E3 – Shigeru Miyamoto Hints at a New Zelda Wii

2 06 2009

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A few moments ago at his annual developer’s speech, Miyamoto mentioned a Zelda title in the works for the Wii.  There isn’t much information about it, in fact, at the moment there are only sketches of some main characters.  Regardless, it is always good to hear about a new Zelda in the vein of Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess.

Miyamoto went on to say that the game would feature a more mature Link, perhaps even older than the one seen in Twilight Princess.  This would be interesting to say the least, as most of the Link’s in the last few Zelda titles have been a tad younger (Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass).  The new Zelda title will also most likely utilize the new MotionPlus device, which will make combat even more accurate.

That’s all for now, but check back as the information continues to pour in.

Source: Kotaku.com





E3 – Metroid: Other M Impressions

2 06 2009

SamusAranSamus is back and in a whole new dimension

Toward the end of the Nintendo conference earlier this morning, everyone had seen just about enough of charts, tween games, and odd peripherals (vitality checker?) — WTF indeed.  Thankfully, Reggie himself stepped onto the scene and introduced the core gamers to a variety of games, the last of which being the most surprising of them all.  No it wasn’t the fact that it was Metroid, we knew it was coming; it was how it was presented that stunned us.

Third person perspective?  Team Ninja? Voice acting?

Woah.

The newly titled Metroid: Other M seems to take place after the Metroid Prime Trilogy, with the emphasis on a possible new Metroid fighter.  The title “Other M” seems to indicate that Samus may be replaced in this new adventure, or perhaps step out of the spotlight for a bit.  Glad to see a Nintendo character that is willing to avoid the limelight for a while; yea, I’m talking to you Link and Mario.

Anyway, on closer inspection one can see that the game will take place in a third person perspective, with a mix of 2D and 3D elements surrounding the environment.  This is a welcome change, as the Metroid franchise was originally supposed to be a third person side-scroller/adventure.  Now I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy the Prime series (well maybe Corruption), but it is good to see the franchise return to its roots (in some ways).

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With the recent news of Itagaki and most of his team leaving Team Ninja, it will be interesting to see how to remaining staff do with Other M.  From the trailer, it looks like several mechanics from Ninja Gaiden are already present in the game.  That being the advanced storyline and the acrobatic moves that Samus shows the first few minutes in.  Ridley looks bad-ass and better than ever, and the visuals, though unpolished, look to be some of the best the Wii has to offer.  As said earlier, it seems that Nintendo and its second parties are the only ones who can truly draw out the full power of the system . . . lazy third party developers.

The game is still far from completion, so there will definitely be more to come.  In the mean time check out the trailer from the game shown at E3 earlier today — definitely some hot stuff here.

Thanks to Youtube for the link.





Why the Video Game Industry is Reaching New Heights

4 05 2009

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The underrated ancient of the gaming industry

Video gaming has come a very long way since the late seventies and early eighties. No longer is gaming simply known as the smaller side-venue to television and movies. From greater technology and the insertion of DVD players in systems to character icons and game based movies, the industry has risen to unbelievably popular heights. What makes this rise in popularity so amazing is that just twenty-five years ago, the industry was on the verge of collapse. Hundreds and hundreds of horrendous titles flooded the Atari and Intellivision systems, with just about every random person trying their hands at developing a game. From porn simulators to notoriously bad titles such as E.T. being the prime suspects, things couldn’t have looked any bleaker. However, one particular gaming company had something in mind and it was this organization that turned things around.

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Yes, the company that I am referring to is none other than Nintendo. Originating as a card making company in the late eighteen-hundreds, Nintendo tried their hand at the gaming industry going into 1981. With classics like Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and the Legend of Zelda, Nintendo quickly established themselves at the top, dominating the market for years. Soon after, Sega arrived, and a new, healthy rival made its way into the fray. These two companies brought something along that the industry desperately needed: quality. Both gamers and non-gamers alike could now purchase titles confidently, knowing the games they were purchasing were by trustworthy organizations. With more and more companies joining in and newer technologies on the rise, the video game industry was on its way up.

It is that rise that has brought the video game world, as a whole, to the commanding state it is today. Online gaming, motion sensing, rumble sensitivity, and more, all represent the advances companies have made over the last two decades. With compact discs and newer formats, companies can now make games with longer length, better graphics, and more intricate physics. AI is a lot more intelligent, giving players a much greater challenge. Sure, there is still a lot of trash in the mix, but that is to be expected. And for any gamer that has been involved with the industry since the eighties, they can surely attest to the insurmountable leap in quality. Hey, when you look over your friends shoulder and notice he is taking on over twenty gamers from all around the world, you can’t help but be impressed.

With the buzz going on in the industry now-a-days, it is easy to understand why it has even outgrown the movie industry. The potential for developers is limitless and it is much easier to get your foot in the door with companies like EA, Blizzard, and Sony present. From game designer and software engineer to programmer and story writer, the jobs available certainly contain variety, with enough to go around for any educated gamer. If making a game isn’t your thing then why not write “about” games. Companies like CNET and Ziff Davis watch over popular gaming sites like Gamespot and 1UP, each with their own style of writing and content. And for those a little younger, you can always work for retail divisions such as Gamecrazy or Gamestop (not to be confused with “Gamespot”).

