Ubisoft; Nintendo NX is a Fantastic New Approach

When it comes to the Nintendo NX and its design, there are usually two camps of Nintendo fans with their own views on how it’ll work. One group (the Eurogamer one) thinks it’ll be a hybrid, like in the Eurogamer leak. The other thinks it’ll be a standard console that aims to be more powerful than the PS4.

And as anyone who’s watched Twitter or the NX subreddit goes, these groups have been arguing over the matter non stop for weeks now. Every single article and video that could possibly be related to the NX is being used to support one interpretation on the other.

But could Ubisoft have shed some light on the matter? Perhaps so, since a new interview with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot hints the console will indeed have a new ‘gimmick’ or feature. Here’s the relevant quote about it in full:

The new Nintendo [console] is a fantastic machine. It’s really a new approach, it’s really Nintendo, [which is] coming with something new again. We love it.

We always take disruptions on the positive side. We think each time that it’s an opportunity for our creators to take more risks. When a machine is installed, there are a certain number of brands that take up the time of players, so they’re going to buy the next Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty. Even if they say, ‘I’m interested in what you’re doing,’ at the end of the day they first buy what they know, then go somewhere else. When they change machines, they consider that it is better to try what has been done for that machine. This gives us an opportunity to totally change an IP that we have done before, or to create new experiences and new IPs.

What we see is, players are more open when new hardware is coming. So we have the chance to come with something we have never done before, because we know that if we are the first there, people will try our game and maybe we’ll be able to get into that new genre. As our people wanted to do a game like ZombiU, they were happy they could just use the Wii U to do it. For us, a machine is a tool of expression, but when everything become stable it’s less open to innovation. We always want innovation.

However, if you try something a little new and it’s not perfect, you come back quickly to what you know and works. As a gamer, if you change to new hardware, you have no references, so you’re looking at what people are saying are [the best games] and then trying them. But if you have an [established] machine and there’s all the experiences you know on there already, you know you’re going to miss some of those to try something new, so you’re less inclined. For us, we know opportunities to try something new are a lot more rewarding when it’s a new machine.

So yeah, it certainly sounds like it could be a hybrid console. It’d be a new idea that could open up new ways to play games. It’d be really ‘Nintendo’ like, given their love of new ideas and gimmicks for every system after the Gamecube. And well, it could certainly impress the people at Ubisoft, that’s for sure.

But let’s not jump the gun here. Remember, just because it could be a hybrid doesn’t mean it will be one.

For example, it could be based on any manner of other new ideas that Nintendo hasn’t tried. I’m not sure what those would be, but I’m not Nintendo. Their hardware design people could definitely figure out something no one expected yet. No one expected the Wii, 3DS or Wii U after all…

As a result, it could be anything. So let’s just wait and see what gets revealed at the NX announcement, shall we?

Is Resident Evil 7 Coming to Nintendo NX?

Because the official trademark registration for Resident Evil 4 lists cartridges among other media. Here’s a picture of the trademark registration with this part highlighted:

resident evil trademark

As you can see, it mentions the following:

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer game software; Computer games in the form of cartridges, cassettes, discs or tapes; Video game cartridges; Downloadable game software; Downloadable computer games; Electronic game programs for mobile phones and smart phones; Electronic game software for mobile phones and smart phones; Downloadable game program for playing on mobile phones and smart phones; Downloadable game software for playing on mobile phones and smart phones; Screen saver software and wallpaper software; Downloadable screen saver software and wallpaper software for mobile phones and smart phones; Downloadable graphics and music via a global computer network; Downloadable graphics, music and ring tones for mobile phones and smart phones

Note the phrase ‘video game cartridges’. That’s interesting, especially given how other games tend to only mention forms of media they’re actually released on. A Wii U game (for example) won’t have cartridges listed under goods and services. So Capcom does seem to be planning a release on a cartridge based system.

And it’s certainly got a precedent behind it. For example, Capcom released a Resident Evil game quite early in the lifespans for multiple Nintendo titles. Like the Resident Evil 1 remake, which came out in early 2002. Or Resident Evil Revelations for 3DS, out in less than a year after the 3DS was initially launched.

Add a January release for the game on other systems, and Resident Evil 7 seems perfectly timed for an NX launch title. So yeah, it’s definitely possible that Resident Evil 7 will be heading to Nintendo’s new system, and I think it’s likely it might be out at launch.

But what do you think? Is this trademark ruling proof the new Resident Evil game is coming to the Nintendo NX? Or is it just a coincidence of some sort?

An Update on the Gaming Reinvented Contest

As you all know, we’ve been running a special contest on Gaming Reinvented for the last month or so. Based around article writing and offering 200 dollars in video games to the winner, this contest has drawn some incredibly entries. From No Man’s Sky variation to Paper Mario Color Splash and the design of the Gamecube, the articles in this contest have been a lot more interesting than we’d ever expected. Indeed, it’s so good I’ve been struggling to think of a clear winner.

