As pretty much any long time Zelda fan should know by now, the track record for 2D remakes of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is pretty bad. Indeed, with the past efforts being hampered by everything from supposed cease and desist letters to a faked car crash, the general rule seems to be that not one attempt at the project has gotten past a few months of development.
But now, someone online is making a rather more interesting version of Ocarina of Time 2D. Behold, Ocarina of Time 2D with online multiplayer functionality!
And as you can see, it’s doing pretty well on that front too. It’s got multiplayer online servers you can connect to and play on. It’s got an in game chat function that let you talk to other Zelda fans as you explore Hyrule together. And what’s more, it’s even got a demo you can download! You can find that on the official website right here:
So yes, if you’re a fan of the Zelda series or Nintendo fan games in general, you owe it to yourself to support this project. Let’s see if we can finally get a full blown Ocarina of Time 2D remake out there with the ability to play through the Adult Link dungeons!
Don’t take this as anything more than a rumour as of now, but apparently Banjo Kazooie might be getting a film by the team behind Disney hit movie ‘Wreck it Ralph’. No, really. There’s apparently a rumour going around some gaming convention about it, as shown in these tweets:
There was a rumor floating around at Wondercon about Disney interested in making a big animated Banjo-Kazooie film w/ Microsoft for 2018/19
So yeah. It’s not particularly credible at the moment, but the possibility seems to be there of a Banjo Kazooie film being released in the next few years. Would you want to see Rare’s classic Nintendo 64 series turned into a Disney animated feature? Think it might actually happen?
As every Nintendo fan knows, Nintendo held a (surprisingly real) Nintendo Direct presentation on April 1st this year.
Unfortunately, due to real life reasons (mostly work related), I haven’t been able to comment much on the Nintendo Direct presentation recently. So to make up for that, here are my thoughts on each point made in April 1st’s Nintendo Direct video:
On Mario Kart 8 DLC
I like the stuff shown. The Animal Crossing track looks pretty darn awesome, especially with the whole changing seasons gimmick:
Add Mr Resetti as a Monty Mole replacement (yes really), and Bells replacing coins, and it’s kind of a major win for any Animal Crossing fans out there.
Aside from that, 200cc looked rather cool. I liked how much faster the game seemed to be with it, and from the videos I’ve seen online, it actually makes the game more exciting than just about past Mario Kart title through the increased speed alone. Just look at this and tell me it isn’t awesome:
Maybe Nintendo should go even further. Like, scrap 50cc altogether and have future games start at 100cc. We really don’t need a super easy ‘moron mode’ in future Mario Kart games, especially given how generous the items are.
In Regards to Smash Bros 4
For the Super Smash Bros announcements, I was mostly pretty pleased. Mewtwo seems like a nice enough DLC character:
And Lucas was pretty good too…
But neither of them compared to the best Smash Bros announcement of the Direct. Yes, the character poll.
I absolutely love that idea.
I mean, we’re voting for who we want playable in a Smash Bros game, and after release too. Given Sakurai’s complete unwillingness to use any real logic in picking characters and some of the awesome ideas thought up by the community, I just cannot wait to see what awesome characters get announced thanks to fan votes.
I’ve already voted K Rool, and I’ll have votes up for as many Wario characters as I can before the end of the week. For the sake of Super Smash Bros and Nintendo, I’d advise you all to do the same and go here:
There’s also some stuff about Mii costumes, but I didn’t care much about that. Neat enough designs, but Miis are the least interesting characters ever featured in a Nintendo game.
The game looked decent enough, but to be honest… it doesn’t seem to be the kind of game I’m interested in. Maybe because first person shooters were never really much of a thing for me, and at its core, this game is another FPS.
That said, I hope it does well, if only to see a major new Nintendo franchise in the 21st century (and to see all the ‘Nintendo has no new ideas’ idiots shut up for a minute or so).
