Well, this is an interesting new project! It’s only in alpha stage so far, but even then, it’s a 3D Luigi’s Mansion sequel for the PC! And what’s even more interesting is this; it’s designed to be a recreation of the beta version of the original Gamecube game.
So things like the old ‘fear’ meter, the beta ghosts, the area designs from old trailers… they’re all planned to be in there! So if you want to see more of this interesting (and very impressive looking) project (made by fan developer starscratcher from Mario Fan Games Galaxy and Luigi’s Bigger Mansion), click the link below and keep reading!
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?
However, it does support C Stick controls, meaning that anyone with a New Nintendo 3DS can use the second analogue stick on the system to quickly and easily pull off Smash Attacks and stuff, like in the last two games in the series. Confusing eh?
Above: Not supported in Smash Bros for 3DS
So what’s the reason for this? Hard to say, but it’s likely that Nintendo are doing this to try and ‘persuade’ people to buy one of the new machines and move away from the existing 3DS consoles. After all, what better way to drive sales than to make it so anyone with the new console can do better at playing Super Smash Bros?
Yeah, we know it’s become a bit of a cliche to bash this game. But do you want to know how unpopular Miyamoto’s changes were?
Japanese gamers are calling it kusoge because of them.
No, I’m not kidding. A popular wiki there listing such games (kusoge means infamously bad games deemed utterly broken in every way) actually lists Paper Mario Sticker Star as an example, complete with what must about 10 pages of complaints about the design, story, characters, concepts and just about everything else. What’s more, they’re the same complaints as those brought up by Western fans of the Paper Mario series, indicating that just about everyone agrees that the changes made were for the worse.
Want to see what else they had to say about this game? Here’s a link…
But what do you think? Kind of fitting that even Japanese fans of terrible games count Sticker Star as a potential example of one?
And in case you’re wondering, yes they do come with a very nice statue of Groudon or Kyogre. Kind of like the ones included with the Nintendo UK Store editions, except arguably even cooler still. So here they are, here are the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire pre order bonuses that have been announced for Japan:
They also come with download codes for various items. Nothing special though, the items in question are 12 Quick Balls (which I assume aren’t particularly difficult to attain through other means) and 100 potions (for the people who really, really like getting a ton of free low quality ‘medicine’). There’s also a Double Pack with both games, which is pretty neat (Pokemon is the one series of games in which getting two versions of the game at once is a good deal).
Still, the statues look like pretty nice freebies, don’t they? Let’s hope something similar gets given away with the games in the US and other regions!
Well, the Japanese packaging for the game has been revealed anyway. And as you can see in the picture, it looks absolutely fantastic. Lively, filled with pictures of the different alternate designs, non minimalistic in the nicest way possible… It’s actually a really nice box for a videogame system!
But what will Nintendo do outside of Japan? Well, we don’t know to be honest, but let’s hope they take inspiration from this box art and don’t just use Apple style minimalism all over again.
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.
Well, this is certainly a smart way to take advantage of the new system! Apparently, the makers of the upcoming 3DS homebrew channel are not going to release the exploit used until the New Nintendo 3DS comes out, so that they get a way to look at how the new system works before it’s patched.
Here’s the reasoning as explained by lead dev Smealum:
I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away. This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.
Either way, the 3DS Homebrew Channel thing is going to be coming in 2015 now, rather than the 2014 release date previously predicted.
Yes really. You get to buy two copies of Super Smash Bros for 3DS in one box. No, not a copy of Smash Bros 3DS and one for Wii U. Just two copies of the 3DS version.
So what’s the point of it? Honestly, I don’t have the slightest clue whatsoever. Perhaps they think that certain Smash Bros fans are so desperate for the game they’ll buy two copies of the exact same title because it comes in a fancy little box. Or maybe they think that some people want to buy their friends copies of the same game for no apparently obvious reason. Maybe it’s for website owners so they can give away one copy in a site contest. Either guess is as good as any, and I strongly suspect the marketing team hadn’t really thought this through very well.