Mario Tennis Open; New Screenshots, Luma confirmed!

Yes we know that we’ve seen pictures of a Luma as a playable character in Galaxy Tennis (and to some people, that was apparently enough proof in itself), but with the latest batch of Mario Tennis Open screenshots, you can now see proof that he’s playable in all normal modes/normal courts too.

Voila, Dry Bowser and Luma in one screenshot, on Bowser’s Castle court.  Evidence enough of both being secret characters for sure.

There are other screens though.

Sorry, but something still bugs me about the Yoshi costume, it just looks too ridiculous.

Information about Miis and the various StreetPass options.  Maybe this has some use in Japan or one of those American cities where people are both living close enough together to encounter other gamers and stupid enough they carry expensive electronic equipment around with them everywhere, but I doubt most people will get any use out of it all.

Dry Bowser and Luma playing tennis again.

Have to ask something here… what the hell do game designers like about making things pass through rings?  It’s basically become a video game cliche by now…

Now this is an interesting mode. It’s not quite platforming with tennis skills like I initially thought, but it’s certainly a unique way to play Super Mario Bros 1, don’t you think?  Wonder if anyone’s going to attempt to create a real life version, since a toned down one seems within the realm of possibility…

Nintendo really likes ink being sprayed on the camera in modern games.  Probably because it lets them show off their precious 3D.

Also, what’s the icon on the bottom left?  Does that mean the person playing is doing terrible and has already lost two ‘lives’ or something of the sort?

Miis and Donkey Kong.  Personally, I hope Donkey Kong wins, Miis are overrated anyway.

So that’s some new Mario Tennis screenshots, which look pretty nice.  What do you think of the new screens of this game?

Wow, Fire Emblem Awakening Has Some Great Music!

Someone on Youtube has been uploading some of the themes from the game, and they sound absolutely fantastic from what I’ve heard.  It’s not exactly the full soundtrack by any means, but have a good listen to all this:

Unfortunately, the tracks aren’t labelled in any way, so there’s no indication of when in the game any of the music posted above is actually played.  Still, sounds really nice, to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell the music wasn’t orchestrated.

What do you think of Fire Emblem Awakening’s music?

Nintendo 3DS Game Predictions; What Games will be announced at E3?

We all know that the Wii U will be shown this year (albeit without any available information in regards to its price) as well as that games like Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing, Paper Mario and Mario Tennis are coming very soon.  But what are the other mystery titles that Nintendo has in store for us?

Because in the recent financial report, some interesting new things have come to light, among them:

As we also have some unannounced titles to be released for this fiscal term, we are surely able to provide a fairly rich lineup of first-party software for this fiscal year

So it seems in addition to this set of games:

That many other unnannounced ones will also be shown for the first ever time at E3.  So place your bets, what new 3DS games do you think are yet to be announced that are coming this year?  It’s not New Super Mario Bros 2 either, that game was discussed prior to this statement.

There’s a small caveat however, namely the ‘this fiscal year’ part.  Any game that comes under this definition therefore should theoretically be out either late this year or very early 2013, it can’t be scheduled for any later.  That kind of limits the games this could include a bit, doesn’t it?

So let’s think of the possible games:

  1. Super Smash Bros 4.  Unlikely, since no Smash Bros game in history has been completed in a year or less, and the announcement kind of dictates said game should be out in late 2012.
  2. The Legend of Zelda 3DS.  Also unlikely, for same reasons.  However, a remake of an older Zelda game or a ‘New Legend of Zelda’ style game could plausibly be done within a limited time frame, correct?  It didn’t take too long to make Ocarina of Time 3D, and it’s obvious that it didn’t take very long to make New Super Mario Bros 2 so far…
  3. Retro’s new project.  They’ve been hiring staff like crazy for a massive new game in development, and given how they’ve been working on it a while, maybe it might come out fairly soon.  Metroid, Star Fox or F-Zero seem possible suspects for a new game, but then again Donkey Kong 3D was at least a possibility, and a new Donkey Kong Country game for 3DS would be a requested title…
  4. A Kirby game for 3DS.  Well, they do tend to come in pairs with one home console and one hand held title at roughly the same time and the release history of the series proves that new games do often come out at one year intervals…
  5. Metroid.  There’s been no confirmed new games for two years, and the release history of the series suggests we should be due for one any time now…
  6. A Wario game.  As I said way back when before any of this E3 stuff was mentioned, it’s been quite a while since either a Wario Land or WarioWare game was released on a Nintendo console.  And with a general pattern of games coming out every few years (and at least one of each kind of game per console), it makes sense to assume at least one new Wario game should be out on 3DS within the fiscal year.

With that said, Nintendo has certainly surprised us all before, so the list of possible games above is by no means a definite list of possibilities.  For all we know, a new major Legend of Zelda game could have been in development for a while and Nintendo has decided it should be released soon rather than the later.

But what games do you think Nintendo has planned for this year and that they’ll be showing off at E3?

The Majority of Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS and Wii U games to be available via retail and download?

Wow, that’s one massive step forward for Nintendo in regards to digital distribution.  Now it turns out that not only a few games are being offered via both download services and in shops, but apparently most of their games are going to be.

As they said themselves:

The majority of Nintendo-published Nintendo 3DS games will have the same dual-distribution strategy. Likewise, the majority of Nintendo-published Wii U games will be available both as packaged products and as digital downloads starting on launch day.

Could be the future ticket to never having to worry about whether a Nintendo game’s in stock ever again, since you’ll be able to buy all the major releases over the internet like how PC gamers buy their favourite games through Steam.

Seems like the days of the Wii being impossible to find or hit games being sold out might finally be history now that people can just buy them straight through the eShop the minute they wake up on launch day.  Might be really cool when christmas comes around again too, since parents could buy the likes of New Super Mario Bros 2 online late christmas eve then have it immediately available to be played next morning.  No more late night rushes in the months before chrismas where parents, friends and siblings have to fight through shops to get the last copy of a hit game, the people too slow to buy the boxed version can just get the digital version on the eShop.

Isn’t it great now that Nintendo has actually caught up on this whole digital distribution thing?


Rayman Legends Footage and Screens; Ubisoft trying to block information

Well, we did have the video on our Youtube account, but unlike Nintendo and their generally rather generous attitude towards people mirroring their videos and trailers, Ubisoft asked Youtube to block the video.  So instead, here are the first screenshots of the game and the trailer as found on Official Nintendo Magazine.  If Ubisoft want to complain about them, I’ll let them go after a multinational corporation.

Here are the screenshots:

It looks really nice so far.  Indeed, part of me wonders why Ubisoft is so worried about the game being known about in advance when it looks absolutely amazing.  There’s no practical reason to hide the existance of the game, just leave the footage publically available and let the amount of hype fans have for do the marketing for you.

That’s what Nintendo does with the Mario or Legend of Zelda series, and it works fantastically for them.  They never cared anyone knew about the Wii U’s 2D Mario platformer or New Super Mario Bros 2 in advance, just let the internet go crazy over the sheer awesomeness of it.

There are some great features too, such as:

The game utilising the same technology as Skylanders Spyros Adventure, where you can put a toy (say of a Rabbid) on the Wii U tablet controller to bring the character into the game.  Guess this is becoming an industry standard.