As just about every Nintendo fan knows by this point, the company is going through some difficult times. The Wii U’s failing, with sales lagging far behind the competition. The 3DS is doing okay, but isn’t really hitting the same heights as the DS or Game Boy before it. And with each big Nintendo game of the last generation not selling as well as its predecessors, it’s become very clear that Nintendo needs a new strategy fast.
So that’s where the NX comes in. Put simply, this is Nintendo’s chance to get right back in the hardware game. And how can they do so? By following the strategy I’m outlining below.
This is what it will take for Nintendo to come out on top with their next system.
1. No Gaps Between Major Game Releases
Seriously. You know how the Wii U seems to have about one game every few months?
Well, if you want the NX to succeed, you’ll have to buck that trend significantly. So instead of say, releasing Mario 3D World at Christmas, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze in February, Mario Kart in May and Smash Bros in later summer, release all four within about two months. Make it so when consumers go into the shops before Christmas, they are spoilt for choice. Make it so all the kids and parents and whoever else weigh up the options and see Nintendo’s system as having the biggest, best, most interesting games library.
And if you can’t make the games this quickly? Well, announce the NX for a release in about three years time. That should give you plenty of time to get out a new Mario or Zelda game (if you’ve been working on them for a few years already). Just make sure the system’s launch is a massive flood of great games and the yearly calendar doesn’t go more than two weeks without a new blockbuster game.
2. A Multi Million Dollar Marketing Campaign
Yes, the kind of thing Nintendo seems to hate doing at the moment. Basically, take as much money as possible (maybe half of Nintendo’s reserves for the next decade) and blow the entire lot on advertising the hell out of the system via every form of media known to man.
Buy internet ads on big websites, like Youtube, Facebook, Reddit, etc. Buy TV ads in all the major TV shows (maybe right in the middle of Game of Thrones?). Buy ads in sporting events like the Superbowl and World Cup. Have half of every newspaper in the UK and US devoted to saying how great the Nintendo NX looks and how fantastic Super Smash Bros 5 will inevitably be.
Oh, and even some real life promotions while you’re at it. A few ads in places like Times Square. Bilboards lining the streets with scenes from the upcoming Mario and Zelda titles. Events and parties at all the big video game stores and chains. Basically, go as big as possible and make it so no one can go five minutes without hearing how great Nintendo is. You need marketing to make a console successful, and that means spending money on it.
3. The Biggest, Best, Most Crowdpleasing Nintendo Titles
In other words, we need a new Mario game, a new Legend of Zelda game, a new Smash Bros game and a new Wii Sports style phenomenon.
But they can’t just be any new game in the above series.
Oh no, for the NX to do well, they have to be epic. They have to be the kind of game with hundreds of hours of content, top of the line HD graphics and the best orchestrated music that money can buy.
And they need to be deliberately designed to please the crowds.
So for the Zelda game? Make it as realistic as possible with a Lord of the Rings quality feel to it. Make it something like the Twilight Princess trailer, except up to 2016’s standards:
For Mario on the other hand, Nintendo arguably needs to just accept that 2D Mario and 3D Mario are different, and split the franchise accordingly. For the 3D side, go all out with a Mario Galaxy style epic experience:
And for 2D Mario? Scrap the New Super Mario Bros brand altogether and go all out with a Super Mario Bros 3 style classic. New world/level ideas, new power ups, top of the line graphics and music, new characters and bosses… basically, the kind of thing Nintendo fans have wanted for the last decade or so.
Finally, Smash Bros is an easy one. Just make sure its first trailers give a good impression, and don’t skimp on the story mode this time around.
4. Solid Third Party Support
Yes, Nintendo needs third party support. Because while their games are really good, they’re not the only ones that games aren’t going to want to play on a system. Which means they need to get all the well known third party games on their systems.
And do you know what?
That’s going to mean having to pay a huge amount of money for exclusives.
They need to do that.
Pay off Activision to make the next Call of Duty a Nintendo NX exclusive. Pay off EA to make all their sports games NX exclusive. Pay off everyone else so all the new games by Rockstar, Capcom, Konami and Square Enix end up exclusively on Nintendo’s platform.
