Have you ever wondered what Super Mario Odyssey’s kingdoms would be like in a Mario Kart game? Yeah, we guessed so. Alas, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s early release date and remake setup prevented that from happening, and a Mario Kart 9 seems so far off Odyssey will probably be irrelevant by the time its released.
But where Nintendo falters, the fans make up for it. And this time, that means we get a fantastic new track based on the Luncheon Kingdom for Mario Kart Wii! Yep, named Luncheon Tour and released by track creator Luke Chandler, this course aims to replicate all the feel of the Odyssey Kingdom in a form that makes it fun for Mario Kart races as well.
And dear god does it succeed perfectly at that. Seriously, just look at it in the video:
As you can see, it works fantastically as a Mario Kart track, and it does so because it avoids the one major pitfall almost every other 3D Mario inspired fan made track makes.
Namely, it’s designed as a course first, reference last. Mr Chandler hasn’t just ported over the level wholesale from Odyssey, he’s used the assets from the level to make a new layout that works for a racing game instead.
Contrast that to say, this Bob-omb Battlefield inspired level:
Back when the Nintendo Switch was still new, Nintendo showed off a mysterious Yoshi game for the system. Based on Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U (and with a similar arts and crafts aesthetic), this mysterious title seem to be GoodFeel’s project for the system, with a release date set for some time in 2019 or so.
Since then however… well we haven’t exactly seen much of it. Oh sure, it’s never quite left Nintendo’s schedules, and it’s not been confirmed cancelled at any point, but the game seemingly fell off the radar as far as marketing was concerned, with its presence at Directs and E3 basically reduced to nothing in the last six months or so.
But it seems Nintendo still have plans for this. Why? Because a recent update to their website seemingly revealed the game’s final title, likely in part due to the company preparing for tonight’s cancelled Nintendo Direct. That title?
Yoshi’s Crafted World. Yep, it’s a play on Yoshi’s Woolly World, seemingly cementing the game as a successor to that title. Here’s a picture showing its appearance on Nintendo’s official website (courtesy of TheOgEVG on Twitter):
Looks like Nintendo leaked something ahead of time, even for the previously scheduled Direct.
Yesterday, we mentioned that a new Nintendo Direct was coming at 11pm today. This Direct was apparently focused on upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Switch games, and would clock in about 35 minutes worth of content.
Unfortunately however, it seems that’s not the case. Due to a deadly earthquake hitting the island of Hokkaido in Japan, Nintendo has decided to postpone the Direct to focus on the tragedy at hand and honour those who were affected by the disaster.
Due to the powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we have decided to delay this week’s planned Nintendo Direct. We will provide a new time and date in the near future. Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/rr2RDW3jFv
As a result of this, the Direct will now be aired sometime later in the year, with rumours stating it may happen next year instead.
It’s unfortunate, but life happens, and these Directs are not the end of the world. For now, though, we’re sending out regards to those affected by the disaster, and we’ll await the Direct when it airs next week or what not.
Yes, it’s finally happened. After weeks of rumours and crazy predictions, Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct. This Direct will be posted tomorrow at 3pm PT (11PM UK time), and will focus on new games for the 3DS and Nintendo Switch.
Here are the announcements about it on Twitter, courtesy of Nintendo of America:
As you can tell, it’s a pretty big Nintendo Direct too, with 35 minutes of 3DS and Nintendo Switch announcements being included in the presentation.
But what exactly could they show there? What games will Nintendo announce at the event anyway?
Well, it’s obvious that Super Smash Bros Ultimate and the Pokemon Let’s Go games will be here. Every Direct has something Smash related in it now, and Nintendo’s been marketing the hell out of those Pokemon games recently. So that stuff seems a given.
Caption: Case in point…
And the likes of Luigi’s Mansion 3D may well make an appearance as well. After all, we haven’t heard much about that game recently, and we don’t have any idea what kind of new features it has either. Same with Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey. We know the games exist, but we don’t know much about their features or what exists to incentivise fans of the original to shell out for the remakes.
Hence we’d bet at least one of those will appear in the Nintendo Direct too.
But it won’t just be about games we’ve seen footage of already, there’ll almost certainly be other Nintendo news and announcements as well. So what could those be?
Well in our (not too informed) opinion, we believe at least one or two of the following might be shown off in the Direct:
1. A new Wario Land game. Yeah it’s a bit of a cliche for us here at Gaming Reinvented now, and we do bring up the possibility for every new Nintendo event. But come on, the trademarks exist, the rumours have existed for years now… surely one of these has to come along sometime, right?
Hell, WarioWare Gold did, so Nintendo hasn’t completely forgotten about the franchise. So that’s one prediction we’ve got.
2. There’s also the possibility that we’ll see Metroid Prime 4 at one of these events too. This one was announced at E3 a while back, but we only ever really got a logo for it. That’s got to change soon, so it’s possible this Direct could be this game’s chance to shine.
3. Same goes for Pikmin 4. Like with Wario Land, it’s been in the ‘likely to exist’ category for a while now, and Miyamoto himself has even commented on the possibility a few times before. Hence that’s another possible reveal here, especially if Prime 4 is something Nintendo wants to save until E3 2019.
4. Super Mario Odyssey DLC could be a reveal too. Again, it’s been rumoured for a while now, but with the costumes found in the game’s datamine running dry, it seems all too possible the next update will be along some time soon.
5. Finally, there’s always that Yoshi game Nintendo revealed as well. You know, the mystery one they revealed in the early Switch days, the one that seemed vanished off the face of the Earth shortly afterwards. That’s got to appear again someday, and it’s quite possible that day’ll be tomorrow.
Either way, those are our predictions for the event. They’re probably not all gonna be shown off tomorrow, but we believe one or two may very well be, along with a few smaller ‘surprise’ games that are a bit harder to predict.
Still, what do you think? Could Metroid Prime 4 or Pikmin 4 be in the Direct? What titles do you feel are likely to make an appearance in tomorrow’s event?
Tell us your thoughts on this (and more) over on the Gaming Latest forums today!
Do you have Microsoft’s Games with Gold which is a fancy title for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then you will get the following games for free for a very limited time so act while you can for the month of September:
Prison Architect (September 1-30)
Livelock (September 16-October 15)
Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (September 1-15)
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World (September 16-30)