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So what happened to Mega Man 2 3DS?

As well as the numerous other games that were supposedly in development for the 3DS way back at the E3 event where the console was shown for the first time?

It’s not as if it was purely a tech demo either, the game had various 3D effects added to it and Nintendo of America’s president confirmed it was going to be a full game at some point.

Unfortunately, that was back in 2010.  One 3DS console release and two years later, and we haven’t heard anything about this game or any non Game Boy Mega Man games being made for the 3D Classics/Virtual Console service.  Did Capcom cancel it without warning sometime between these dates?

Because it seems bizarre really given that many more people would probably want to buy Mega Man 2 as a 3D classic and with the same 3D effect additions as Kirby’s Adventure than buy some of the arguably thrown together Game Boy Mega Man spinoffs that seem to be popping up on the 3DS Virtual Console.

Why did Capcom potentially decide to cancel the 3DS port of this game?

Level 5 already working on Next Professor Layton game

In fact the company’s president Akihiro Hino has just hinted at a few things that’ll be in said game, although the information is vague enough not to really give much away.  On Twitter he said:

レイトンですか。つくってはいるのですが、最近話題に上がりませんね。だいたい大枠は書き終えたのでもうしばらくで発表できるかと。レイトン教授と○○○○○○○。今回、タイトルが長いです

Which translates roughly to (according to Silicon Era and Google Translate):

The general framwork for the next Professor Layton game has been outlined but it’ll take a while until it can be officially announced.  The game has a long title (in Japanese)

The original tweet can be viewed at the link below:

https://twitter.com/#!/AkihiroHino/status/191912135230631937

It’s not much in regards to information about the game, but at least Level 5 are actually working on the next game in the series and presumably have the official announcement planned for a short while in the future. Not sure what to say about the comment about the title, but I guess it does make sense given that ‘Professor Layton and the Curious Village’ and ‘Professor Layton and the Unwound Future’ already have fairly lengthy titles in English, let alone Japanese.

Never the less, glad to know they’re working on the next Professor Layton game.  Maybe it’s the mystery sixth game the Wikipedia page for the series mentions?  Not to mention it’s most likely going to released on the 3DS, hence giving 3DS fans who like puzzle/adventure games something interesting to play in due time.

A ton of awesome Mario Kart 7 shortcuts (no Mushroom required)

Most are pretty minor, but they’re all useful enough regardless, and might help with your time trial records if you’re still playing Mario Kart 7.  The video can be seen below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IcfLfNT9DY

Thanks to TWD98/Trσγ for finding many of these and making the video, it was pretty useful.  He also made a few others that can be seen here (for Mario Circuit 2):

As well as seemingly found many of the glitches on Koopa Cape, Wario’s Galleon/Shipyard, Wuhu Mountain Loop, Bowser Castle 1 and Rosalina’s Ice World, so it should be useful enough, right?

 

1001 Ports

First there was Cave Story.

Then came La Mulana.

After that we got VVVVVV.

We’ll be getting NightSky soon enough.

And now Nicalis, publisher of all these rather good games is bringing us something new for the eShop. 1001 Spikes.

1001 Spikes is an enhanced port of the popular Xbox Live Arcade game, Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes. Not only is this game going to be on the eShop, but also the Wii U digital store. The 3DS version boasts new graphics, music, and a multiplayer option. The Wii U version is expected to be pretty much the same, but exact details are unknown at the moment.

While this is great and all, don’t you think it’s about time Nicalis starts making their own games instead of improving on others? They clearly have the programming ability. Sometimes. Nonetheless, is anyone excited for this? Has anyone here even played the original? Leave comments and let me know!

New Mario game coming to Wii U soon!

Yes this was already posted on the forums at Nintendo 3DS Community a few minutes ago, but it’s breaking news regardless.  Shigeru Miyamoto has personally confirmed a new Mario game, presumably a platformer for the Wii U in an interview with a Spanish gaming website:

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2012/04/16/navegante/1334559905.html

He has said (according to Google translate):

Nintendo will launch a new Super Mario for this platform , which will combine the TV screen with the remote.

Well, considering that this isn’t the 2D Mario platformer planned for the 3DS this year, it looks like Nintendo has gone ahead and confirmed a new Mario game is being made for the Wii U.  Maybe even as a launch title like how it was back in the NES/SNES/Game Boy/Nintendo 64 days?

Considering they registered a domain for ‘Super Mario 4’, is this possibly the prototype name for the upcoming Wii U Mario platformer?  Perhaps it turns out the 4 is meaningful and refers to the game and dimensions, like ‘4D’.  And while this is still just random speculation, maybe it turns out the 4 refers to a gameplay mechanic where Mario goes between the TV screen and the tablet screen when exploring the levels, like how the GBA connectivity works in Four Swords Adventures?  Maybe it works like this:

The game’s got co-op (and presumably 2D)

When Mario or Luigi or Toad enters a side area, the action switches to the tablet screen so it can show them exploring different parts of the same level?

Something else happens?

It’s just wild guessing, but it seems very much like something Nintendo would do considering their love for integrated hardware and software gimmicks and their use of ‘simple’ codenames  (remember that Super Mario 3D Land was initially known as Super Mario 3D). Maybe the 4 doesn’t mean Nintendo thinks of it as the fourth game and ignores Super Mario World/Yoshi’s Island/All 3D and 2D games since but refers to some hardware gimmick the game’s based around.

All in all, this is big news for Nintendo.  Given how great the past Mario games have sold, a bundled Mario title for the Wii U launch could easily get the console selling by the millions within days or weeks.  Shigeru Miyamoto could have literally confirmed the biggest new release in about ten years. Imagine it, imagine if it was a new 2D Mario platformer with Super Mario Galaxy level visuals and music and with the same quality as Super Mario Bros 3.  Or another massive step forward for the series like Super Mario 64 was…

So in conclusion, that’s one new Mario game confirmed for Wii U that’s presumably in development right now, and one game that could potentially sell the console to the public in a way no manner of mediocre E3 demos ever could.