It’s Thursday night, and things… well, things are a bit slow for Nintendo news lately. We do have a few nifty little articles which have gone up in the past couple of days, but as for the latest in what’s happening, here is what we’ve got:
- A pretty big deal has been made about the art of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time over the past few days here on Canada Nintendo Examiner. And all the more interesting is that Nintendo has released a new batch of pictures, a few of which are new! You can check them out here.
- A new trailer is available for BurgerTime: World Tour, and you can check it out here.a
On a related note, the developers have stated that working on it is like a “wet dream.” Insert your own jokes here.
- This isn’t news, but it’s kind of neat. One Kotaku writer reminisces about a special Japanese-only version of his favorite Nintendo console… that wasn’t even produced by Nintendo!
I hope to one day own one of those, but in the meantime, I’ve still got my original from the Christmas it launched.
- Also not news, but the United Kingdom’s Official Nintendo Magazine asked its website readers to share their favorite memories of Super Smash Bros. Melee, and why they think it could be better than Brawl (if they do). They posted some responses, and mine is among them (under the name “LBDNytetrayn”).
Incidentally, I can’t really say I have a true favorite; they all have their ups and their downs.
- IGN thinks that Nintendo dropped the ball with the way the 3DS was launched, and asks whether or not their future plans will make up for it.
It’s pretty subjective, of course, though it does sort of feel like the system started with a bang, and followed with a quiet wind for about a month or so. Dead or Alive Dimensions is coming out, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is coming soon…
Truth be told, I don’t think it’s terrible, and I’m sure as time goes on, this will be all but forgotten (thanks to those “Best/Worst System Launches” lists which tend to come up every time a new one comes out). The Nintendo DS didn’t start out spectacularly, either, and that has become pretty fondly remembered overall.
Still, I will say this: without a big-name Nintendo title, like a Mario or a Zelda (sorry, Pilotwings and nintendogs are great, but they just aren’t the same caliber), the system just feels a little naked. In fact, the overall lineup of games doesn’t really feel like a Nintendo lineup any more than any other system’s lineup of games.
That will change, of course, perhaps even heavily by year’s end. But for now, it just feels like there is something of a hole there, one I look forward to seeing filled, burying the subject once and for all.
- When developing Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, SEGA was considering the creation of a new peripheral to go with it.
Truth be told, I’m a little relieved that they didn’t go through with it… Guitarmageddon is still pretty fresh in my mind.
- I would love to see the “awards/honors” wing of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto’s home. He’s just added another to the list, this time from the Ministry of Education and Science of Japan at their “Art of Encouragement 2010” event.
- From yesterday’s Straight Shooting with the Toronto Video Game Examiner:
So, it turns out that Resident Evil movie director Paul W.S. Anderson doesn’t even play the games. At this point, many would point out that they could already tell just by watching his films.
But seriously, he revealed recently that he actually has professional players go through the games and record them, allowing him to view the footage later. And now you know.
It would seem that Nintendo has installed some serious Digital Rights Management (DRM) software into the Nintendo 3DS to prevent people tinkering with their systems, as they have in the past.
This has upset some people at Defective By Design, who have formed a campaign to “brick Nintendo before they brick you.” Simply put: donate to their cause, and they will send a message of protest to Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime.
And that message consists of bricks. Many of them (over 200, in fact). I doubt he was the one to make the call, but in any case, maybe he could use a new barbeque or patio? At the very least, I don’t think he’ll need to worry about the Big Bad Wolf breaking in for a while.
Another piece from Kotaku looks at when Mario had the best-selling book in Japan.
I’m happy to say that I actually own the English version of the book, which features some pretty unique and rarely-seen art and details. All this time, I thought the “#1 Best-Seller in Japan!” blurb on the front was referring to the game, not the book itself.
Finally, IGN has been putting together a neat retrospective of Nintendo’s past E3 showings. Currently, they are up to 2007, but you can find everything dating back to 2001 by clicking their nifty blue banner.
And that’s it for now! We’ll be back with more next week, but don’t forget to check in with the Toronto Video Game Examiner tomorrow night for news regarding the other guys.