Because as we all know, this is something that absolutely no one has said yet, right? That in a world filled to the brim with sequels to existing franchises and Call of Duty clones, that originality is becoming rare? Well thank you for stating the obvious!
Here it is in Miyamoto’s own words:
This year, the majority of what the other developers exhibited was bloody shooter software that was mainly set in violent surroundings or, in a different sense, realistic and cool worlds. Because so many software developers are competing in that category, it seemed like most of the titles at the show were of that kind.
Oh, I’ve made quite the grand statement, haven’t I? My comment was based upon the fact that I have not been fully satisfied with the inspirations that I have or that other people in the industry have in general. I feel that industry tends, rather than the creator’s individuality and uniqueness, tend to be prioritized. When the people who manage the development budget take the lead in making a game, creators tend to make games that are already popular in the marketplace. Even when there is opportunity for young developers to make something freely, they tend to make similar proposals. I can’t help but feel that the industry has a long way to go. I hope Nintendo will always be a company that aggressively invests in something new – something born from each creator’s individual characteristics.
Still, even with that said, there are a few things I’d like to mention to Miyamoto. Read them in the full post, after the continue reading link!
It was never released in any shape or form (for whatever reason), but thanks to one of their concept artists posting their work online, we can now see some of the ideas they had for the game before it was cancelled! For starters, here’s the design they were going for when it came to Samus Aran herself:
As well as some planned designs for enemies that she would face:
So yeah, looks pretty interesting, doesn’t it? Fortunately for a lot of Nintendo fans however, the game was cancelled. Why was this fortunate?
Because it was likely cancelled in order to focus the company’s efforts on Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. And that was a wise decision, since a new Luigi’s Mansion with all kinds of interesting new ideas and game mechanics is a whole lot more appreciated than yet another Metroid Prime esque game just a few years after a whole other trilogy of them. Metroid fans will probably disagree there, but ah well. Best to have a variety of interesting Nintendo games rather than just reuse the same few series over and over, or to milk the Metroid franchise dry.
But what do you think? Did this cancelled Metroid game look interesting? Would you have bought it had the game ever been released?
Remember the Castlevania series, as it was before Lords of Shadow and the current spinoffs? Or how quite a few people miss those days, wanting a return to the old, Symphony of the Night and Super Castlevania IV days?
Well, it looks like we might potentially see something similar in the foreseeable future. Because at the Keiji Inafune panel at PAX, a certain interesting type of flier was being given out, with a teaser for a new project by ex Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi. If you want to see it for yourself, keep reading!
Yes really. They’re posting up bilboards with advertising for the new Super Smash Bros title on them, featuring various much loved characters battling it out. You can see a preview of one of them in the featured image above, taken straight from Sakurai’s Twitter feed…
Doesn’t that show some Nintendo of Japan’s commitment to making this game sell? Because it’s not often you see videogames get real life bilboard advertising in commonly visited areas, even in Japan.
Yes really. Taken from Nintendomination on Twitter, the roster shown in the picture is apparently the official starting roster for Super Smash Bros 4. In other words, minus the secret/unlockable characters you get later.
And for whatever reason, Wario isn’t shown on it. So now not only do we apparently have a really, really bad amount of Wario series representation in the Smash Bros series, but the main man himself isn’t even one of the characters you start with. Isn’t that just great of Nintendo?
In other news, the starting character roster has apparently now been revealed. I’m just a tad peeved that Wario got completely left out of it. But what do you think about this? (more…)
This probably shouldn’t be much of a surprise for long term Super Smash Bros fans (given that he was a playable character in both Melee and Brawl and had roughly zero chance of being cut from the fourth game), but one of the new trailer confirms that Ganondorf is indeed back as a playable character.
Here’s a screenshot from the trailer proving it, with Ganon being just off screen:
See that small bubble to the right? Yep, that’s Ganondorf right there. No idea whether he has new attacks or anything (he’s never officially shown on screen in the video), but hey, it’s nice to at least confirm that he’s playable in the new Super Smash Bros game.
Are you happy to see Ganondorf return as a playable character?
Well, looks like quite a few interesting things have been happening today, at least as far as Nintendo goes. And to start off the list, we have Shulk’s official announcement as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U.
For those who don’t know who he is, Shulk is the main character in the much acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles title released on the Wii. A popular RPG brought to foreign shores after many petitions to Nintendo to bother to localise it, Xenoblade Chronicles became one of the most well loved new Nintendo titles and IPs of some time, and did extremely well. And so with both a port of Xenoblade and new installment Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to the Wii U, Shulk was deemed important enough to be added to Super Smash Bros.
Here’s the official trailer for his announcement:
But what do we think about this announcement? Well, if you want to find out, then keep reading…
On the official website, in a new section called ‘Music’.
But do you know what’s best of all here?
They actually use music from Mario & Luigi Dream Team! Yeah I know, this site really likes singing that game’s praises. But come on, it’s a game with a soundtrack that was just made to be remixed in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U. Like this:
Or the tons of boss themes from the game itself that sound even better. After all, would anyone not like hearing Antasma’s battle theme remixed in the new Super Smash Bros title?
That aside, there are a bunch of other cool themes that are posted on there, so if you want to see the full list (and listen to them for yourself), click the link below and keep reading!
Remember when Nintendo used to target casual gamers, back in the DS and Wii era? Well, if this statement by Miyamoto is right, it looks like they’ve changed their ways in regards to that, and aren’t going to be aiming any more titles at them.
In Miyamoto’s own words (from an Edge interview). First up, on casual gamers/gaming in general:
These are the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland. Their attitude is, ‘Okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.It’s kind of a passive attitude they’re taking, and to me it’s kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games].
And about Nintendo’s move from targetting them:
Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It’s a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people’s daily lives.
So yeah, that’s sure something. Looks like those Wii generation gamers are Nintendo customers no more, and that the company has finally decided to ignore them altogether.
Okay, I’m officially in shock now. The official Nintendo UK store, has listing for DLC based on Animal Crossing New Leaf and the Legend of Zelda series. As in, Animal Crossing and Zelda characters in Mario Kart 8. No, this is not a drill. I’m not making it up folks, and it’s not a rumour I’ve taken from the internet. This is official. Behold:
Yes, that’s Link from A Link Between Worlds riding a motorbike, as well as both the villager and that assistant character from Animal Crossing, in Mario Kart 8. And in addition to that:
Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Dry Bowser are also new playable characters, And wait, what’s this?
Each pack comes with eight new race courses! So for buying these, you’re getting basically a whole new Mario Kart bolted onto the existing one! Epic win or what?
If you need proof, well, here are the links on the official store:
This is being listed directly on the official Nintendo store. Yes it’s not shown on the home page, but it actually exists on Nintendo’s servers. Nintendo Kart is officially coming, and it will be awesome!
What do you think about Mario Kart 8’s awesome new DLC? That’s coming in 2015?