Because believe it or not, the developers Monolith Software are recruiting staff for development for a game which sounds awfully like a new action RPG. They’re after effect designers to work on map and battle scenes and motion designers for character and monster movement.
Sounds a lot like it could possibly be a future Xenoblade sequel, does it not? And would you buy such a game if it was to be released on the 3DS?
We’d just better hope we don’t need a 3DS version of Operation Rainfall to get it released in the US this time around…
Well, there were enough of them that I think they deserved their own post to be honest, along with some analysis of the game’s various features. First of all, here’s the original Japanese trailer/footage of the game:
Next, the English trailers. Bizarrely, it seems Nintendo of Europe/America/whoever split the above footage in multiple videos, so we’ve got one with the interview, one about the weapons and one about the multiplayer:
Remember how a lot of hype has made about the AR cards you can get for Kid Icarus Uprising to have the game’s characters battle each other on your desk through augumented reality? Or how supposedly, you’re supposed to get these cards through purchases or events?
Well, Nintendo has come up with a rather novel way of distributing them in Europe. And by novel, I mean a way that’s pretty much annoying as hell.
You get 6 free with the game. If you pre order it, you get another 24. But if you want more?
You’ll also be able to get hold of exclusive Kid Icarus AR Cards through Club Nintendo. For 250 Stars you’ll be able to get 2 packs containing 6 AR cards each. Some packs will also include extremely rare cards.
It’s not exactly confirmed, but a recent SwapNote sent to buyers of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D by Eiji Aonuma certainly implies a new Zelda game is in the works for 3DS.
It obviously says ‘I hope you’re looking forward to new Legend of Zelda games’, with the various eight bit sprites saying ‘yes’. Now, it may sound a bit crazy, but I think that’s pretty good evidence new Zelda games on 3DS are being considered, or even released in the nearish future.
Then again, the odd capitalisation worries me a bit. Note the capital ‘N’. Does that mean ‘New Legend of Zelda’ as in ‘New Super Mario Bros’? Because that would be an interesting thing to, and a plausible type of game to make after Skyward Sword. You could even, if you were very, very cynical read it as Aonuma saying ‘I hope you’re looking forward to these kinds of Zelda games because I don’t want to make them’.
But let’s be positive and assume the best… what kind of Zelda game could possibly be in the pipeline for the 3DS in the future?
Recorded directly from the Nintendo Direct live stream, here are some videos of various important games. First up, the trailer for Fire Emblem Awakening:
Next, we’ve got one for The Rolling Western:
As well as another one for Mario Tennis Open. Note that these may have Iwata himself speaking in the background, that’s unavoidable due to where I got the videos.
There’s also one for Etrian Oddysey IV. It’s the first footage we’ve ever gotten of the game as far as I know, and why it’s not the best first trailer in the world, it should be interesting regardless.
Culdcept is another game which got a new trailer, and while it’s not exactly a game I’m interested in (seems to be about battling with cards in a sort of virtual tabletop game type set up), the trailer looks okay:
As well as a new trailer for Rune Factory 4. Nice trailer, although the music is obnoxiously loud and completely non understandable to anyone who can’t speak Japanese:
On another note, while it’s not from Nintendo Direct, there’s also this second Rolling Western trailer someone on Youtube has uploaded. Looks nice:
There are also some nifty release dates:
- The Rolling Western: Today, aka February 22nd, right after Nintendo Direct
- Game Gear games on 3DS Virtual Console: March
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Sometime on 2012
- Mario Tennis: 25th May 2012
- Fire Emblem Awakening: 2012
- Kid Icarus Uprising: March 23rd 2012
Those are the known European release dates for the 3DS games shown. Any not mention haven’t got a confirmed release date yet.
Oh, and Nintendo of America’s presentation? That can be found below, and formally announces Xenoblade’s US release:
What do you think? I’ll edit this when the Kid Icarus Uprising video is uploaded.