As various posts on sites like Doctor Who TV point out, the series has never had much luck in the video game sphere. Indeed, with such abysmal tie in efforts as Return to Earth and the Eternity Clock as pretty much all the representation the franchise gets, you could see it’s kind of been screwed over by just about every development team even attempting to make a game based on it (the Adventure Games are the only good exceptions here).
But then I thought a bit more, and came up with a possible good dev team for it, Next Level Games! And so here’s why the Dark Moon developers should be responsible for the next Doctor Who tie in game…
Thanks to my rather ‘curious’ dog at least. You see, while I was willing to play the game in the near future, to see what the ScareScraper/Thrill Tower would be like with an actual capture card, it seems like my loyal pet just about got to the game first. And oh boy is the damage pretty severe! Keep reading to see for yourself…
As has been previously mentioned here on Nintendo 3DS Daily, 2013 has been an absolutely fantastic year for 3DS games, with all kinds of classics released over the months. But while Pokemon X and Y and The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds are rightfully seen as amazing titles, are Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon and Mario & Luigi Dream Team becoming seen as ‘underrated’ 3DS games?
Personally, I think so. And here’s why each of the aforementioned titles really deserves more respect than it seemingly gets.
Usually, the amount of good games released in a year is fairly low, with just one or two bonafide classics being released alongside a whole ton of lesser titles no one really cares about. But in 2013, it seems things have been… a little different. In fact, I’d say that this year has actually been one of Nintendo’s best ever years for new games, with every month seemingly bringing a new classic! So here’s a nice look back at 2013 and all the fantastic new games that Nintendo released throughout it.
Thanks to a GameStop slip up, a flyer for their upcoming Black Friday shopping event has been leaked online. And guess what? It confirms that the special Link Between Worlds 3DS/bundle will be released in the US, along with a slightly less interesting one for Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon!
Yeah, sales wise these games are doing fantastically so far. For instance, Animal Crossing New Leaf has so far sold over 5 million copies worldwide, which is rather impressive for a 3DS game that hasn’t long been out in regions not called Japan. And Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon is hanging in there too, with a nice 2.7 million copies sold worldwide (for anyone interested, that’s more than the Gamecube game ever sold).
Additionally, when you consider that neither game has even been out a full year in all regions, and you add the inevitable long term sales these games will make over time… you’ve got some fairly impressive numbers.
So, are you happy with how Animal Crossing New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion 2 are selling?
Luigi’s Mansion 2 has a fantastic soundtrack, but do you want to know what the actual composer has to say about it? Well it seems like you’re in luck, since the Nintendo Sheet Music forums have an interview topic where members can put questions to him and have him answer them. There’s a lot of great info about how the game’s soundtrack came to be there, such as…
2. How inspired were you by Kazumi Totaka’s score for the original 2001 Luigi’s Mansion? Was the development team able to collaborate with Totaka for this game?
Well we paid homage to it by remixing “EGadd’s Theme” in a couple of variations. I think that both this game and it’s predecessor fall into the style of classic spooky cliches. We drew a lot on old classic cartoons of which there are probably too many to name.
as well as:
-musicians that inspire you
Wow. That’s a big one. Too many to list, but probably the biggest ones are the guys I get to work with Darren and Mike. Alex our other Audio Director at NLG. These guys are so great to work with and really make the whole process a lot of fun and inspiring!!
In terms of other inspiration (in no order): Miles Davis, Paul Simon, John Scofield, Stravinsky, John Lewis, Mozart, Shoenberg, Elmer Bernstein, John Williams, Michael Giacchino, Sting, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Astor Piazolla, Paco De Lucia, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, …the list is endless as long as it’s good, I get inspired!!
So yes, if you want to read about how the game’s soundtrack came to be, what influences Mr York’s musical style and all kinds of other such neat stuff, check out the topic over at Nintendo Sheet Music today! It’s definitely worth a read!
In fact, the game has apparently been selling so well over here recently that it’s gone back UP the charts to third place. That’s pretty impressive for a game that’s been on the market for about 3 months already, especially one with as ‘non mainstream’ an appeal as Luigi’s Mansion 2. Here’s the top ten best-selling games in the UK:
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As you can see, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Far Cry 3 have done a bit better this week. Lego City Undercover? Not so much.
Above: Luigi’s Mansion 2 is still selling.
And as for Wii U games… yeah, they’re still not charting over here at all. Seriously, even in the full ‘top 40′ games chart, not one Wii U game shows up in the UK. Nintendo’s gonna need to do some more Wii U marketing some time soon, only their 3DS games are selling.