6 – Nintendo’s retro Renaissance
Talk about tugging on the ol’ heartstrings. If you played spent any significant amount of time playing games on the NES and SNES, Nintendo had something for you.
In the hands of Retro Studios Donkey Kong Country Returns instantly makes the big ape relevant again, the same way they did for Metroid with the Prime series. Kirby’s Epic Yarn features an absolutely adorable new art style that plays perfectly to the Wii’s capabilities, although you can detect the LittleBigPlanet influence. The new Goldeneye appeals to those who hold onto memories of late-night four player deathmatches on the N64 original. Kid Icarus, a franchise not seen since the original game way, way back in 1987, gets the sequel that fans have been clamoring for on Nintendo’s new 3DS.
Even better, they all got a target release date. Well, except for Kid Icarus, which has to wait for the 3DS. DKC will be out this holiday, Kirby releases in the fall, and Goldeneye comes this November. That’s a lot of nostalgia in a short period of time.
5 – Zelda: Skyward Sword finally seen in action
At last year’s E3 all Nintendo showed of a new Wii Zelda game was a single piece of great-looking concept art that left everyone wondering what Shigeru Miyamoto had in store for the franchise. Yesterday we finally got our answer.
After a somewhat awkward half-recorded, half-live conversation between Miyamoto and a Nintendo of America executive, it was time for a gameplay demo. Graphically the game was impressive, looking much like Twilight Princess with a bit of cel-shading. Once the game was in motion, we would see the game and it’s 1:1 MotionPlus controls in action.
Unfortunately, there were more than a few technical difficulties with the on-stage game demo. Try as he might, Shiggy just couldn’t quite get Link’s sword to accurately mimic his actions, seeming acting at random. The NoA exec blamed wireless interference for the buggy presentation. With Miyamoto’s track record, we’re more than willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and can’t wait to see what people report from the show floor.
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