nintendo because of it.
And while four years would be a bit short for a generation, it’s not that ridiculous. I mean, add another year or two of minimal support (like the DS or Wii got while the 3DS or Wii U was being first sold) and you’ve got a fairly standard console lifespan, especially in these days of quicker moving hardware upgrades and what not.
So that’s possibility 1. That the Wii U’s successor is being introduced in 2016 and will use this chip. But that’s not the only possibility…
It’s not necessarily Pokemon related, but a comment from Tetsuya Watanaba from Game Freak does seem to indicate that the company has a new game ready to announce within the foreseeable future. Here’s his comment on the mystery game, as taken from a Japanese developer survey:
We’re doing a lot of different things with respect to our next project, so right now we’re focusing on getting ready to announce it. We sincerely hope from the bottom of our hearts that it’ll be worth checking out once we get to that point.
Now, I’m not one to make snap judgements… but that definitely sounds like Game Freak have been working on a new game and are about to announce it at the start of the new year.
But what game could it be? Well, I have some ideas, so check them out after the break! (more…)
Back in August 2012, we wrote an article listing ten of the best ever Nintendo fan games then in production. With Mushroom Kingdom Fusion, URA Zelda and Chrono Resurrection all there, we thought we had everything.
But we were wrong. Since then, yet more amazing Nintendo fan games and hacks have started and finished development. We’ve seen major 3D Mario platformers on par with Mario 64 and Galaxy series. We’ve seen the Mother get a fan made sequel in the form of Mother 4. Newer Super Mario Bros Wii has impressed the hell out of everyone and proved better than most actual 2D Mario platformers of recent years.
So here’s round two. Here are ten more fantastic Nintendo fan games that rival even the official material! Hope you enjoy the list!
1. Super Mario Fusion Revival
Well, you knew it was coming. Let’s start the list with Super Mario Fusion Revival, perhaps one of the best 2D Mario platformers of the last decade. Made as a spinoff of Mushroom Kingdom Fusion by original developer JudgeSpear2 (due to dissatisfaction with the crossover heavy direction of the previous game), it’s a traditional Mario style platformer that has Mario and friends explore strange and realistic looking worlds with all kinds of bizarre enemies and concepts. Here are some videos showing it in action:
As you can see, it’s pretty impressive. What’s more, this game actually manages to use concepts from about fifty million different games and yet make them feel like they all belong in the same adventure. Those graphics and songs and sound effects and things? All from more games that you can possibly think of, yet they’re all used together in such a way that the game never feels like a random assortment of parts and crossover objects (ala Mushroom Kingdom Fusion or Brutal Mario). Add some really well done (and mostly fair) level design, and you’ve got a game which is surprisingly solid in all aspects. A definite great fan project.
2. Newer Super Mario Bros Wii
Next, a game a lot of people have asked me to mention on this site. Yes, I’m talking about Newer Super Mario Bros Wii, the full length New Super Mario Bros Wii hack that everyone was raving about a few years ago. Here’s the trailer:
So why does it deserve to be here? Well, look at the trailer. It’s got custom enemies (like the Angry Sun), custom power ups (like the Hammer Suit), custom bosses, new and interesting level and overworld designs… it’s near enough the quality of a Nintendo developed game, and is at the point that they could probably release it on the eShop and get people to pay about 20-40 dollars for it.
It’s also been released, a rather impressive feat for a fan project of this scale and polish (most get cancelled pretty quickly). You can find a link to download it in the sources list at the end of the article.
3. Project M
Another heavily mentioned game here on Nintendo 3DS Daily, Project M is an interesting fan project. Namely, it’s a full blown redo of Super Smash Bros Brawl that basically changes it into a clone of Melee down to even the physics engine! Here’s a trailer showing it in action:
Pretty cool huh? And it gets even better. Not only did they remake the engine of Melee, but they also added the characters and stages from Melee as well! Roy and Mewtwo are now playable, Princess Peach’s Castle and others are now stages you can select… it’s pretty much turned Brawl into the ultimate Super Smash Bros title.
And if you want something new? Oh look, they added Skyloft from Skyward Sword as a stage, just like it is in the new Smash Bros for Wii U:
One of the most impressive Smash Bros mods ever made, and oh so very worthy of this list.
4. Paper Mario 3D Land
So we’ve got Newer Super Mario Bros Wii and Project M. What else could be as cool as those?
Well, say hello to Paper Mario 3D Land, a very interesting Mario fan game that meshes together Paper Mario and Super Mario 3D Land to give a full blown 3D Mario experience on the PC. The obligatory trailer:
As you can see, it’s more than merely impressive; it’s basically what Paper Mario Sticker Star should have been. And it’s actually out now!
5. A Tribute to Donkey Kong Country
Mentioned on our blog just a few weeks ago, we couldn’t possibly go without mentioning this amazing Donkey Kong Country platformer. As you can see from the trailer below, it’s an interesting merger of the SNES games and Wii/Wii U ones, with the best bits of both merged into a single whole:
Did we mention it’s all being done by just one person? That the whole video above (and game itself) is the work of a single dedicated individual rather than a whole team of experts? Yeah, A Tribute to Donkey Kong Country is impressive in more than its content.