Bringing the topic back to Nintendo, what they have done with the Wii is certainly astounding. With its stock constantly sold out of stores and nearly twelve million purchased worldwide, it is on pace to be the greatest selling console of all time. What makes this so incredible is that the system has only been out ten months. The appeal comes from the motion sensing feature present within the controllers. With a flick of the rest, you can swing a sword, tackle an adversary, or move a race car. The visual appeal this brings to the table is unique and brings people of different ages together a lot easier. Don’t be surprised if you walk into your room and find your grandparents playing your copy of Wii Sports. You may be a little creeped out though.

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All in all, what was once considered childish and meaningless by many is now a mainstream phenomenon. With just two decades of advancement, video games are now looked at in the same picture as movies and television. With sleeker console appearances, better visuals, recognizable characters, and DVD compatibility, there should be no confusion to the industry’s broad appeal. Sure we may occasionally want to relive the classics, but that is why it’s wise to hang on to those older systems. Even if you’ve lost them, modern systems like the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360, all have an online service where you can download those forgotten favorites. It is the strong foundation, advertising, technology, and claim to quality, that has pushed the video game industry to new heights, and the sky is the limit.





A Look Into Nintendo's Newest Project – The Wii MotionPlus

15 04 2009

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The people have been waiting quite a while, but Nintendo will be giving their faithful what they want this summer in the form of a new add-on and game.  The Wii MotionPlus add-on will be available on June 8th and will retail for $20.00.  Wii Sports Resort, the sequel to Wii Sports, will be be hitting store shelves the following month on July 26th.  The game looks to be impressive and will take advantage of the tighter control scheme, compliments to the Wii MotionPlus; it will retail as a bundle for around $50.00.

The Wii MotionPlus has been in development for several years now and will help take the Wii to the next level.  A lot of people have been complaining that the motion controls are too simple, with many of the motions being mere button replacements rather than full-range mimickry.  The Wii MotionPlus, however, will work with the motion bar to produce more fluidity between the player and the controller.  Nintendo’s Cammie Dunaway had this to say, “Wii MotionPlus represents a new evolution in video game control. The variety of fun games in Wii Sports Resort show off its incredible precision. Developers around the world are busy working on new ways to incorporate Wii MotionPlus controls into inventive experiences for consumers.”

Speaking of Wii Sports Resort, the much anticipated sequel will feature all the things everyone loved about the original and more.  Along with better controls, the title will showcase slightly improved visuals, a new environment, and a plethora of unique gaming events.  These include: Frisbee, Jet Skiing, Sword Play, and many more, with up to ten games to choose from in all.

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“Reminds me of Wave Race 64 — good times, good times.”

The only problem this add-on creates is that to complete the “full” controller you will have to shell out around $80.00 in all ($39 for the Wiimote, $19 for the Nunchuk, and $19 for the WiiMotion Plus).  This combination makes it the most expensive gaming controller in recent history, but hopefully it will be worth it.  On another quick note, Virtua Tennis 2009, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010, and Grand Slam Tennis will all have Wii MotionPlus functionality as well.  So if you are a fan of these two sports, and I know I am, be sure to pick them up as well early this summer.

Source: Kotaku.com, Nintendo.com





A Look Into Nintendo’s Newest Project – The Wii MotionPlus

15 04 2009

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The people have been waiting quite a while, but Nintendo will be giving their faithful what they want this summer in the form of a new add-on and game.  The Wii MotionPlus add-on will be available on June 8th and will retail for $20.00.  Wii Sports Resort, the sequel to Wii Sports, will be be hitting store shelves the following month on July 26th.  The game looks to be impressive and will take advantage of the tighter control scheme, compliments to the Wii MotionPlus; it will retail as a bundle for around $50.00.

The Wii MotionPlus has been in development for several years now and will help take the Wii to the next level.  A lot of people have been complaining that the motion controls are too simple, with many of the motions being mere button replacements rather than full-range mimickry.  The Wii MotionPlus, however, will work with the motion bar to produce more fluidity between the player and the controller.  Nintendo’s Cammie Dunaway had this to say, “Wii MotionPlus represents a new evolution in video game control. The variety of fun games in Wii Sports Resort show off its incredible precision. Developers around the world are busy working on new ways to incorporate Wii MotionPlus controls into inventive experiences for consumers.”

Speaking of Wii Sports Resort, the much anticipated sequel will feature all the things everyone loved about the original and more.  Along with better controls, the title will showcase slightly improved visuals, a new environment, and a plethora of unique gaming events.  These include: Frisbee, Jet Skiing, Sword Play, and many more, with up to ten games to choose from in all.

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“Reminds me of Wave Race 64 — good times, good times.”