Either way, I thought it’d be a bit interesting to let the users judge some of this for themselves. So now, we have a page listing all the entries in the contest and letting you read them in full! Here it is:

Contest Entries

So what ones are your favourites? And if you’re a writer, do you think you’ll be able to beat out the contest?

Post your thoughts here or on social media today!

Suda51 Wants to Remake Killer 7?

If you were around in the Gamecube days, you likely have at least some vague memories of a game called Killer 7. A strange action game based around a group of assassins called the killer 7 (who are manifestations of a man named Harman Smith), the story has them hunting down a group called Heaven’s Smile and finding out about a conspiracy involving Japan and it role in US politics in the process.

It’s a complicated game to explain really. The kind of title that makes you think ‘this is definitely a weird Japanese thing’.

Either way, it became a cult classic in the day, and led to later Suda51 works like No More Heroes.

And now, it seems like Suda51 has an interest in revisiting the title! Why? Because in a recent interview with Hardcore Gamer, he’s quoted as saying that he ‘wants to do something with Killer 7 again’. That’s not the only comment either. Oh no, he also said made this hint about a remake too:

I feel that Killer 7 is the hardest of my games to play. I want to and feel that I need to do something about that. A remake, or remaster or something like that… (Sly grin.)

So yeah, there’s definitely interest in the idea of a remake there. Okay, it’d need to go through Capcom (since they published the original title), but they were supportive of it before. So it’s likely they’d support a remake too, at least if the interest was there.

But what do you think? Would a Killer 7 remake be a good game to have? And if so, what changes do you think the title should receive?

Have Fans Found Who Mario’s Dad is?

Recently on Reddit, a Mario tin tray was found showing Mario in what appeared to be his house. But while the scene itself looked quite cool as it is, it’s not Mario or Bowser that’s the interesting thing. Oh no, it’s the painting on the wall.

Why?

Because this painting appeared to show Mario’s father. Here’s the painting itself:

papa painting

As well as what Reddit user Inkwild pictured his whole body to look like:

mario dad pic

It’s a neat find. But does it really show Mario’s father?

Have we really got a good look at Mario’s dad?

Well, possibly. You see, we never really get many other good pictures of Mario’s dad in other forms of media.

Sure, we know what his mum looks like. She was a character in the Super Show called ‘Mama Mario’, and was portrayed by Lou Albano himself:

mama mario

But Mario and Luigi’s dad is… a bit less visible. There’s the version shown in the Super Mario Amada series, who seems to look like an older version of Mario himself:

mario and dad

Which mostly matches the new depiction. He’s a middle aged guy wearing yellow and blue clothing who resembles Mario. Yeah, it’s likely an alternate universe version (this Super Mario Amada story can’t be in any ‘canon’ with the rest of the series), but it’s a consistent portrayal none the less.

There’s also a picture of Mario’s dad in a comic. This comic (part of Nintendo Comic’s System) shows Mario’s dad in an issue called Family Album: The Early Years. Here you can see him chasing Mario, likely due to the latter putting soap in his dad’s cigar!

marios father comics

And again, the portrayal most matches up. The dad here has mostly the same build, and is shown looking a bit like the merchandise and Amada versions, sans overalls.

Which then brings us to the last known versions of Mario’s father. Namely, the one shown in the Yoshi’s Island series.

No, not the original game version. That one was proven irrelevant once Yoshi’s New Island came out. Because you know, the stork brought the babies to the wrong house.

However, they do show up in Yoshi’s New Island, which shows them like this:

mario's parents Yoshi's New Island

And as you can see, the images of Mario’s parents match the earlier ones pretty well. You’ve got a fairly tall, heavyset guy who looks like he could be the same as in the early pictures, albeit wearing nightwear and only shown in poor lighting conditions.

So yeah, it checks out. Mario’s dad appears pretty consistently in all media studied so far.

But what about his other appearances, you may ask?

Well, what appearances? There’s a Super Mario Amada film where Mario is brought up by two Hammer Bros. Which you can’t exactly count for obvious reasons.

And that’s about it really. Mario’s House is shown in Super Mario RPG and the first three Paper Mario games, but the only pictures there are of Peach and the partners. The one in Superstar Saga again only shows Princess Peach. And the one in DDR Mario Mix? Well, we don’t even see the interior of it, let alone any pictures or family memorabilia found there.

Hence based on what’s been seen so far, I’m gonna say this picture really does show Mario’s father. Nothing here clashes with earlier depictions of the character, and with few other shots of his face, it seems like we can’t investigate much further.

So yeah, that’s Mario’s dad. But what do you think of this? Does he look like how you’d expect him to look?