Wow, that’s some epic Mario Tennis Open Music

It’s almost like a bunch of boss style remixes of well known Mario music!  No seriously, Princess Peach’s Castle theme from Super Mario 64 can actually be made into an epic piece of music that would work well in an boss battle?  Apparently so:

Above: If Peach was ever more of an action hero, this would be her theme tune.

That theme is awesome.  No seriously, it’s like if Rare remixed the Princess Peach’s Castle theme for a boss battle against an evil version of Peach in the Super Mario 64 castle’s foyer.  It’s also not the first time Mario Tennis have done what seem to be boss remixes of classic Mario themes, the Luigi’s Mansion remix in Mario Power Tennis sounds like the kind of thing you’d hear at a tribal human sacrifice event:

Above: The party’s getting started at Luigi’s Mansion!

As for the remixes they played in light hearted levels like Delfino Plaza or Peach’s Castle, well, they sounded more like a live TV dance off for the finale of the Mushroom Kingdom flamenco dancing competition:

Above: Sounds like the kind of theme they’d use after Wario Land Shake It’s Launchpad Labyrinth in DDR Mario Mix Spanish Edition…

But Peach’s Castle court’s music in Mario Tennis Open isn’t the only fantastic theme that exists.  No, you’ve also got the obligatory ‘badass’ Bowser’s Castle court theme.  Sounds like a remix of the castle theme in Super Mario 3D Land, although it’s kind of hard to tell given how over the top the song is.

Above: Does this sound like some weird mutant hybrid of Bowser’s battle theme in Mario 64 and the castle theme in Mario 3D Land to anyone else?

Finally, there’s the Donkey Kong Country Returns remix used for the DK Jungle court.  It sounds like someone’s taken Jungle Hijinx and turned it up to eleven.

Above: If this was the theme used for DK’s final smash in the next Super Smash Bros, I wouldn’t mind the stupid bongo playing gimmick.

All in all, even if Mario Tennis Open isn’t exactly the greatest Mario sports game ever made, it at least has a fantastic soundtrack to boast about.  Hopefully some of these themes will get remixed even further then orchestrated for Super Smash Bros 4, right?


Nintendo on why few 3DS Virtual Console Games are Released

Ever wondered why it seems to take a long time for games to be released on Virtual Console and why the eShop’s game selection seems kind of lacking?  Well Nintendo sort of provides what they consider an ‘answer’ to the whole issue:

Here’s what they say:

Each week Nintendo makes available a mix of Nintendo eShop, Virtual Console, WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare games. Combined, these services currently provide gamers with hundreds of fun and interesting downloadable games to choose from. There is no preset schedule as to how many games will become available in a given week, but many more are on the way via all of these digital-delivery systems.

In other words, they can’t be bothered to answer the question properly.  Just like most companies who seem to get asked about various matters apparently.

But I’ll give my response to this stupid pre made statement:

There are not ‘hundreds of fun and interesting downloadable games’.  There are hundreds of games total, maybe.  Problem is that most of them are dull, pointless mini games, stupid apps like flashlight that have no redeeming value or the four millionth attempt at making a ‘find the hidden objects game’ because small developers seem to be lazy when it comes to the eShop.  Where are all the great Game Boy titles that should be available but aren’t?  Why were we waiting forever for any of the Wario Land games (which the US still hasn’t got any of), or Kirby’s Dream Land, or Donkey Kong Land, or Pokemon?

Instead of leaving these services for somewhat crappy shovelware makers to fill with lazily made games, why not release at least one great game on each service weekly?  It’s not like you’re running out of options yet…

And practically, they’re just the equivalent of a ROM, and if you can emulate the various existing games on the Virtual Console, there’s no reason you can’t add some of the many others people are after.  Heck, release some Japan only ones while you’re at it.

As for having no schedule, that kind of sounds like business suicide.

It’s not like the Virtual Console is 100% broken, there are obviously good games available on it as of this time, but there are so many others that aren’t available despite being on the service in Japan that it’s kind of depressing.  Also, cut down on the thrown together shovelware games likely ported from the iPhone please, there’s definitely such a thing as too many hidden object games and sudoku clones…


Did GameStop just reveal new 3DS Game Release Dates?

