Donkey Kong 3D; What I’d Hope to See

Yes I know the game isn’t likely to exist at the moment and that GameStop have mentioned that them having the box art/display up was a mistake on their part, but if there is a Donkey Kong Country 3DS game being revealed at E3, this is what I’d hope would be in it.

1. Kremlings and K Rool as villains

As decent as the tikis were as villains, they’re just nothing compared to good old King K Rool and the Kremlings.  Not one spot of personality to the tikis, nor much in the way of interesting character design.

Hence in the inevitable 3DS game, Retro Studios should just accept the tikis weren’t that well received and move on. Bring back the Kremlings, stop trying to introduce characters based purely on ‘gameplay’ and just have it so people’s favourite Donkey Kong Country enemies are back.

This bunch are better than the tikis any day of the week

Not that they should be the only returning bad guys, I think those Zingers (bees/wasps) would be a good choice to bring back as well. Especially as that with the exception of Jungle Beat, they had a perfect attendance record before Donkey Kong Country Returns came out.  Besides, killer wasps make spiky tikis look average in comparison, don’t you think?

Everything’s definitely worse with bees.  Well, if you’re a Kong.

2. Not a port/Donkey Kong Land version of Donkey Kong Country Returns

Not that anything was wrong with either the Donkey Kong Land series or Donkey Kong Country Returns, it’s just I don’t want another Donkey Kong game with the exact same themes, level concepts, enemies and characters.  Because as we all know, the chances are that if they just made a Donkey Kong Land Returns, we’d end up with more freaking tikis instead of Kremlings and the same massive TWO animal buddies Returns has for a second game running.

Not what we want.

3. More playable Kongs (perhaps four player multiplayer)

True, Donkey Kong Country Returns worked well enough with just two characters, but with Rare gone and modern Nintendo seemingly unlikely to make a Donkey Kong game where Donkey Kong himself isn’t playable, this seems like the only plausible way to get Dixie Kong in another game.

Dixie Kong would be a neat third playable character.

As well as literally the only method possible of ever seeing Kiddy Kong again.

Besides, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland and Rayman Origins is proof a four player platformer can work well, so why not make Donkey Kong 3D another successful example?

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Large List Of Release Dates Revealed

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:

March 2012
03/06 – MLB 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii)
03/11 – Mario Party 9 (Wii)
03/23 – Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)

April 2012
04/06 – Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
04/13 – Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS)

May 2012
05/20 – Mario Tennis Open (3DS)

TBA 2012
Q1 2012 – Crush 3D (3DS)
Q1 2012 – Rayman Origins (3DS)
(The rest isn’t revealed)
Find full list here

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?


Donkey Kong 3D Just a rumour, boxes taken down

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.


Donkey Kong and Pikmin may have had Cameos in Super Mario Galaxy 2?

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.

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Nintendo Not Doomed, has enough money to last the century

That’s not an understatement either.  You know how some sites and fanboys like to think Nintendo is doomed or will go third party or close down in the near future?  Well, someone found some of Nintendo’s financial data recently, and it suggests pretty much the exact opposite.

Nintendo apparently has Nintendo has £6.7 ($10.5) billion in the bank.  That’s pretty good already, but they can apparently make massive losses every year and still at least last the next 50 or so.  That money could keep them going until about 2052 with much trouble, and that’s just a worst case estimate.

Nintendo Gamer was where this info came from, and it said this:

Nintendo have 812.8 billion Yen (£6.7/$10.5 billion) in the bank – enough for it to take a 20 billion Yen loss (£163/$257 million) every year until 2052

So if all goes wrong, Nintendo could last… about 10 more generations even making a massive loss on every console/game. Far from being over after the Wii’s come and gone, they’ve got enough cash to screw up more times than there have ever been consoles.  Those figures also assume they’re making a loss every year, they’d only to need make a significant profit every now and then to have enough money to keep going for much longer, even the next 50 years.

If all went wrong, they’ve got 469 billion Yen (£3.8/$6.0 billion) held in premises, equipment and investments, which could keep them going until about 2075.  By now, many of the people who thought they’d be dead are probably at best retired or worst long gone, and the company would have likely outlasted all the analysts and pretty much anyone currently working in the video game industry.

Games Radar (who covered this story) also figure that about 189 new Mario games could be released in that time frame if about three of them are to be released a year.  Based on that, I’d guess we’d easily reach about the 20th 2D Super Mario Bros game, likely more.  That’s about 16 more Pokemon generations and likely about 20 or so more Legend of Zelda games too. Well, again assuming Nintendo was somehow to lose money on a Mario, Pokemon or Legend of Zelda game.  Which itself is kind of unlikely seeing how every mainstream Mario game ever made has sold at least 5 million copies, with every Pokemon game selling about 10 million and every 2D Mario game about the same.  They’d have to really, really screw up their most popular franchises to end with millions of dollars worth of losses a year and these series not covering most of their expenses.

All in all, don’t panic.  It’s very, very unlikely Nintendo will be doomed within the century.  Besides, until I see a 2D Mario or Pokemon game fail miserably sales wise, it’s pretty likely those franchises alone will do a fair bit at keeping Nintendo afloat.  Do you know how unlikely it is those series will fail?  It’d be a bit like everyone in the world suddenly deciding not to buy Coca Cola or not to go to McDonalds, it’d require a radical change in people’s tastes in video games.

Either that’d or they’d have to lose enough money making said games that the sales wouldn’t make up for it.  Kind of difficult really considering exactly how little Nintendo has to change for each next game, and the 2D Mario games in general are hardly the most expensive games in the world to make these days.

Still, nice to know Nintendo’s not going anywhere in the foreseeable future.