The only problem this add-on creates is that to complete the “full” controller you will have to shell out around $80.00 in all ($39 for the Wiimote, $19 for the Nunchuk, and $19 for the WiiMotion Plus).  This combination makes it the most expensive gaming controller in recent history, but hopefully it will be worth it.  On another quick note, Virtua Tennis 2009, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010, and Grand Slam Tennis will all have Wii MotionPlus functionality as well.  So if you are a fan of these two sports, and I know I am, be sure to pick them up as well early this summer.

Source: Kotaku.com, Nintendo.com





Iwata: "Wii In Unhealthy Condition" – Uh Oh

9 04 2009

wiiSales =/= Quality

According to report figures in Japan, Wii sales are currently at the lowest they’ve been in quite some time.  What does this mean?  Are people finally catching on that there isn’t enough to play on the system?  Or perhaps everyone in Japan already owns one.  Either way I do think Iwata is exaggerating that statement just a bit.  I mean the Wii has been the top sales performer amongst primary consoles over the last two years in the western country.  Just because the PS3 has begun to keep up with it doesn’t mean the system’s condition is “unhealthy.”  If that’s truly the case then I wonder how they felt about the N64 and Gamecube’s sales — yeesh.

The following was said by the Nintendo president himself, “The Wii is in the most unhealthy condition since it hit the Japanese market. The current condition in the Japanese market is not the one we want.”  After analyzing this statement, I feel I have to give Nintendo a little bit of advice.  Stop allowing so much crap to saturate your system’s gaming catalogue.

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“Good lord, what will they think of next?  Wait, don’t answer that…”

What ever happened to the Nintendo Seal of Quality?  At this point in the game, Nintendo is surviving primarily on the “uniqueness” of their newest toy.  What they need to do is man up and start damage controlling what can and cannot get published for their system.  No more Party Babyz, Hello Kitty, and Generic Carnival Game #94.  Get back to basics and tell these developers to do what they are doing for the DS; providing quality titles that aren’t getting too lazy or “innovative” for their own good.

Iwata later goes on to say that a price cut isn’t a good option at this point.  Well, that’s a given.  Nintendo’s systems are the cheapest of the Big 3 this generation, so there is no need to go lower than they currently are.  The resolution to all this is right under their noses, but of course they are too busy counting their money to see it.  Nevertheless, am I glad that Nintendo is making money?  Sure, but not at the cost of ruining their reputation.  Among hardcore gamers their credibility is starting to dip and it will definitely take some quality, non-gimmicky titles to get them back on the pedestal.  For in the end, who is it that will keep coming back to buy their games?  Casual parents who will grab anything off the shelf or that Nintendo fan who’s been buying their games for over 15 years?

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“Ah, much easier on the eyes.”

It’ll be interesting to see how things develop over the next few months or so.

Source: Nintendo.com





Iwata: “Wii In Unhealthy Condition” – Uh Oh

9 04 2009

wiiSales =/= Quality

According to report figures in Japan, Wii sales are currently at the lowest they’ve been in quite some time.  What does this mean?  Are people finally catching on that there isn’t enough to play on the system?  Or perhaps everyone in Japan already owns one.  Either way I do think Iwata is exaggerating that statement just a bit.  I mean the Wii has been the top sales performer amongst primary consoles over the last two years in the western country.  Just because the PS3 has begun to keep up with it doesn’t mean the system’s condition is “unhealthy.”  If that’s truly the case then I wonder how they felt about the N64 and Gamecube’s sales — yeesh.

The following was said by the Nintendo president himself, “The Wii is in the most unhealthy condition since it hit the Japanese market. The current condition in the Japanese market is not the one we want.”  After analyzing this statement, I feel I have to give Nintendo a little bit of advice.  Stop allowing so much crap to saturate your system’s gaming catalogue.

wii_babiez

“Good lord, what will they think of next?  Wait, don’t answer that…”

What ever happened to the Nintendo Seal of Quality?  At this point in the game, Nintendo is surviving primarily on the “uniqueness” of their newest toy.  What they need to do is man up and start damage controlling what can and cannot get published for their system.  No more Party Babyz, Hello Kitty, and Generic Carnival Game #94.  Get back to basics and tell these developers to do what they are doing for the DS; providing quality titles that aren’t getting too lazy or “innovative” for their own good.

Iwata later goes on to say that a price cut isn’t a good option at this point.  Well, that’s a given.  Nintendo’s systems are the cheapest of the Big 3 this generation, so there is no need to go lower than they currently are.  The resolution to all this is right under their noses, but of course they are too busy counting their money to see it.  Nevertheless, am I glad that Nintendo is making money?  Sure, but not at the cost of ruining their reputation.  Among hardcore gamers their credibility is starting to dip and it will definitely take some quality, non-gimmicky titles to get them back on the pedestal.  For in the end, who is it that will keep coming back to buy their games?  Casual parents who will grab anything off the shelf or that Nintendo fan who’s been buying their games for over 15 years?

zeldatp

“Ah, much easier on the eyes.”

It’ll be interesting to see how things develop over the next few months or so.

Source: Nintendo.com