Ever wonder what Retro Studios or Platinum Games are up to, given that Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Bayonetta 2 are now long released?
Well, it seems like they may be ready to show something at E3, if their latest tweets are any indication! For instance, here’s an interesting Twitter retweet about Nintendo’s live event from a Platinum Games staffer:
It’s been retweeted by Yusuke Hashimoto, a lead game designer for Platinum Games and director for Bayonetta 2. Is he implying that the company has something to show at Nintendo’s event?
In addition to that, we’ve got a rather less vague by Retro Studios:
Yep, they’re literally saying E3 is going to be awesome, with a heavy dose of hints about a new project at the same time. Are they going to announce a new Metroid or Donkey Kong game? Something new? Guess we can only find out on the day!
What’s more, this isn’t just mimicking the feel of the game either. The makers of this mod have actually gone and implemented many of the features from the original game, like painting the arena in your team’s colour, turning into a squid to go up and down walls and the ink having different effects based on whose team generated it.
It’s a pretty cool mod overall, I just wonder how long it’ll last before Nintendo gets all annoyed about it. What do you think about this recreation of Splatoon in Minecraft?
Ever got bored waiting for those ‘leaks’ about what Nintendo is going to show at E3?
Ever thought you yourself could fool people on GameFAQs, Reddit or Twitter by coming up with a bunch of fake games that Nintendo is supposedly going to show at E3?
Well if so, now you can! Behold the Nintendo E3 Leak Maker:
Just load or reload the page, and you get a nice list of fake E3 game announcements! For example, I loaded the page just now and this list appeared:
It’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. Especially given how I just happened to get two fairly realistic sounding Donkey Kong Country games from it. It’s almost like the script knew I liked the Donkey Kong Country series and generated the best possible list of leaked games in response!
So yeah. Just go ahead and view the site, and see what crazy stuff you get!
When you think of games that have amiibo support, what ones immediately come to mind?
Super Smash Bros?
Maybe some sort of action adventure title with crossover elements?
Either way, Art Academy is probably not something you’d be picturing. And really, who can blame you? What use would amiibos have in an art program? Why would you scan figurines into the video game equivalent of Photoshop?
But apparently Art Academy actually does have amiibo support. No, we’re not kidding:
What’s more, it also apparently requires a Google account in order to use the online play. Why? What does Nintendo have to do with Google in slightest? Absolutely haven’t got a clue. The whole game just seems like it was designed with the most baffling set of system requirements ever known to man for some reason.
But what do you think? Is Amiibo support in Art Academy Home Studio a rather ridiculous thing to have? And why would it require a Google account?
What’s more, not only does it cover the exact same games shown at yesterday’s Japanese Nintendo Direct, but it has a few other ‘gimmicks’ present as well. Here’s the video:
So what do we think of the video and its announcements? Well, let’s go through the whole thing and see, shall we?
First up, the micro part. They weren’t exactly kidding about that idea, were they?
That’s a very small version of Bill Trinen, isn’t it? Where’s that Mario Paint style flyswatter when you need it?
And then… we get this Chibi Robo game again. Does this series have some massive fanbase we’re not aware of or something? Because as cool as the concept is, it’s not exactly the kind of million seller that ever took the world by storm. Heck, where’s our Wario Land game? That probably sold more than anything with this guy in it…
Questionable priorities aside (Wario? Metroid? F-Zero? Nah, let’s go for the tiny robot from that Gamecube game we made), Chibi Robo’s new game does look interesting enough. For one thing, it seems like he’s gone from house cleaner to action hero this time around, with his adventures being like a 6 inch high version of Bionic Commando:
It seems like a nice change of pace if you ask us. A platformer made entirely of Macro Zone style levels? Where do we sign up?
It’s also apparently Amiibo compatible, with the Amiibo needed being specific to a certain 3DS bundle that includes the game. Using it transforms him into Super Chibi Robo, who’s much stronger, faster and better in general. Like Gold Mario from New Super Mario Bros 2.
But hang on, are we the only ones really worried about this?
Because come on. You’re locking content away behind a free gift included in a 300 quid video game bundle. You’re making people buy a whole new system just to get a single Amiibo for a single game for content which is presumably always on the disc…
That’s just plain greedy if you ask us. Imagine how rightfully annoyed people would be if you told them they need to buy a special pack with an included television to get exclusive extras on their new DVD. Or if you needed to buy a new computer in order to get all the features from a new program…
Dr Mario Miracle Cure is next. It looks pretty good:
The new Miracle Cure mechanic is nice.
And hey, is that Dr Luigi in the multiplayer mode? Glad to see Nintendo didn’t forget about that Year of Luigi title:
There’s also a multiplayer mode, which lets you screw up other people by using the cures to reverse controls, stop them rotating capsules or make them drop faster. It’s certainly a unique idea, but our suspicion is that most serious players will turn it off pretty quickly, kind of like how pro players disable items in Super Smash Bros.
Oh, it’s available to get June 11th, with prepurchases open today.
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon now. Sounds like a decent enough game for those that like the series.
And then… Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Maybe it’s just us being a bit close minded, but does anyone actually enjoy these games?
Because they’ve always been a bit… how we put it nicely… mediocre. The gameplay is rarely ever anything special, thanks to overly gimmicky motion controls or other such things. The gameplay is about half interesting events and half poorly done versions of real world sports that are far more enjoyable to play in a dedicated game (or to watch on television). And the cast list is going to include someone from Sonic Lost World?
What is the point of any of this? I mean, you’ll get a nice enough soundtrack given the franchise history, but it’s never been more than a disposable yearly sequel that you’ll probably lose interest in within the month or two.
Either way, apparently Rugby and Golf are part of this one. So it’s a little different we suppose.