If you haven’t seen all the videos on Youtube yet, Five Nights at Freddy’s is an interesting horror game where the player plays as a security guard at a Chuck E Cheese style restaurant and has to avoid being murdered by all the killer animatronics roaming around. Differentiated by the lack of control the player gets in dealing with the enemies (they can only stay in the office, check the cameras and close doors), it’s a pretty tense experience that’s gotten many people calling it the best horror game of the generation. Here’s a trailer for the second game, in case you still need to see it for yourself:
But while the games themselves are pretty popular and all that, they’ve got me thinking. And do you know what I think?
As quite a few Nintendo fans now know, there have been an awful lot of cool things found hidden in the files for their classic games. Arwings in The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Yoshi Eggs and Blarggs in Super Mario 64, a whole train system that never got used in Super Mario Sunshine… to some degree it seems like the beta versions of the games are more interesting in terms of content and game mechanics than the ones we actually got to play!
But that’s only the well known stuff. Oh sure, you know about the original game over screen in Luigi’s Mansion. Or the unused enemies in Super Mario Sunshine. But did you know that Mario was going to be playavle in Luigi’s Mansion as well? Or that Wario Land 4 has a whole unused song with full lyrics and an extremely cool tone to it? We didn’t think so, and with that said, here are six more interesting things hidden away in Mario games. Hope you find them interesting!
6. Whacka was a Paper Mario Enemy
But did you know that he was meant to attack the player? That presumably, if you attacked him too much, he’d get angry and attempt to kill Mario and co?
Yes really. Behold, some interesting tattles for him that people have found hidden away in the original Paper Mario game:
This is a Whacka. That Bump on his head looks like a donut hole.
You probably shouldn’t have hit him so much. He looks a little peeved.
What’s more, these weren’t found with all the ‘character’ tattles (so not overworld ones), but were located in the area reserved for enemy descriptions. So yes, he really was intended to be an enemy at one point.
It’s an interesting idea, but it got canned for unknown reasons. Perhaps Whacka being all defensive would justify a player’s decision to attack them?
5. Hotel Mario’s (even more) Horrible Cutscenes
Think Hotel Mario was bad enough as it is? Well, you’re wrong. Not only did the foreign language versions of the cutscenes suck badly enough to make the English ones look competent by comparison, but the beta versions actually made even THEM like good as well! Have a listen to Mario and Luigi’s French voices…
Pretty bad huh? Well, it gets worse in the beta. Behold the early version of Mario and Luigi’s conversation after defeating Roy:
Above: Charles Martinet? Nah, this is how Mario and Luigi should sound!
Or for something worse than that… here’s not at all Mario explaining the game in the most boring monotone you can imagine:
Above: I’m getting paid minimum wage for this… screw it, I’m off for a beer.
Yeah… it’s a good job they didn’t go with THAT voice actor for Mario. People would literally fall asleep playing the game. He’s like Microsoft Sam’s third rate clone!
Kind of makes you appreciate the actual Hotel Mario voice actors and actresses, doesn’t it?
4. Mario Kart Super Circuit Had Fuzzies
Remember those from Yoshi’s Island? The enemies that caused Yoshi to act like he was on a drug trip?
Well, it turns out they were intended to be in Mario Kart Super Circuit too! They’ve been found in the graphics bank for Sky Garden, and presumably acted like they did back in Yoshi’s Island. Here are the sprites for them as taken from the game’s files:
Driving while high as a kite Mario? Seems a bit dangerous if you ask me!
Not in the sense that Nintendo’s ideas for them aren’t good, but in the way that the media has made such a big deal of them all?
Because to be honest, I’m getting sick of all the broken Amiibo stories. I mean, Samus with two cannons, Marth with two swords, Peach with no legs… it’s like every flaw the damn Amiibos get becomes the day’s press for every Nintendo website on the internet.
Above: Yet another ‘defect’ example picked up by the press…
And the other stories about them are getting overdone as well. New set of Amiibos announced and coming soon! Amiibo of another character is exclusive to Gamestop or some other store! Amiibos unlock content in this third party game or another!
It’s just getting a bit old really. And do you know what it reminds me of?
The Irate Gamer and his endless Skylanders coverage. Every week, a new video about Skylanders, while other gaming news gets tossed to the sidelines. And now with Nintendo having their own version of Skylanders in the form of Amiibo… it’s like they’ve turned the Nintendo world into the equivalent of the Irate Gamer. It’s depressing, and takes away from much more interesting news and articles.
Above: See all the Skylanders? That’s like a Nintendo site and their Amiibo coverage…
But what do you think? Are Amiibos taking over the Nintendo world too much? Are they being focused on by gaming sites to the exclusion of more important stories?