Okay, after a week away at E3, we’re back with Straight Shooting! Of course, most of the news is pretty much fallout from last week’s show, and most of it seems centered around the upcoming Wii U, but nonetheless, here is what has come up over the weekend and today.
- Act fast, and you can get some bonus Club Nintendo coins from your free Nintendo 3DS eShop downloads! Well, 3D Classics: Excitebike and Pokedex 3D, at any rate (not the free E3 trailers). Still, not bad!
- Nintendo has posted a new trailer on Twitter for Wii Play: Motion, which comes out this week. And honestly? I’d like to play it.
Want more? Come get more, there are ten individual trailers to go around.
- Destructoid’s Jonathan Holmes talks to the man behind Frogger 3D, Tak Fuji, who shows off the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game’s “eternal challenge” mode, “unique sushi assets,” and his love of classic gaming.
They speak of their love of “Japanese sushi,” but I prefer Italian sushi myself.
…just kidding. I love Japanese sushi, but then, I was unaware there was any other kind… except for maybe that stuff they serve on buffet at Mandarin. But that’s good stuff, too.
Right, so anyway: Frogger 3D with a sushi level, which means we now have our Game of the Year.
- A SEGA executive accidentally (?) spills the beans on when the Wii U will be released: Summer/first half of 2012.
And really, that just sounds so, so very odd to me. A Nintendo console, released before the holidays? Then again, I guess they did just do that with the 3DS…
Well, at least this would mean that if I have to stand in line for it, I probably won’t be freezing again.
- Don’t expect the Wii U controller to be everywhere you want to be– including the bathroom. It appears Nintendo is designing it with same-room gaming in mind.
- There are also many other questions, many of which don’t really have answers. At least, not yet. But for all of my fellow Smash Bros. fans, we’re going to have to find something else to play the latest iterations with, as GameCube controllers (nor anything else from the GameCube) will not be supported.
On the upside? “Theoretical” hard drive.
- No More Heroes 3 on Wii U? “Of course,” says Suda 51, though he concedes there may be a new lead.
Well, that’s alright by me. Travis Touchdown was cool and all, but as long as we aren’t strung along like in Metal Gear Solid 2 or Mega Man X7 and he’s up-front about it, it’s much less of a slap to the face for fans.
- Not strictly Nintendo-related, but Cracked takes a look at the “6 Most Ominous Trends in Video Games.” Some pretty good points here.
- IGN apparently dislikes the idea of the Wii U controller using 3DS-style Circle Pads instead of analog sticks. Frankly, I didn’t have a problem with them, but then, I don’t tend to play shooters, so…
- ScrewAttack gives commentary on the Super Mario World cartoon. Nothing more really needs to be said.
And if more really needs to be said, watch, and then the next time something like this happens, nothing more will really need to be said.
- Okay, let’s face facts: NIntendo probably did not do the best job of delivering their message at their E3 press event. Sure, if you keep abreast of the news and pay attention to quotes like “we are showing our next new console at E3,” then it made more sense.
Clearly, there are many who have not, and so they were left confused as to whether it was just a new controller, or what. Because we all know the Wii is capable of high definition graphics as shown, they just choose not to.
But really, it is a new console, and what you saw in the background was not a Wii, but the Wii U. And the design is “near final.”
Incidentally, I would like to know if it can stand on its side, or if I’ll have to rearrange what passes for my entertainment center to accommodate it.
- The past five years of digital content? That was just the warm-up; Nintendo Company Limited President Satoru Iwata says they have now reached the starting line for digital sales.
…though it appears they may have stumbled slightly at the sound of the starting pistol.
- In relation to that, Nintendo’s Rob Lowe says we can expect a “significantly improved online experience” from the system. Here’s hoping.
- Iwata also talks about a number of other things, including the streaming of content, a lack of 3D, and that the Wii U controller will cost more than the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
That’s actually a curious thing: there has been talk that the system will only support one Wii U touchscreen controller, and Iwata says that it’s crucial one comes with the system. If that’s the case, then would there be much of a market for additional controllers? Something doesn’t quite add up…
- Speaking of controllers, Nintendo revealed that there would be a special gold Wii Remote Plus for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but apparently, we can’t expect a gold Nunchuk, because that would be “too much.”
Personally, I think that lacking the Nunchuk isn’t too much, but rather, not enough. I mean, we already have a gold Classic Controller Pro from GoldenEye 007, and now this. Come on, Nintendo! Coordinate!
- And speaking of Skyward Sword, here are some new story and gameplay details from the demo. I’ll have my own thoughts and impressions posted later this week.
- At some point, Nintendo released their list of release dates for their upcoming titles. Sure, many of them say “Holiday” or somesuch, but at least it’s something.
And it’s also refreshing to know that I’m not the only one who thinks it is at best questionable for them to be releasing Star Fox 64 3D, a game with planes and toppling towers in the first stage, on September 11th. Ten years to the day, at that.
I mean, I’m not going to hate on them for that or anything, but seriously? Did someone actually think this was a good idea? Did they forget to “never forget?”
I just see no good coming of this, and expect that date to change– especially if anyone in the mainstream media takes notice.
- With Mario Kart on the 3DS, Nintendo is aiming to get eight players online at once. This would be an increase of four over Mario Kart DS, and a decrease of four versus Mario Kart Wii, which I believe is all for the better.
12 was just too many, I think, especially when you throw Blue Shells and the like into the mix.
- Want a comparison between the 2D and 3D versions of Cave Story? Then Jonathan Holmes is the man to talk to.
- Six games are currently being worked on for the 3D Classics line, though which ones remain unknown.
Official Nintendo Magazine asks which games we’d want to see in 3D. Just because I know I’ll be the only one to say them: Balloon Fight and Urban Champion. And Mach Rider could be pretty awesome, too.
- Don’t expect Nintendo to pull a “Twilight Princess” when it comes to the release of Skyward Sword. This one’s remaining a Wii title.
- While the controller may be a little pricey, it appears that the Wii U itself won’t be cheap, but not too expensive, either.
So, I guess we can still keep one kidney.
- Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai talks a little about what he hopes to do with the integration between the 3DS and and Wii versions. Frankly, I worry this might be a little too much. Having one person with an overpowered character could really hurt the balance and appeal of the game.
In brighter news, he notes that a Capcom character is a possibility for this installment. I guess all of that Mega Man backlash finally got to them.
- Fans of Final Fantasy x Nintendo, rejoice!
- And in today’s edition of “Japan Gets All The Cool Stuff”: New Super Mario Bros. Wii chocolate egg toys.
- Is this a Metroid reference in Kid Icarus: Uprising? Sort of… those familiar with the original game know better, however.
- With the latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword comes the latest analysis from IGN’s Rewind Theater.
- There has been some question about the quality of the visuals of DS games when played on the 3DS, but has the latest firmware update remedied this somehow?
- Two days ago, the Game Boy Advance celebrated its tenth birthday, and GamesRadar celebrates by reposting their 20 favorite games.
And is there a better way to close out than that? I can’t think of one. Be sure to check back tomorrow for more E3 impressions and another edition of Straight Shooting with the Canada Nintendo Examiner!