And then sit back and watch Microsoft and Sony end up in Nintendo’s situation. You know, where a big game comes every six months if you’re lucky and buyers end up with nothing worth spending money on. You’ll soon see the hardcore gamers jump ship to Nintendo’s system. Well, all except the most deluded of them anyway.
5. A Great Online Infrastructure
It’s been mentioned a lot already, we know. But either way, it’s as important now as it ever was.
So get rid of the limited communication in games (and implement some sort of real chat system), add online leaderboards and rankings for more games, make the Virtual Console actually get new games more than once in a blue moon…
And more importantly, fix the damn servers already. The amount of times I played 3DS games and found myself being booted out or having other people get disconnected was beyond ridiculous, especially when it came to the ScareScraper in Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. Invest in decent servers (your new partners DeNA might be able to help you with that), work on making the network structure sound (see the last point) and add the types of online features people actually want in their games.
6. Invest in Indie Games
Notice how all the big break out hits of recent years have been indie titles?
Like Minecraft a couple of years ago, or the Five Nights at Freddy’s series this last year?
Well, take note of this Nintendo. Go out, find upcoming indie talent and offer them a huge pay cheque in order to get them releasing their work exclusively on Nintendo platforms.
Otherwise, you’ll end up in the same situation you were in with Minecraft. Ignoring it for a bunch of tiny Japan only games no one gives a toss about and watching a now huge franchise get snapped up by Microsoft for their Xbox systems.
Above: Nintendo’s biggest missed opportunity of the past decade.
And that’s it. Those are our thoughts on how Nintendo could definitely ‘win’ the next generation with the NX system. Yes it’d cost a lot of money to do this, and yes, it’d be risky as hell.
But do you know what? Risks often pay off, and the biggest companies out there at the moment only did well because they saw an opportunity and immediately jumped on it. So if Nintendo did what we suggest here, they would do well.
You know how a while back a fan made trailer was shown for a potential HD version of Majora’s Mask?
Aka this video below?
Well Pablo Belmonte and Paco Martínez Odewill (makers of that video and many other fantastic looking Nintendo game trailer mockups) have announced a new project they’re working on. It’s called the Iconic Worlds Project and lets players explore the worlds of their past works, like the above mentioned Majora’s Mask remake and their fan ‘sequel’ to The Matrix. Here’s a video showing the idea and how it could work:
Well, it’s been a while since I posted on this place frequently, so I thought I’d tell everyone what’s been going on with the site and what not.
Put simply, Nintendo 3DS Daily is unlikely to remain as a pure Nintendo site. Why? Well, there are three main reasons to be honest:
For one thing, we’re not really as sure of Nintendo’s future as we used to be. Okay, we don’t think they’re doomed or going bankrupt any time soon, but we do worry that their present business decisions are ones we cannot continue to support. Like say, their obsession with trying to get the ad money from Youtube videos about their games, or their move in mobile apps, or their recent Japanese decision to remove TAS and ROM hack videos from Niconico. Or for that matter, their design decisions when it comes to recent Mario games.
Above: Some of the reasons we can’t support modern Nintendo as much any more
So yeah, instead of getting more and more bitter towards a company that seems to be making a lot of bad decisions in recent years, we thought it better to expand our topic and hope that at least a few companies in the market are gonna do things right for the foreseeable future.
Another reason, is branding. Put simply, Nintendo 3DS Daily is too limiting. It implies a certain amount of news or content per day (a bad idea for a site run by unpaid volunteers), and what’s more, it limits the size this site can grow to. A Nintendo only site (just like a Sony or Microsoft exclusive one) limits you to being only moderately popular rather than heights of the bigger news and information sites in the subject area. To hundreds or thousands of visits instead of potentially many times that. It limits your content to only stuff that directly relates to a certain company rather than any other part of the industry you might be interested in.
Above: We didn’t get to talk about the problems with the original Xbox One concept because of the topic, which was perhaps a tad disappointing.
