I guess I wasn’t really expecting much, given how Nintendo’s previous digital events have gone, but I expected something. Microsoft, Sony, and all the other companies’ press events were really exciting, showing off upcoming games that I would really like to get my hands on. I expected Nintendo to show at least one or two games I really wanted, like the new Wii U Star Fox or Zelda games. I got one of those at least, but frankly I was disappointed by it. The visuals were sub-par, and the gameplay looked almost identical to Star Fox 64. They kept saying how it was radically different because of all the new controls and how you have to use the gamepad’s gyroscope to aim, but I actually see that as more of a hindrance than a benefit. I’m not a fan of motion control to begin with, and I definitely don’t want to have to constantly look back and forth between the gamepad and the TV, while aiming the gamepad around like a lunatic. It seems cumbersome, and in a gameplay video I watched as even a Nintendo Treehouse employee seemed to have trouble.
This is a custom-made level by the Nintendo Treehouse in Super Mario Maker, a game that lets you make your own Super Mario Bros. levels in several different styles. As part of the last challenge of the Nintendo World Championships, each contestant had to beat a succession of custom levels in order to be crowned the Nintendo World Champion. John Numbers, the guy who beat this level, ended up getting it. It was an awesome event and a great way to start off E3. I hope Nintendo’s digital event today is as good!
Well it’s about time! Nintendo will be teaming up with Japanese mobile developer DeNA to develop smartphone games featuring Nintendo IP. They will also be developing a new multimedia service that will replace Club Nintendo and work across Nintendo devices, smartphones, tablets, and computers. Full story here.
Though they’re looked back on now as the oddball, waterlogged entries of the Pokemon series, Ruby & Sapphire are still my favorites. They hold a special, nostalgic place in my heart, so naturally I had high hopes for the remakes, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS. They mostly do the originals justice—Game Freak has yet to make a bad Pokemon game. However, there are still a few gripes that I have with it, which I will elaborate on later, that mainly have to do with a trend that Pokemon games have been following lately. But overall, they are fantastic games that I highly recommend for fans of the series.
I finally did it. After receiving Pokemon Y from my host family in Japan, having to buy a Japanese 3DS because the 3DS is region-locked, and a failed attempt at playing the game in Japanese, I beat it. I’ve been playing Pokemon since Gold/Silver when I was in 3rd grade, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Pokemon is still my favorite video game franchise. Needless to say, each new game holds a special place in my heart. So let’s get right into it!
Nintendo has confirmed that starting on September 20, alongside the release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, the Wii U Deluxe will drop to $299. Nintendo also has a bundle prepared that contains a Wii U Deluxe, Zelda Wind Waker HD, and a free digital copy of Hyrule Historia. (I have the physical book, it’s awesome.) The gamepad is also Zelda-themed. If I weren’t leaving for Japan on September 15, I would buy this in a heartbeat. I really hope this will still be around next year…
I guess it makes sense to market this to kids younger than seven, which is the recommended minimum age to play the 3DS. It is compatible with all DS and 3DS games, and has all the same features of a 3DS, except it is flat instead of the clamshell design of the 3DS, and it only outputs 2D images. For $129, that is a fair bit cheaper than the regular 3DS, so I suppose parents might consider buying this for their five year-old first-time gamers. Other than that, I can’t see anyone buying this.
It also just looks really hard to hold and play. And it’s pretty ugly. Come on Nintendo…