Thanks to Zelda Informer for this one, apparently one of their staff members visited a GameStop store recently and found that they were giving out promotional materials with release dates for 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 games.  Is this list accurate?  Not sure, but there are some interesting things on it:

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2: 2nd August 2012
  • Paper Mario: 2nd August 2012
  • Theatrhymn Final Fantasy: 3rd of July 2012
  • New Super Mario Bros 2: 2nd of August 2012
  • Rayman Origins: 5th of June 2012
  • Heroes of Ruin: 17th of July 2012
  • Epic Mickey 2: 1st of October 2012

Yeah, that’s quite an interesting bunch of possible release dates there.  However, are they true?  Well Zelda Informer seems convinced enough, but I’m not.

Look at the release dates for the Mario games, all the 2nd of August.  Seems a little unlikely because of a few factors:

1. This would be business suicide for Nintendo.  Do you really think they’d be stupid enough to release three big name Mario games all on the exact same day?  They’d pretty much only annoy long time Mario fans who can’t afford all three on release day and well, most parents buying games for their kids ever (do you really think your average parent will be happy about spending around 90 dollars on video games in the middle of summer?)

Not to mention it’d just cause Paper Mario and Luigi’s Mansion to fail miserably.  What game are the likes of IGN/Gamespot/Official Nintendo Magazine/Nintendo Power/whoever going to cover in more depth and focus all their advertising on?  New Super Mario Bros 2.  Then add the fact these games will pretty much end up driving away each other’s target market (because the userbase for Paper Mario and Luigi’s Mansion 2 likely directly overlap, as does that for New Super Mario Bros 2).  Even releasing them in the same month seems like an unfortunate way to completely bury the likes of Paper Mario.

2. It’s a little too conveniant that three big name games all come out on the same day, making it seem like Gamestop is just guessing and got lazy with it.

Still, it’s a distinct possibility at least some of this release date list might be partially accurate (maybe the listings for third party 3DS games anyway), so it’ll be interesting to see how it causes each game to sell.

Do you think this list is accurate?


Dynasty Warriors won’t be released outside Japan

Want Dynasty Warriors for 3DS?  Well, turns out you probably won’t be getting it since the company says they don’t plan to localise the game and release it overseas.  Sucks to be you.

As their community manager said on Twitter:

Dynasty Warriors VS (for the Nintendo 3DS) – This title is for Japan only & will not be localized and released for / in overseas.

Well, that counts out a Western release for Dynasty Warriors Vs. Pity, could have been a good game if it’d came out in regions that weren’t Japan.

Anyone disappointed that this game won’t get a Western release?

More New Pokemon Forms in Black and White 2?

Ever think Nintendo might be going a little bit overboard with all the different forms recently?  Ever since generation 3 and the announcement that Deoxys had three different forms, it seems like recent legendaries have all seemingly been getting them (like Skymin, or Arceus).  But while we already know that Kyurem’s new forms are the main focus of Pokemon Black and White 2, what’s new is that they’re not the only additions.

No, Thundurus, Landurus and Tornadus are all getting alternate forms as well!

See those Pokemon to the left?  Yeah, they look a whole lot less like genies now and a whole lot more like semi dragon type creatures.  Does this mean another whole three new movesets will probably end up getting added, along with maybe even more exclusive one Pokemon only attacks or abilities?  Perhaps.

Have to give them some credit for the designs though, despite looking ugly as sin, they’re at least more differentiated than the palette swaps that were their first forms.  Unique is good, right?

On another note, there are also a ton more interesting rumours:

-Cheren, Bianca, Brock and Giovanni are shown
– Pokéwood replaces the musicals
– this is the movie theatre seen in the trailer
– Cheren is said to be a gym leader
– new forms of Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus are exclusively captured in the 3DS game; Pokémon AR Searcher
– you then send them to Black 2 and White 2

Well, the fourth one seems reasonable enough considering that these new forms have officially been shown, although the others seem questionable.  Why would characters from the last few generations show up?  Hell, what would Giovanni want in Unova?

None the less, Pokemon Black and White 2 definitely looks to be an interesting game, and the amount of new elements is just plain incredible for what’s supposedly just a direct sequel.