And finally, with Nintendo 3DS Community/Talk Nintendo soon being a thing of the past (the site’s being sold off within the week or so), a new name and focus means we can finally have an integrated website and forum rather than two disparate pages seperated by links and different designs.
Either way, Nintendo 3DS Daily will soon be no more. It’ll be redone as a more general gaming site (albeit still with somewhat of a Nintendo focus) and will have its own forum and other features instead of relying on Talk Nintendo. There will always be a more gamer friendly, content neutral stance, to act as a refreshing counterpoint to an industry that seems to have turned against its own consumers.
Many people have discussed the idea of a Nintendo phone. After all, Nintendo are making apps now, right? So why not make special hardware to go with it? Wouldn’t people want to buy a phone with Nintendo’s games and branding?
To be honest no. Nintendo should not make a smartphone. Not now, and not ever. Why is this? Well, lets have a look shall we?
1. The Market is Too Crowded
Do you know how many Smartphone manufacturers there are?
Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and RIM?
Nope. Hundreds. In fact, Wikipedia lists at least TEN mobile phone makers in Japan alone:
Basically speaking, the smartphone market is about as much of a red ocean as you can possibly get. Pretty much every major company on the planet seems to have a stake in this fight, and about half of them are spending billions in an attempt to compete in the market via flashier and flashier technology and more and more partnerships.
Contrast this to the console wars (where at most, about four or five companies tend to compete at a time), and Nintendo would be seriously outgunned and outnumbered if they tried to win in this arena.
What’s worse, the competition is so fierce that most of Nintendo’s gaming rivals have actually run into difficulty in the market. Microsoft? They actually bought out Nokia in an attempt to compete in the world of mobile phones, yet they still do a distant third or so behind iOS and Android for operating systems and behind many others for actual phone models. Their market share? 2.5%.
Oh, and some of the companies here have money on a level Nintendo could only ever dream of. Apple made about 182 billion dollars in 2014. Google about 70 billion. Nintendo? From what I can calculate based on their profit in yen, closer to half a billion. Financially, they would be massively, massively outgunned by the major companies in the industries.
2. They’d Be Irrelevant with a New Operating System
Secondly, iOS and Android dominate about 90% of smartphones in existance about now. No wait, I was wrong. Apparently it’s even worse.
They account for the operating systems on 97% of phones on the planet.
So if Nintendo were to make a phone with a new operating system? Well, no one would bother supporting it. So the situation would be exactly like that with the Wii U, where third party app support is low on the ground and Nintendo is desperately trying to release another things to keep people buying their system.
And this would be another peril for them. Would they want to go and make their OS with the assumption that no one would bother supporting them for years? Would they want to be the next Windows Phone or Blackberry?
Which would leave them with the alternative; use Android and add a few custom features in. The issue?
Everyone else is also using Android. You’d literally have Google, Samsung, Sony and Nintendo using the same operating system.
And Nintendo wouldn’t control it either. It’s under a specific license (the Apache license, with code based on Linux), major development is done by Google and the Open Handset Alliance (with further proprietary tweaks by companies and groups using it) and most app sales are done through the Play Store (controlled by Google).
That might make Nintendo a bit uncomfortable. They’d have limited control over patches and updates (at least if they want any compatibility with official releases), the app store would pretty much be given over to Google on a platter and many of the features would be the standard ones on any other phone, not Nintendo exclusive replacements. We might see the end of the crappy webfront browser though..
Above: Not what Nintendo would want on an app store…
So yeah, another issue for a Nintendo phone. They’d either have to try and make something new and fight for a completely irrelevant percentage of the market or license some system like Android like everyone else. Or maybe they’d like to work with Microsoft instead?
3. Feature Demands for Phones are Alien to Nintendo
Just minutes after their controversial partnership with DeNA was announced, Nintendo again courted controversy with talk of a new system codenamed the Nintendo NX. But with nothing else known and the console not due to be revealed until 2016… what is it? What is Nintendo actually working on?
