Well, it’s now gone from bad to worse. If you think it was bad enough for us UK gamers that GAME wasn’t stocking Mario Party 9, now they’ve announced Kid Icarus Uprising also won’t be sold in their stores.
So if you want to buy Kid Icarus Uprising and live in the UK (and trust me, it seems you’ll want to get the game, it looks amazing), you’re going to have to go looking around. As for GAME, the writings on the wall for them, the company can’t sell any of the major releases coming out this year and they’re losing money at a rate that indicates they may not be around by summer. On the bright side it seems HMV will sell the game.
Is anyone else in the UK worried about this?
Yes, both of those points mentioned in the title are true, there’s a new trailer that’s been released for Fire Emblem Awakening and Marth makes a reappearance for whatever reason. See the trailer below:
Looks pretty good, don’t you think? The inclusion of Marth is likely a good move by Nintendo too, makes this game more accessible to people who’s only prior experience of Fire Emblem is the characters being playable in Super Smash Bros.
A few days ago IGN revealed a big list of which games will be released soon. Most of the titles mentioned there are for PC, PS3 and Xbox. These games will be released soon for the 3DS and the Wii:
03/06 – MLB 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii)
03/11 – Mario Party 9 (Wii)
03/23 – Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
04/06 – Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
04/13 – Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS)
05/20 – Mario Tennis Open (3DS)
Q1 2012 – Crush 3D (3DS)
Q1 2012 – Rayman Origins (3DS)
(The rest isn’t revealed)
Find full list here http://games.ign.com/articles/119/1192614p1.html
PRetty interesting to see the release date of Kid Icarus, and Mario Tennis Open there.. I don’t know if these release dates are for America, Japan, Europe or Australia, but most titles will probably be released around the same time. What do you think of the dates revealed?
Well, there’s still some hope left since Nintendo are being their standard old incredibly vague selves and not commenting on any of this, but GameStop/EB Games have said they don’t know of any such game and that the displays have been taken down. Here’s what they said:
The displays were not supplied by Nintendo and have been taken down. It’s definitely not in the system in the U.S. I’m sure it’s not elsewhere, either, but I can’t confirm that.
However, this does still leave us with some questions which haven’t been answered. How did boxes for games that are supposedly not confirmed end up on store shelves and as available to pre order in the first place? Seems like something deeper might be at play here. Perhaps the store got hoaxed by some idiot messing around, or the staff were doing the same.
There’s no end to the possible reasons behind this really. How do we know the store wasn’t deliberately trying to con people and took them down only when people reported the matter? That wouldn’t be the first time a retail store has done something similar (although it’d be the first time GameStop/EB Games did). Maybe Nintendo hit them with a no disclosure agreement/breach of contact type message and asked for the displays to be removed because they reflect a game to be announced at E3.
Also, GameStop weren’t the only company stocking these games, that other games website was selling not only Donkey Kong 3D but Kirby, Final Fantasy and Dragonball 3D. What made them decide to list all those ‘unannounced’ games?
Still, it’s best to assume GameStop and co are being honest here and that this was just a mistake, so we now know there’s no evidence of a Donkey Kong 3D in development for or about to be released for the Nintendo 3DS. Sorry if that disappointed some people, it was certainly a let down for me.
The title is accurate here, there was once an intention for Donkey Kong and Pikmin (the latter referring to the tiny alien creatures, not Olimar) to show up as cameos in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Koichi Hayashida said this about it at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, when asked by someone from Game Trailers:
One of the early proposals that we discussed for Super Mario Galaxy 2 was the possibility of including characters from other Nintendo franchises. For example, you might have Donkey Kong or Pikmin show up.
That would have been pretty interesting to be honest. Indeed, the space theme could have theoretically led to encounters with quite a few other Nintendo heroes such as Samus, Fox or Captain Falcon. Or some RPG villains/characters like the X-Nauts or Shroobs if Nintendo had thought about it. Unfortunately, this was shot down by Miyamoto himself:
Mario enemies tend to be on the short and squat side and there’s a functional reason for that. They’re easier to stomp on. They’re lower so you can get above them and broader so you can land on them. In that sense, Pikmin are just not well suited for the Mario universe.