Well, we’ve got some ideas. So here they are, our personal guesses to what the Nintendo NX might actually be (based on real evidence):
A Nintendo 3DS Successor
Yes, we know. The Wii U isn’t doing too well, and half the internet seems to think it’s on the way out. But while many seem to think the Wii U is being taken behind the proverbial barn, we personally believe its the 3DS that’s being replaced.
Think about it. It’s been announced in 2010, so that’s been five years since the thing was first announced. That’s definitely been long enough, right? I mean, the Game Boy Advance lasted just three before a successor.
And that New Nintendo 3DS? A nice concept, but let’s face it; it’s not the next big thing. At best, it’s a Game Boy Color or DSi, a system designed to tide over existing fans until something more interesting is released. At worst? A tech concept Nintendo will never make much of a deal about.
Above: This thing will not last more than a year or two. Fact.
So that’s our first theory. That the Nintendo NX is actually a Nintendo 3DS successor, of some kind.
A Combined Home Console and Handheld System
But there’s another interesting possibility as well. Namely, a combined handheld and portable system, like has been theorised about for years now.
And such a concept does have its advantages. For one thing, it means Nintendo gets more games out for a single system that they’d ever have been able to do in the past, since they don’t have to split their time between supporting a handheld and supporting a home system. Which is pretty nice in a world where third parties seem to hate their guts.
Other reasons for such a system include advertising (something which becomes much cheaper with a single system to promote) and the removal of the TV altogether.
Perhaps it’s now the time that a combined Nintendo system might really be on the cards?
A Nintendo Smartphone
Yes, it’s a terrible idea (more in that in a later article). But given the news that Nintendo’s moving into the world of smartphone games, could a new phone be a possibility for them?
I think it could. After all, Nintendo likes making their own hardware as a way to run games not possible anywhere else. And while trying to put Mario or Zelda on the app store could be a definite money spinner, it wouldn’t half compare to what could be made with a Nintendo branded smartphone with its own unique ideas.
That said, it’s not a good idea. But it could be one that Nintendo is considering, however foolhardy the concept.
The Wii U’s Successor
Finally, the idea we very much don’t think we’ll happen. The Nintendo NX as a successor to the Wii U. But hey, I guess in some alternate universe Nintendo will give up on a system in record time, right?
Above: Nintendo aren’t giving up on this thing just yet. It’s floundering, but it’s not dead.
So those are the possibilities for the Nintendo NX? Which one will it be? Is it a handheld, home console or combination of two? Post your thoughts and more in the comments below today!
They’re working with DeNA, a Japanese smartphone app developer known for free to play titles, and are planning to announce their first mobile game by the end of the year.
What do we think?
Well to be honest, we’re not too sure at this point. On the one hand, I guess the market is there, and the talk of their smartphone apps being mere companions to the more full featured ones on their actual systems is nice to hear.
On the other? Well, we’ve already seen free to play shenanigans potentially ruin Pokemon Shuffle, and there’s a definite worry that the 3DS might be poorly affected if Nintendo puts any major titles on the app store. I mean, imagine the damage that could be done if Pokemon games (as in, full installments/generations) were available without having to buy a Nintendo system. Not good.
And given DeNA’s history of free to play titles and manipulative in app purchases, there’s definite skepticism about whether their questionable business practices might start influencing Nintendo.
But yeah, what do you think? It’s happening, and it could be either the best or worst thing to ever happen to the company…
As you probably now know, Nintendo have set up a partner program for people making videos of their games on Youtube. You sign up to their service, agree some revenue split or another, and content ID won’t strike down your ad revenue on Google’s service.
It’s a flawed system, to put it nicely. The list of games is mediocre, leaving out many classics that Nintendo had released over the years (for example, not one Donkey Kong Country game before Returns is on the list). The revenue split is questionable, given how it’s giving Nintendo a ‘share’ for something that just about everyone would agree isn’t actually theirs to take money off of. And it’s only available in certain regions.
So the system kind of sucks. What’s our advice to get round it?
Stop using Youtube.
Okay, that might be a bit difficult. We’ll rephrase that: